CAMIGUIN is a pear-shaped volcanic island with a total land area of 238 sq. kilometers. It lies 10 kilometers off the coast of the Province of Misamis Oriental. Along with the Provinces of Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental, CAMIGUIN forms part of a geopolitical grouping of provinces comprising Region X or Northern Mindanao. In terms of land area, CAMIGUIN is only around 2 percent of Region X.

CAMIGUIN ISLAND is said to be “Born of Fire”. It has seven volcanoes unmatched anywhere else in Southeast Asia. Volcanic eruptions and land movements have created this spectacular island full of natural wonders and historical riches.

Woke up around 5:00am and prepared for the day. My sister showed me around the house and the near surroundings telling us about the flood and how high the flood was. After eating breakfast we headed for the port of CDO to take the ferry to the island of Camiguin. I thought we were taking the ferry but it was the other boat which was faster, a Sea Cat owned by Paras – PARAS SEA CAT (para sikat). With airconditioned cabins with regular fare at the lower level and first-class fare at the second level where there is also an open space where you could stay for some sea air. The two and a half hour from the port of CDO to camiguin was so uneventful and the movie they were showing was so boring that I fell asleep.

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My niece woke me up to tell me that we were near camiguin so I went up to the second level and took some pictures of the island after awhile we docked at the port of Binoni where a van was waiting for us to bring us to VILLA PARAISO where we were billeted. After a 30 minute ride from Binoni port to Villa Paraiso where we checked in our room and left our bags to go eat at Island Grill where we ate Sinigang na Isda and Adobo. After lunch we headed for our first place to visit which is the Walkway to the Old Volcano.

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The Walkway to the Old Volcano is like Mt. Maculot in Cuenca, Batangas where there is a Station of the Cross all the way to the top, I started going up but reached only the second station because we were still going to visit other places (wish I did continue going up and see the view at the top)

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Our next stop was the SUNKEN CEMETERY located at Bonbon, Catarman where a huge cross marker was erected by the provincial government to mark the community cemetery that sunk during the 1871 volcanic eruption. They say years ago at low tide, you could see the gravestones, now it is a popular dive site.

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Next stop was GUIOB CHURCH RUINS at Bonbon, Catarman which was devastated by a volcanic eruption in 1871 which wiped out the Spanish settlement established in 1697. The remains of the old Spanish church, ruins of adobe walls, belfry and convent are mute witnesses to the wrath of nature, but amids the old ruins stand a modern structure of a lighthouse.

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On our way back my sister pointed out White island (which was for tomorrow’s visit) and headed to a place where they make the chocolate drink TABLEA but since it was a weekend there were no workers and I did not get a chance to see how they make and package it but the best thing was they let us taste their product and I drank two cups. Then to the next factory where they make ampao and those peanut sweets (we were not allowed inside the factory). Then on to our next destination.

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This was a place where I requested my sister that I would like to visit and this place is ENIGMATA, which is located in Mambajao where the owner of the place is an artist. The place started as a small house but grew to a three story tree house where you could stay for the night and eat vegetarian food. I really like the room on the second level.

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Our next stop was at KATIBAWASAN FALLS. A 250 feet majestic falls that cascades down to a rock pool surrounded by ground orchids, wild ferns, trees and boulders. Its ice cold water provides a refreshing respite to the summer heat for the locals and tourists alike. This is also where we tasted a crispy pancake with some brown sweet syrup.

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After the cold dip comes the hot dip in ARDENT HOT SPRING located just below Mount Hibok Hibok. The local hot spa is a natural pool of about 40 degrees centigrade sprining from the depths of Mount Hibok Hibok. There are cottages, reastaurants, dormitory facilities with picnic tables and restrooms for tourists and when we got there it was overflowing with people.

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It was already getting dark so we headed back to Villa Paraiso and after eating dinner dipped at the pool while watching an NBA game on a wide screen projector. At 10:00pm went for a shower and dried off then rested for the night for tomorrow is another day to visit other places.

Villa Paraiso
J.P. Rizal, Mambajao,
Camiguin, Philippines
(088) 387-0419
http://www.villaparaisocamiguin.com

Enigmata
Maubog, Balbagon,
Mambajao, Camiguin,
Philippines
(088) 387-0273
http://www.enigmatatreehouse.com

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