Cloud-watching, trekking and more adventures at Canso X | Balamban, Cebu
Not many of my friends know this, that I really enjoy watching clouds go by. I could do that all day long and for no apparent reason as well. I sometimes wished that this was a scientific fascination or some meditation technique that I stumbled upon. But my friends, there is none. I just like to stare at these fluffy creatures, lazily and gracefully gliding across the clear, blue sky.
At Canso X in Balamban, I could say that my unexplainable desire for cloud watching was satisfactorily met. They were all there providing a wonderful contrast to the lush green mountains of Balamban, the dark blue hues of the Tañon Strait and the faint gray of Negros island in the far west.
Canso X by the way, is AboitizLand’s 12-hectare mountain adventure park. Its name is taken from the first five letters of Cansomoroy, the barangay where it is located, while the ‘X’ stands for extreme. The first of its kind in Cebu, it offers adventures such as mountain biking, trekking and canyoneering among many others. There is also a camping area for those who would opt to stay longer after all those grueling activities.
“I could definitely get used to this view,” I thought to myself. But before I could even fashion a compelling argument to convince my manager that we transfer our cubicles here, Raffy, the eco-park’s ranger, thankfully interrupted my reverie when he informed us that the morning hike was about to start.
He then led us to a small stream down the sprawling property. I say ‘sprawling’ because Canso X is a very small part of the total land area the industry leader AboitizLand has not yet developed. It is indeed an exciting prospect, especially in this part of the province, since these are also the guys behind The Persimmon and other successful real estate developments in Cebu City.
The clear stream was a wonderful surprise especially for those who would immediately associate Cebu with images of white sand beaches and most recently, whalesharks. Cebu also has mountains and even a top-notch natural rock climbing spot, which I only knew of when I chanced upon the happy couple behind www.adrenalineromance.com later in the afternoon.
I wished we had enough time that day as I’d like to trek all the way to the cave and the waterfall shown in the AVP earlier. Getting there would involve jumping into deeper portions upstream and negotiating boulders in between. Activities like these or the outdoors in general, provide an adrenaline rush which I already missed during the past few years. Should the opportunity to participate in that longer river trek present itself, I’ll be among the first who would immediately sign up.
By the time we headed back, there were already mountain bikers strutting their stuff along the various ramps and obstacles. Canso X, I learned, hosted a mountain biking competition last year. The event attracted serious riders all over the Philippines and even as far as Singapore.
By this time too, the clouds have already lumped together into a massive fluff. It’s that kind of cloud formation where you are not sure if it brings rain or not so I did not mind going back to the real world much sooner than planned.
At the back of my head, I know I could still see clouds from my workplace. But the view at Canso X is something I would never see even at the top floor of our office building.
Here’s to hoping I could return there someday despite the long drive along the scenic Cebu Transcentral Highway. The longer river trek is on my list but if it is not yet available, I will be content with just watching clouds go by at Canso X.
Information (driving directions, commuting options, fees and contact details) will be posted here soon. You may also inquire through the AboitizLand website and hotline (+63 32 411-1600).