CAMIGUIN ISLAND: A Perfect 3D/2N Weekend Getaway

Among the various tourist destinations in the whole Island of Mindanao, there is one exceptional island that I highly regard as an island of desire. It is a paradise filled with picture perfect sceneries and a destination packed with great adventures to choose from. What I am talking about is the island province of Camiguin.

Coined as an island born of fire, the island province of Camiguin is a pear-shaped volcanic island in the northern tip of Mindanao. It is also the smallest province of this Northern part of the Island.  Camiguin is composed of five towns, namely, Mahinog, Guinsiliban, Sagay, Catarman and Mambajao, the capital town of the province.

Considered as an Island of various wonders, Camiguin is a perfect place to indulge a quality vacation and enjoy a fun-filled island adventures. The island province has it all. Name it – white beaches, exotic islands, majestic waterfalls, soothing soda, hot and cold spring, historical landmarks, diverse culture and many more.

For weekend travel warriors like me, Camiguin Island is the certainly the place to be! For 3 Days and 2 Nights, one can already embrace the charm of island adventure. I was among the many travelers lured by the Island to experience its weekend thrill and excitement. Yes, short days it may seem but guaranteed with a great adventure truly worth experiencing.

Here are the must-see places and must-do activities while vacationing in the island province of Camiguin for 3 Days and 2 Nights.

DAY ONE – WATERFALLS HOPPING.

Camiguin Island is blessed with majestic waterfalls to explore. There are plenty of cascading falls that the island has to offer. The easiest to reach is the Katibawasan Falls. It lies at the foot of Mt.Timpoong, about 5 kilometers southeast of the capital Mambajao. It is very best for swimming as the waters fall down into the azure-blue pool. From Katibawasan Falls, another falls to explore is the Tuwasan Falls. Unlike Katibawasan, Tuwasan Falls is unspoiled and remote. Roads are not paved; hence, hiking is the only means to get there. It is not as easy as one would expect. It will take an hour to get there passing through muddy roads, cliffs, valleys and rivers. But for sure, all the exhaustions vanish when greeted by the soothing mists of the cascading waters of Tuwasan Falls. When done with the waterfalls escapade, head to the famous ARDENT HOT SPRING located at the foot of Hibok-Hibok Volcano. Here, treat yourself with the soothing feel of the healing waters of hotspring. Swimming at Ardent Hotspring is the perfect way to end the day when at Camiguin.

Katibawasan Falls and Tuwasan Falls

DAY TWO – ROAMING AROUND CAMIGUIN

On the second day of the tour, it is best to roam around the Island of Camiguin and get to know its rich heritage. Visit the Ruins of 16th Century Guiob Church, the church of the Old Catarman town which was destroyed and partly submerged by volcanic fragments during the eruption Mt. Vulcan in 1871. Another site to behold is the Camiguin Walkway. It is a series of steps going to Mount Vulcan, popularly known as the old volcano. Among the popular features of Camiguin Walkway are the statues depicting the Stations of the Cross. During the Holy Week, it becomes a pilgrimage site for Catholic devotees who come to the Island in time for the “Panaad” festival. Next stop is the Sunken Cemetery also in Catarman. It is the greatest evidence of the fatal volcanic eruption of Mount Vulcan that happened many years ago in the whole Island. According to history, the whole capital of Camiguin including this cemetery, sunk under the sea during the destructive volcanic eruption in 1871. In 1982, the Provincial Government of Camiguin built a huge cross marker on the waters of the sunken cemetery to mark the site they considered the sunken graves of their ancestors. After this remarkable tour, if you still have time, end the day with a great treat dipping into the refreshing waters of either Sto. Niño Cold Springs or the Bura Natural Soda Water Swimming Pool also located in the town Catarman. These are two of the places to get a relaxing dip while on the island.

