One of the very first set of pictures I posted on the first version of Batangbaler was a trip to Ditumabo Falls on May 2001. It was not my first visit but going there was such an experience that everytime seems to be the first. The last such trip for me was on 2002. I don't know what the government officials in San Luis were thinking but instead of developing the place into what could probably be the best tourist destination in Aurora, they decided to turn it into an electric generator. They're currently doing their thing there now and it looks ugly. The waterfall is still there, as majestic as before but the thrill of the journey is lost forever.
See the old pictures. Then see these. Then Compare.
One of the metal pipes that will be used for the Ditumabo Hydroelectric Power Plant was washed out and crushed like a tin can during the December typhoons.
The small dam two kilometers from the waterfall.
To the right of the dam (shown above) is this building that will house the turbines and generators of the power plant.
Pipes as wide as drums snake through the trail.
The Baby Falls, or what's left of it.
If you ignore the constructions, there are still beautiful sights to behold.
This one you can't ignore.
This used to be the old log located near the "Mother Falls".
Warning signs, littering not allowed but bulldozing okay.
The pipes goes here.
Some remaining swimming spots.
The shower falls, a sign that the big one is just around the corner.
The newly constructed dam.
What a beauty.
The dam turned what was once a slippery and rocky obstacle to the the falls into a clear and sparkling pool for swimming.
Ahh.. still there, what's the problem?
And that big round boulder is still there. No problemo.
Just to give you the scale of the thing.
This thing is actually discouraged by the tourist guides.
And look, now there's a beach.
Quick, click this picture to get the wallpaper.
The big picture.
Ok. Thank you! Come again!