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Labor Day Adventure and Team Building

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Labor Day is commemorated every May 1st here in the Philippines. Labor unions and other political groups would take this opportunity to rally with placards and megaphones, taking their agenda on the streets for an increase in salary wage among workers, fair compensation, benefits and etc. If not for this pandemic, this year won’t be an exempt. Anyway, whether we rally or not, the solution can only be made with a resolution in the higher court/ senate/ congress and not on the streets, talking with the right people is the key.

However, me, my friends and some colleagues would spend Labor Day to rest and do nothing else related to work - that is having some fun in an underground cave and river!

The PT team in the receiving area and restaurant.

Saturday was Labor Day, and we scheduled our team building back to back with an adventure in a quite remote place in Iligan City. Sikyop Agricultural Cooperative was the place we had chosen to spend our team building, a really different way of organizing the event. Sikyop literally means “hidden paradise” in a Higaonon dialect. Higaonons’ are the natives that lived on this secluded part of Iligan City. It is a pleasure to see that this tribe is a part owner of this wonderful adventure paradise. Moreover working as frontdesk clerk, tour guide, cook, and business associates - this tribe also evolved in the modern world!

There are strict guidelines during the trekking and canyoneering to this underwater river and cave, first and the topmost priority is strictly no littering of any plastic wrappers, or single use plastic like bottled water. So, one should be bringing with them their own trash of candy wrappers, etc. back to the reception area. We also opted to bring water jugs/ plastic jars instead of bottled water. The guides are even picking up some littered candy wrappers along the way, showing there dedication to keep the forest park and the river clean. Second priority, is to check for health issues, making sure that the participant is fit for this adventure.

Though this is a totally different set-up from our usual annual team building event in the Physical Therapy Department but, I like it this way because there were no programs or any formal talk, etc. Just a spontaneous interaction and teamwork between colleagues in order to beat the challenges and obstacles in trekking and traversing huge rocks, some cliffs, and drifting with the river current.

Below are some of the photos.

The view at the top of the underground cave and river.

I love this photo, the view looks calm and wide, and who would have thought that there's a huge cave below it?! This is also the first stop to start downhill trekking.

The treehouse. Tree top watching and zip line.

The second stop before we descend down to the underground river. You might love this treehouse for an overnight stay. There are also small cottages on the ground, and a bonfire setting at the center. Though, there are guards, but I feel unsafe thinking that I'm at the middle of a forest?! So, overnight stay would be for someone more adventurous I think.

Entrance to the underground river

Our guide said that this area will be filled with water during rainy season but just knee deep. There are other areas that is 4-5 feet deep, and water drip above us so I can't take a picture of it because i'm worried about my phone/ camera, unfortunately not water resistant.

Pagangon falls, amazingly situated inside the underground river

Going out of the cave

This cave is really huge, and it's my first time to see a really huge cave. it's cold and not dark inside so it's not that scary at all. Any claustrophobic individual can dare get into this cave without anxiety attacks, lol!

We started the trek at 8am and finished at 12noon. I'm glad that Mr. Sun was hidden in the clouds that time we start hiking uphill back to the reception and restaurant. Around 1:30pm, we were all ready for lunch. We ordered food beforehand, so food will be ready when we get back from our adventure. We're all starving that no one never mind to take some photos Lunch time, lol! We just finished it up and had a laughed.

Thank God all is well after this activity. We forgot about Covid19 for like 5 hours, lol! All 12 of us already completed the vaccines thus less apprehensions. However, still taking extra caution with other people in the area.

I hope you enjoy this little tour with me.


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Ait sana all na lang talaga nakapaglibot haha kakaiba din ang labor day ko printing modules yay! Naalala ko din nung gumawa kame ng vlog para sa masters namin first time ko makakita at makapasok sa cave nakakatakot yay ang dilim po kasi at maliit lang ang dalang flashlights ng mga tour guide namin buti na lang din di masyadong malalim ang tubig sobrang luwang kaso di naman magawang libutin lahat kasi yaong ibang parte ay malalim na.

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5 months ago

nindota!!!! i never had the chance to do canyoneering in Cebu...because the husband is not the adventurous type...

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5 months ago

Do it with friends then hahah! Nindot jud mka enjoy!

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5 months ago

Wooow. Natureee. 😍 chada kaayo didto sa cave?

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5 months ago

Uu chada kay dako kaau dili ngit2x haha!

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5 months ago

Ay wow nman ang ganda ng cave.. once lng aq nkapasok sa cave pro sa bukana lng wherein we just dropped by, sagada cave

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5 months ago

2nd time ko toh pero ung 1st cave na napuntahan ko maliit Kaya I was amazed to see a cave this huge.. Ty sa tips!

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5 months ago

i missed team buildings. we have a yearly activity back then but because of the pandemic, we have not done it. I'm happy for you. a labor day well spent.

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5 months ago

Opo last year was a missed kc lockdown kya we organize one this year I'm glad it was pushed through.. Thanks po!

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5 months ago

Wow!!!! You got lovely photos and I never been to an underground river. Ansaya says, exciting! 😍

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5 months ago

Masaya Lalo na marami kami totally a breath of fresh air talaga

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5 months ago

Really enjoyed your day, glad you at least took some photos where the water didn't fall on your camera. And it showed a lot of beauty.

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5 months ago

Lol! Yes, but the waterfalls inside the undeground river just looks awesome and got carried away taking my phone out on that area. Glad it didn't fell off 😂

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