The Ruins of the 16th Century Guiob Church
The Sunken Cemetery
Soda Pool, Hot Spring and Cold Spring of Camiguin

DAY THREE – CAMIGUIN BEACH LIFE

Before the sun rises on the final day at the Island, hire a motorized boat to bring you to the most famous White Island of Camiguin. Catch a dramatic scene as the sun rises at the Island. White Island is an uninhabited white sandbar located at the northern shore of Mambajao. There are no trees or shelter of any kind here. It is completely composed of white sands. Tides, however, constantly resize and reshape the form of this white sand bar. Since there is no vegetation in the White Island, the punishing heat of the sun is truly agonizing there during the day. So before the midday, get off the white island and head off to yet another beach destination. Of course, not unless you wanted to get those sun burns and tan lines there. From White Island, final destination is the Mantigue Island and Nature Park. Also called as Magsaysay Island, Mantigue it is about 4 hectares of different vegetations with a glowing white beach of powdery sand. White Island and Mantigue Island are both perfect beach havens to enjoy the sun, the sand and the sea. This beach life in Camiguin is at its best. Thus, make it the highlight of your 3D/2N adventures in the Island. And when it’s time to bid goodbye to Camiguin, drop by to get some great pasalubong finds at the Island Souvenir Shops that abound the Island.

The Famous White Island of Camiguin
Mantigue Island and Nature Park

Camiguin Island has it all. Everything that a seasoned traveler would want to experience can be offered by the Island. So to speak, there are more fun in Camiguin that one can expect. The ones I experienced were just among the many great adventures that Island has to offer for us. There are more to explore and new things to discover in the Island.

So, pack up your things now and head off to the Island Born of Fire. Indeed, Camiguin: Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin.

This is my entry to the 15th edition of Pinoy Travel Bloggers’ Blog Carnival for the month of January 2012 with the theme “3 Days/ 2 Nights” hosted by Eileen Campos of Possibly Pinay.

A BLISS CALLED MINDANAO

♫ “Pinoy kapwa Pinoy ang naglalaban doon sa Mindanao
Marami ng dugo ang dumanak sa lupa ng Mindanao
Mindanao, Mindanao”♫

Whenever I hear this song played on radio, I often wonder if the great Freddie Aguilar had really spent a day or two, or perhaps lived a month or a year in all the places in Mindanao to claim that the Philippine’s second largest island is generally in chaos, in conflict or in war. I have so much respect for the guy, but for this particular song, I deem it deceiving. You see, Mindanao is such a gigantic island. Agreed, there are conflicts and insurgencies occurring in some of parts of the Island but to say Mindanao as a whole, a proud Mindanaoan like me will absolutely disagree. However, this post is not about Ka Freddie or Mindanao, the song. This is about my Mindanao, our Mindanao, and its heavenly bliss that has exceptionally captivated the hearts of those who brave to come and relish the beauty of the “Promised Land”.

Much has been said about Mindanao. This dreadful sweeping generalization threatens tourism progress and economic growth of the whole Island. Enough, we clamor. Mindanao is such a gigantic island. There is peace in Mindanao. There is harmony in diversity in our Island. Mindanao is an island of blissful wonders to behold away from those generalized negative views about her. Ask those who came, those who braved, and those who experienced Mindanao – they’ll all say; there is “Mindanao Bliss”.

The Travel Teller’s Blissful Images of Mindanao

Having born, raised and lived my entire life here in Mindanao, I have so many stories to tell about the many beautiful things about our Island – its people, picturesque places, diverse culture, proud heritage and other attributes said to be “Trademarks of Mindanao”.  But my one single voice is not enough to attest the truth of what I say.

So, the brightest, the smartest and the bravest Pinoy Travel Bloggers unite together to prove that Mindanao is  a blessed land to an unpolished gem, the beauty is within, and only the keen traveler can see, and find charm even in the most mundane  situations.”  This is the November Edition of Pinoy Travel Bloggers Blog Carnival with the theme “Mindanao Bliss”.

