Calbiga - Samar Destinations


Calbiga is politically subdivided into 41 barangays.

Calbiga is a 4th class municipality in the province of Samar, about 48 kilometers south of Catbalogan, the provincial capital, and 59 kilometers northeast of Tacloban City in Leyte. The poblacion, or town center, lies along the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway (Maharlika Highway) that links Samar and Leyte to the islands of Luzon and Mindanao.

Calbiga has a number of natural attractions such as Langun-Gobingob Caves, Lulugayan Falls and Rapids, Kalidongan Lake, Maqueda Bay and Mangrove Forests, Calbiga River, Kanyawa Caves and Children's Play Area and Nature Park.

The Langun-Gobingob Caves in Barangay Panayuran is reputed to be the largest cave system in the Philippines, the second largest in Asia, and the world's third largest karst formation. It is 7 kilometers long with an area of 900 square kilometers. It has 12 chambers with wide underground spaces, magnificent giant columns of stalactites and stalagmites, majestic rock formations, underground lakes and rivers. It is the habitat of rare species of blind crabs and the seven-centimeter long hypogean blindfish. In late afternoons, million of bats are seen playfully hovering over the cave's entrance.

Dubbed by tourists as a Mini Niagara, the Lulugayan Falls and Rapids is located in Barangay Literon. Approximately fifty meters wide, it is the most majestic of the hundreds of waterfalls cascading down the 14-kilometer rapids from Lake Kalidongan to the Calbiga River. Kalidongan Lake, described as a mythical, crater-like lake is 90-100 meters in diameter and lined with clean white limestone. Its clear, fresh water endlessly flows down the rapids onto the Calbiga River and Maqueda Bay.

The Maqueda Bay and Mangrove Forests is probably the richest spawning grounds for fish and crustaceans in Eastern Visayas. A motorized boat ride takes tourists to the mangrove forested shores featuring fish cages, thousands of sprawling bamboo poles for tahong (mussel) culture and the strings of seaweeds culture. It is also considered as one of the pillars of the island's economy.

The Calbiga River is the town's thriving lifeline. It serves 17 barangays as transport byway and water source. Boat rides, either downstream to Maqueda Bay or upstream to Kariwos, are available, providing views of thousands of mangrove trees, green nipa and coconut palms, and blue kingfishers near the river banks.

A little farther to the east is another huge cave system recently explored by French and Italian spelunkers, the Kanyawa Caves in Barangay Caamlongan. The cave system consists of fifteen galleries of distinctive features and underground rivers, and numerous stalactites and stalagmites.

A unique celebration, the Pahoy-Pahoy Festival, is observed during the month of May in Calbiga. It is a traditional fiesta presentation of colorful “pahoy” or scarecrows, and street dancing by farmers imitating the scarecrows to dramatize their common struggle and victory over the pests and pestilence. It has evolved into an annual event of thanksgiving with a parade of giant scarecrows prepared by the people in the different barangays.





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