There could be no surprising beauty than that of a hidden paradise.
The hundreds of steps were worth it.
Before I actually got to the place, I didn’t have a single clue what to imagine. Others’ words and stories were all fantastic but I also thought tongues could be exaggerated, of course. The fact that I haven’t seen the movie where KC and Sam had starred also added to my own uncertainties. I would love to see waterfalls but it never crossed my mind how magnificent the views would be.
I am not really fond of traveling, let alone visiting places from one to another but the people I’ve been with were so much filled with excitement so I thought I also have to feel the same.
There was something with the name “Tinago.” I assumed the place was merely situated in the chest of a jungle of Linamon, Lanao del Norte. But alas, it meant literally hidden. It was hidden under a long swirling stairway. I had to tire my feet and shake my knees before finally reaching the spot. And after the last step, I was welcomed with a nature’s beauty I have never seen before. I thought I was just imagining. The falls was too beautiful to be true. A paradise, indeed.
The rushing current of waters through the big rocks was so relaxing to witness. I beheld a river of blue. The milieu was simply panoramic; the kind of beauty our eyes would never want to miss.
Looking through the faces of the people who bathe themselves in there, I could see how satisfied and fulfilled they were. The sound of the current was so inviting. I have witnessed how people seemed to embrace the beauty of nature as they jump off, swim and sail through the raft while enjoying the priceless scenery. I sat on one of the big rocks facing the waterfalls and have closely seen the magnificence of it. At that moment, I still could not believe everything was true. I could not even believe I was actually feasting my eyes on a scenery from Mindanao. It seemed I have unlocked a mystery. It seemed I have never really known my place.
I know the moment was just short but everything was encompassing. I loved the beauty for beauty loved that place. I left the spot gasping – had almost my lungs pierced while climbing up the ladders. The palpitation of my heart was rhythmic with the rustle of waters that was left in my ears. It was indeed a long walk but the exhaustion was never tantamount to the experience and the actual beauty of the place. Every step was worth it.
It had been a walk too long but it had been a walk too beautiful. I will be coming back Tinago!