Mabinay Cave, Negros Oriental

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After an overnight stay in Antulang, it’s time to move on to another adventure. The road leads us high up where we can have the view of the sea and some islands.

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I was quite drawn to the mountains near the sea and that one small island for which I don’t have a name. hehe.

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We stepped out of the bus to enter a cave! The little structure ahead had its walls similar to a cave. Kinda cool actually.

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So here’s the inside of the cave. Not the real cave of course. But it’s pretty cool to have a native ceiling and cave-y walls. hehe

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The front view of the cave hut. (Cave hut, I just made that up. Except if others have already been using the term hehe. )

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A map that shows where we currently are. It also shows some places to around Negros Oriental.

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Just a signpost telling you there are caves, an info center, and restaurant.

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These huts hold the restaurant.

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Here’s me inside the cave hut. The little space with the trellis is like the reception area. There was no receptionist at the moment though. They must have been busy guiding tourists.

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The path towards the cave. It’s like walking on a forest.

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Another look at the mini forest we passed through. Mini because we have only seen this much. I guess it’s wider though because of the other caves surrounding the area.

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The very first shot we took of the cave. Then BOOM! My hand was not steady in taking the picture. hehe. Oh well.

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This is the roof of the cave. I took a picture for a special creature crawling on it. Me and my sister aren’t very fond of it. Well my sister is more than just not fond of it. hehe. Our cave guide however somehow enjoyed tricking us of the whereabout of the spider.

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So the following pictures will be the inside of the cave. This cave is half alive, half dead. The outer part of the cave, since it exposed to sunlight is considered dead. The calcite just looked like a rock. However, as one goes deeper into the cave, the glistening newly formed calcite could be observed but definitely not touched as it could die from contamination.

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This part already has some “living” calcite as it continues to form new columns.

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Inside, there are lights focused on a specific spot. These lights are like guides to the formations which are relatively easy to identify. Though as what the cave guide said, it still depends on your imaginations.

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This one’s an example of a glistening calcite continuing to grow. It would be exciting to see the column rise up to the roof of the cave. However, it will take many years for that to happen.

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The cave guide is showing us something amusing here though I have already forgotten what it was. Our large group was divided into smaller groups though not equally. There were only six of us in our group which makes it easy for our guide to talk to us. We can ask many questions without overwhelming him.

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There’s a trail inside the cave so the damage to the “living” calcite may be lessened. However, on the making of this trail, there were some calcite damaged.

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This part may show a couple hugging. Can you spot the formation?

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This part may show a deer. It’s somewhere there, just let your imagination do its thing. hehe. Another sight to see here is the way the calcite had already touched the ground and ceiling. It may have been formed after a million years considering its length and width.

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On this side, the guide showed us a demonstration of differentiating gypsum from calcite. Some parts of the cave are gypsum, some are calcite. Calcite is opaque, while the gypsum is translucent.

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Behind me is a big formation of glistening calcite. Honestly, it is so tempting to touch because of its color and the way it glistens. But, no. I’d like to see it grow more and more as years go by.

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This formation is already quite big. However, some parts of it are already damaged as well. The dark parts near the bottom are already damaged calcite.

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A closer look at the glistening calcite.

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And another one.

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Here’s our group of six. This is already the end of the trail as it can’t go on any further.

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At first look, I already thought that the standing figure is an angel and there is another figure kneeling with its back turned to the angel.

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The same scene with different camera settings.

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On our way out of the cave. We were the last to enter and last to leave.

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Out of the cave and away from the entrance we are. It was my first time visiting a cave. And to see the living and dead side of it was totally amazing. I somehow haven’t thought about anything spooky with the cave. It was simply thrilling to be inside and experience walking (without touching) around the interior. We actually have touched a calcite formation forming on the trail. I was expecting it to be soft and grainy but it was just smooth and hard. The guide said it was okay to touch it as it had formed on the railing only. Some calcite might have even dropped on us since there are some dripping parts inside the cave. The guide even joked about it. He said that we can have a souvenir of the place. But we would have to stand still under the dripping part for a year so the calcite can form.. =P

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After the cave, we are definitely on the road straight home. The setting sun may mean the end of our current adventure. But the promise of a sunrise would mean the start of a new one.

 

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