Gui-ob Church Ruins | CATARMAN, CAMIGUIN

The Guiob Church Ruins is located at Barangay Bonbon, Catarman, Camiguin in the Philippines. Constructed in the 16th century, it is an old church of the island’s Spanish-era capital called Cotta Bato. It is approximately 30 minutes from the town center of Mambajao and about 7 minutes from the Sunken Cemetery which also suffered from the volcanic eruptions

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Inside the Gui-ob Chruch Ruins

The church of the Old Catarman town was destroyed and partly submerged by volcanic debris during the eruption and formation of Mount Vulcan on May 13, 1871. Only the ruins of the church and bell tower remains of the old town.

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Outside wall of the ruins

At the back area of Guiob Church Ruins one can see the old bell tower, old convent and an old tree which are already present during the time the church was not yet damaged by the eruption of Mount Vulcan. There is also this modern white lighthouse which was recently erected close to the bell tower.

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Ruins of the old bell tower
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The century old tree and the old convent
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The white lighthouse near the old convent

More about Camiguin and getting around the island? Read the previous blog Travel Guide | CAMIGUIN ISLAND, PHILIPPINES

 

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Travel Guide | CAMIGUIN ISLAND, PHILIPPINES

Camiguin is an island province in the Philippines located in the northern coast of Mindanao. It is known as ‘the island born of fire’ as the province is said to be created by volcanic eruptions and land movements.

How to get to Camiguin?

Option 1: Manila – Cebu – Camiguin via connecting flight

Cebu Pacific Air flies to Camiguin five times a week from Manila via Cebu. (Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat-Sun) (visit Cebu Pacific for further details).

Option 2: Via Balingoan, Cagayan de Oro to Benoni Port

An hourly Ferry Boat/Roro from Balingoan Port will take you to Benoni Port in Camiguin. Early trip from Balingoan Port to Benoni Port(Camiguin) is 5:30 AM.

Option 3: from Jagna, Bohol via Ro-Ro

RO-RO ferry sails daily at 1:00 PM, expected arrival at Camiguin Island is 5:00PM at Balbagon Port

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At the Camiguin Airport
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Port of Benoni

Getting around

The easiest way to get around the island is through habal-habal (motorcycle). Rate starts at 500 pesos without driver and 800 pesos if with driver/guide. You can hire a habal-habal near the ports of Benoni and Balbagon while there those just outside Camiguin airport. The island´s 64km circumferential road is also accesible by public jeepneys, multicabs and van.

What to see?

The island of Camiguin is a little paradise with full of wonders of nature and historical attractions. Here are well-known places in the island you can visit:

Santo Rosario Church: The Santo Rosario Church in the municipality of Sagay built in 1882.

Gui-ob Church Ruins: The church of the Old Catarman town destroyed and partly submerged by volcanic debris during the eruption and formation of Mount Vulcan from 1871 to 1875.

Mount Hibok-Hibok: Located at the northernmost and is the only active volcanic vent in Camiguin.

White Island: Can be accessed from Agoho which is about 5 km west of the town of Mambajao.

Mantigue Island: Can be reached from Mahinog about 14 kilometres south of Mambajao.

Sunken cemetery: During the volcanic birth of Mt. Vulcan that lasted from 1871 to about 1875, some areas in the town of Bonbon subsided, sinking the cemetery of the town to below sea level. The place is commemorated by a huge cross erected in 1982

Katibawasan Falls: Located 5 km southeast of Mambajao, the Katibawasan Falls flows 76m down to a pool surrounded by orchids and ferns.

Tuasan Falls: The 25m high strong waterfalls located 6 km northeast of Catarman.

Ardent Hot Spring: At the foot of Hibok-Hibok Volcano bubble the mineral pools of Ardent Hot Springs..

Sto. Niño Cold Springs and Bura Natural Soda Water Swimming Pool: Located in Catarman these are other places to get a relaxing dip on the island.

Tangub Hot Spring: An interesting hot spring located on the shore close to the Sunken Cemetery.

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The Tuasan Falls
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The Sunken Cemetery
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The Sto. Nino Cold Spring
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The uninhabited White island

Where to stay?

There are numerous hotels, resorts, lodges, home stays, cottages and even rooms-for-rent within Camiguin mostly within the capital of Mambadjao. You can visit Camiguin Tourism for a list of accommodation rooms and resorts.

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Dahilayan Adventure Park | Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon

Opened in September 2009, the Dahilayan Adventure Park is considered Mindanao’s extreme adventure playground. It features Asia’s Longest Dual Zipline at 4,700 feet above sea level with speed of up to 90 kph.

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Lush green scenery as you go on a ride to the 840 meters dual cable zipline

The adventure park is located in Brgy. Dahilayan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon where lush greenery and breathtaking views of the mountains of Dahilayan can be seen. It is open from Mondays to Sundays & Holidays, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Aside from the Longest Dual Zipline, other attractions in the adventure park includes  the 8-storey Skytower Base Jump, Dropzone 120ft. FreeFall Ride, Flying Lizard Canopy Glider, Python Roller Zipride, 320MT plus 150T Zipline and the Rope Course. For packages you can visit www.dahilayanadventurepark.com or call them at +63 917 622 3204 for inquiries.

