Thursday, June 28, 2012

Once a Destruction, Now an Opportunity: Sunken Cementery and Guiob Church Ruins

At exactly 6:00 P.M. on May 13, 1871, the quiet and verdant town of Cotta Bato, the Capital of Camiguin Island, was but a dreadful pile of ruins. It was the first and only eruption of Mt.Vulcan.
For many years destruction was the face of this old town.
But nowadays, the destruction that once claimed a hundreds of lives, is an attraction that invites thousands of tourist to the Island. With this boosted tourism, the people of Camiguin is claiming the promise of a better tomorrow.

Church Ruins

A visit to the Sunken Cemetery and Church Ruins reminds me that in our failures let us not see it as it is, but go beyond and find opportunity.
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Must try when visiting Sunken Cementery:
  • look for those young boys to take your photographs and their unique photo effects with the big cross.

Travel Date: September 23, 2011

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Walk the Walkway of Old Volcano?

After we've settled our things at Pabua's Cottages at Rocky Village, Brgy. Yumbing, Mambajao, Camiguin, again it's courtesy of Kuya Chris. We are now off to explore the itinerary made by Kuya Chris.
On our way to the Old Volcano, we were greeted by amazing sights, it is so rustic and refreshing. Imagine cool winds blowing in your face coupled with a beautiful scenery.
Old Volcano is Mt. Vulcan and the youngest of all the volcanoes in the island, ironic isn't it?

First glimpse of Mt. Vulcan
 Nowadays, climbing Old Volcano is made easy by the series of steps and life-sized statues  depicting the Stations of the Cross.

Mama Be paying our entrance fee
I entitled this post with a question, find out if I walk all the way up the Old Volcano. If you know the Stations of the'll know.

 Now you know the answer. That's all for now.

I may not climb the top of Mt. Vulcan but we did pay the entrance fee, which I do encourage others to do it as well. With those fees, it will help not just our government but the people working in those tourist destinations.
I remember the in-charge telling us that we need not pay but I insist on it, because I know where it's going. Here in Camiguin I had a box full of government receipts and stamps for entrance fees paid, that is what I call TRANSPARENCY.

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Travel Date: September 23, 2011

Monday, June 25, 2012

Camiguin in a Flash

Arrived in Benoni Port at exactly 12:30 N.N. and upon getting down the ferry I saw a placard with my name on it.LOL Failed to take a photo with it. 
First glimpse of Camiguin....Old Volcan 

I highly recommend Kuya Chris if you are visiting Camiguin, the best driver, tour guide and photographer. It was mid noon when but because he was aware that we are leaving the following morning. He squeezed in a quick visit to Katibawasan Falls before taking us to Mambajao for lunch.

As we drove around the island, I felt so relax with fresh wind and beautiful greenery on one side and a clean blue sea on the other. 

I can really say it was a beautiful start for an island getaway.

For Multi-Cab Service around Camiguin:
Contact Kuya Chris at  0921-5637788. I can assure you of a great service, it is the only way I can show my gratitude to him.

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Travel Date: September 23, 2011

Port of Balingoan, Jump off Point to Camiguin Island

Balingoan is a town is Port Town in Misamis Oriental and one of the jump off points to the Island Province of Camiguin.
Up early and thanks to Kuya Chris our reliable  multi-cab driver com tour guide in Camiguin. He called around 5 A.M asking if we are on our way to Balingoan Port,LOL, I thank him for that call because he just wake me up. Target No.1 -FAILED as planned, we were supposed to leave Cagayan de Oro (CDO) by 2 A.M so that we can take the ferry that leaves at 5:30 A.M. But still I have high hopes I can do my Camiguin Itinerary as planned.
Good Morning CDO, after a heavy rain a night before
Balingoan is 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours ride by bus or van from Cagayan de Oro. So since we failed in our initial planned time, we just enjoyed our complimentary breakfast at Budgetel CDO. We left CDO at 7:51 by van going to Butuan, fare is Php. 100.00.

Balingoan Port is about 200 meters from the National Highway,at the time of our trip the Port is under going construction, but the restrooms are clean. Clean restroom matters a lot especially during long road trips.
Ferry en route to Cebu 

At the ferry terminal....

Bye Balingoan

View of Balingoan Port from the ferry
Ferry ride  to Camiguin at that time is Php 170.00. We left Balingoan Port at exactly 11:00 A.M
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Travel Buddy: My late Mama Be (aunt) (it was our last trip together)
Travel Date: September 23,2011

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Meeting a Celeb in Punta Isla

T'boli houses rise above the greenery
Punta Isla Lake Resort, for a time Lake Sebu becomes synonymous to the resort, anyone going to this lake town is sure to drop by. Nowadays there are number of resorts in the area, but Punta Isla remains my number one choice.
Aside from having the best view of Lake Sebu, it also offers the freshest and yummiest tilapia.
Welcome to Punta Isla
While we wait for our orders, we were entertained by a group of T'boli performers using their indigenous musical instruments. Someone made Jenny giddy again.....hmmmmm

T'boli Entertainers

He did the music and even appear on the Nescafe Commercial

jenny giggling over kuya d'celeb
After our meet and greet with the celeb, we feasted on; Binuntis na Manok, Chicharon na Tilapia, Kinilaw na Tilapia and Paksiw na Tilapia.
and here comes....

Binuntis na Manok

Let me share to you some of the photographs I took......

With a full tummy, we are now ready for hours of road trip, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato - Davao City.

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Travel Date: July 27, 2011