Sogod is So Good!

And the quest for cheesy post titles rages on! Haha!

Anyways, here are the photos of my trip to Binaliw Spring in Bagatayam, Sogod. This was my first dip for the trip featured in my Three-Dip Trip post.

So, after enjoying the cool waters of the Durano EcoFarm and Spring Resort in Carmen, I drove straight to the Municipality of Sogod to check out the Binaliw Spring. Just a few hundred meters past Sogod Proper, you will see the Bagatayam Bridge in Barangay Bagatayam. Beside that bridge, a road will lead you to the falls, the spring, and the Our Lady of Lourdes shrine.


Bagatayam Falls of Sogod, Cebu. Pretty!

Road-side sign. You can’t miss it!

How do you know where and when to stop? Easy. When you reach the end of the road, there’s only one thing to do. Haha. You will then see this. A couple of steps down and you will see the spring.

Binaliw Spring. Cool!

The Our Lady of Lourdes shrine built near the source of the spring.

Close-up of the shrine.

Little doggie getting a drink. Hehe.

Fresh and cool. This place is great.

I didn’t go swimming right away because I wanted to take photos of the Bagatayam Falls first. I asked one old lady sitting under a tree (she was eating ice buko. hehe) and using her mouth to point, she said that the falls was “that way.” Beyond the mango trees, she said, a small path will lead me to the river and to the falls.

A small path beyond the mango trees – Check! She was telling the truth. Hehe.

Bananas everywhere!

Finally! The river!

Trying to cross the river without getting my shoes wet.

Can I do it? The middle part is around thigh-deep. If I slip my camera will surely die. Haha.

Glad I made it safe and dry to the other side. I followed the direction of the river and later saw this. I actually have no idea what this is. Hehe.

Later, I saw a couple of kids swimming. That must be it. The Bagatayam Falls is surely just around the corner.

But then, I didn’t see any falls. I asked the kids and they told me that the falls was near the main road. Wait, main road? I’m at least half a mile from the main road! Haha.

I couldn’t keep walking. The river could get deep or worse, I could get lost! So, I decided to just head back to the spring.

This time, as I was crossign the river, I slipped and almost dropped my camera. Haha. Tough luck!


I went back to the spring and looked for the old lady. She was no longer there. Oh, well. The spring looks inviting, though. The only way to ‘cure’ a wet pair of shoes? A quick swim, of course! Haha.

The river trek made me a little hot and sweaty. So, I decided to hit the water. Woohoo!

This view is awesome!

Ready to swim!

Awesome place. And there were very few people around!

Shot from the middle of the river. Cool! I tried to take a couple of photos of myself but it didn’t work out.

That lady with a kid was kind enough to take a couple of photos of me swimming, though. So, thanks a lot to her! Hehe.

After my quick swim, I continued my search for the falls. And true enough, It was just 50 meters from the main road. You read that right! FIFTY! Haha. And I missed it! LOL.

Parked my bike and took a couple of photos of the falls. Yep, that’s how close the falls is to the road. Haha.

Manang doing her laundy in the shade. Hehe.

Visit Binaliw Spring and Bagatayam Falls today!

Quiet Aloguinsan
Weekends in Carmen



24 Comments on Sogod is So Good!

  1. Nice post Ley. Next time on your trip to the northeast, I suggest you try making a reroute to the isolated coastal municipalities of Borbon & Tabogon. We’re making our transit to those peaceful towns on our way to Bogo and we’ve actually seen some natural wonders there. We’ve made a brief transit at the famous Silmugi river of Borbon… somewhere between the border of barangay Poblacion & Cadaruhan and visited caves that were used to be the hiding place of locals during the World War II.

  2. Grabe meron palang ganito sa Sogod! My father is from Catmon but In Manila since more than 60 years now. Last year, i went alone to visit the elevated old church of Sogod on the left side of the road coming from Catmon; kung nalaman ko lang itong Binaliw Spring na ito, napuntahan ko sana. Anyway will try in September. Maraming salamat Ley, do keep on blogging, it’s very helpful talaga.

  3. Hi Ley, your Northern escapades made me miss home even more. We passed by this falls in Bagatayam all the time that we hardly notice it anymore. Though after seeing this post, I think it’s time to revisit! I agree with Borj, try to visit my hometown of Borbon. Though most of the coastal barangay’s beaches are now owned by the Lhuillier’s, you can still find some hidden gems around the area. There’s the Silmugi River, there’s also the Nonoc Cave that Borj mentioned, the tiny museum at the Puericulture Center, The Sepulveda-Antigua Ancestral House, The San Sebastian Parish Church (one of the oldest in Cebu), Stone Wall/Grotto, etc…Lots of things to see and easy to find since they are mostly concentrated in Poblacion. Let me know when you plan to go there and I’ll arrange somebody to help you around town. :)

  4. I was born in Sogod and we visited there last May 2012. Half of the town’s population is still related to me by blood or marriage. Anyway, I visited Binaliw spring in 1989 with my cousins, but this time, we didn’t visit there, although we went to Bagatayam to visit family and see our former family property. My sons really enjoyed their visit to my birthplace!!!

  5. anyone who can tell me who to contact if we want to go here? someone who can guide us, a tour with my team mates. We also want a place for an overnight stay. can someone suggest a person to contact?

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