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A Glimpse of my Hometown (Mindanao, Philippines)

Updated on February 15, 2014

Jimenez, Misamis Occidental, Philippines

The parish of Jimenez in Misamis Occidental is one of the oldest parishes in Mindanao. Originally named Palila, it was renamed in honor of Father Francisco Jimenez de San Fermin. Today Jimenez is a town in the province, and is politically subdivided into 24 barangays.
Adorable, Butuay, Carmen, Corrales, Dicoloc, Gata, Guintomoyan, Malibacsan, Macabayao, Matugas Alto, Matugas Bajo, Mialem, Naga (Pob.), Palilan, Nacional (Pob.), Rizal (Pob.), San Isidro, Santa Cruz (Pob.), Sibaroc, Sinara Alto, Sinara Bajo, Seti, Tabo-o, Taraka (Pob.)


Discovering Jimenez

The Parish of San Juan Bautista

Between 1885 and 1886, Fr. Buenaventura Marredon from the parish of Jimenez was assigned in the municipality following the footsteps of Father Francisco Jimenez de San Fermin. He was succeeded by Fathers Cipriano Lojarraga and Juan Ruiz as in-charge of the then “out-church”. It was during this period when construction of the old Catholic church building was started. The church building was finally completed by Fr. Jose Abad in 1894.


The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has declared the Parish of San Juan Bautista as National Cultural Treasure. For it possessed outstanding historical, cultural, artistic value. This church is constructed during the Spanish colonial period, yet it remained untouched and well preserved.


The front view of the church.
The front view of the church.
The ceiling has a painting on canvas done in 1898.
The ceiling has a painting on canvas done in 1898.
A long walk down the aisle.
A long walk down the aisle.
The Pipe Organ was constructed in 1894 and was now restored by the NCCA.
The Pipe Organ was constructed in 1894 and was now restored by the NCCA.
The priest of Jimenez
The priest of Jimenez





Kalutungan Falls



Do you want a little spice for your life? Then pack your bags and get your things ready for an adventurous trip to Kalutungan Falls located at Aquino, Carmen Jimenez Mis.Occ.!


Going to Kalutungan Falls is not that simple, from the terminal of Jimenez, you will have to find a motorcycle that will take you to Carmen, it will probably take you 30 minutes to get there and from Carmen, you'll need to walk for 1-2 more hours just to reach Kalutungan. Ughhh. That's exhausting but if you like to walk, then this is a great opportunity for you! This trip will surely be a fun way to exercise your legs..

There's always tendency that the hikers are challenge by a muddy, steepy, rocky, and rooted areas, so it's best to be very careful and alert..
There's always tendency that the hikers are challenge by a muddy, steepy, rocky, and rooted areas, so it's best to be very careful and alert..
They have worked up a good sweat!!! But wow, look at them, they look so happy, they laughed a lot along the way, and they're having so much fun together, that way, walking seem more like a play, right?......hehe.....
They have worked up a good sweat!!! But wow, look at them, they look so happy, they laughed a lot along the way, and they're having so much fun together, that way, walking seem more like a play, right?......hehe.....
Whew!
Whew!
Hurray! They made it!!!!!!!
Hurray! They made it!!!!!!!
What a blast!
What a blast!
This is a fantastic place for families or groups to get together. The fun is best enjoyed with everyone, so never do it alone!
This is a fantastic place for families or groups to get together. The fun is best enjoyed with everyone, so never do it alone!




Christian's Parque de Atracciones


This is located at Butuay, Jimenez Misamis Occidental, a bar and resto owned by Mayor Lim Quimbo.
Hello!!!!!!!!!The woman in a red shirt is waving at you, She's inviting us to come over....Come, let's take a look at what's inside..

Look at their faces, they're all wearing a smile...

This attractive bamboo bridge will surely amaze you once you set foot to this place........
This attractive bamboo bridge will surely amaze you once you set foot to this place........
A  beautifully designed nipa houses in the fishpond, is a very creative and cute idea!....You can also sit quietly on a bamboo chair for a minute while watching the pond, fishes like bangus (milkfish) or tilapia will gradually appear for you to watch
A beautifully designed nipa houses in the fishpond, is a very creative and cute idea!....You can also sit quietly on a bamboo chair for a minute while watching the pond, fishes like bangus (milkfish) or tilapia will gradually appear for you to watch
A perfect place for group  to hangout, to meet old friends or make new friends while having a cold beer, etc. Various events are usually held in this place, live band and disco, bikini shows, parties...
A perfect place for group to hangout, to meet old friends or make new friends while having a cold beer, etc. Various events are usually held in this place, live band and disco, bikini shows, parties...
 The one thing I love the most in this place is the 5 story treehouse made of bamboo tree (kawayan), if you have fear of heights, then you need to get over it, coz let me tell you, once you reached the top part of this treehouse, you'll be amazed on
The one thing I love the most in this place is the 5 story treehouse made of bamboo tree (kawayan), if you have fear of heights, then you need to get over it, coz let me tell you, once you reached the top part of this treehouse, you'll be amazed on

Visiting atracciones brought back so many childhood memories.....I remember the first time I learned how to climb a tree, I was only 5 years old at that time, (yeah, only 5, i told you, my mom is a monkey, j/k)

When I climb the highest part of the tree, then the wind starts to blow, and its branches just swayed back and forth, it felt like the tree is dancing, and its talking to me, and were connected and there's no greater feeling compared to that, it's like finding peace and solitude and contentment.The feelings are all the same when I reached the highest part of this treehouse, so relaxing!!!