30 Pinoy Travel Bloggers, 30 Travel Stories, 30 Sets of Photos, 30 Reasons To Prove A BLISS CALLED MINDANAO.

JOIN ME and my fellow Filipino Travel Bloggers as we take you to the best destinations in the Islands of Mindanao where beauty of nature, richness of culture, warmth of its proud people are beyond compare! This is our collective efforts to showcase the many blissful things to experience, discover and see in the 97,530 square kilometers land area of the Island once dubbed, “The Land of Promise”.

Journeying James’ Kaalim Family of Samal Island, Davao

Journeying James during his Mindanao Challenge 400 for 16 days embraced a true Mindanaoan hospitality given away by Kaalim Family while couchsurfing in the Island Garden City of Samal. His short stay ended up having a second family ready to welcome him back on his next visit to the Island. Kaalim Family hosted James throughout his stay and accompanied him in exploring the many spectacular places to see in the Island City. Experiencing this, the Journeying James said the warmth and hospitality of the people are enough to attest the goodness of the Mindanaoan people that truthfully is bliss to stranger like him.

Marly Ramone Go’s Nomadic Experiences at the 7 Falls of Lake Sebu

Marky Ramone Go grew up listening to his favorite folk band Asin and their Song “Cotabato” that speaks conflicts and religious differences of the province. Somehow, it gave him the bad reckoning reputation of Mindanao as a whole. But during his Nomadic Experiences at the Lake Sebu in the South Cotabato where he met the community of peace loving Tibolis, beheld the beauty of 7 falls of Lake Sebu, rode on the two heart stopping ziplines, savored the nature and wonders of this mystical town gave him a positive perspective about Cotabato and Mindanao as a whole. He said, “It’s true that there are still parts in Mindanao – just like in every place in the world, where peace remains elusive – BUT mostly it is the opposite”. Had he listened to the derogatory media reports about Mindanao in general and not braved enough to come our island; he wouldn’t have experienced that yet another different Mindanao Bliss only Lake Sebu can give.

Jason Montana’s Amazingly Davao!

Jason Montana, the Explorer, on his very first solo trip to Mindanao, chronicled what he called a total jam-packed of nature tripping. Having gone to the many exciting places to see in Davao City and the fun filled visit to the thrilling places in the Island Garden City of Samal, Montana The Explorer acclaimed this visit, Amazingly Davao! A blissful Davao!

Rain Amantiad’s MINAULON: Recollections from a Small Town’s Big Star

Rain Amantiad’s article about her little barrio of Minaulon in Bacolod, Lanao Del Norte proves that even little rustic barrios like hers can be a blissful destination to visit. Minaulon may not have famed tourist spots but its friendly community of peace loving and hopeful people is enough to experience an authentic Mindanao bliss. Like other barrio’s children, Rain used to be a little star of hope of her people. And as tribute to her roots, she wrote this article in the hope of luring travelers to go beyond the big cities of Iligan, Pagadian or Ozamis and discover her little humble beginnings. This is blissfully inspiring.

Fung Hu’s Islands of Simunul, Sibutu and Sitangkai

Fung Hu’s virtual journal takes us to the Islands of Simunul, Sibutu and Sitangkai in Tawi-Tawi. He described these peaceful islands in the south as great potentials for tourism development because of its historical and cultural interests. Simunul, being the seat of Islam faith in the Philippines; Sibutu, being the home to the Sama people known to be skilled seafarers and boat builders of pre-colonial time; and Sitangkai, known as the “Venice of the Philippines” are three of most important Islands in Tawi-Tawi worthy to be explored and experienced. Three blissful Islands of Tawi-Tawi.

Audrey Tamayo’s Seeing Samal Island in New Light

AUDREY GLADYS TAMAYO of Byaheng Barok vowed she would never travel back to a specific place once already visited. But her passion and love for photography made her travel back to the places she’d been including the Island Garden City of Samal to capture what she called “chasing the light moments”. Her photos of a glorious Sunrise at Balet, cascading waters of Haguimit Falls and that Blue Christmas at Bluewaters absolutely attest on what she called “Samal Island in New Light”. A blissful Light!

