The Gumbang Spring of Tabuelan

Posted: December 9, 2012 in Cebu Explorations
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The 6th Casili Spring Exploration was adjourned. We packed-off our stuff  and headed back to Balamban town proper to lunch on some liempo. We ate quickly as we had another hour or so of driving along the coast heading north to Tabuelan. Niel reported that Gumbang spring feeds the water needs of the barrio folks. It flows from a cave with a pool and has an entrance big enough to allow exploration.

Doc was on the wheel to stave off his carsickness brought on by the twisting and turning coastal and mountain hi-way. On the passenger side, I welcomed the scenic route to Tabuelan.

It was on a quiet mountain road overlooking a shallow, spring water pool with folks doing their laundry where Niel said we’ve reached our destination.

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We got off the truck and Niel led us to a path above and behind the shallow pool. He said the entrance to the cave is located beneath the concrete well.

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Our excitement increased and we scrambled down the well to see what’s in there.

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The air was thin inside the area but the cave was a beauty and certainly ripe for exploration.

We went back to the truck to find the closest barangay hall to inform the local officials of our intentions to explore the site. After getting directions from a local, we found ourselves driving on a narrow dirt path towards  a hilly area. Not sure where the path will lead us, and what is at the end of it, we started talking about the t.v show “Twilight Zone” and the strange possibilities that might be waiting for us.

You are about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone!

You are about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone!

Fantasies notwithstanding, we found the pretty Barangay Bongon at the end of the path.

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With century old Molave trees, an elementary school, a neat Barangay Hall and a staffed barangay clinic.

Doc and Eric even found the time to shoot some hoops.

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After making the appropriate contacts, we had a little walk around the place. Checking out the community board, we saw a wealth of information that made us grin wide and wider.

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So much areas to explore but they will have to wait as we have a date with Gumbang Spring.

Back to the site, I suited up for an initial underwater look-see. Doc sat this one out, groggy from the anti-motion pill he took during the drive.

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Inside the Cave (Alone)

Creeping into the low opening in the rock with a 5.5 liter cylinder, I got into the cold spring water. Right at the moment I dipped my head underwater, the sight that greeted me chilled me to my core! I thought I saw dead people or ghosts hanging from the ceiling!! In my limited view, the long and thick clumps of white roots from plants that snaked into the water for sustenance resembled a form that nightmares are made of. They surrounded the edge of the pool like scary curtains. It was freaky!

The pool inside was around 8 meters in diameter and the water was crystal clear. The bottom which was only 2 meters deep was a mixture of sand, mud and limestone pebbles. I did not see any tunnel or opening to a chamber that we can explore further. The spring water welled up from the bottom of the pool.

Finding no other space that I can enter, I swam back and got out of that freaky place.

During the exploration, my Go Pro camera ran out of battery and I could not take any pictures of the sight that I described above. I suggest you check-out the area yourself for a first-hand look of the creepiest cave I’ve ever been to.

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From my experience, I believe that another exploration of Gumbang Spring will not yield any path or underwater  tunnel similar to the Casili or Pawod Spring.

The exploration of Gumbang Spring was conducted on the afternoon of November 28, 2012.

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  1. Peter says:

    Not resting on your Loral’s I see. Look forward to catching up and hearing more about your latest exploration.

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