TAGUM CITY, DAVAO DEL NORTE: TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY - just passing by

tourist spots in Davao del Norte
The Banana Beach at Hijo Resort is the top tourist destinations in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. An earthquake left North Cotabato devastated, so hotels and other structures were closed while waiting to be evaluated, as a result, my itinerary was suddenly changed. Hijo Resort looks great and the reviews were promising. Upon inquiry, my expectation was set that part of the resort is close due to renovation. Had to think and balance the worth of money I'll be spending - and it was a NO. Alternatively, I stayed at one of the cheapest apartelle in Tagum for my route to Monkayo, Compostela Valley the next day.
 

BUKIDNON: TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, TOURIST DESTINATIONS

tourist spots in Bukidnon
The province of Bukidnon has a lot of tourist spots and destinations to offer. If you're into high altitude, Mt. Kitanglad, Mt. Dulang-Dulang and Mt. Maagnaw are just three of the must hiked mountains in the province. If you want a combination of relax and extreme, Dahilayan Adventure Park is the perfect spot for you. And, if you just want to eat, Bukidnon is the fruit basket of Mindanao, so you can visit the Del Monte pineapple plantation or just simple go the public market, for sure they have everything.

AN OVERNIGHT STAY in CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, MISAMIS ORIENTAL - a Travel Guide

tourist spots in Cagayan de Oro City
The thrilling white water rafting is the main attraction and destination in Cagayan de Oro City. But, did you know that they are also  known as the "City of the Golden Friendship?" Though there's a language barrier, I totally agree that they are the city of friendship because I was able to experience such hospitality from the jeepney driver and the taho vendor I met. By the way, nothing special happened during my stay in Cagayan de Oro City. Since it's the center of Northern Mindanao, transportation to my next destination (Bukidnon) is not a problem. It is also the gateway to the province of Camiguin, Bukidnon, Agusan and the city of Davao.

A QUICK VISIT TO MARAWI CITY, LANAO DEL SUR - a Travel Guide

tourist spots in Marawi City
Marawi City, the capital of Lanao del Sur, is one of the cities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. Marawi has a colorful culture and is overflowing with stunning tourist spots and destinations. Prior to my solo-backpacking,  whenever I share my itinerary, the common response of my friends was "it is not safe in Marawi," that negative statement did not affect my travel plan. From Iligan City proper, I rode on a habal to the Southbound Terminal where I rode in a van to Marawi City; travel time was about 45 minutes to an hour.

ILIGAN CITY, LANAO DEL NORTE: Itinerary, Travel Guide, How to Get Here and where to Stay

tourist spots in Iligan City
Iligan City is dubbed as the "City of the Majestic Waterfalls" because of the established and non-established waterfalls. Though the city is independent, it serves as the center of commerce and tourism in the province of Lanao del Norte. Maria Cristina falls is the grandest among the 20+ waterfalls but it was close during my visit. Transportation is not a problem, like the other provinces in the Philippines, "habal-habal" is one of the mode of transportation to visit the tourist spots and destinations in Iligan City.

SOLO-BACKPACKING: Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, Davao City

Tourist Spots in Mindanao

CASH ON HAND: 10,300 PESOS
SUB-TOTAL EXPENSES WITHOUT AIRFARE: 9,464 PESOS
AIRFARE: 2,189.84 PESOS
TOTAL EXPENSES: 11,653.84
 

TAPPIYA FALLS, Banaue, Ifugao - a travel guide

Tappiya Falls Batad
In the middle of the mountains of Ifugao, we found a hidden gem called Tappiya Falls situated in "Batad," a secluded village in Banaue. Getting to this majestic beauty includes 7 to 12 hours land travel and 2 hours trekking. It's a bit challenging but you will be rewarded with a breathtaking landscape that can only be found in this region, including the world famous Batad Rice Terraces. Not just artistic in creating the terraces, the people of Batad also know how to value and preserve whatever their ancestors left, such as their rituals.

BATAD RICE TERRACES, Banaue, Ifugao - a travel guide

Batad Rice Terraces
The amphitheater like rice terraces of the Cordillera region captured the eyes of the world in 1995 as it was included  in the UNESCO World Heritage Site List and Batad Rice Terraces is one of the five spectacular rice terraces of Ifugao. It was less than a thousand years when the people of Ifugao mastered the agricultural practices and than includes the creation of the terraces. This agricultural landscape is a living proof that the early civilization already had the knowledge on how to improve their crops by adapting on the natural factors through terracing.

Batad Rice Terraces and Tappiya Falls, Ifugao

Batad Rice Terraces
Banaue Rice Terraces, Sagada and Mt. Pulag are just three of the famous tourist spots in the Cordillera region. I usually see them on the post cards before but please don't calculate my age. Honestly, traveling to these gorgeous spots is a bit challenging because of its geographical location; seven to twelve hours are needed just for transportation. In the contrary, let's proceed to the reason why you should visit the Cordilleras, especially the Province of Ifugao. Here are a few of the photos I captured during our visit for you appreciate the magnificence of nature hidden in this region.

THE SMALLEST PLAZA, Guimaras - a travel guide

The Smallest Plaza Guimaras
The Smallest Plaza in the Philippines is located in Guimaras, the first tourist destination we visited. It was also the former Guinness Book of World Records holder of the same title. From the port of Guimaras, it's 15 to 20 minutes habal ride. The plaza is around 200 to 300 square meters area with the Philippine National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal in the middle, and right beside the highway and residents houses. According to Kuya Ken, my habal driver/tour guide, during their annual fiesta, all the attendees are being fit into this small plaza. This means that this tiny plaza also witnessed most of the gigantic historical events in the province.