Christine Fernandez’s To 5 Mindanao Adventures

CHRISTINE FERNANDEZ, the Jovial Wanderer, listed her Top 5 Adventures during her various visits to the many places in Mindanao. Water Tubing in Sibulan River in Sta. Cruz, Davao Del Sur; Toploading Ride in Kidapawan, North Cotabato; her motorbike Tour at the Volcanic Island of Camiguin; Spelunking at Sumalsag Cave in Bukidnon; and, her Waterfalls Adventure also in Bukidnon tops this list. Having experienced all these, the jovial wanderer finds Mindanao a blissful destination of perfect adventures!

Jerome Baluyut’s Surigao! Surigao!

JEROME BALUYUT spent 9 days backpacking some parts of Mindanao including the provinces of Surigao Del Norte and Surigao Del Sur. Surigao! Surigao! He yelled out in amusement experiencing adrenaline, fun and excitement in the two Northern Provinces of Mindanao.  Not only the beauty of Surigao that captivated Balintanaw but the kindness and warmth of the Mindanao people that he met along the way. He left Mindanao with a grateful heart knowing there are a lot of things to discover and kindest souls to meet in the Island. Indeed a blissful Surigao!

Wendell Cagape’s The Lost Legacy of the Dayawan Torogan

WENDELL GLENN CAGAPE, a proud Mindanaoan, featured DayawanTorogan located in the Islamic City of Marawi in Lanao del Norte. DayawanTorogan, which literally means sleeping place, is one important historical place that played a pivotal role in Mindanao. This piece of architecture unravel the Muslim-Filipino ingenuity and creativity of building a structure without the use of even a single nail and yet remains earthquake proof. It has historical significance worthy to be learned and discovered. Journeys and Travels lures every travelers to come and visit this place to get to know Mindanao’s rich culture and heritage. A blissful discovery of Mindanao’s heritage!

Marcus Castle’s Sun, Sea, Sand – The Top Beaches in Mindanao

MARCUS CASTLE, a beach bum from Kidapawan City who is also a proud Mindanaoan, listed the Top Beaches he visited in Mindanao. Being the second largest island in the Philippines, Mindanao is endowed with beautiful pristine beaches one “son of a beach” would die to bum and laze around. Mindanao is generally typhoon free where mighty sun shines throughout the year. Among these top beaches Marcus visited are the beaches of Kisulad, Davao Del Sur, the pink sand beach of Sta. Cruz Islands of Zamboanga City, the untouched beaches of Tawi-Tawi, Camiguin Island, Bislig, Suriago Del Sur, Siargao Beach, Dahican Beach of Mati, Davao Oriental, Dakak Beach, the Island Garden City of Samal. Topping the list is the pristine beaches of Gumasa, Sarangani Province. These are the blissful beaches of Mindanao!

Renz Bulseco’s A Promised Land

RENZ BULSECO, the Traveling Nomad from Mindanao, used a fictional character named Luis Serafico in his articled “A Promised Land”. Here, like any other individuals living outside Mindanao, the idea of living in the island filled with negative news is downright scary. But Luis’ job as a journalist demanded him to be relocated in Mindanao. Hesitant, he flew to Mindanao filled with desperation. But his relocation to Mindanao paved way to see the many hidden wonders of the Island, beautiful and hospitable Mindanaons and superb destinations truly amazing to behold. From the beaches of Samal to the waterfalls of Iligan, from the valleys for Bukidnon to the historical city of Dapitan were among the places Luis explored. Two years have passed and Luis is still based in Mindanao, in Davao, madly in love with the beauty of the Islands and genuine hospitality of Mindanaons. Luis finds true bliss in Mindanao. Renz finds true bliss in Mindanao.