The Camel River


This river is one of the many reasons why I love Jimenez so much. This is the essence of my childhood. This is our swimming pool, our playground, we used to have our picnics here all the time. This river reminded me of our little selves, innocently teasing each other and making childish pranks. We went swimming here naked, yah kids, lol, those were the days..

Our adventures were explored here, according to 'an old folks tales', this river holds many mysteries, our parents always warned us about the many supernatural creatures (like engkantos) that lives here, due to our curiosity and hungry minds, (to test our bravery as well) we tried to solve the mysteries behind this river, but we never encountered such beings...I'm glad they didn't showed up, otherwise, I will never return to this place again, hehe.. Either this beings existed or not, to me 'Camel River' is magical, life changing, and as always 'enchanting'.

Fact or Fiction

Did you know that expensive furniture has been delivered in this place yet no one was there to claim it?....

Who would have bought such an expensive furniture and leave it near the camel river? Was it the engkantos?? Who knows....Ehhhhh....

Also some local villagers had seen a huge huge ship floating in the middle of the river.... Seriously, I'm not kidding! I have heard so many stories about this river, but I'm not here to scare you, so lets go back to our tour, hehe.

A perfect place for inner self recreation....
A perfect place for inner self recreation....
Look at how deep the river is.
Look at how deep the river is.
Come and swim with us!!!
Come and swim with us!!!
 This kiddo is so busy with his fishing.. His so adorable!...I wonder how long it took him to land a catch, probably 8 hours? ehehe, kidding. A great sport to teach kids to stretch their patience.
This kiddo is so busy with his fishing.. His so adorable!...I wonder how long it took him to land a catch, probably 8 hours? ehehe, kidding. A great sport to teach kids to stretch their patience.
A beautiful lady sitting on the camel bridge.....
A beautiful lady sitting on the camel bridge.....
Or you can get loose and do crazy stuff like this. This is not advisable though.. You might fall, and eventually kill yourself, but for the sake of my sister's enjoyment, she's able to take the risk...........
Or you can get loose and do crazy stuff like this. This is not advisable though.. You might fall, and eventually kill yourself, but for the sake of my sister's enjoyment, she's able to take the risk...........
A swamp type domestic water buffalo, we call them carabao here in the Philippines.
A swamp type domestic water buffalo, we call them carabao here in the Philippines.
Oh no, that's the same carabao my sister fought with a few months ago! She can talk to animals, and fight with them too, just kidding.
Oh no, that's the same carabao my sister fought with a few months ago! She can talk to animals, and fight with them too, just kidding.
Heyyaaah!!!
Heyyaaah!!!
say peace to the carabao..hehe
say peace to the carabao..hehe



Patafla Beach Resort




There are so many beaches here in the Philippines, but with so many to chose from, it can be very difficult to decide the most impeccable of all....... Some prefer Boracay, Camiguin or Palawan, etc. But to me, I prefer Patafla Beach Resort...
I'll be real, if your expecting a sparkling clear water, shimmering white sand, sexy girls in a bikini dipping in the hot sun, and handsome guys in their swimming trunks, ahhh (yuummm), then you'll be disappointed.
.......It's just an ordinary beach resort, with a black soft sand, cool sea water, and small bamboo cottages for people to come and gather, so on.....
But what makes Patafla so special?---This is where our priceless moments took place ---- Our Treasured Memories! now, nothing is more beautiful than that.....!!!

