While Minglanilla is mainly know for the “Sugat” and “Kabanhawan” religious festival, the town is also home to seven caves that can bring one’s adrenaline level one notch higher. The Seven Caves of Minglanilla is located in Barangay Camp 7, the border of the town with Toledo City.
The opening of the second cave may be small but the inner chamber is rather large. Entry into the cave may be somewhat of a challenge since it requires a good amount of twisting, turning and sliding. Once inside one can see that swallows have made the place their home. The cave also has a number of bats hanging overhead. If the second cave is tests one’s determination to reach the inner chamber, cave three would be a notch higher. It would require a good amount of willpower and guts since they would have to crawl much of the way to reach the inner chamber. If you are claustrophobic, this might not be your cup of tea.
The White Cave is the biggest in the cave system and is aptly called white due to chalk white entrance that is around three times bigger than the façade of the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. It has two entrances that are at least six feet in diameter and lead to a large inner cave chamber.
Bamboo scaffolding once stood in front of the façade of the cave since people used to collect birds’ nests. However, an accidental fall put off the activity. The only evidence of the activity is a number of bamboo poles hanging along the facade. Bird droppings are scattered along the entrance of the cave. Ferns are also noted along the entrance of the White Cave. Once inside the inner chamber, adventurers may feel refreshed by the cool air inside. The immense size of the cave can be somewhat fascinating especially after going through the smaller caves in Barangay Camp 7.
The trip to Barangay Camp 7 may be as challenging as exploring the caves themselves. There are two ways to get to the place, the first is through Tabunok in Talisay City while the second route is through Barangay Cantabaco in Toledo City. The Tabunok, Talisay route will require a trip through Manipis Road and a motorcycle ride to the place. For the Toledo City route, one will have to take a motorcycle ride from Barangay Cantabaco to the place.