Did you know that Cotabato City doesn’t belong to the Province of Cotabato nor South Cotabato? It actually, politically and geographically belongs to Maguindanao Province. Apparently, the city’s geopolitical location is as complicated as its history, culture and reputation. A city clouded with fear, and living in the stigma of its history and impression. A place struggling to move away from its own shadow. But the truth is, like other Mindanaoan City, Cotabato is typically diverse, multicultural and generally peaceful. As the provincial capital of…Continue Reading “Travel Guide: Cotabato City”
In the southernmost tip of the Philippine archipelago is a cluster of 107 islands and islets scattered over Sulu and Celebes Seas, closer to Malaysia than the nearest Philippine city of Zamboanga. But is not your usual tourists destination for it is enveloped by the ghost of its reputation, portraying a negative image of the place and casting fear to everyone unfamiliar with the place! Tawi-Tawi! A predominantly Muslim province, Tawi-Tawi used to be part of the province of Sulu until 1973 when it was separated…Continue Reading “Travel Guide: Tawi-Tawi”
Perched in the highlands of South Cotabato is the town of Lake Sebu, home to the indigenous T’boli and Ubo tribes and an emerging eco-tourism and adventure destination in Southern Mindanao. Known for its majestic waterfalls, lakes, rivers and springs, and with its rich biodiversity and culture, Lake Sebu is starting to hit big in the tourism landscape of the region. Its main attractions include Lake Sebu, the biggest of the three lakes that dot the town and an important watershed in the region being…Continue Reading “Travel Guide: Lake Sebu”
Siargao, a small and unassuming island off the coast of Surigao del Norte, is one of Mindanao’s prized destinations. Famous for the surfing waves named “Cloud 9”, the island is increasingly becoming popular to local and foreign tourists, surfers and non-surfers alike. Siargao Island is the biggest landmass in the island group of the same name. The entire island group is composed of nine municipalities including Socorro, where the famed Bucas Grande Islands or Sohoton Cove is located. The other eight are located in the…Continue Reading “Travel Guide: Siargao Island”
The province of Surigao del Sur, in Mindanao’s CARAGA Region, has been out of the tourism map for quite some time but its natural attractions are paving the way for the province to be visited and seen. Who wouldn’t be amazed of the majestic Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig and the Enchanted River in Hinatuan? As such, more and more tourists are braving the long road to these two most visited spots in the province. Both situated in the eastern seaboard of Mindanao, fronting the Pacific…Continue Reading “Travel Guide: Bislig and Hinatuan”
On the other side of the surfing haven Siargao lies the town of Socorro in Surigao del Norte, home to the Bucas Grande Islands also known as the Sohoton National Park.
The group of islands is blessed with numerous caves, some still undiscovered, white sand beaches, waterfalls, mangroves, iron woods, inland lakes, vast fishing grounds, and wonderful corals that are ideal for snorkeling.