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Divine Mercy Shrine in El Salvador, Misamis Oriental

A Catholic pilgrimage site that is set on the Divine Mercy Hills and features a 15.24 meter (50-feet) statue of the Divine Mercy Jesus, said to be the tallest of its kind not just in the Philippines but also across the world.

You can go up to the statue and it has a mini altar located in the heart of Jesus that you can pray. But before going there, you must have to listen in the short talk about the history and miracle of Divine Mercy.

For visitors to reach the top of the hill where the statue stands, they have to climb up to 200 steps of the stairs. Quite a feat for many but devotees don’t mind the steep climb as long as they can go as close to the statue as is permitted by park authorities.

Remember, this is a pilgrimage and sacred site so proper attire is required within the boundaries of the shrine. No one is allowed to wear revealing attire and shorts. Visitors who have no idea about this rule prior to visiting the shrine are provided with a blue cloth to cover up and preserve their modesty throughout the
visit. The shrine administrators are quite strict about imposing that rule.

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Cagayan de Oro – “Land of Smiling Beauty”

The gateway to Northern Mindanao and the happiest place in the country. the people their is friendly and warm, their ready smile are fitting welcome. it is the best time to go from March to June as it is sunny during that time. but is you want to see the colorful festivals and street parades, you should go there around 4th week of august as this is the time they celebrate festivals.

EXPERIENCE THE FESTIVALS and EVENTS:

  • Kagay-an Festival – celebrated during the annual feast of the city’s patron Saint Augustine.
  • Sakay-Sakay Lambago – a yearly tourism and fiestal activity for the communities along the water fronts to showcase the ability or stregth and endurance in boat racing sport.

DAHILAYAN FOREST PARK

Located at Barangay Dahilayan, Manolo Fortich Bukidnon, Dahilayan Forest Park. Nested at the foot of Mount Kitanglad 4,700 ft. above sea level. It was built with the vision of helping develop the tourism industry in Bukidnon and the whole Philippines as well. A tourist destination that offers a bunch of fun activities for the whole family, and for all ages.

ACCOMMODATION

it captures the pure essence of what a getaway is really all about. Room range from budget “barkada” lodging for a dozen or more nature trippers to family suites with balconies that present an ample view of the lush forest and spectacular mountain scenery.

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ATTRACTION

  • ATV and Buggy Trail Adventure

Get on an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) or Buggy (for two) as our guide takes you on an amazing ride along our 3.2 km forest trail of rough terrain, steep hills, scenic views and cool weather at the foot of Mt. Kitanglad.

  • Forest Luge

Founded in New Zealand, the Luge is a part go-cart, part toboggan ride that takes off on a free wheeling gravity cart down an asphalted trail as you savor the cool air and scenic view.

  • Tree top Adventure

Our fun-filled obstacle course is located between pine trees approximately 8-11 feet in the air. You will climb ladders, travel across floppy bridges, crawl in tunnels and even zip across on a wakeskate in this action-packed 21-station treetop adventure.  The course is ideal for the young and the young at heart and features the Swiss-made Speed Runner Continuous Belay System for optimum safety and non-stop action!

  • Zorb

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Another New Zealand original, the Zorbit is a giant inflated ball where you and your partner are strapped inside and rolled down a hill for a one of a kind whirling experience.

  • Asia’s Longest Dual Zipline

boasts of two 840m Zipline with a drop of 100 meters. Zipriders are transported via 4WD Safari Cruiser to a launch tower at 4500′ ASL.

This is perfect for families and tour groups that offers a wide range of amenities and lots of exciting activities for them to try. The place is the perfect spot to commune with nature, simply enjoying the cool, scenic ambience, and marveling at the beauty of God’s creation.

DAVAO CITY – “A CITY OF MINDANAO”

HISTORY

The beginnings of Davao as a distinct geopolitical entity started during the last fifty years of Spanish rule in the country. While Spanish sovereignty had been established along the northeastern coasts of Mindanao down to Bislig as early as 1620, when the Spanish brigadier general Agustin Bocallan claimed the area in what is now Davao City for the Spanish Crown, despite opposition by the Sultan of Maguindanao. Official colonization of the area, however, began in 1848 when an expedition of 70 men and women led by Don José Cruz de Oyanguren of Vergara, Spain, having received a special grant from Don Narciso Claveria, Governor- General of the Archipelago, “to conquer and subdue the entire gulf district, expel or pacify the Moros there, established a Christian settlement in an area of mangrove swamps which is now Bolton Riverside. Davao was then ruled by a chieftain, Bago, who had a settlement on the banks of the Davao River (then called the Tagloc River by the Bagobos). Bago was the most powerful datu in the Gulf area at that time.

