Rosacara River | Things to do in Bansud-Oriental Mindoro
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|Address:||Sitio Toog, Brgy Rosacara, Bansud, Oriental Mindoro|
Visiting Rosacara Rolling Hills offers a panoramic view of the bay (Tablas Strait) and the gently sloping hills of Barangay Rosacara. Paired with Rosacara River, Rosacara Rolling Hills is a laid-back place to spend a weekend to go camping, stargazing, and swimming. What makes this place distinct is the smell in the air. The hills smell of hagonoy, a variety of oregano that is known to disinfect open wounds and aids in its fast healing. The hills are mostly covered with tall grass, while other areas are being plowed with crops such as rice and corn. When viewed from above, the plow marks create an optical illusion where the hills seem to be swaying—thus, "rolling", where the hills got its name. An orchard of various fruit trees can also be found here, such as coconut, mango, lanzones, rambutan, calamansi, and banana.
Manihala Falls comprise of two waterfalls, Manihala Falls 1 and Manihala Falls 2. Manihala Falls 1 is more dramatic and accessible, requiring only 10 minutes of trekking from a cemented road. Meanwhile, Manihala Falls 2 is about 30 minutes away from Manihala Falls 1 and passes by a Mangyan community. While you can reach Manihala Falls 1 on your own, reaching Manihala Falls 2 requires a guide as you could get lost easily. You can hire a guide (P300/group) from Barangay Hall in Manihala, before heading to the jump-off of Manihala Falls. The main waterfall, Manihala Falls 1, is ideal for family and friends looking for an accessible nature trip. Aside from swimming and having a picnic at the falls, visitors can also go fishing here. The common types of fish found in the area are tilapia, catfish, mudfish, and eel.
Just across Bansud's Municipal Hall, the Municipal Park and Plaza is a spacious recreational ground that offers paddle boating (P10/boat for 30mins, good for two) and fishing (bring your own rod). Paddle boating takes place in the "Bangkaan sa Bansud" (translated as "Boating in Bansud"), a man-made lagoon which also hatches tilapia for fishing activities. Fishing with a net is prohibited. Other than the lagoon, the park's other features include a children's playground, an open amphitheater, and the statue of the Philippine National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. Entitled "Rizal, the Intellectual", the statue was sculpted by the National Artist Eduardo Castillo. Part of Bansud's 13-hectare municipal government center, the Municipal Park and Plaza is also an ideal place to jog, bike, or play for free while in the town proper.
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Sitio Toog, Brgy Rosacara, Bansud, Oriental MindoroGet directions