Chin Chan’s There’s More to Dipolog than a Bottle of the City’s Renowned Spanish-Style Sardines!

CHIN CHAN, a Juanderful Pinoy, traveled to Mindanao to discover Dipolog City. Alas, when he got, he found out there’s more to Dipolog than a bottle of the city’s renowned Spanish-style sardines! He toured around the many interesting things about Dipolog. He learned that the City is the home of the longest boulevard fronting the beachline in entire Island of Mindanao. Foodtrip, church visits and city tour fascinated the Juanderful Pinoy. But the mixing and mingling with the Dipolognon made Chin Chan’s visit to Dipolog most memorable. At the end he exclaimed, “Dipolog blissfully rocked my world!”

Ding Fuellos’ Enchanting Lake Mainit

DING FUELLOS, the Pinoy Explorer, finds the Enchanting Lake Mainit in Surigao del Norte an imposing natural beauty one should not miss when in this northern part of Mindanao. She’d been to Laguna Lake, the man-made Burnham Lake in Baguio City, and Lake Sebu of Caotabato but she finds the beauty of Lake Mainit just naturally awesome that vivid reflections of the blue skies can be visibly seen. Ding recommends to visit Lake Mainit, whether a short trip or a quick stop. Lake Mainit is worth visiting and surely one can be captivated and enchanted by its beauty. A blissful natural beauty endowed to the Province of Surigao.

Enrico Dee’s An Afternoon at the B’laan Village at Lamlifew

ENRICO DEE, the man behind the Byahilo, spent an afternoon at one of the B’laan Villages in Malungon, Sarangani Province. Having read an article in the Lonely Planet Magazine Philippines featuring this Tribal Village, Enrico decided to visit the Village situated in small sitio named Lamlifew in Barangay Datal Tampal in Malungon. When he got there, Enrico was fascinated by how B’laan women gathered and work together to put up the School of Living Tradition, a school that traditional way of life of the B’laans is continued and taught to the younger generation. Preservation of tradition and culture abounds the place. This is one best example how Mindanaons value their love for culture and the arts passed from generations to generations. They are blissful B’laans.

Lai Marie Mirasol’s Maranao Culture Educated at Aga Khan Museum

LAI MARIE MIRASOL, a Pinay Travelista, revisited the Islamic City of Marawi and discovered herself the rich cultural heritage of the Muslim Maranao preserved at the Aga Khan Museum located at Mindanao State University Marawi. Here, the Pinay Travelista who also is a proud Mindanaoan took pride in learning the affluence of culture and heritage of our Maranao brothers and sisters. Museums like Aga Khan are perfect venue to educate oneself about significance of culture and tradition of one place. Gladly, in Mindanao, there are numbers of museums preserving Mindanao blissful culture.

Izah Morales’ Lake Sebu: Home of the Peace Loving T’bolis

IZAH MORALES, the Tripadora, journeyed to the land of the peace loving T’bolis in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato to experience culture and traditions at its best. The T’bolis of Lake Sebu are known to be among the remaining IPs in Mindanao where its rich culture and tradition are still practiced even to this day. During her visit, the Tripadora was treated to an authentic T’boli dance and had given the chance to meet the famous dream weaver Lang Dulay, the living national treasure of the T’bolis. In Mindanao, Lake Sebu is indeed a perfect place to discover both culture and nature at its finest.

Bonz Panganiban’s The Monastery of Transfiguration: Behind the Pyramid, Unveiled

BONZ PANGANIBAN, the man behind the Con Tour Blog, traveled one weekend to the valleys of Bukidnon to unveil the mysteries behind the Pyramid of the Monastery of Transfiguration in San Jose, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. He listed 10 significant traits behind the Pyramid that made him considered the Monastery of Transfiguration as “The Bliss of Central Mindanao”. Not known to many, the Church of Transfiguration was the last architectural work of the National Artist for Architecture, Leandro Locsin. Inside the church features interesting pieces of arts and designs that truly defines its uniqueness the many churches in Mindanao.