They found an ally in Datu Daupan, chief of the Samal Mandayas, who saw in Oyanguren’s colonizing venture a chance to get even with Datu Bago, Muslim chief of Davao Gulf, who had treated the Mandayas as vassals. Oyanguren’s initial attack against Datu Bago’s fortified settlement at the mouth of Davao River proved futile. His ships could not maneuver in the narrow channel of the Davao River bend (where Bolton Bridge is now located) and was forced to retreat. He erected at Piapi a palisade for his defense and constructed a causeway across nipa swamps to the dry section of the meadows (now at Claveria Street junction), inorder to bring his canons within range to Datu Bago’s settlement. In the three months that he devoted to constructing the causeway, Oyanguren had also to fend off Datu Bago’s harassing attacks against the workers.

Finally, late in June help came from Zamboanga. Don Manuel Quesada, Navy Commanding General, arrived with a company of infantry and joined in the attack against Datu Bago’s settlement. The out-gunned defenders, despite their tenacious resistance, finally fled in the cover of night to different Muslim communities in the hope of carrying on the fight some other day. Oyanguren was reported to have peaceful possession of the Davao Gulf territory at the end of 1849, despite lack of support from the government in Manila and his principals in the venture. He campaigned hard among the different tribes –the Mandayas, Manobos, etc. urging them to live in settlements or reducciones in order to reach them for trade and commerce, but to no avail. The Moros** continued to threaten those who collaborated with the Españoles. Little headway was made in economic development of the gulf region.

In 1867, the original settlement by the side of Davao River (end of present Bolton Street) was relocated to its present site with the Saint Peter’s church as the center edifice on the intersection of San Pedro and Claveria Streets.

In the meantime, in response to the Davaowenos’ clamor, Nueva Vergara was renamed “Davao”. The name is derived from its Bagobo origins: the Tagabawa who called the river “Dabo”, the Giangan or Diangan who called it “Dawaw”, and the Obo who called it “Davah”, with a gentle vowel ending, although later usage pronounce it with a hard “v” as in “b”. The pioneer Christian inhabitants of the settlement understandably were the proponents behind the official adoption of the name “Davao” in 1868.

During the early years of American rule which began in late December 1898 the town began to mark its role as a new growth center of the Philippines. The American settlers, mostly retired soldiers and investor friends from Zamboanga,Cebu, Manila and the U.S. mainland immediately recognized Davao’s rich potential for agricultural investment. Primeval forest lands were available everywhere. They staked their claim generally in hundreds of hectares and began planting rubber, abaca and coconuts in addition to different varieties of tropical plants imported from Ceylon, India, Hawaii, Java and Malaysia. In the process of developing large-scale plantations, they were faced with the problem of lack of laborers. Thus, they contracted workers from Luzon and the Visayas, including the Japanese, many of whom were former laborers in the Baguio, Benguet road construction. Most of these Japanese later became land-owners themselves as they acquired lands thru lease from the government or bought out some of the earlier American plantations.The first two decades of the 20th century, found Davao one of the major producers of export products — abaca, copra and lumber. It became a regular port of call by inter-island shipping and began direct commercial linkages abroad – US, Japan, Australia, etc. Some 40 American and 80 Japanese plantations proliferated throughout the province in addition to numerous stores and business establishments. Davao saw a rapid rise in its population and its economic progress gave considerable importance to the country’s economy and foreign trade.

Gradually, the city regained its status as the premier agricultural and trade center of Mindanao. Logs, lumber, plywood, copra and banana products gradually replaced abaca as the major export product. Numerous varieties of fruits have likewise been produced for country-wide consumption as some, like bananas and mangoes , are now being exported.

oday, the City of Davao looks forward to accelerating further its economic development. The lure of business opportunities with the fast rising population, along with its agricultural and industrial potentialities, has continuously brought ever increasing number of adventurous and equally ambitious investors as well as men and women of every profession, art and trade. Tagalogs, Pampangos,
Ilocanos and Visayas have found grounds in the city wherein to start or renew their base in life. They have all molded to become Davaoweños and Davao City has earned the honor and is justifiably proud to be called “the Melting Pot of the Philippines”. And more, they are participating in reaching out to supplement the government’s activities to realize Davao’s thrust as the new Gateway of the
Philippines. Mindanao envisions closer tie-up with its neighbors to the south in renewing its ancient cultural , economic and commercial relations.

