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Davao Oriental Villages

The Mandayas: People of the Uplands

At the heart of our visit to the Caraga municipality is the Community-Based Tourism (CBT) project by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), in collaboration with the Mandaya Ethnic Group in the uplands ancestral domain of Sangab, Caraga, Davao Oriental. While exploring Caraga to showcase its natural wonders and attractions, a portion of our group is actively involved with the Mandayas, implementing a “Marketing Enhancement Program” and providing essential “starter-kits” (threads, beads, cotton, etc.), as well as equipment such as sewing machines and back-strap weaving looms.

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Davao Oriental Islands and Beaches

5 Beaches to Greet the Sun in Caraga Municipality

Have you ever envisioned being among the privileged few to witness the inaugural light of a new day in your country? Nestled in the easternmost reaches of the Philippines, the municipality of Caraga offers a unique opportunity for such an experience. Here, dawn breaks a little earlier than usual, casting its warm glow on a collection of pristine beaches that fringe the expansive Pacific Ocean. What better way to embrace the dawn than by immersing yourself in the tranquil beauty of these five beaches in Caraga?

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Lakes Mountains South Cotabato

A Journey Through Lake Holon’s Majesty via the Kule and Salacafe Trails

The prospect of waking up at 3:00 am for a 4:00 am hike back to the Lake Holon Receiving Area might seem improbable, but a midday event at Lake Sebu necessitated our prompt departure from this enchanting crater lake. Venturing back through the Salacafe trail – the easier yet longer 9km route – we commenced our journey, putting in the effort to tackle the continuous ascent from the base camp. By 5 am, we reached Salacafe Viewdeck, where the morning sky painted the landscape in captivating hues. Recognizing the opportune moment, I launched my drone, capturing the sublime beauty of Lake Holon at this early hour.

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Architecture and Structures Capiz

Capiz: Places of Faith and Worship

For a time, the province of Capiz, located on the northeastern island of Panay in Western Visayas, had a reputation for being a land of Aswangs (shape-shifting evil mythical creatures). This notion can be traced back to several historical events. One such event was the outbreak of dystonia disease that afflicted several residents in the province. Another was the use of the myth of Aswang to scare off Japanese soldiers during the war. These days, however, the province has chosen to spotlight its abundant seafood, earning it the moniker “Seafood Capital of the Philippines.”

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Bike Touring Marinduque

Luzon Datum Ride: The Final Stretch

Our journey through Marinduque had been a thrilling cycling adventure, and the last leg was both the shortest and the most demanding. Our destination: the Luzon Datum of 1911, the geodetic center of the Philippines, perched atop Mt. Mataas in Mogpog, rising approximately 200 meters above sea level. It was the perfect way to conclude our cycling odyssey on this captivating island.

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Cebu Travel

6 Places to Get the Best Views of Cebu

Although Cebu City is a first-class, highly urbanized city in the Central Visayas region, it offers locals and travelers many must-visit locations where they can get away from the so-called concrete jungle and be introduced to stunning heights and scenery.

Many of these destinations can be easily accessed from the heart of Cebu, so if you want to take a break from the bustling city life and escape to a place where you can sit back and relax in peace, here’s a list of spots in Cebu City where you can get amazing views:

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Marinduque Video

Video: Cycling in Gasan: A Ride to Haynon Hills

This is the second video of a three-part video series of our rides in Marinduque. For our second day, we headed southward passing by the municipalities of Gasan and Buenavista. We are visiting one of our highlight locations, the Haynon Hills in barangay Malbog in Buenavista.

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