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Officially the Municipality of Bansud, is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 40,992 people.
Bansud is 90 kilometers (56 mi) from Calapan.
Bansud is politically subdivided into 13 barangays.
|Population census of Bansud|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
Bansud was formerly a barrio of Bongabong. It became a separate municipality on July 4, 1959 by virtue of Republic Act No. 2514. The town’s name was derived from the Mangyan word basud meaning “delta.”
The name of the town is said to be derived from a legend. The legend says that long ago the Mangyans, the aborigines of the Mindoro settled in the lands near the mouth of Bansud River, which they called “Basud” which means Delta. The delta provided fertile soil for the people; hence they lived there peacefully and productively until the time that settlers from the province of Marinduque and Visayan Islands moved in. In many years that followed, the word “Basud” was eventually changed to Bansud.
Bansud Municipal Park and Plaza
Just across Bansud's Municipal Hall, the Municipal Park and Plaza is a spacious recreational ground that offers paddle boating (P10/boat for 30mins, good for two) and fishing (bring your own rod). Paddle boating takes place in the "Bangkaan sa Bansud" (translated as "Boating in Bansud"), a man-made lagoon which also hatches tilapia for fishing activities. Fishing with a net is prohibited. Other than the lagoon, the park's other features include a children's playground, an open amphitheater, and the statue of the Philippine National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. Entitled "Rizal, the Intellectual", the statue was sculpted by the National Artist Eduardo Castillo. Part of Bansud's 13-hectare municipal government center, the Municipal Park and Plaza is also an ideal place to jog, bike, or play for free while in the town proper.
Manihala Falls comprise of two waterfalls, Manihala Falls 1 and Manihala Falls 2. Manihala Falls 1 is more dramatic and accessible, requiring only 10 minutes of trekking from a cemented road. Meanwhile, Manihala Falls 2 is about 30 minutes away from Manihala Falls 1 and passes by a Mangyan community. While you can reach Manihala Falls 1 on your own, reaching Manihala Falls 2 requires a guide as you could get lost easily. You can hire a guide (P300/group) from Barangay Hall in Manihala, before heading to the jump-off of Manihala Falls. The main waterfall, Manihala Falls 1, is ideal for family and friends looking for an accessible nature trip. Aside from swimming and having a picnic at the falls, visitors can also go fishing here. The common types of fish found in the area are tilapia, catfish, mudfish, and eel.
Rosacara River is a good cool-down destination after exploring the Rosacara Rolling Hills on a midday. This wide river is swamped with various fish like tilapia, eel, catfish, and murrel. Turtles also inhabit the river. One of its features, the Batong Buyawa, is a rock that is shaped like the spine of an alligator. The locals built a hut near the Batong Buyawa where visitors can stay and have a picnic. Below the hut is a rock wall that's about 2-meter high and steady water of the river that is about 2-meter deep. The place is ideal for deep-water freesolo.
Rosacara Rolling Hills
Visiting Rosacara Rolling Hills offers a panoramic view of the bay (Tablas Strait) and the gently sloping hills of Barangay Rosacara. Paired with Rosacara River, Rosacara Rolling Hills is a laid-back place to spend a weekend to go camping, stargazing, and swimming. What makes this place distinct is the smell in the air. The hills smell of hagonoy, a variety of oregano that is known to disinfect open wounds and aids in its fast healing. The hills are mostly covered with tall grass, while other areas are being plowed with crops such as rice and corn. When viewed from above, the plow marks create an optical illusion where the hills seem to be swaying—thus, "rolling", where the hills got its name. An orchard of various fruit trees can also be found here, such as coconut, mango, lanzones, rambutan, calamansi, and banana.
Planning a Trip
Pre-departure planning is important. Here are certain things you should watch for and plan for.
Check with the appropriate consulate or embassy in your country to find out if you will need a visa to visit the country of your destination, especially for an extended period of time. Some countries have extremely detailed and complicated entry/departure laws, and treat visits of a week or two very differently from longer stays.
If you’re traveling to one area, check the cost of living there. If it’s high you’ll probably want to budget more carefully and save some money before leaving. The lower the cost of living the less you’ll have to save, but be sure to have a back up reserve in emergency cases.
Talk to other people who have done a similar trip.
