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Pinamungajan: A Paradise in the South

If you’re someone who likes to explore both the land and the sea within a short span of time, then you’re looking at one of the best municipalities to visit within the city.

The rich etymology of the place brings about a turn at history as the name literally translates to “where it blooms” from the Visayan word ‘Bunga’ which is a signal for the agricultural harvest season.

The 26 barangays might intimidate a person when it comes to exploring, but the town’s center place caters both the sea and the mountainous areas, as parallel to its municipal town hall stands a park which offers a public beach for everyone to enjoy.

Furthermore, this ensures that the market place’s meat products are fresh as local fishermen can be seen fishing as early as 4 o’clock in the morning with their bangkas (small fishing boat that can accommodate two people) and their bugsays (paddle sticks). The church, elementary school and its cemetery lay adjacent to each other and can be visited by foot.

What started out as a humble town is now home to various resorts and businesses as entrepreneurs have seen its pristine potential in attracting more visitors to the area. Here are four places that one may visit:

Photo Credit: Geoff Christian

 Campalabo Sandbar

Visitors may easily access the place as it is only ten minutes away from the mainland, Barangay Tajao. The seascape, which is open to the public, is also protected by the government in efforts to maintain its beauty. The fine sand and the shoreline stretches up to a hectare during the low tides, which is perfect for those who wants to capture the beauty of the islet.

Photo Credit: The Queen City of the South, Cebu

Lamac Hidden Valley Mountain and Beach Resort

The first wave pool in the city lies within the heart of mountains, giving visitors a complete experience with three different pools to enjoy, namely: Wave Pool (which requires at least ten people for its generator to be switched on), Infinity Pool and a Mountain Pool. Take note that there are different rates should one choose to enjoy one or all of the aforementioned pools above. It also has other amenities such as an amphitheater, function rooms, a gym and spa to give visitors the full package of relaxation.

Photo Credit: Beth Dacuma

Bugasak Falls

Getting to the area requires patience, perseverance and an adventurous spirit as it requires a long hike which includes an overview of the whole town. What’s the catch? Emerald waters flowing from one end to the other and a gateway to another Falls called ‘Liki’. Be sure to wear a hat, your sunscreen and a rash guard to protect your arms from nearby prickly plants as well as your trekking shoes. Since there are no eateries around, be sure to stay hydrated by bringing your own food and water as you take nothing but photos and memories.

Photo Credit: Bugsay Resto Grill

Bugsay Resto Grill

Visitors may enjoy the sunset as they dine in a floating cottage which offers popular seafood cuisine such as Calamares (fried squid) and a cold beer in hand to complete the trip. At night, bands starts to play which in turn completes the island vibes that the small town brings.


Whether one wants to have a romantic getaway or spend time with their loved ones then Pinamungajan is definitely one of the places to visit.


The author: Eldawn Catalan

Eldawn is an avid fan of both spoken and written poetry. In her spare time, she writes anything that comes to mind and enjoys talking to people from different walks of life. You may follow her on instagram @ eldaaawn.
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