By: Philmar Saripada | Christian Paul Ladera
Looking for attractions and famous tourist spots to visit in Region X and in Misamis Oriental? Cagayan de Oro’s natural wonders should definitely make your travel list. Better yet, why not explore the beautiful island of Camiguin?
The island of Camiguin is definitely a paradise for soul-searchers, backpackers, and travelers. This stunning isle is the perfect escape for those who want a peaceful time with only nature in the surroundings.
Camiguin is a small island province in Northern Mindanao with plenty of tourist destinations for everyone to admire. From stunning islands to relaxing hot springs and refreshing cold springs to majestic waterfalls and mysterious historical attractions. This province is complete with everything an adventurous heart needs. To those who hate being bored, this is the place to be!
On the other hand, Cagayan de Oro City is the most usual gateway to the island of Camiguin. Upon landing in Cagayan de Oro, the next thing you should do is proceed to the pier. But before worrying about getting there from the airport, you need to decide how you plan to travel to Camiguin by sea. You can use two ports going to Camiguin — Cagayan de Oro Seaport (or Macabalan Port) and the Balingoan Seaport. Macabalan port to Benoni will take you 2-3 hours of travel while Balingoan to Benoni at 4-5 hours of travel.
Camiguin is also known as the “island born of fire,” because it is home to seven volcanoes, with one being active. We might think that it sounds dangerous, but it’s actually the reason behind the countless hot and cold springs, even soda springs, that anyone will truly enjoy. Also, the island province’s sight with towering volcanic peaks is such a vast beauty to behold.
There’s a lot of wonders that Camiguin has to offer, and one of those is White Island, a sandbar northwest of the mainland, approximately two kilometers off the shore of Barangay Yumbing, Mambajao. White island submerges substantially during high tide but a favorite among tourists. It offers a panoramic view of Mount Hibok-Hibok and neighboring mountains. With all its natural wonders and historical treasures, Camiguin Island is indeed an inviting paradise!
If you are about to travel around Mindanao, be sure to include a Camiguin tour in your trips. Camiguin is famous for its tourist spots like White Island, Mantigue Island, Mount Hibok-Hibok, the recently-declared National Heritage Sites, the Bonbon Church Ruins, and the Sunken Cemetery.
Although Camiguin is a booming tourist destination, the island maintains its rural beauty. Mainly because of the locals who actively participate in preserving the heritage and the natural beauty of their island. So, whether you want a relaxing vacation by the beach, explore mountains and waterfalls, or go on a complete day tour, the pear-shaped island of Camiguin has something for you.
Here are just a few of the great tourist spots in the province you can visit.
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This majestic site was formed in the 1870s when Mt. Vulcan erupted, causing the cemetery and the capital city and old town of Catarman to sink below sea level. A place of reverence and reflection, the site is accessible by boat, and visitors can stand on its small base while it remains above water.
The looming cross that stands today serves as a commemorative marker for those who lost their lives. Though the cross is visible from a platform on the main coastal road, travelers can take a short boat ride to step onto the platform and cross itself.
Those who want a unique experience can also go snorkeling and scuba diving to see the cemetery, driven underwater when the volcano erupted. According to locals, tombstones encrusted by corals beneath the cross can still be seen by snorkelers and scuba divers.
2. White Islands
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The invitation of this white sand by the famous and stunning white island hypnotizes the eye of the travelers who wanted to experience sun-kissed skin in a sparking sand bar.
More commonly known as White Island, Medan Island (or Medano Islet) is 10 minutes away from the northern coast of Camiguin. In Barangay Yumbing.
3. Mt. Hibok-Hibok
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Hike and trek around the mountain as it reveals its beautiful and pristine forest surrounding attractions. Officially known as Mount Timpong — Mount Hibok-Hibok Natural Monument, it is declared as an ASEAN Heritage Park.
Hailed as one of the top ten dive spots in the country of the Philippines, Indeed, Cagayan de Oro’s neighboring Island, Camiguin, is a paradise in Northern Mindanao perfectly fitted for adventurous souls.
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By: Andrea Patrice Nulud
It is dark and late. You are young and afraid. Thoughts are running through your head; your wobbly eyes start to adjust to the darkness. You begin to look around. You see the clock, the posters of your favorite cartoon character as if they were glaring back at you. You see your truck sets neatly arranged on the bookcase next to your lamp. Then you see your stuffed toy your grandmother gave you on your 5th birthday that has your name stitched on it. You are home. You realized you are safe. Eventually, your eyes start to droop, and you fell back to sleep again.
Home is where your memories lie. Perhaps these are just some of the experiences and memories we still cherish up to this day.
A home is not just a structure built to live in; it is more than that. It is more than four painted walls and a roof overhead. Our homes are our sanctuaries. Of all the places on Earth, home is probably the only place we feel safest. As they say, home is where the heart is.
There is nothing more important than a good, safe, and happy home. And since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Instead of fancy gifts, go for the sentiment. Why miss out on the opportunity to rekindle your love for your family? Now is your chance to break free from the mundane and transform your house for this special day: Valentine’s Day.
So, for this upcoming special day, here are some handy tips you might want to consider in transforming your house for this Valentine’s Day celebration:
To sum up, just maximize all the available resources you have and learn to play with them. At the end of the day, it is the thought that counts, and what makes Valentine’s Day more memorable and remarkable is who you share it with.
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