ARMMazing DESTINATIONS | Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (TRAVEL VIDEO)

It’s almost a year since I started traveling and documenting the many amusing and awe-inspiring sights to see and experience in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). From beaches to mountains, lagoons to lakes, islands to highlands, traditional cuisines to colorful weaves, exhilarating adventures to peaceful immersion to its people – these are just some of the many many amazing things I learned and experienced wandering to its charming provinces and municipalities.

Allow me to share to you some of my humble journeys to some of the remotest places in the country found in this region. These are wonderful places that have remained unexplored, raw and pristine to this day.

I hope this will entice you to come to this part of our country, the Philippines, and experience that kind of thrill, fun and happiness I feel while going to these places. There are actually more to experience, more to enjoy, more to discover.

This is “ARMMazing DESTINATIONS | THE TRAVEL TELLER’S TOP PICKS”.

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Special shout out to Department of Tourism – ARMM sa pangunguna ni Secretary Ayesha Mangudadatu Dilangalen sa pambihirang pagakakataon na ito. Shukran ARMM! Napakaganda mo!

INDAK-INDAK SA KADALANAN | Kadayawan Festival 2017

“Kadayawan
Kasaulogan
Kasaganaan ng pamayanan
Kahiusahan natong tanang
Napulo ug usang kaliwatan”

Amid Martial Law extension in the whole Island of Mindanao, Davaoenos, Mindanaoans from nearby provinces, local and foreign tourists gathered in the major thoroughfares of the city to witness the much awaited, most watched highlight of Kadayawan Festival, the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan. This spectacular event has been considered as the biggest gathering of different festivals in Mindanao to compete and be hailed the grand champion. This has made Kadayawan the King of Festivals in Mindanao.

This year, eighteen contingents coming from different schools and communities in Davao City and nearby provinces assembled in the city’s downtown district for this most prized competition.

Kadayawan Sa Dabaw celebrates not only the city’s bounties of nature and the gifts of bountiful harvest but also highlights the rich heritage and diverse culture that define Davaoeños’ affluent history and colorful past. All these are all portrayed and beautifully reflected In their well rehearsed dances and choreography.

100 KADAYAWAN FESTIVAL VIBE

The vibrant colors of captivating Red and Yellow dominated the streets while the heart pounding drum beats reverberated all over the city’s downtown district. These were the colors and rhythms brought by 18 contingents as they performed rituals and dances of their respective places while dressed in multihued costumes and flanked by colorful props. The resounding ethnic chants and the deafening beat of the smashing drums ecstatically set the whole district in a jovial groovy mood.

Being a Dabawenyo, seeing these performances made me feel proud of the heritage of my city. This made me realized despite differences of culture coming from different ways of lives; we all got to embrace the multicultural diversity of the city. And despite great challenges like the threat of our serenity of living, we can still find the courage in us to find time and celebrate the bounties of our harvest, the gifts of nature and our rich culture. After all, we are Davaoenos, we are Mindanaons – WE STAND TALL. UNITED. RESILIENT.

CELEBRATING KADAYAWAN SPIRIT AT THE APO VIEW HOTEL

Davao City’s premier hotel, the Apo View Hotel, continues to prove its legacy as Davao’s true home of heritage and hospitality as they carry on their tradition of celebrating the city’s grandest festival that pays tribute to the rich and colorful culture of the Dabawenyos, the bountiful harvest and everything that is good in the City.

Year after year, the Apo View Hotel showcases the best of what Kadayawan Festival has to offer by bringing in all the colorful sights, lively sounds and the blissful vibe of the festivities inside the premises of the hotel. Hotel guests who stayed and dined at the Apo View during this week-long celebration were treated with in-house festivities to feel the vibe and spirit of Mindanao’s grandest Festival.

Upon entering the premises of the Apo View Hotel, guests are welcomed by a beautiful centrepiece adorned and filled by the symbols of Kadayawan Season – the bountiful harvest, the fresh fruits and the colorful flowers. Think of anything about Kadayawan, they’re all there. These are sights and sounds depicting the festive colors, cheerful sound and jovial spirit of the celebration – all gathered inside the hotel.

Being Davao’s premier and the second oldest hotel in the Philippines, Apo View Hotel’s own version of the Kadayawan Festival embraces the city’s invaluable effort in honoring, preserving and promoting the artistry and rich culture not just the bustling City of Davao but of the Island Mindanao as a whole.


