It only takes a few minutes from Lumbia airport in Cagayan de Oro for a non-suspecting visitor to be freed from the chains of this (wrongful) generalization: The whole of Mindanao is a resource-rich island unfortunately marred by rebellion and terrorism. European-themed subdivisions line both sides of the highway leading to city proper. Noticeable too, is the preference of Kagayanons for Corolla Altis taxis instead of the usual Vios in Manila.
Region 10 is the ‘poster child’ of progress in Mindanao. Its economy is buoyed by thriving agriculture, and manufacturing industries. One begins to wonder why the neighboring regions can’t adopt a similar development template. Recently, northern Mindanao has become synonymous to adventure tourism – partly the reason of our visit last weekend.
I’ll write separate posts on each destination (CDO, Bukidnon, Camiguin and Iligan). For now, here are some of my favorite photos of my second trip to Northern Mindanao (the first one was in 2009).
Mantigue Island in Camiguin
Rice fields in Camiguin
Tinago Falls, Iligan
A portion of Tinago falls in Iligan
A stream coming from Katibawasan Falls
Whitewater Rafting, Cagayan (Kagay)
Balingoan Port Area
A Wedding at Paras Beach resort
The Sand Bar in Camiguin
Camiguin Island (the island of 7 volcanoes)
A variant of Sunflower in Dahilayan, Bukidnon