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Six Top Places to Visit in Southern Philippines

Updated on June 17, 2015

Mindanao: My Personal View

It is a sad fact that every now and then travel warnings are issued against going to the Southern Philippines. The southern part of the country is a big island comprised of many provinces. Mindanao, as it is named, is the biggest island among the three main islands of the Philippine Archipelago. It is a fact, and it can never be denied that strife among Muslims and Christians is prevalent, but this is only true to areas where Muslim and Christian co habit but doesn’t co-exist. It’s a shame why these people cannot just do what typical community does, when Muslims and Christians have relatively the same doctrine about fellowship. There is something in the culture and tradition of these people that have gone wrong. How it started, there is no definite point. The only thing that is certain today is they are fighting for each territory, claiming one land after the other, Muslims and Christians alike.

It is awful, it is pretty awful. What is sad about this situation is that the areas that are quite peaceful, calm, and united are dragged into the awfulness of the situation. Only ten percent are Muslims, and not all Muslims are aggressive. These are peace-loving people who even choose to move into some areas in Mindanao where there is peace. If only for this ten percent that Mindanao lose reputation of being a peaceful place for all tourists to visit, then it is unfair, truly unfair. I lived here all 40 years of my life, and I never ever felt any threat, nor any instances that I felt fear for my life. 40 years of pride and safety makes me want this place, over and over again.

On my 40th I got ill, I have spent my healing moments in one place, something that I can take pride of. This is the reason why it hurts me so much when this part of the country is declared unsafe for foreigners to visit. It has been 40 years but I never felt any threat, nor felt a threat for my foreigner friends; so let me share this place to you and show you the things you can do when you visit this place.

Cagayan de Oro - White Water Rafting

With white water rafting as the major attraction paired up with caving and zip-lining, no one can resist the warmth and the friendliness of the people from Cagayan de oro. Known as the gateway of Northern Mindanao, a one-day stay is definitely worthwhile.

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Rafting has never been this fun!

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The third yet the biggest of the three main islands in the Philippine Archipelago.

Ziplining art Dahilayan

Bukidnon - Dahilayan Adventure Park

Ziplining in Dahilayan is more than any definition of fun. Tagged as the longest in Asia, it poses a lot of challenges....definitely a must-try. Located less than an hour away from Cagayan de Oro, Manolo Fortich in Bukidnon is the right place for vacation. A great accommodation awaits those who want to extend their stay.

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Camiguin - White Islands and Springs

Mystic, as it is fondly called, Camiguin offers rural living at its best. This is perhaps the most relaxing vacation all-year -round. The White island getaway captivates the movie-like imagination, just like a hollywood scene that can never be forgotten. Immerse yourself with cold springs and hot springs alike, that the island is abundant of.

White Island

Dakak Beach Resort

It is always nice to go back to Dakak, a beach resort in Zamboanga. A nice swim and captivating scenery packs the whole stay with a Fantasy Land tour, their very own version of Disneyland, plus a nostalgic trip to memory lane with Dr Jose Rizal's (National Hero exiled in this place a long time ago ) shrine in Dapitan.

Beautiful Dakak!

Iligan - Mystic Falls

Its mystic. It is a miracle why God endowed just one place with so many waterfalls. You can tour the best falls in one day.

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Timoga - Chain of Springs and Waterfalls

Mimar's Pool, Spring Resort
Mimar's Pool, Spring Resort

Siargao Surigao - Surfing Capital and Home of the Mystic River

Known for so many mystic rivers located at Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, this province is also known as the Philippine's surfing capital. Siargao, in the same province, even ranks as one of the top surfing destinations in the world with great beaches to be proud of.

Tinuy-an Falls - Bislig, Surigao

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      mr-veg 3 years ago from Colorado United States

      Wow it's really beautiful.. thanks barb for the sweet virtual tour !!

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      go-barbara-go 4 years ago

      You are right. In Manila, you are not anywhere. Murders, kidnappings etc happen within the city. It is 20 times safer in Cagayan de Oro and Davao.

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      go-barbara-go 4 years ago

      Having lived her all my life, I can say that those events are blown out of proportions. There was never a part in the city where NPAs can infiltrate....but because outsider's view is always an outsider's view, it might hurt but we respect their view about the place.

      Davao is a big city, in fact the biggest in the Philippines, it is in fact the safest city, but how you presented the NPA incursion looks like it covers the whole city. It is just a dot and I am telling you that as part of my 40 years in this place.

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      krzystoff 4 years ago

      There are some beautiful spots around Mindanao, to be sure. I've been to most of those places in my travels and photos don't do them justice.

      However, back to your opening paragraph -- Davao City, claimed to be the 'Safest City in the Philippines' (in part promoted by the Mayor Duterte and his vigilante lynch mob / death squad), was last month the site of an NPA incursion (a group of civilians were killed and five soldiers kidnapped), Cagayan de Oro is a popular haunt for (MILF/NPA/Abu Sayyaf) islamic insurgent groups kidnapping and murdering civilians and foreigners, and Camiguin and Bukidnon have had several such cases in recent years.

      The notable difference between Mindanao and Northern parts of the Philippines is the political and geographic relationship between the islamist rebel groups and the rest of the island of Mindanao. Also, while there are many more kidnappings and murders annually in Manila, for example, the kidnapping per capita rate is much higher on Mindanao.

      It is little wonder then, that most foreign countries recommend against all non-essential travel there, even to the Eastern side of the island -- for anyone considering, check your governments' travel advisory as insurance policies will not cover you in the event you travel to these places, if you get into trouble.