Mayoyao is a mountainous area which waterfalls, rivers, forests, and other serenity to be seen. One of the waterfalls that is part of the promoted falls of the LGU of Mayoyao is the Lumaguid Stone Waterfall.
The Lumaguid waterfall lies between the two barangay which are Balangbang and Buninan. The only way to go there is to walk and you can choose the two paths to go there. You may walk at barangay Balangbang or in barangay Buninan. Once you are there you will hear the loud and roughness of the water but it also has a beautiful view from the sides of Buninan the rice terraces, native houses, and mountains.
Lumaguid has two pools, the first one is in the falls and the second one is in the lower part of it. Sometimes the water is clear and it depends on the weather or the upper stream source of it if the source of the water were contaminated or the water is caused by natural disasters like too much water from the forest, landslide, and others.
In the vicinity of the area, there are two available cottages but only one is being used because the other one is ongoing for construction. You may be wondering why did they call it Lumaguid Stone Waterfall, at the top of the falls there are two stones the bigger and the small stone that holds the large one. In the olden days, a believe that there were no stones over that waterfall but the fairy put it there as their house. according to the folklore one night they hear noise coming from the river that they are carrying a big stone, the fairies’ when to the neighborhood house to borrow a “tagkhai” a small version of a winnower if I am not mistaken.
Early morning the villager were woke up and shocked that there is a huge stone at the waterfall, then they saw a slice of meat on the “tagkhai” at their house. The elders believe that as long as the stone stands they are still happy. It also believes that don’t throw stones, garbage, and breakable object as it has consequences for the unseen creatures that leaving there.
From then on the story of the large stone in that waterfall was passed through generations to generations up to now. As a human no matter if they are living in that places we must pay respect to their cultures, beliefs, and practices. Also, we just need to practice eco-friendly picnic anywhere and not throw garbage everywhere.
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