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The Rope Course, a 12-stage High and Low Wire obstacle course with a Multisided Rockwall
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The Dropzone at Dahilayan which features a 120 ft Freefall into a manmade lake

For adventurers going for an overnight stay, Dahilayan’s Pinegrove Hotel offers accommodations raging from 3,500Php to 5000Php per night.

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The Pinegrove Hotel inside Dahilayan Adventure Park

How to get to Dahilayan Adventure Park?

From Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan de Oro City:  Take the Magnum Express shuttle straight to Dahilayan Forest Park Resort.

From Cagayan de Oro City proper: Take Magnum Express shuttle to Dahilayan Forest Park Resort that leaves daily between 8:30am-9am from their terminal in Lim Ket Kai Mall. You can also ride a bus going to Manolo Fortich proper or take a van that goes directly to Camp Phillips then rent a habal-habal to go to the adventure park.

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Camp Phillips’ Del Monte Pineapple Plantation | Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon

Bukidnon is considered to be the food basket of Mindanao, Philippines. Aside from being a major producer of rice and corn, it also produces the finest and sweetest pineapple of the country. It is home to the first pineapple plantation of East Asia – the Del Monte Pineapple Plantation which began in 1926.

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A huge replica of pineapple greets visitors and tourists upon entering Camp Phillips

Camp Phillips, a community situated in Manolo, Fortich is where the 5, 000 hectares Del Monte Plantation situated. Fruits are exported to different countries like the United States, Japan and European and Middle Eastern Countries.

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At the 5, 000 hectares pineapple plantation
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Scenic view of Mt. Kitanglad far beyond the vast landscape of pineapple plantation

How to get to Camp Phillips?

Camp Phillips is an hour travel from Cagayan de Oro City. One can reach the area either by riding a bus going to Manolo Fortich proper or by taking a van that goes directly to Camp Phillips.

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The Museum of Three Cultures

Opened in May 2008, the Museum of Three Cultures is located within the Capitol University campus along Corrales Extension in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Philippines.  The museum represents the three dominant cultures of Northern Mindanao, namely the Bisaya-speaking Christians, the indigenous peoples, and the Maranao Muslims.

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The Museum which attracts curious visitors because of its history and cultural value has the following five main rooms:

POSAKA M’RANAO: Posaka is the Maranao equivalent of the English word heritage. This name was given to the gallery because it contains mostly objects commonly handed down by parents to children – kitchen wares, jewelry, among others. This gallery features 175 Maranao collections out of the 700 of the Museum, and the centerpiece of the Museum of Three Cultures.

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Danganan, ceremonial sword used during a sultan’s enthronement

KASAYSAYAN: This gallery features both pre-historic and historic artefacts of Northern Mindanao. The gallery also contains trade objects, such as jars from Butuan, Sung ceramics, and perfume bottles from Europe. There are also photographs taken during the Spanish Period (16th-19th century) and the American Period (19th-early 20th century).

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Pre-historic and historic artefacts of Northern Mindanao

RAWARI: This room features mostly the indigenous crafts of Northern Mindanao.  Intricately woven and some designed with beads, the bamboo baskets of the Tigwahanen Manobo found along the Tigwa River of Bukidnon, are displayed in this room. Also displayed are the soil paintings of artists from the Talaandig, of Bukidnon.

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Soil paintings of artists from the indigenous community

MEMORABILIA: This room houses the paintings, photos, certificates, and awards owned by Madame Laureana San Pedro Rosales, co-founder of Capitol University. It was installed to remember the deeds of the brave and courageous woman who migrated from Luzon (Bataan) to Mindanao (Marawi, Iligan, and then Cagayan de Oro) in her pursuit to provide quality formal education to Mindanao schoolchildren.

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Madame Laureana San Pedro Rosales, owner and founder of Capitol University

ART GALLERY: Constructed in 2010, the Art Gallery has hosted several exhibitions by the Oro Arts Guild, Tinta Iligan Artists, Northern Mindanao Artists, the Soka Gakkai International – Philippines and some individual artists.

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Entrance fee at the museum for CDO residents and guests is 50.00; public school elementary and high school is 5.00; and college students is 20.00. CU alumni, indigenous peoples, and PWDs are free of charge. It is open Mon-Fri: 09:00am – 12:00nn / 13:30pm – 17:30pm and Sat: 09:00am – 12:00nn. For more inquiries and directions going to the museum, you can call the Museum Office Desk through the following numbers: Telephone: 856-2832 / 8561165 local no. 7751 and Mobile: +639261429901

More about Cagayan de Oro City? Read the previous blog Travel Guide: Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental

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Travel Guide: Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental

Cagayan de Oro, known as “The City of Golden Friendship”, is the capital city of Misamis Oriental. It is located along the central coast of northern Mindanao facing Macajalar Bay.

