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Tictac-Tictac-Tictac… Three o’clock in the morning. Got up. Packed up. Heavy Rain. Walked down on the dark street. Waited for the service. Rode off to the airport. And made the sweet greetings to all travel buddies. (I miss all those things)
Boom! that was not my routine for my usual weekdays. I had to change it for awhile to clutch some unshrinking treks. It was another day to explore my dream and a perfect time to check my travel bucket list for this year. After six months of waiting, I could say welcome to “The Trip to South Philippines: Camiguin Island-Cagayan de Oro- Bukidnon- Davao City”.
For the first time, I got a purely serendipitous to roll the certain parts of Mindanao which endowed me to create a lot of remembrances and filled in my memory bank . That long journey took for just five days with such daring quest from the beginning until the end. Traveling from the air to land to water to mountain and back with the air again were the woozy trip I’d ever had… wew!.. and a simple way to escape my city life which was the best part of my mid-year, as always; and the thing that I kept on looking forward was to be with my dearest travel buddies Lalaine and MaryJane with my new found friends, JQ and Eileen… plus a cutie daddy and son, Kuya Menahem Noynay and Gabriel.
Camiguin: The Island Born of Fire
Wish to experience the beauty of Hawaii or Maui for an instant?
Amhhh… That line bumped into my mind before I took my a simple sojourn yet amazing journey to the mystical island of Camiguin. It struck myself with its splendid scenery as I got a chance to witness its alluring beauty. As we know, the island is the second-smallest province in the country and famous for being “The Island Born of Fire”, because of its volcanoes which can be found every per square kilometer than any other island on earth. It uncovers the thought about the fire that starts to spread its light, and soon people mesmerize the beauty beyond its meaning. And to embrace its superb firing landscape is the same as to hook yourself with its culture that touches both Boholano and Cebuano culture.
When we were approaching to the island, the peak of Mt. Hibok-Hibok and the shoreline of White Island flashed my pretty eyes; until such around 7:30 in the morning, the plane settled at Mambajao Airport, and the gang passed over the hallway with so much fun until we reached the exit area of the airport. Then, we finally met Kuya Rodel who is our dearest jeepney driver, our tour guide and a friend of Kuya Teddy (the man behind Pabualan Cottage and who managed our amazing road trip throughout the place) He brought us to our reserved accommodation. And after our preparation, we stopped at the public market and ate our breakfast, then we started exploring the Camiguin’s best spots.
The Best Spots of Camiguin
1. Pit Stop at Mambajao
I’d never expected to swing by this area due to excitement while on the road trip. This picturesque scenery might be looked so fascinating and amazing yet behind this exquisite mountain ( Mt. Vulcan Daan) underwent a terrible forest fire happened last first week of May (2016). The incident burnt those greens down to ashes which deeply melt my frozen heart. For God’s guidance, it was saved by the good locals and recovered the mountain’s life. On the other hand, this place is commonly the first stop for every tourist heading to the Old Volcano.
2. Walkway to the Old Volcano and Stations of the Cross
3. Sunken Cemetery
4. 16th Century Guiob Church Ruins
Green… Fresh… Ancient…and Holy… That’s what we simply illustrate the atmospheric premises of 16th Century Guiob Church Ruins, an old church destroyed by the same volcanic eruption last 1870’s. Soon as we entered the place, we were welcomed by the church old benches, sweet voices of birds, a freshness of greens and a calm relaxing vibe. This church stands for so long without a roof and the sturdy walls and columns are out of knickknacks but full of bloomed grass walls (might not be so obvious from my pictures here yet if you visit the place, that green walls are awesome especially during rainy season).
|[Some photos courtesy of Menahem Nonay]|
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