Earl Bolivar’s Bukidnon: Highland Bliss in Impasugong

EARL BOLIVAR of Suroy Pilipinas, is one of those travelers enticed by the beauty of Impasugong, a town in the northeastern part Bukidnon that is said to become the next important eco-tourism destination in this landlocked province of Mindanao. Impasugong is a quaint first class municipality whose rugged terrain is defined by scenic mountains; deep canyons and gorges. Earl, like other travelers who traveled to Impasugong, instantly fell in love upon peeking inside and seeing the wonders of nature that Impasug-ong possesses. Coming from a Mindanaoan like Earl who has explored the many wonders of his home province of Bukidnon, certainly, this part of Mindanao is blissful haven of spectacular highland sights guaranteed to take one’s breath away.

Micaela Rodriguez’s Camiguin Island: Mysterious and Beautiful

Senyorita MICAELA RODRIGUEZ listed the island born out of fire, Camiguin, as one to the Top 3 destinations in the Philippines she would love to visit again and again. For her, Camiguin Island remains mysterious and beautiful even if she keeps on coming back. The island never bores her. Camiguin being one island but packed with natural wonders and great tourist spots is undeniably an ideal destination for blissful adventures.

Mhe Anne Ojeda’s Mindanao Bliss: Cateel, Davao Oriental!

MHE-ANNE OJEDA, a seasoned traveler, was convinced to visit my hometown Cateel after reading my entry to the PTB’s Blog Carnival Hometown Theme of  which she hosted. My article features my humble beginnings and the many spectacular places to discover in my birthplace including the famed Aliwagwag Falls, the Philippine’s highest waterfalls. In her journey to my hometown Cateel, she discovered that this coastal town of Davao Oriental has a lot to offer not just the Aliwagwag Falls. Her passion for her Comings and Goings made her realized that the whole island of Mindanao is so blessed with ample of natural attractions just waiting to be explored and experienced. Experiencing Cateel, Atty. Mhe-Ann understands why I am so proud being a blissful son of my hometown and Mindanao.

Francis Balgos’ Camiguin | Mt Hibok Hibok Hot Spring

FRANCIS NUNEZ BALGOS, the Pala-lagaw, finds the volcanic island province of Camiguin as one of the best places to visit in the entire Mindanao.  And when in there, a visit to the Mount Hibok Hibok Ardent Hot Spring is a must. He considers this a perfect jump off site for mountaineers and a family hot tub. Indeed, there are plenty of things to do and see when in Camiguin. But after one’s day tour to the whole island, bathing and soaking at the warm healing waters of Ardent Hotspring is truly a great treat. And from my experience, I must agree there’s bliss in this part of Camiguin.

Kara Santos’ Finding Bliss in a Tribal Fiesta

KARA SANTOS, in one of her travels to Mindanao, was brought to the foothills of Davao to witness the fiesta of the Matigsalog Tribe, who reside in the forests and remote barangays of Marilog. She called this as one of the most blissful and memorable places that she’s been in the country. That trip was few years back, but she still vividly recalls how special it was to feel and witness such blissful tribal fiesta. Having experienced ritual dances, heard stories, commune with the members and kids of the tribe, she realized that even people who are away from the modern world and digital age can find bliss in the own little way. That trip gave Kara one innate blissful experience.

Berniemack Arellano’s Mindanao Saga: Return to the Land of Promise

BERNIEMACK ARELLANO’s Habagat Central chronicled his various travels to the different provinces, towns and cities in Mindanao entitled “Mindanao Saga: Return to the Land of Promise”. Like others, Bernie considers Mindanao as “The Wild West” of the Philippines. It was this year when the man behind Habagat Central traveled back Mindanao, the land of his ancestors, to learn more about its culture, commune with its people and appreciate more its unexplored wonders. From Marawi to Cotabato, Zamboanga to Davao, from Iligan to Gensan, these are among the many places Bernie traveled in Mindanao to rediscover his roots. Summarizing his journey through his article and photos, Bernie truly showed the uniqueness of every place he’d been in Mindanao and takes pride about the blissful things it can offer.

