Barili - Mantayupan Falls awaits
Barili is home to one of Cebu's lesser know waterfalls - Mantayupan Falls (more below) *update 15 July* Due to some recent sink holes the rivers natural water flow has stopped (into some caverns below the river) and Mantayupan falls has basically dried up. While efforts have been tried (like filling up the sink holes with soil), nothing has properly worked yet. At the moment they are planning to divert the river around the sink holes by building a channel. The government then plans to seal the sink holes with cement and steel plates. Once this is set, allow the water to flow back along the natural river bed. Work is expected to take a month. Barili is mainly a farming area and is located in Cebu's south, about 60 kms from the city. If you're travelling to Moalboal the buses stop here.
Accommodation in Barili
Barili only has a branch of the Shamrock Pension house (tel 63 32 470-9235, 255-2900) located above the Shamrock bake house, the place in which buses going to and from Moalboal take a pit stop.
Things to see and do in Barili
A must see when coming to Barili is Mantayupan Falls, it may not be as well known as Kawasan Falls further south in Cebu, but it is equally as beautiful. You won't be harassed by so the called guides all wanting to take you Pesos. The falls are less commercialised and you don’t have rafts and cottages spoiling the beautiful view of the falls, enjoy nature how it should be. There are 2 levels of falls, the higher one being the more spectacular, enjoy a cool refreshing swim in its pool below the falls. To get to Mantayupan Falls just catch a motorbike from the Shamrock bake house (the place where the bus stops)Another place of interest is Sayaw Beach a beautiful little stretch of white beach sand.
Barili celebrates the Kaumahan Festival it celebrates a thanks giving to God for a bountiful harvest in street dancing and music. It's held on the 25th July annually.
People Who've Been Here
How to get to Barili
Barili can be reached by public buses or V-Hire (heading to Moalboal or further south) from the Cebu South Terminal in Cebu City with an estimated travel time of about 1 1/2 hours.
History of Barili
The word Barili comes from the name of a local grass called balili. The municipality was founded in 1632, though the parish of Barili was established in 1614. A cross was planted by Spaniards led by Captain Juan Juarado at their arrival at 1602, and still exists today.
Last Updated (Sunday, 15 July 2012 09:56)