Asik-Asik Falls in Alamada town, North Cotabato in Mindanao looks pretty much like a place that time forgot. But what a stunning place. Asik-asik is a 140-meter waterfall thundering down from the stone crust on the mountain wall like a massive curtain. Come for a picnic and a dip in the morning, but be prepared for a longish journey — some two-and-a-half-hour bus ride from Cotabato Airport from where you can board the local Weena bus to Libungan, a municipality in North Cotabato. From Libungan, hire a habal-habal (local motorcycle) ride to Alamada for P600, roundtrip fare. At Alamada, climb down 300 steps down a concrete path to the falls. Entrance fee is P30.
Originally published in InFlight Traveller January to March 2015. Published October 2015