Before it became a town, Malabuyoc was once one of the barangays of Samboan. The town was established in 1832 by the original residents of the place led by Jose Balentos, Leon Carbonella, Martin Carredo, Agustin Fuentes, and Pedro Vildosola. The town was once called “buyoc,” which is a Cebuano term that means to bend down. The term was used to refer to the fruit trees that bent down during fruit-bearing season due to the sheer weight of the fruits. The suffix “mala” was added later after residents found out that the trees bent down due to gravity. The local usage of the suffix “mala” is similar to the way it is used in the English language, wherein it meant “looks like, appears like, or in the manner of.” So, the name Malabuyoc essentially means “appearing to bend down.”
The Montañeza Falls of Malabuyoc is a hidden gem that is gradually becoming popular among local and foreign visitors. It is located close to another natural tourist attraction of the town, the Mainit Springs. It has several smaller levels and a big one, all of which are guaranteed to take your breath away both figuratively and literally. The journey to the falls itself may be an adventure for non-outdoorsy types. Since you have to negotiate some deep ravines and huge rocks, local officials only allow visits to the highest point of the falls when the weather is cooperative. So, if you are planning to visit the falls, it is advisable to check the weather before heading over to Malabuyoc.
Your trip to the Montañeza Falls of Malabuyoc starts at the Cebu South Bus terminal where you should get on a bus headed for the town. The trip takes around four hours depending on the traffic. After reaching the town, you can hire a motorcycle to bring you to the jump-off point of the falls, which is the same place where you start off when going to the Mainit Spring. Before going to the falls, you will have to go through a short talk on the things you can and cannot do while at the falls.
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