If you don’t know anyone personally, try any of the dozens of online travel web sites full of first-person travel stories covering every possible type of trip.
Plan big and loose. Read everything you can about the area.
There may be sights and attractions you didn’t know about. A rough outline of your trip might have three or four target points and a variety of ways to get between them.
You don’t want to find out that the weather isn’t what you thought, or the guide book was incorrect, after committing to 6 weeks in a specific spot.
Some trips will allow you more leeway than others. Travel plans in Asia can often be made day-by-day while summer travel in Europe should be organized at least a few weeks ahead, unless you’re prepared to hunt around for hotel rooms and train seats.
Set up a pre-trip time-line so you don’t end up with a full todo list your last week of work or school.
Things to consider are doctor’s visits for a check up, inoculations, and prescription refills; purchasing plane tickets; renewing passports and obtaining visas and other documents.
Check your insurance coverage abroad and purchasing additional travel insurance if needed. Don’t forget visiting friends and family members!
The longer the trip, the lighter you should pack. This might seem strange, but it’s true you can afford to lug a heavy bag around for a week or two, but do you want to have anything extra for a year?
Stick to the absolute basics and know what you can and cannot buy at your destination(s). There’s no point in bringing 6 months of toothpaste to Europe or buying a sarong at home to take to the tropics. If you are visiting several climates, try to arrange it so you visit the warmer places first and coldest last. That way you can purchase sweaters and long pants and not have to carry them any more than needed. Alternately, visit cold climates first and then ship unneeded layers home — or sell them off.
A good rule of thumb is to bring one outfit for the hottest day you’re likely to encounter, one for an average day, and one for the coldest.
Make sure everything goes with everything else (if that’s important to you), and remember that layers are always best.
Be prepared for uncomfortable trips. You will often find yourself in a busy, cramped, economy class environment and it could be for many hours – especially long plane trips.
If you want to arrive at your destination refreshed and able to enjoy the sights, then try a good quality travel pillow to support your head, some ear plugs to block out the screaming babies, and an eye cover to block out the sun or cabin lights.
Just avoid those cheap U-shaped pillows from airport shops – your head drops forward and you wake up with a stiff neck.
Make contact with the locals before you go.
Maybe you have a friend-of-a-friend or a foreign exchange student from high school you remember, or just found a friend through a travel web site; almost everyone is happy to welcome a foreign visitor to their home town. This might be as elaborate as a home-stay for a few weeks, or just coffee in their home town or dinner at a locals restaurant.
A streetdance similar to Sinulog which depicts “thanksgiving” for the bountiful harvest. It is participated in by the different sectors of the community from school children to senior citizens. The event is annually held every January 19, the traditional town fiesta in honor of its Patron Sto. Niño.
Travel planning is about more than just knowing where you're going. Prepares to navigate, take control and be ready for anything. This section helps you steer clear of disaster and stay open enjoy the unexpected.
- Banks– Open Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm. Some banks are closed for lunch.
- Emergencies– For police, dial a local phone number; for ambulance call a hospital.
- Internet Access– Wifi is standard in most hotels and free in many coffee shops.
- Mail– Buy stamps at the Post Office. Convenient post offices are located all cities. Most are open Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.
- Safety– Pickpocketing can be a common problem. It is suggested for men to keep wallets in their front pocket. Purse snatching also occurs at times.
Getting in from the airport and other arrival locations. Travel planning is about more than just knowing where you’re going. Prepares to navigate, take control and be ready for anything. This section helps you steer clear of disaster and stay open enjoy the unexpected.
- Plane– Flights arrive at the main airport near city center. If flying from European cities, you might land at a connecting airport. There is a tourist information office at the Terminal E, international arrivals, open 8am to 6pm.
- Train– A train station is on the lower level of the airport. To get into the city, follow the marked signs.
- Taxi– From the airport there is a flat-rate for the 1-hour trip, depending on traffic. Hotels charge up to $80 for shuttle service.
- Train & Bus– Trains and buses arrive a city center. This is the transportation hub for the city and is surrounded hotels.
A perfect place for exploring on foot, with local shops around every corner. You will eventually walk somewhere, it’s just going to happen. If you don’t like crowds, uneven cobblestones, heavy traffic or narrow sidewalks, take a taxi or rent a scooter.