Edelito Sangco’s Bucas Grande Island – 3 Compelling Reasons To Visit The Mindanao All-In-One Destination

EDELITO SANGCO, the man behind Island Vacations, is lucky to be among the residents of Socorro, Surigao Del Norte. Socorro is the home of the Bucas Grande Islands, the islands I consider truly a gift to the whole Mindanao. Edelito defines the Bucas Grande Island as a destination of various natural attractions. I was among those who were lured by the beauty of these Islands and I say it is beyond doubt worth visiting. The up close and personal encounter with the non-stinging jelly fishes of the Bucas Grande Islands is by far the most unforgettable Island experience I ever had. But there is more to see, more to explore in this blissful part of Mindanao.

Lloyd Lost Boy's Mindanao Bliss: Have You Ever Seen Dakak That's Beautiful?

LOST BOY LLOYD finds Dakak Park and Beach Resort in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte a blissful place to stay when in this part of Mindanao. Being a premium resort, Dakak Park and Beach Resort’s great deal of facilities and amenities make it the perfect place to relax, unwind and commune with nature. The exclusivity and tranquility of the beach make it the ideal place to stay especially for those who are seeking for peaceful and serene getaway. Having experienced it himself, Llyod believes that his blissful place must be visited when coming to Dapitan.

Estan Cabigas’ Why visit Maitum in Sarangani?

ESTAN CABIGAS, a certified Langyaw, finds the rustic town of Maitum, a gem in Sarangani Province, an interesting place to explore in Southern Mindanao. Discovering its interesting history, rich culture and picturesque sights is bliss in itself. Visiting the Pawikan Nesting Sanctuary, the anthropomorphic burial jars, watertubing in Pangi River, bat watching in Pinol and the close encounter with town’s T’boli are the among the must-experience things to do in Maitum.

Nathalie Penados’ A Visit to the Little Venice

NATHALIE PENADOS in her Chronicles of My Wandering Soles highly regards Barangay Day-asan in her home city of Surigao as one of the best places to visit while in the City. Barangay Day-asan, a typical floating village situated at Arellano District, is considered as the Little Venice of Surigao. The simple houses of more than 400 residents of this water village stand on wooden stilts or piles of rock and mostly with fish cages. Visiting Day-asan can be blissful experience in this part of Mindanao because it is one ecotourism destination that showcases great reforestation and conservation of mangrove forest.

Aleah Phils’ Danakit Cave: Spelunking in Tandag, Surigao del Sur

ALEAH PHILS, a Solitary Wanderer from Surigao, considers spelunking at Danakit Cave at Tandag, Surigao Del Sur another great blissful experience to try when visiting this northeastern part Mindanao. When Aleah was home for vacation, she braved to explore some of the most unexplored and unexploited caves in her town. For spelunking enthusiasts, Danakit Cave is a must-explored cave. Amazing stalagmite and stalactites formations abound the cave. Tandag is very accessible from Butuan City, Surigao City and even Davao City.

Eileen Campos' Samal Island Itinerary: How To Do It And Do It Good

EILEEN CAMPOS, the friendliest girl behind Possibly Pinay, traveled to Davao to experience the lures and beauty of the Island Garden City of Samal. With my help, Eileen was able to make her Do-It-Yourself Samal Tour one huge success. In two days, Possibly Pinay visited the awesome colony of Fruit Eating Bats at the Monfort Bat Sanctuary, climbed the Mount Puting Bato, Samal Island’s highest peak and a lot more. “What a blissful tour!” Eileen commended after enjoying the must-try things to do in Samal.