Tourism: Aside for its whitewater rafting or kayaking adventures which is one of the tourism activities being promoted along the Cagayan de Oro River, tourists can visit the following parks, museums and historical places:

Mapawa Nature Park: The 2,500 hectares property is nestled in the forest park of Cagnun. It is good for horseback riding, biking, zip line and nature trekking adventures.

St. Augustine Cathedral: The cathedral was built in 1624 by Fray Agustin San Pedro who was called El Padre Capitan.

Gaston Park: The park is located across from St. Augustine Cathedral. This park eventually became an execution ground for Spanish criminals turned later into a training ground for the local revolutionaries during the American occupation.

City Archives Museum: Located inside the Old Water Tower built around 1922, the museum is just near St. Augustine Cathedral and across from Gaston Park.

Gen. MacArthur Memorial Marker: The historical marker is located near the Port of Cagayan de Oro. The monument commemorates where Gen. Douglas MacArthur landed in 1942 enroute to his wscape to Australia during World War II.

Museum of Three Cultures: The museum of Capitol University which houses a gallery of Maranao antiquity, archaeological artifacts, lumad arts and crafts and a gallery of ethno history which displays Cagayan de Oro history.

Makahambus Cave and Adventure Park: This is an underground cave with a 130 foot (40 m) circular gorge. It is the site of the historic Battle of Makahambus Hill between Kagay-anons and American soldiers during the Philippine-American War circa 1900’s.

Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village: The village is located in a reforested area on Malasag Hill. This 7 hectare village has replicas of tribal houses in the region and a panoramic view of Macajalar Bay.

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The Saint Augustine Cathedral
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Museum of Three Cutures
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The Water Tower turned City Museum
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General Mc Arthur Memorial Marker

How to go to Cagayan de Oro?

Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have daily flights from Manila, Cebu, Davao and Bacolod going to Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan de Oro. From all points of Mindanao, Rural Transit Bus, Vans/Jeepneys are available going to the city.

Where to stay?

You can choose from premiere hotels, budget hotels and apartelles within the city. For list of hotels in Cagayan de Oro click here.

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Maria Cristina Falls: Its Majesty and Legend

Dubbed as “Mother of Industry” and “Fountainhead of Progress”, Maria Cristina Falls is considered as Iligan City’s greatest heritage. It is the most majestic among the 20 plus waterfalls within the city.

Maria Cristina Falls is 9.3 kilometers away southwest of the city proper at the boundaries of Barangays Maria Cristina, Ditucalan, and Buru-un. It is 320 feet high, the second highest waterfalls in the Philippines. It spews 150 cubic meters per second of water which is the primary source of electric power for the city’s industries, being harnessed by the Agus VI Hydroelectric Plant.

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The Hydroelectric Plant just near the waterfalls

The developed NPC Nature Park which broke ground in 2006 is where Maria Cristina Falls is actually located. Aside from the Botanical and Zoological Gardens which can be seen at the Nature Park, zipline and rock climbing adventures are now being offered.

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Botanical and Zoological Gardens inside NPC Nature Park
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Bat cave near Maria Cristina Falls

Did you  know that? Maria Cristina Falls is also known as the “twin falls” because of the rock at its brink that separates the water’s flow, although this can only be witnessed if the plant is not operational. Below is the legend of the majestic twin falls of Maria Cristina.

The Legend of Maria Cristina Falls

There once lived two loving sisters, namely: Maria the younger and Cristina the elder. These two beautiful ladies loved each other very much. Maria gave everything she had to Cristina, her beloved sister. Many People knew they were the ones living near the falls. They also loved their neighbor as they loved themselves. Datus and Sultans came to ask for their hands in marriage but the sister refused. There was a man, however, son of a prominent Sultan living somewhere beside the Lake Lanao. For many years he was unhappy because he could not find a suitable partner. He roamed around the lake until he saw the two maidens of the falls. He fell in love with the two sisters but the two sisters did not know whom he really loved. Many days passed and Maria discovered that she loved him very much, which made her very sad and she went to the top of the falls and jumped. When Cristina found out the Maria was dead, she likewise went to the top of the falls and threw herself down the deep ravine. When the handsome young man discovered the situation and found the bodies, he buried them carefully under the falls. After the death of the two sisters, he never married until he died. He named the falls, Maria Cristina after the two sisters he loved.

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View deck
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Powerful water rush coming from the waterfalls

How to go to Maria Cristina Falls?

Getting there is easy. Take a Buru-un route jeepney from the Iligan City proper to Agus Bridge and from there you can walk the rest of the way to the entrance of NPC Nature Park. Entrance feee is P45/head, P35/senior/student.

More about Iligan City? Read the previous blog  Travel Guide: Iligan City, Lanao del Norte

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