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August 2015

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.

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