Aloguinsan

Hidden Beach Resort, Aloguinsan

Hidden Beach Resort, Aloguinsan Cebu

I love going on out of town trips during weekdays when there are not much people in Cebu’s tourist spots. Just recently had some foreign friends over and toured them in Aloguinsan. About 59 kilometers southwest of Cebu City,  the Municipality of Aloguinsan boasts of two charming attractions – Bojo River and Hermit’s Cove.  The drive from Mactan to Aloguinsan is about 2.5 hours, and hammed up our stay by checking in for a night at Hidden Beach Resort. Hidden Beach Resort, Aloguinsan

About Hidden Bech Resort Aloguinsan Cebu
Its 1 kilometer stretch of white sand beachfront and the sunset are the resort’s prime attractions, and those cute friendly dogs too! We were booked in the resort’s cheapest overnight accommodations –  P600 bucks for 2 persons, inclusive of resort entrance, without breakfast. The room is a small hut with a patio, a queen-sized bed and an electric fan. Nothing fancy, just the very basics. The toilet and shower are outside of the room, and shared with guests staying at the other basic fan rooms.  Air-conditioned rooms with their own toilet and bath are also available for P1,500 a night per person. (Posted price as of 7 February 2019)

The property has a canteen but food choices are limited. And there’s only one restaurant, a cafe, that’s a bit close from the resort. I highly suggest you bring your own cooked food, drinks and snacks if you plan to stay at Hidden Beach Resort. You may also bring raw seafood and meat and have the caretakers cook them for you for a fee. Be sure to tell them ahead through the number provided.

Guests can drop by for a day use from 6:00AM to 6:00PM. Tables and cottages are available for rent.

Hidden Beach Resort, Aloguinsan
Hidden Beach Resort, Aloguinsan

Hidden Beach Resort, Aloguinsan

Hidden Beach Resort, Aloguinsan Hidden Beach Resort, Aloguinsan

How to get to Hidden Beach Resort by public transport:
From Cebu South Bus Terminal, hop on a bus bound for Aloguinsan and the bus ticketer that you’ll be alighting at Aloguinsan Public Market. The bus ride is about 2 hours. From the market, take a 20-munite  motorcycle ride to Hidden Beach Resort. Be sure to get off at the resort gate and not by the road sign since it’s still about a 15-minute walk from the main road to the resort gate.

Resort Information:
Hidden Beach Resort
Address: Aloguinsan, Cebu
Telephone: 0928 870 4575

If you are driving to Hidden Beach Resort, you may use Google Maps to navigate. See Pin Location below for your reference.

Bojo River, Aloguinsan: Tale of Diwata Maria Tang-an

Text by: Andrew “Doyzkie” Buenaviaje | Photos by: Reymond and Doyzkie Buenaviaje

 

It was a gloomy Saturday as we headed to Poblacion Aloguinsan for an afternoon of mangrove planting with IBM Philippines people and RAFI Foundation. It was about a 2-3 hour bus ride from the city of Cebu, and with CBS Founder Mark Monta and IBM’s Owen Cammayo as my bus buddies,  talking about camote and food, I am positive that the ride’s not going to be a drab. haha. I know, we are weird like that! 😛 When we arrived in Aloguinsan, we headed straight to Bojo River before partaking lunch.

Bojo River Nature Reserve

 

Around 2 kilometers from the town center, we arrived at the Bojo River Nature Reserve. Alighting from the van, we are set to walk for 5-10 minutes to the river.

Walk to the river

After orientation and a short lecture on mangroves and wildlife in Bojo River, we were now off to the river cruise, where we learned more about mangroves and the wildlife that benefit the river and of course, the Bojo River fairy, Diwata Maria Tang-an.

Bojo River

The Tale of Diwata Maria Tang-an

The river was once the docking area for big ships during the Spanish colonial period and was said to be very mystical and mysterious.  It has been said that a very beautiful fairy named Diwata Maria Tang-an guards the Bojo river and the forest. She had protected the area from Spaniards digging for treasures and banish them from the land. Diwata Maria Tang-an was the townsfolk provider of things as well.

Bojo River

Its been told that every time there’s a celebration,whether it’s a wedding, a birthday or a fiesta, the town’s people would go to the “cathedral” – the rivers opening to the sea and call Diwata Maria Tang-an and borrow things they need for the celebration, provided they return them a few days after they have used the borrowed items and should be returned in good condition.

Cathedral

But what happens to borrowers who do not return the items they loaned or returned incomplete or damaged items? The local medicine woman said that the borrower would suffer a misfortune, a sickness or a temporary abnormality.

Bojo River

With Diwata Maria Tang-an,  were birds and monkeys that made the forest full of life and wild orchids that beautified it. But one day, a girl had borrowed a dress for her wedding and returned it to the fairy with parts of the dress burnt. Diwata Maria Tang-an was so angry she punished the girl with an misaligned jaw and from then on, Diwata Maria Tang-an was gone, with the monkeys and the birds never to be seen again. Spanish then started digging for treasures in the area and with no one to protect the forest and the river, the Spaniards took advantage of the Bojo River and Forest. Today, some say Diwata Maria Tang-an still visits the river’s opening to the sea and is still protecting the area and punishing those who came to destroy the protected area. ^_^

 

Bojo RIver

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Today, Bojo River Nature Reserve, includes 1.4 Kilometer-long Bojo river and its riparian zone — home to about 61 bird species and remarkable native Flora. You can hop on the traditional baroto as local guides interpret the river’s natural and cultural heritage. You can also trek the 400-meter long boardwalk cutting across a mangrove forest and a 150-step natural trail carved on a hillside which will bring you to a gazebo overlooking the river landscape.

 

Bojo River

Bojo Tour is organized by Bojo Aloguinsan Ecotourism Association (BAETAS.)

Special Thanks to Rudney Carcuevas. Contact him at +639059133055 | 0922479822 for more information and booking about Bojo Ecotourism tours.

 

Mangrove Lecture