Province of Camiguin

ABOUT THE ISLAND

Barely 240 square kilometers in land area, Camiguin is the second smallest island of the Philippines in both area and population. It is just 23 kilometers at its longest and just a bit more than 14 kilometers at its widest. Within this small area lie seven volcanoes. Lovely little Camiguin is the island “born of fire.”

Much of the island was formed through earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. In the late 1800s, for example, the eruption of Mt. Vulcan submerged the old town of Catarman; pushing it below the sea, leaving behind the ruins of a church and its bell tower.

PLACE TO VISIT

CATARMAN CHURCH RUINS (GUI-OB CHURCH)

Sometimes called as Old Catarman Church, Guiob Church Ruins is one of the oldest structure in the island of Camiguin. It also allows us a glimpse into the culture of Spanish-era Camiguin. The church was built in the 16th century and turned into ruins in 1870’s when Mt. Vulcan Daan erupted. What’s left to this old church were its towering walls covered by moss. Those walls give a picture on how big this structure was and how violent & dark had happened in this place.

CROSS MARKER AND SUNKEN CEMETERY

Located in Bonbon, Catarman a huge cross marker has been installed by the Provincial government to mark the community cemetery that sunk during the 1871 volcanic holocaust. Years ago, gravestones were visible during low tide. Today, it is an interesting diving site.

KATIBAWASAN FALLS

The 250-feet majestic beauty cascades to a rock pool surrounded by ground orchids, wild ferns, trees and boulders. Its ice-cold waters provide an ideal summer splash to locals and tourists alike. Rock picnic tables, seats and cookout facilities are available for use.

TUASAN FALLS

Tuasan waterfalls is a pristine waterfalls situated inside the forest at the western side of Camiguin Island. This spot is purely formed by nature, the pool where the water cascades consists of natural rock formation. The trek to the 25-meter high strong waterfalls is fun and exciting. One will have go through a very scenic hike passing through the quaint barrio Mainit before being refreshed under the thunderous falls.

ARDENT HOT SPRING

At the foot of Hibok-Hibok Volcano bubble the mineral pools of Ardent Hot Springs. Wisps of steam can be seen rising from the running waters heat by the cauldron of the mountain, the most recently active of the seven volcanoes on the island.

TANGUB HOT SPRING

is an interesting hot spring located on the shore close to the Sunken Cemetery. Most of the spring is submerged and can be partly seen during low tide. The spring can also be examined by scuba diving or snorkeling, as visibility is excellent and it is also a recommended spot for observing underwater life. A volcanic spring by the sea. Water temperatures turn cold, hot and lukewarm as the tide changes from high, low and medium, respectively. Diving is good to about 1020 meters in a gradual drop off.

STO. NIÑO COLD SPRING

Camiguin is very rich on water which comes out of the grounds at several cold and hot springs. Located in Catarman, the Sto. Niño Cold Spring has a pool measuring 25 meters by 40 meters. It is 2 meters deep of cold spring water sprouting from the sandy bottom. The area has a restaurant, native cottages, picnic huts, cookout facilities and restrooms for visitors.

WHITE ISLAND

White Island

Two kilometers off the coast of Agoho, Mambajao is the Camiguin’s popular sand bar. At times it is in the shape of the letter C, sometimes the letter I, depending on the ocean tide. It has the picturesque Mount Hibok-Hibok and Old Vulcan as its backdrop. It is ideal for swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling.

“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.” John Hope Franklin

The Place called Bohol

Bohol is a first income class island group province of the Philippines located in the Central visayas Region. The province is a popular tourist destination with its beaches and resorts.

Main Attractions of Bohol

For tourist who make a tour through the country, i recommend you that you to visit Bohol for there attractions, like the tropical forest, smallest monkey in the world and the Chocolate Hills.