For many years now, Apo View Hotel’s celebration of Kadayawan Festival has always been a favorite among its valued guests and loyal patrons. At one point, it is renowned being the only hotel in Davao with such festive and most colorful event every Kadayawan Festival season. And being situated in the heart of the city, the city’s premier hotel is just walking-distance to the different venues of the various events made in line with the celebration of Kadayawan Festival.

Kadayawan Festival has always been the city’s grandest celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and serenity of living. And kudos to the Apo View Hotel for continuing its tradition of bringing the festive colors, cheerful sounds and jovial spirit of this celebration inside their walls and unto the hearts of their valued guests.

Indeed, Apo View Hotel is a history of heritage and hospitality – a perfect home for Kadayawan Season.

***I would like to thank Ms. Leah Adolfo for my Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival 2017 weekend experience at the Apo View Hotel.

 

KADAYAWAN’S INDAK INDAK SA KADALANAN 2017: Video Blog

The Travel Teller’s coverage of Kadayawan Festival’s Indak-Indak Sa Kadalanan

This street dancing event is one of the highlight of the weeklong festival and is absolutely a must-see. The major thoroughfares of Davao City are closed off to traffic for the entire event. This colorful parade features graceful dancers decked in splendid, colorful costumes and dancing to the beat of ethnic-inspired music. The streets come alive with millions of stunning colors from the dancers and their glorious costumes and props. The competition showcases local talents whose dancing prowess can make you dance to the beat of their music. It is a day of cheers and smiles – prepare to be amazed.

I’m proud of my roots. I’m proud of my culture. I’m a proud Dabawenyo. I AM A PROUD MINDANAOAN. …we are proud MINDAONE!!!

GREAT THINGS TO DO IN CAVITE PHILIPPINES

The Cavite that you see today has been the result of several important historic events in the past. In fact, the history of Cavite has a strong influence on the modern Philippines Islands. Consequently, a visit to Cavite lets you learn more about the country more than anywhere else. Adding to that there are lots of tourist spots in Cavite that would meet your longing for natural splendor. Well, here’s what you need to see and do:

  1. Tagaytay Ridge

from: Wikpedia

The Tagaytay Ridge is a highland area and translates to ‘Palace in the Sky’. It had been the resting house of former Filipino President, Ferdinand Marcos. Today, however, the rest house serves as a vantage point for seeing the Taal Volcano, the smallest but not the least beautiful volcanoes in the Philippines. Tagaytay Ridge also serves as a wedding spot for several couples, across the year.

  1. Taal Volcano

Located right in the middle of Cavite, the Taal Volcano is astonishing and one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines. Though the smallest of volcanoes in Philippines, it is complimented by a very picturesque landscape that even includes a lake. The Taal Lake, as it is called, can be visited on boats. You also have the option to trek to the crater of the volcano and check out the amazing looking Crater Lake.

  1. Imus Cathedral

from: Wikipedia

One of the most historic of churches in Philippines, the Imus Cathedral holds relics that go long back in time. Also known as the “Cathedral of Our Lady of the Pilar”, the Imus is a holy place and is visited by Catholics all round the year. If you can plan ahead, be a part of the fiesta that is organized every year on October 12th.

  1. Museo del La Salle

from: AnaViajera.Com

Another historic building, the Museo del La Salle is located inside the premises of the De La Salle University. Inside the museum, you will find traditional Filipino dresses, animal preserves, Saint wooden amulets, vintage players, handcrafted vessels, paintings and more. It’s a perfect example of the richness of Philippines of the past.

  1. Cabag Cave

from: Cabag Cave Facebook Page

For those who would love spelunking, the Cabag Cave is the perfect spot for it. There’s a waterfall that forms the mount of the cave and offers a pool that you have to wade across to enter the darkness. The lust green forests around add to the mystic charm of this destination.

  1. Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine

from: Wikipedia

The home of the first president of free Philippines, this is the place where the first Filipino flag was hoisted. This shrine thus marks the end of the revolution and the beginning of a country that has become one of the most sought after destinations in the world.

  1. Puzzle Mansion

from: GMANews

If you are traveling with your kids, the Puzzle Mansion would be a great visit. Inside, you will find the collection of the most sought after puzzles. You will also get a chance to meet Gina Lacuna, the Guinness Record Holder for the biggest collection of puzzles in the world.

There are lot many places to check around Cavite but these are sure the ones you cannot miss.