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Mantayupan Falls is found in Cebu, Philippines.

It is located close to the east end of Carcar-Barili Road where it connects to the national highway. The falls are approximately 200 feet high but do not have a direct descent. Pools at various heights flow into the basin. The waterfall is one of three main tourist attractions in the interior barangays of Barili.

River Flowing on the Mantayupan Falls : badian and mantayupan

Barili is administratively subdivided into 42 barangays:[2]


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CEBU, Philippines - The water is back, but not yet the tourists. Sundays at Mantayupan Falls in Barili used to be very busy, but yesterday was different.

By noon yesterday, Marcosa Bayadog of the Campangga Alayon Multi-Purpose Cooperative said that only 50 visitors have come from the usual average 500 during weekends. Bayadog said that not everyone knows yet that water has started flowing back at the Mantayupan Falls since Saturday. Gikan sa upat ka adlaw nga walay agas, nabalik na gyud. Nagtinabangay man gyud ang mga tawo nga alihan ang sinkhole para muagas balik diri ang tubig, (After four days that there was no water, it is back. The people helped out to block the sinkhole so the water would flow again), Bayadog said. The falls dried up last Tuesday affecting not only tourism, but also the rice fields, fish ponds and the mini hydro-electric power plant in the area. Sinkhole Residents say that the sinkhole drained off the water in the river that feeds the waterfalls. The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB-7) said that there might be an underground cavern below the river. Barili town officials, as advised by MGB-7, have created a man-made canal to divert the flow of water away from the sinkhole. A 40-meter diversion canal was excavated to detour the water. They started the excavation work last Saturday. Ang mga taga-humayan gyud ang nangusog didto na maalihan ang sinkhole kay apektado ang humayan kung magpadayon nga walay tubig muadto sa irrigation. (The people from the rice fields were the ones who really worked hard to block the sinkhole because they are most affected), Bayadog said. Loss of income The mini-hydro plant has not also been operating for several days, which also means a loss of income for the cooperative. The hydro plant supplies almost one megawatt of electricity to a local utility company. When the falls ran dry, the coop refrained from collecting entrance fees. Alkansi sad gyud kaayo mi. Wala miy koleksyon sa pipila ka adlaw. (We are losing money as we have no collection for days now), Bayadog said. She said that the public is not aware yet that Mantayupan Falls has water again.

Basin muhina-hinay na sad og kadaghan ang mubisita kung makahibaw na sila nga nabalik na ang tubig. (Hopefully people would be coming back now that the water is back), Bayadog said. Temporary solution The detour is only a temporary solution. Barili Mayor Teresito Marias earlier said that once they have completed the diversion canal, the sinkhole will be sealed with cement as a permanent solution. Vice Mayor Marlon Garcia said that re-routing the flow of the river will only serve as a temporary solution and will not eradicate the problem. He said that the municipal government should start with the source of the problem. He asked why the cemented cover of the sinkhole, which was already there after the war, has been destroyed. He insisted that quarrying triggered the river bed to collapse. I would like to ask the owner of the resort himself what is their main purpose in conducting an activity there. Im inviting him to attend the session next Wednesday, he said.

Barili in the Past


There is no certainty as to the exact date of the founding of the town of Barili. The year 1632 was the time when the encomienda of Barili was conferred to a Manila resident Captain Juan Fernandez de Leon from doa Catalina Jimenez which means that the encomienda existed before 1632. To recall, the first encomienda which was the forerunner of political control in the "pueblos" or towns, were distributed in 1571. It is highly probable that it included Barili and that could have been the beginning of our town's documented history. However for purposes of approximating time, the year stands as the formal founding of the town. The founding of the parish is blunter: the year is 1614. The early "pueblo" of Barili/Balili/Barile/Barilis had existed at the banks of the present day Santa Ana River. As in the old Spanish landscape pattern, the parish church, convent, municipal hall, and market were diametrically contiguous structures. The 17th to 19th centuries were a silent age and ones portrayal is as good as anybody else basing on the fossilized remains and artifacts that miraculously changed hands throughout the ages as in a house pole can suggest abundance of forest cover; bones of deers, wild pigs, monkeys; farming implements, etc. Manila port was opened to foreign trade in 1834 and the Cebu port in 1860. That was the axis for rapid socioeconomic transformations. Business prospectors came to the town and became virtual political leaders as well, notably don Pedro Cui and don Mariano Paares. There was an intense cultivation of rice, sugar, tobacco in the early 1800s and Barili became the largest pueblo in the contracosta (west coast) in terms of population presumably due to heightened awareness of the importance of having large family to fill up labor demands. In 1893, Barili became the sub-capital of the province of Cebu where important offices and officials such as the Court of First Instance, Register of Deeds, Piscal Promoter, Administrator or Provincial Treasurer, Interventor or Provincial Auditor and many high officials of the provincial government were present in the town. Under the American regime at the turn of the century, education, democratic values, and public hygiene were given the utmost priority. School buildings were constructed in the town and a new breed of civic leaders emerged notably Hilarion Alquizola, Claro Causin, Ciriaco Paras, Domingo Alcoseba, Bartolome Paares, among others.

Resistance movements in Barili during the Japanese occupation was formed on September 27, 1942, when Miguel Raffian, Lt. Aguasin, Domingo Gutang led the movement. Those who were caught by the Kempetai (Japanese secret police) were killed, bayoneted usually at the Palalong cliff. Japanese military occupation in Barili was led by Capt. Matsukawa who was later replaced by Capt. Sigemuto responsible for the massacre of Barilinians. After the war, people experienced hardships, no food, money, nor work. Many emigrated to neighboring places notably to Mindanao where a number of Barilinians became prosperous in the land of Promise. From 1950 to the present, Barili's development is largely influenced by external stimulus as well as the patience and industry of the townspeople.