 We celebrate sakay sakay here in Patafla, or Fluvial Parade...... Sakay-sakay is a procession in the shore,  usually with a patron statue St. Nino, Jesus, or Mama Mary on some of the boats, a religious activity done every year
We celebrate sakay sakay here in Patafla, or Fluvial Parade...... Sakay-sakay is a procession in the shore, usually with a patron statue St. Nino, Jesus, or Mama Mary on some of the boats, a religious activity done every year
  activity for the communities along the water fronts to showcase the ability/strength and endurance in boat racing sport. Ready! Get set! Goooooo!!!
activity for the communities along the water fronts to showcase the ability/strength and endurance in boat racing sport. Ready! Get set! Goooooo!!!
 Then here comes the music!! Celebration!!
Then here comes the music!! Celebration!!
And the band performs... Live bands/ discos/ all kind of celebrations are also held here...
And the band performs... Live bands/ discos/ all kind of celebrations are also held here...
Most family reunions are held in this place, including mine....... We are willing to cross the seas, fly through airlines, travel through space (kiddin, hehe) just so we can be reunited with our families, once again.........
Most family reunions are held in this place, including mine....... We are willing to cross the seas, fly through airlines, travel through space (kiddin, hehe) just so we can be reunited with our families, once again.........
Life has taught me family does not ever leave you, we may be miles and many distances away from each other, but they will always return to us no matter where they find themselves.........
Life has taught me family does not ever leave you, we may be miles and many distances away from each other, but they will always return to us no matter where they find themselves.........
Families learn that they are heirs, they find other relatives they did not know existed....
Families learn that they are heirs, they find other relatives they did not know existed....
This is where most kids enhance their gymnastics skills! Wow! What a talented young man.....
This is where most kids enhance their gymnastics skills! Wow! What a talented young man.....
A place for a picnic.
A place for a picnic.
There is something about the water that makes people so happy.
There is something about the water that makes people so happy.
 Do you draw your name or your love name in the sand when you go to the beach ? My sister does it all the time! lols.......
Do you draw your name or your love name in the sand when you go to the beach ? My sister does it all the time! lols.......
Have you ever sat out here on a nice day, the sun in it's full glory, the wind's blowing, and your just lazing in the sun, enjoying the moment???
Have you ever sat out here on a nice day, the sun in it's full glory, the wind's blowing, and your just lazing in the sun, enjoying the moment???
 The beach is a wonderful place to watch the sunset/sunrise.
The beach is a wonderful place to watch the sunset/sunrise.
 Come down at lunch time and again in the evening.
Come down at lunch time and again in the evening.
 A quite hour of the night!!! Tranquility, peace and just a top of the notch place to chill.
A quite hour of the night!!! Tranquility, peace and just a top of the notch place to chill.
Each time of day brings a different feeling....
Each time of day brings a different feeling....
 It's an area where children loves to play.... It's a reminder to slow down, life is a play, relax, just enjoy.
It's an area where children loves to play.... It's a reminder to slow down, life is a play, relax, just enjoy.
It's an area where people talk, share good laugh together, drink beer together, sing together,  talk about anything. Lovers spend a romantic date with their partner here in patafla, others just loves to stroll and be by themselves..........
It's an area where people talk, share good laugh together, drink beer together, sing together, talk about anything. Lovers spend a romantic date with their partner here in patafla, others just loves to stroll and be by themselves..........
The atmosphere of the beach increases your appetite! So you should be careful, if you're trying to lose weight then watch your diet!
The atmosphere of the beach increases your appetite! So you should be careful, if you're trying to lose weight then watch your diet!


"The future of a man is not a creation out of nothing, but a recreation of a past." The best and most treasured memories can sometimes carry a shade of pain. Its part of growing! Mistakes and failures are molders, teaching us the many lessons in life while the best of the memories and experiences, are always treasured and remembered, without the up's and down's in life, we wouldn't be the person we are right now. Everyday is a gift, try to smile and appreciathe life...."

I used to play a lot of video games! But I'm always thrilled to play Kino der Torten (Call of duty black ops)..... When everything's, been draggin' you down, grabs you by the hair and pulls you to the ground, if you wanna get up... YOU NEED A LITTLE REVIIIIIIVE!...YEAH! All I need is to drink a cola to revive! But that only happens in videogames, haha.........


In real life, we all need to revive! And where's the best place to do it???? HOME of course.......

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    • Josh Miranda profile imageAUTHOR

      Josemer Lafuente 

      3 years ago from Philippines

      that will be great sir!!

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      Rey 

      4 years ago

      You live in such a beautiful place ! I can't wait until I visit your beautiful town next year. It looks so remarkable !

    • Josh Miranda profile imageAUTHOR

      Josemer Lafuente 

      5 years ago from Philippines

      OMG! Poolman! Wow, you are so hospitable. Sure I will, when time comes. Likewise, if you ever plan to come over to the Philippines, let me know as well. Take care always!

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      Old Poolman 

      5 years ago

      Josh - If you ever decide to visit Arizona please let me know in advance and I will make sure you see some really great places.

    • Josh Miranda profile imageAUTHOR

      Josemer Lafuente 

      5 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Poolman! Thank you so much for admiring my town....... Aww, maybe one day you can come here, we'll never know.

      I also wanted to travel, I want to explore the world, for fun, for adventure, I'm sure it'll be thrilling and exciting to learn from other cultures, explore the wonders, etc.. I'am still hoping one day I could! I'm sure, I will.. Yey! LOLS.....

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      Old Poolman 

      5 years ago

      Thanks so much for sharing all the beautiful pictures of the place you live. You live in a place I have always wanted to visit, but that will probably never happen.

    • Josh Miranda profile imageAUTHOR

      Josemer Lafuente 

      5 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks a lot Ghaelach!!!! I'am really blessed and I'am forever grateful to God for this many gifts- this beautiful views, beautiful people to chat and make friends with, relatives and families who's always around to support and care for each other, etc.. This place is indeed a paradise! oh and you're always welcome! Have a blessed life, take care always!

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      Ghaelach 

      5 years ago

      Hi Josh.

      Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, oh! and awesome.

      With so much sadness in this world at the moment, it is such a wonderful feeling to see such beautiful landscapes and people enjoying themselves.

      Thanks for showing us your paradise.

      UP and sharing.

      Have a nice weekend.

      LOL Ghaelach

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