After crossing the Inangtan Hanging Bridge of Sagay, we continued our nature trip to Himoga-an River. Residents call that place as the Himoga-an River Overflow that is located at Barangay Puey, Sagay City, Negros Occidental. The Himoga-an River is the longest river of Sagay City. It was wide and clean so you would not wonder why most people living near that area usually take a bath and wash their clothes there.
Habal-habal or motorcycle is the usual means of transportation in that place. From Inangtan Hanging Bridge, we still had to hike just to reach the highway where our friend parked his motorcycle. We forgot to bring bottles of water so we became very thirsty after that hike. It was then that we tried to taste the overflowing water along the way.
Our kind tour guide said that the water came from the nearby spring. With no further hesitations, we quenched our thirst out of that free flowing water source. With all fairness, the water was good and fresh.
We headed our way towards the Himoga-an River. We passed by the Bago Market that Saturday. With your a fifty pesos, you’ll surely enjoy eating and sharing lots of kakanins to everyone.
Reaching the river, I saw some people washing their clothes along with the currents of the river. Meanwhile, some enjoyed the free swimming there. They never mind the heat of the sun and even the heavy loaded trucks of sugarcane that passes by the small bridge. I saw two carabaos (water buffalo) that seemed to act like security guards tied along the riverbanks.
We were surprised that a simple picnic had been prepared by our friend’s family when we arrived at the Himoga-an River. They grilled some fresh fish, cooked some rice, brought a few snacks and shared some soft drinks. They cut a huge banana leaf which served as our place mat. Well, that was simple yet fun.
The picnic beside the river was memorable for me. We bathe into the river after that. Enjoying along with the current made that swimming more enjoyable. It’s been so long that I haven’t tried spending sometime bathing in the river. No entrance fee and no cottages to pay. You just have to bring your own picnic blanket or sit on the rocks along the riverbanks. Now I realized why my Tita Chang has always been telling me that some best things in life are absolutely free.
The noontime sun signified that the weather gladly welcomed us there. Life in Sagay is simple and I’m happy to keep on mentioning that. In Bacolod, there’s no river as wide and as clean as that in Sagay. Visiting some remote places like this will take your stress away.
The Himoga-an River will be listed as one of the memorable nature adventure I had in Sagay City. We went back to Bacolod via Ceres Bus. We spend almost 3 hours to finally reach Bacolod Northbound Terminal. I was in two places on that same day: Escalante and Sagay. We were tired yet so happy.