Tuesday, May 1, 2012

mindanao - a bigger picture

whether you've been to or have never been to Mindanao there is always something new to discover. let's set aside all the issues and conflicts and let's give way to the better side of the country's "Land of Promise". it is best to begin the series with a good list of reason why you need to visit Mindanao this year.
[1] FESTIVALS. Filipinos are happy people and Mindanao will never lag on this aspect. most festivals like Kadayawan, Kaamulan and Kalilangan highlight the islands ethnic culture of the Lumads. Camiguin's Lanzones Festival and General Santos' Tuna Festival celebrates the abundance of Mindanao's natural resources. while on the Western tip of Mindanao island, Zamboanga city celebrates the Feast day of Our Lady of the Pillar.

[2] ADVENTURE. it is every Filipino mountaineer's dream to reach the country's highest peak and traversing Mt. Apo connects the two province of Davao del Sur and North Cotabato. the city of Cagayan de Oro and Bukidnon shares a wide range of adventure spots. including ziplines, caves and its world class river rafting. beach activities is growing in the East Coast with Siargao being the top spot for surfing in the country.

 
[3] BEACHES. a large part of Mindanao is landlocked but its peninsula and the Sulu archipelago has some of the country's unexploited beaches. from the unique pink-like sands of Sta Cruz in Zamboanga to the sandbar of Camiguin. don't be surprised, in Mindanao, even the public beaches are relatively clean.

[4] WATERFALLS. majority of the highest waterfalls in the country are in Mindanao. the island also holds the record with Aliwagwag Falls as the highest in the country and Tinuy-an Falls as the widest. Iligan and Cateel envelopes the most majestic waterfalls. not to miss out in the list, the famous Maria Cristina Falls, the largest energy generator by a waterfalls in the country.

[5] MOUNTAINS. six out of ten of the highest peaks of the Philippines is in Mindanao. Mt. Apo is the highest followed by Mt. Dulang-Dulang in Bukidnon. Mt. Kitanglad in Bukidnon like Mt. Apo are also among the largest Natural National Park of the country. Bud Bongao in Tawi-Tawi is a trekker's favorite because of the monkeys along its trail and its summit being a sacred site.

41 comments:

Pinoy Adventurista said...

Ang dami talagang adventures sa Mindanao... Can't wait for this series to start...

Traveling Hawk said...

A very good and clear presentation, dong ho!

Photo Cache said...

very good. parang class syllabus ah, you know what's awaiting you.

great job.

nonbeliever said...

This post makes me wanna go to Mindanao ASAP! :) galeng!

alicesg said...

Looked like another fun and great adventure for you.

Axl Powerhouse Production Inc. said...

wee bagong bihis ang bahay mo master dong!

ganda ng mga beaches sa mindanao... parang i wanna try there...

Dong Ho said...

>Mervs, yes. adventure resounds so much in the greater mindanao island. i love trekking and white water rafting the most.

>Traveling Hawk, thanks!

>Photo Cache, hahaha... i used this format so that it'll be easy to plot the options based on ones desire to visit Mindanao.

>Jarvs, salamat! let me know when. baka lang makasama.

>Alicesg, it is.

>Axl, the new look comes with the new series. salamat sa pagdaan.

OLAN | The Travel Teller said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS Dong. :) made me more PROUD TO BE A SON OF MINDANAO. A very proud SON of CATEEL DAVAO ORIENTAL, the home of ALIWAGWAG FALLS. :)

Sendo said...

awesome. will save this list :) galing mo sir dong for making this one

Pinay Travel Junkie said...

I'm sooo excited for Kadayawan! Already booked :)

nuts said...

wow, it's all in the list. makes me want to travel and see Mindanao.
btw, will wait for your adventure at PHL360. aabangan ko talaga! congrats!

Micamyx|Senyorita said...

I Love Mindanao! Davao, Camiguin, CDO, General Santos, Sarangani, South Cotabato. So much to explore pa! :D

Gladys | ByahengBarok.com said...

great photos! there's so much to do in mindanao. wish i can go back sooner.

Dong Ho said...

>Olan, that's really worth being proud. i am as proud to be from Mindanao.

>Sendo, thanks! for sure you will find more spots once you explore Mindanao.

>Gay, nice. let me see. parang gusto ko rin pumunta this year.

>Nora, i hope you will visit Mindanao with the kids. thanks! im as excited on that project. phl360 traveling soon.

>Mica, seeing you return to Mindanao many times proves that.

>Gladys, big thanks! this list is nothing when you will start exploring those hidden spots.

Drew said...

