|Location||Barangay Baganihan, Marilog District, Davao City|
Epol is an acronym which stands for Everlasting Power of Love Waterfalls. It was formerly known as the Green Valley waterfalls. It is one of the natural tourist attractions of the mountainous area of Marilog District Davao City which is approximately three hundred (300) meters away from the highway. The falls are cascades of cold water that plunges into a natural pool. It is surrounded by tropical plants and trees that provide a habitat for wildlife.
The Epol falls have bamboo huts that provide shade and a place to prepare foods.
Epol Falls is located at Marilog District, Davao City, Philippines in the mountainous area of Barangay Baganihan, homeland of the Matigsalug tribe and is adjacent to Bukidnon and North Cotabato provinces. It is high altitude with some parts reaching 4,000 feet above sea level, cool and pleasant weather where many go for treks, vegetables and just to escape the humid and punishing heat in the lowlands. Barangay Baganihan, Marilog District, Philippines is a place located latitude (7.524850) and longtitude (125.224655) on the map of the Philippines.
Access to the falls
From Davao City, Marilog District is approximately 100 kilometers, and almost three hours travel by bus via Cagayan Buda (Bukidnon-Davao). Bus terminal is located at Ecoland, Davao City. Ask the conductor or driver to drop off at Epol Waterfall.
According to the Matigsalug tribe ancestor, long time ago the falls has been the witness of forbidden relationship of a lover. It was a rendezvous for their secret affair. One day the father of the girl found out their relationship and took her away to a faraway place. From then on, nobody knows what happen to the girl. Every day the man visited the falls, hopelessly hoping that the girl will come back.
One day when he was very old, he noticed an old woman sitting beside the falls. It was his long lost girlfriend. They both cried and hug each other and hold on to the Everlasting power of love.
From ancestor to ancestors, this legend had been passed down. One day, a tourist visited the place which was formerly called “Green Valley” – a name after the green background of the falls. After he heard the love story from one of the native guide he exclaimed: “Oh! this place is not a green valley, it is a place of Everlasting power of love. From then on, they called the place Epol.
To reach the Epol waterfalls, there is a hike of 30 minutes on a forest trail. The trail going down to the falls is interesting due the the huge forest trees, rare plants, wild flowers and colourful butterflies and insects. The trail is usually slippery due to the cold weather condition of the place and it is recommended to wear hiking shoes.
Epol waterfall is maintained and managed by Marilog locals who collect an entrance fee. Marilog locals belong to thr Matigsalug tribe.