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Lulugayan Falls

A hidden treasure awaiting. Lulugayan Falls is situated a few kilometers away from the highway road of Calbiga, Samar, Philippines. It will take around an hour and a half from Tacloban City to Calbiga then to Lulugayan Falls. Upon arriving, the locals will provide you a tour-guide to lead you the way to this wonderful sight to behold. You’ll cross a stream of water along the way, so expect to get wet a bit. It will take another 25-minute hike to reach the place. On our hike way back, the night caught up with us and it was already getting dark, a poisonous snake came across our path, so just be extra careful. I think it was worth it, can’t wait to go back!


Lulugayan Falls, Calbiga, Samar, Philippines

Lulugayan Falls, Calbiga, Samar, Philippines

Photographer’s note: F/11, 25 sec, ISO 400, Nikon D700, Nikkor AFS 17-35mm 2.8, Benro C-298 tripod

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  • Ken Rauch - Hello Dave,

    I found you through Nikon Cafe and have enjoyed looking through your site with all your wonderful photos.

    My wife and I have our future retirement home Tagaytay and photography is now and will be when the time comes, my primary hobby in retirement. I’ve been fortunate enough to stay a week at a remote ‘resort’ on one of the Palawan islands and thena week in Boracay and then a week in the Manila / Tagaytay area on the same trip. That was quite the tour. There are SO many beautiful places to see, I can’t decide which direction to go in when I’m there. My wife is a Filipina (who has lived here in CA for the past 23 years) and has acted as my interpreter (I really need to learn tagalog) and tour guide for the short trips we are able to take at this point in our lives.

    I’d like to ask your advice on something… I’m a 6’2″ Kano and needless to say, I stand out in a crowd, especially when in more remote areas. Generally speaking, any tips you could offer me in terms of personal safety as well as how to photograph people without causing any issues for myself or making my subjects feel uncomfortable, would be appreciated. I’d love to take a bunch of pictures in the local Tagaytay wet market, and around Indong (where my wife’s family is from) but I wouldn’t feel comfortable do it. My wife tells me I worry too much about it… just don’t go to Mindanao!

    Anyway, I’m talking too much. Thanks for your time in reading this note. Maybe some day I’ll have the honor of buying you a red horse.


  • xdayv - Ken, thanks for dropping by the site. I’m glad you enjoyed going over the blogs and photos. And congrats to your upcoming retirement, I’m sure photography will be a good thing to do by then.

    Filipinos are very nice people, most of them would be happy to have their photograph taken especially in places like the wet market. Just try to gesture to them that you will be taking some candid and most of them will happily oblige.

    If you plan to visit Leyte or Samar, let me know. Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • Mia Tan - Hi Dave,

    I can’t resist to drop a note and say your photos are amazing. I found your site when I was searching for lulugayan falls. I’m an amateur when it comes to photography. Thank you for your posts it inspires me more to do my hobby. Have a lot to explore from my home town 🙂


    • xdayv - Mia, appreciate your kind words… your hometown is beautiful and I would very much like to photograph it more. Good luck and continue your passion!ReplyCancel

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