NATURAL WONDERS TO VISIT IN BOHOL

CHOCOLATE HILLS– The most famous tourist attraction of Bohol boasts 1,268 cone-shaped hills. The hills are spread over an area of 50 square kilometers and vary in size from 30 meters to 120 meters in height. These are two areas to visit to get a good look at the hills. These are at the Chicolate Hills Complex in Carmen town, and at the Sagbayan Peak.

BOHOL TARSIER– The Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius Syrichta) is one of the smallest promates in the world. Most active at night, their diet consist of insects. The animal is no longer than a grown man’s hand.

PANGLAO ISLAND– One of the famous tourist spots of Bohol which boasts of pristine beaches and white powdery sand. Many full-service beach and dive resorts are located there.

FESTIVALS & EVENTS

  • Sandugo Festival (held every Month of July – Bohol’s annual commemoration of the Blood Compact between Rajah Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. )
  • Sinu-og Estokada Festival (held every 29th of September- portrays the victory of the Christian militia over the marauding pirates and likewise depicts the celestial conflict of good and evil.
  • Katigbawan Festival (held every June 15 – 17-a festival of culture and tradition conceived by the town leadership as tool for promotions in tourism, ecology, agriculture, folk beliefs and natural environment.)

 

Philippine Women’s College of Davao

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History

It was in 1919 that the visionary couple Dean Conrado Benitez and Francisca Tirona Benitez founded in Manila the Philippine Women’s University, the first Asian school for Asians. In time, their vision of Filipino women education would transcend the boundaries of Manila and reach south of the archipelago. The PWU alumnae saw the need to spread and promote the educational objectives of their alma mater among the young people of Mindanao. This idea became a reality when the PWU Board of Trustees approved the plan to put up the Philippine Women’s College Davao. On April 28, 1952, then PWU Executive Vice-President Helena Z Benitez and Dr. Rosa Santos Munda, at that time the secretary of the PWU Alumnae Association of Davao led the laying of the cornerstone of PWC in a seven-hectare site in Juna Subdivision, Matina. On June 8, 1953, PWC formally opened its doors to a small batch of students.

Vision

We envision a graduate who is God-loving, academically competent, civic conscious, environmwentally and socially concerned, globally competitive, and committed to the promotion of peace.

Mission

To Educate: according to the four-fold objective of inculcating good moral character and personality, training for home and family life, preparing for vocation or profession and developing aptitude for community participation and leadership.

To Contribute: through research and continuous interaction with the community, to the enhancement of the spiritual, social and economic life in the country and the world at large.

To Lead: throug pioneering in the field of gender education in the opening of new avenues towards the expansion of knowledge and the opportunities, fostering of humanism and understanding, while conserving the wisdom and ideals of the ages and integrating the valuable inheritance of Filipino personhood.

Unique Features of PWC

  • a private shool in REgion XI, is pioneering the transition modeling of Grades 11 and 12, approved by DepEd from SY 2012-2013 to SY 2015-2016 prior to government full implementation of Grades 11 and 12 nationwide.
  • Embedded as professional courses required of CHED leading TESDA TVET non-degree certification (NC II, NC III, NC IV) are towards Bachelor Degree Programs.
  • CHED General education, carrer specializations, professional and major courses are meeting curriculum requirements of DepEd, TESDA and CHED.
  • provides students the most efficient, praactical and cost-saving mode of acquiring:
    • Senior High School (Grades 11 & 12) diploma
    • 2 years Associate in Arts (College Diploma), integrating skills & competencies of work employability with  career, technical and professional foundation courses
ROSA SANTOS MUNDA EVENTS CENTER
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A 2,000 seater convention facility located in the PWC campus in Matina. It is said to be par if not better with other modern facilities of its kind in the country.

Traveling Inspirational quotes

Here is some of my favorite quotes that helps me be motivated to explore and see the world for what it really is. Glance through them when you need inspiration to make travel a priority in your life.

1. “we travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Jennifer O’Brien

2. “No matter where or why you travel, there’s always something wonderfully new to be found.” – Jennifer O’Brien

3. “wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius

4. “There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.” – Charles Dudley Warner

5. “For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” – Leonardo da Vinci

6. “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Dalai Lama

7. “I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” – Hilaire Belloc

8. “Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” – Ray Bradbury

9. “When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting.” – Clint Borgen

10. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch

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