Exploring the Beauty of Nature at the Silmugi River of Borbon

Exploring The Beauty Of Nature At The Silmugi River of Borbon

 
​Rivers have always played a major role in the lives of the people in Cebu. Aside from providing a means of livelihood, rivers have also made it easier for people to move around in the island. One in Cebu that has facilitated the movement of people and products in the island is the Silmugi River in Borbon.
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Silmugi River – image source: Municipality of Borbon Facebook Page
BorbonThe town of Borbon is located in the northern part of Cebu. It is bordered by Tabogon in the north, Tabuelan in the west and Sogod in the south. The town was originally called Silmogi before the name was changed during the Spanish era. While there are a number of stories about how the town got its name, the town was supposedly named after one of the royal families of Spain, the Borbon family. In addition, the town adopted San Sebastian as its patron saint since the saint was close to the family. 
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Silmugi River – image source: Municipality of Borbon Facebook Page
Silmugi RiverThe Silmugi River or Silmogue River of Borbon passes from the eastern part of the town to its western part. It cuts across a mangrove forest that has become the home of different types of plants and animals. It is close to the town hall and the public market of the town. The water levels of the river normally go up during high tide since water from the sea goes into the river. It may even reach around one kilometer inland. 
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Silmugi River – image source: flickr.com
​A river park project was started a few years ago, but it seems the project has remained unfinished for the moment. It does feature a boardwalk and a jetty as well as a circular hut. The river is a major thoroughfare among residents of the inner areas of the town. It facilitates the transport of products and goods. It also allows people to easily move around from one place to another. The Silmugi River is also highlighted in the annual festival of the town, which is celebrated in honor of their patron saint, San Sebastian.
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Silmugi River – image source: youtube.com
Getting to BorbonYou can go to the Silmugi River in Borbon by getting on a bus bound for the town at the Cebu North Bus Terminal. You can also get on a bus bound for Tabogon and tell the driver you want to get off at the municipal hall of Borbon. Once you reach the municipal hall, the river is just a short walk away. You can easily ask for directions from the locals. 
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Silmugi River – image source: flickr.com
​While the town of Borbon may not be as popular as its neighbors, it does hold some hidden gems visitors may find interesting if they drop by the town. The Silmugi River is one of these hidden gems. Aside from playing a major role in the lives of the residents, the river is also an eco-tourism site where visitors can enjoy the beauty of nature at its best.
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Silmugi River – image source: flickr.com

Published on : 17/02/2018 by Puerto Parrot

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