St. Mary Magdalene Church | Kawit, Cavite

The St. Mary Magdalene Church of Kawit, also known as Kawit Church is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. It is located few minutes away from the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite. The president of the First Philippine Republic, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo was baptized in this church.

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Inside the old church of Kawit
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View of the ceiling near the altar

The construction of the present Kawit Church started in 1737.  The church is cruciform architecture with single nave. It is primarily made of bricks, stone and wood.  At the right side of the façade is a four-story bell tower. The sides of the church have a total of 14 sets of windows each with a small stained-glass depicting the fourteen Stations of the Cross. Below each window is another arc-shaped window for air circulation.

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Arc-shaped windows for ventilation of the church

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At the back door side of the church

During the Philippine-American War in 1898, the Kawit Church was almost destroyed by the bombardment of the Americans. The church was restored in 1990 by the citizens of Kawit. During the same year, it was marked as a Historical Structure of the Philippines by the National Historical Institute now known as the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

How to get to St. Mary Magdalene Church?

From Baclaran, take a bus bound to Cavite City which passes through the town of Kawit, Cavite, Travel time is nearly an hour. It is just few minutes away from the Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine. (Read previous blog about the shrine here.)

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Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine: Site of 1898 Philippine Independence Proclamation | Kawit, Cavite

The General Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine is a national shrine of the Philippines located in Kawit, Cavite where the Philippine Independence was declared on June 12, 1898. The Philippine flag is raised here by top government officials on June 12 each year to commemorate ‘Araw ng Kalayaan’ or Independence Day.

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A view of the balcony where the Philippine flag was waved during the proclamation of independence

The shrine is the ancestral home of the first president of the First Republic of the Philippines, General Emilio Aguinaldo. The house was first built in 1845 and reconstructed in 1849. The mansion was designed by Aguinaldo himself.

The building has three sections – the main house on the west side of the building, the family wing on the east, and the tower located in between. The middle section is a five-story tower with a spire at the very top. The ground floor of the house today houses a museum of Aguinaldo’s memorabilia and other historical artefacts. The Aguinaldo Shrine museum is maintained by the National Historical Institute of the Philippines. The house and museum are open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Receiving area of the house
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Gen. Aguinaldo’s room
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Philippine map at the ceiling of the dining area of the ancestral house
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At the Aguinaldo Shrine Museum
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Some of Gen. Aguinaldo’s memorabilia and other historical artefacts
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Part of the garden of Aguinaldo shrine
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Marble tomb of Gen. Aguinaldo at the back of the shrine

How to get to Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine?

From Baclaran, take a bus bound to Cavite City which passes through the town of Kawit, Cavite, Travel time is nearly an hour.

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White Island | CAMIGUIN

White Island is one of the two islands of Camiguin which attracts thousands of tourists every year. It is located just few kilometers off the coast of Mambadjao. The horseshoe shaped island is an uninhabited white sandbar.

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White Island sandbar

There are no trees or shelter of any kind within the island. It is composed solely of white sands surrounded by clear waters. The jump off going to the island is in Barangay Agoho in Mambajao town. Small boats can be hired at 450pesos back-and-forth. First trip going to the White Island is around 5:30 AM while boats are only allowed in White Island until 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM.

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Typical boat going to the island
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New acquaintance from the trip
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View of Mount Hibok-hibok from White Island

More about Camiguin? Read  Travel Guide | CAMIGUIN ISLAND, PHILIPPINES

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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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