I remember I was asked by airport officials if I was from Mindanao at an airport somewhere in the US once. They seemed to have a bad impression about the region unfortunately. So keep on promoting it Dong and let mankind know how really awesome Mindanao is :D

Borneo Falcon said...

Looks like another great treasure to be discovered

Pietro said...

So attractive, I've enjoyed all the photos!

Elal Jane Lasola said...

The first time na nakita ko ang mindanao sa himapapawid nong nag Zambo ako, I was totally amazed how vast the forest ranges are from the plane's view. Truly, gustong gusto ko siya i-explore and mapuntahan tong nalista mop kuya dong. :D

Dong Ho said...

>Drew, too bad though we cannot also entirely blame them as they too might have a basis. yes some good news will definitely give an image of the better side.

>Borneo Falcon, hopefully through this series.

>Petro, thanks!

>Elal, nice. looking at the map alone and seeing only a very small portion occupied by people it sure has a huge forest. it ain't called the land of promise for nothing. sayang di natuloy yung pagkita sana natin dun. thank you for visiting mindanao this year.

Dylan said...

That's a lot of land to cover Dong but definitely it will be worth our time.

I'm looking forward to visiting these awesome places in Mindanao this year!

Thanks for giving us this big picture. :)

Coolmon said...

Nice article enjoyed reading it

Ichan said...

Mindanao truly teems with natural wonders but sadly it has been tainted due to the work of a few. I hope with your posts about Mindanao, people would realize that there is something more than what they see or hear in the news.

Btw congratulations for being a part of PHL 360 =)

Edmaration etc said...

This post promotes Mindanao immortally... This article can still be an effective promotional post for Mindanao even after 50 years :)

Just great reasons why we should visit Mindanao and I am so guilty not being able to visit Mindanao yet :(

joan | the backpack chronicles said...

Andami talagang magagandang places and exciting adventures sa Mindanao. At sana matry ko din sila lahat!

Looking forward to this Mindanao Series.

Asiong32 said...

i like the new look of your blog. mukhang exciting tong mindanao series na to.i like what you did sa mga graphics. ang galing! idol talaga. u

docgelo said...

fantastic recommendations, dom!
the worries and doubts of local and foreign tourists about mindanao will be cleared out once they read this list.

i always like how you deal with your photos, not only with your style in capturing your subjects but your personal treatment with everything-the watermarks, the overall layout; ang husay!

gillboard said...

if people would just look beyond the news, mindanao really is one of the more beautiful places in the Philippines.

lakwatserong tatay said...

wow....ang lupit compilation...ang dami ko pa pala talaga dapat puntahan sa mindanao...

sana next year makagala na ulit ng todo...^_^

Denoy Eusebio said...

i am so fascinated by that region

although cdo at davao palang napupuntahan ko dyan sa mindanao

will try yun mga nasa listahan mo

ardee sean said...

superb... ganda, kelangan maapakan din ang mga kagandahan sa Mindanao.. :P

pusang kalye said...

This profiling of Mindanao is no easy feat.And so I wanna tell you I really admire you.Kung dati ang taas taas ng admiration ko sayo , ngayon, super super super taas pa. :)

Jenn said...

Maganda talaga ang Mindanao and I should really travel there more. These are indeed good reasons to put back Mindanao into my radar. Sayang lang talaga na hindi lang medyo tainted yung image nila. So this campaign (if you will call it that) will definitely give Mindanao a boost. :) Great job! Love the post.

Mitch said...

LuzViMin is lovely! Go Philippines! I want to explore Mindanao again.. Daming treasures and adventures!

soloflightEd said...

wow, ganda ng presentation dom! bilib ako sa poster skills mo. hehe.
dami ngang pwedeng gawin sa Mindanao. i'll tour more of it pagbalik ko ng Pinas.

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Thanks for featuring Mindanao and highlighting what's there to see and experience - just like you, I'm always proud having been born there.

Tom said...

Indeed, Mindanao is a wonderful place. The problem is the media, they portrait Mindanao as a places of Chaos. This kind of post will help changing this image. Keep it up!

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

I'll be heading to a festival in Mindanao next month, my first :)

Heart of Rachel said...

It's great how you highlight the beautiful things in every place you visit.

Mindanao is blessed with amazing landscapes and water forms.

julienne said...

wow Mindanao series! yey I can't wait :)

joei ♥ said...

Just got back fr Davao. Want to explore Mindanao more! Cant wait for the series!

www.joeiandme.com

Maja Dera said...

been to cdo, camiguin, davao, and will be in zamboanga this aug.hopefully, siargao and lake sebu naman next year. =))

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