Mindanao – frequently described as vicious, savage or marked by violence and immorality, but we believe that first impressions are often wrong. One of the three island groups of the Philippines, Mindanao, is the second largest and southernmost part where lovely beaches, beautiful sceneries, historical views, and great biodiversity are found.
Mindanao is composed of six regions, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, SOCCSKSARGEN, CARAGA and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, making the island group as the most culturally diverse among the three. We’ve never been to any of these places until last week of October, when we celebrated our 5th anniversary.
Seven days of touring around the Northern Mindanao and some provinces of CARAGA regions, our eyes are all pleased to witness how stunning God’s creations are. The White and Mantigue Islands of Camiguin, the astonishing and jaw-dropping waterfalls of Iligan City – Tinago, Mimbalut and Dodiongan Waterfalls – just to name some, the terrifying extreme activities of Dahilayan Adventure Park in Bukidnon, the majestic Enchanted River, the Tinuy-an Falls and the Britania group of Islets of Surigao del Sur. Can you imagine how lucky the Mindanaoans are? Can you imagine how lucky we, the Filipinos, are?
It is so hard for us to imagine, what more can Mindanao give? What more can the remaining four regions of Mindanao offer? For now, we will cherish first our memories that we have collected during our first-time trip down south. We will try to move on from our recent trip, and get ourselves ready for our second encounter with the Philippines’ Promised Land. Until we meet again, Mindanao.