Princess Manan-aw Cave

Princess Manan-aw cave is one of the numerous caves included in the Cagong-cagong cave system.  It has a total length of 195.5 m, the entrance is measured to be 5.6 m. and width of 3.7m. The cave is  carved out of coarse and reefal calcareous rocks belonging to the later Miocene Sierra Bullones Limestone. It has plenty of speleothems and an underground river flowering inside the cave.

Brgy. Cagong-cagong, Alicia, Bohol

1 hour & 53 minutes travel

HISTORY

Barangay Cagongcagong in the town of Alicia, Bohol is located 9 kilometers south from the town proper. It is bounded to the north by Barangay La Hacienda, to the East by Barangay Sudlon, to the south by Barangay Katipunan and to the west by Barangay Inaghuban in the nearby town of Pilar. This 216-hectare Barangay is considered the home of more than 20 caves in the area. A designated geosite is the Princess Manan-aw Cave located in Cabahis within barangay Cagong-cagong, Alicia, Bohol. It is 2.6 kilometers away from Cagongcagong barangay road and lies along 124° 23′ 41.36” E longitude and 9° 51′ 27.95″ N latitude with an elevation of 220 meters above sea level.

Princess Manan-aw cave is one of the numerous caves included in the Cagongcagong Cave System. It has a total length of 195.5 m., the entrance is measured to be 5.6 m. in width and 3.7 m. in height at its mouth. The cave is carved out of the coarse and reefal calcareous rocks belonging to the Late Miocene Sierra Bullones Limestone. Characteristic of numerous caves in Bohol, it has numerous speleothems and an underground river flowing inside the cave. Based on recent technical assessment, the cave was classified under Class II due to its unique geological features and can be opened only to experienced cavers or guided educational tours or visits at the moment.

Princess Manan-aw Cave’s name is based on its unique rock shapes which appears feminine in nature. The feces of the birds and bats living inside the cave served as organic fertilizer for the farms of the locals in earlier times. The local government of Alicia has recently identified Barangay Cagong-cagong as one of its prime tourist destinations within the municipality as it hosts to more than 20 caves, including Princess Manan-aw Cave. The officials has also recognized the area’s potential for scientific researches and educational activities.

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