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Whenever I go backpacking, I heavily rely on the words of the tour guides I will be with and the drivers I encounter along the way. Obviously, they know their places more than I do kaya I give them my trust and thankfully, they’re returning a favor of not defrauding me.

Kuya Yoyoy is someone you can rely on when you go canyoneering in Badian, Cebu. He has been in that place for more than 20 years already, discovering it in as early as nine years old – which means that he’ll do no harm to his guest and rest assured that you will be guided safely since he knows the place more than any other in the area. In fact, he can traverse the river at night whenever he initiates his ‘ritual’ by seven in the evening. But don’t get me wrong! The ritual isn’t what you are thinking but his care for the nature. He would sometimes do a cleanup in the area to preserve this beauty he discovered more than 20 years ago. He cared for the place more than anybody else. More importantly, he deserves the credit!

He can make your adventure less extreme and more fun with his unending jokes and some pranks. He takes good shots with your friends that you’ll cherish and make fun after reviewing it. He knows where and when to take photos and what position you should create to make the adventure more memorable. You can just leave your cameras or phones with him and he’ll take care the rest of the documentation. But don’t you dare cry when he says your gadgets are not with him. It’s a prank and you’ll only laugh out loud. Obviously, the humor is overflowing; that makes the adventure, indeed, more fun.

Why am I doing this?

Well, he simply deserves it. It’s my way of helping someone who I believe is humble enough to ask for help in promoting his service. He finds it difficult to communicate with people because of his cleft palate and he admits that his lack of education is an hindrance for him to get more customers. In fact, we almost gave up communicating with him via sms. However, we chose not to because we already know his story through a Facebook post and we want to help in simplest way by getting him as our guide.

Truly, every centavo we paid was all worth it. And we know that his family will benefit from it. Buti na lang hindi kami sumuko makipagusap sa kanya because another story of perseverance full of hope will not be heard by us and by many.

I hope you consider him when you’re planning to have canyoneering in Cebu. Below are his details:

Kuya Yoyoy

Canyoneering Tours


Rate: Php 1,000.00 per head

Inclusion: life vest and helmet, tour and environmental fees

Exclusion: shoe wear, lunch, dry bag.

While he deserves more guest and customers, you as a customer deserves a better service for a great experience. Kuya Yoyoy is the man, that’s for sure.

Note: You may also contact me via comment if you have questions about the tour. I will direct your inquiries to him. Thank you very much and I hope that you can also help him while having fun canyoneering. ;)

– Ton