Daniel Karlo De Leon’s 10 Things I Miss About Mindanao

DANIEL KARLO DE LEON, an experienced traveler who’s been in and out of Mindanao, listed 10 things that he misses about the Islands. He had great memories while visiting some of the key cities and towns in the Island. Mindanao becomes an important Island destination for Karlo. It gives him a lot of experiences he learned for the first time. It gives him photographs that he considers masterpieces. It gives him gastronomic experiences until now he craves. It lets him experience authentic culture and tradition. Things he now misses. Above all, Mindanao gives him the blissful reason to come back, again and again.

The Travel Teller’s Blissful Images of Mindanao

AS FOR THE TRAVEL TELLER, Mindanao is my home. My blissful home. Mindanao is an abode of my ancestors who like me are passionate about living a life full of happiness, serenity and respect. Simply put, a blissful life. Cliché as it may seem, Mindanao is indeed a “land of promise”. It is a land of Mindanaoans who promise to live in peace and harmony despite of differences and diversity. Like my fellow Filipino Travel Bloggers who believe that Mindanao as a blissful place to find great adventure and worthy travel, we Mindanaoans believe that our Island is a gift to every Filipino in this country. A gift that needs to be seen, experienced and loved.

COME TO MINDANAO. THERE IS BLISS IN THIS ISLAND. THERE IS “MINDANAO BLISS.


To all the PINOY TRAVEL BLOGGERS who contributed to this Blog Carvinal, I sincerely thank you for showcasing the beauty of our Island. Mindanaoans like me will always be grateful. To my fellow Mindanaoans, this post for you. We are great blissful people living in this great blissful island of Mindanao.

To read previous BLOG CARNIVALS of the Pinoy Travel Bloggers, you may visit Estan Cabigas’ LANGYAW for the full complilation.

THE SUNKEN SUNSET OF CAMIGUIN ISLAND

Perhaps one of the most dramatic and breathtaking sunsets in this tropical Island of the Philippines is the sunset at the Sunken Cemetery of the Volcanic Island of Camiguin.
John Lubbock was right when he said, “Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of Heaven”. These were the same thoughts running in my head when a spectacular view of a glorious sunset was laid before my eyes. At that moment, I worshipped God for such a stunning view to behold. It was the most vivid sunset I’ve ever seen in my life. I called it “The Sunken Sunset”.
When I travelled to the Island Province of Camiguin, visiting the famed Sunken Cemetery topped my list. It is one of the Island’s most important and historic tourist spots. Remarkably, my visit to the Sunken Cemetery gave birth to my passion for sunset photography that until now I am so obsessed.
The Sunken Cemetery is located in Bonbon, Catarman. It is the greatest evidence of the fatal volcanic eruption of Mount Vulcan that happened many years ago in this volcanic island. According to history, the whole capital of Camiguin including its cemetery, sunk under the sea during the destructive volcanic eruption in 1871. Following that eruption, part of the sunken land and the gravestones were still visible when low tide. But in 1948, Mount Vulcan erupted yet again sinking the whole area deeper to around twenty feet. From then on, the gravestones can never be seen.
In 1982, the Provincial Government of Camiguin built a huge cross marker on the waters of the sunken cemetery to mark the site they considered the sunken graves of their ancestors. From then, it was called the “Sunken Cemetery”. Today, it is considered one of the most interesting diving sites in the Philippines.
Visiting the Sunken Cemetery allowed me to appreciate more the many interesting things about the whole Island of Camiguin. The history of the sunken cemetery is undoubtedly tragic but the way the people of Camiguin valued this historic site and its heritage made me see the kind of people they are. It truly defines their courage, resilience and faith to survive the challenging tests of times.
As a photography enthusiast, SUNSET IN THE SUNKEN CEMETERY by far is the most scenic amongst the sunsets I’ve seen in the many places I’ve been. Is it because of its history? Or because of what it is now? Whatever it is, until now, that Sunken Sunset still lures me to come back to the Island and once again capture its glorious scene. And I know I shall be coming back. Again.