Mindanao Tourism

Mindanao the new go to place in South East Asia

Mindanao is a beautiful tropical paradise with lush green scenery, pristine unspoiled beaches, dynamic tribal traditions and warm welcoming people. Mindanao is the new go to destination in South East Asia with reasonably prices immaculate hotels, adventure and eco tours, rental vehicles or a range of public transport.

There are direct flights from Manila, Cebu and from Around South East Asia to destinations throughout Mindanao. From the norm to the exotic, Mindanao has it all with fantastic travel options for those looking for a slice of paradise, or on a honeymoon, or for travelers on a budget.

Meet locals in the small fishing villages, discover the history of this great island, experience the vibrant cultural diversity, climb to the top of Mount Apo or one of the many peaks around Mindanao or the many or indulge your quest for adventure activities from Cagayan de Oro to Zamboanga.

Discover great surfing spots like Lanuza, Tandag and Siargao Island.

Visit some of Mindanao’s adventure spots like the Danao Adventure Park and Dahilayan Adventure Park.

Mindanao is an adventurers dream, with activities including scuba diving, zip lines and flying foxes, white water rafting, 4 wheel driving, sailing, tramping and climbing, quad bike safaris, zorbing, canoeing, mountain biking and surfing.

Fishing charter are available with local guides, or play a round of golf (mainly in the larger cities). Try local transport with includes tricycles, jeepneys, aircon vans, buses or one of the many banca boats that carry passengers to out lying islands around Mindanao.

No matter how you travel around Mindanao, you need to spend some time on one of the many local boats (banca) that ply the waters around Mindanao. Fast and furious, gliding across the beautiful clear waters, these craft provide visitors with an exhilarating experience. These boats provide a link between the main island of Mindanao and the many small island paradises that exist just off the coast.

No matter what your taste for food, you will find it here in Mindanao. From local delicacies to full on gourmet delights your senses will be aroused continuously by the variety of wonderful culinary surprises, served up by creative masters of the finest dishes. You will always enjoy eating while in Mindanao as it is the passion of the local people. Native foods or western fare, the food is superbly presented, healthy and nourishing.

White or golden warm sand, crystal clear waters and lovely sunny days. This is Mindanao at it’s best. Unspoiled natural beauty to simply relax while on vacation or participate in one of the many waters ports available to those who can’t sit still. The splendor of each magical sunset is heaven for the perfect romantic evening. Some of the best beaches in the world fringe the natural wonder of Mindanao Island.

Whether looking for a stress-free relaxing vacation, or days of hard-out adrenaline pumping action, Mindanao has it all.Leave all the world’s ‘norms’ behind when you step into the magical world of traditional Mindanao culture and immerse your senses in the delights of the local cuisine. Watch with awe the local traditional dances and costumes while enjoying one of the many local fiestas which are annual events throughout Mindanao.

Many people already have enjoyed visiting Mindanao, and with current prices so affordable your money will stretch so much further than other destinations, allowing you to do the things you want to do. Remember that Mindanao’s climate has 2 season, wet and dry, or Amihan and Habagat. The coolest month is January with 25.5°Celsius temperature and warmest is May at 28.3°Celsius. Highland areas are cooler than the lowlands.

But no matter the weather, Mindanao has one big advantage over other destinations in Asia, the scenery and the warmth of the people So come enjoy your next tropical holiday in Mindanao the island with a thousand wonderful experiences and take home memories for a lifetime. Relaxation, superior accommodation options, breathtaking tours, beautiful tropical destinations and scenery, friendly helpful locals and guides.

Mindanao Ready for Better Tourism

The Department of Tourism announced that adventure and culture will still remain important pegs for Mindanao tourism and will know prominently its effort to boost tourism traffic in Mindanao.

Victoria Jasmin, Tourism Undersecretary, who has just attended the yearly Bukidnon’s “Kaamulan Festival” said, “We have to advocate tourism year-round, so the benefits will not be only seasonal.”

She also said, “With the cooperation in the East ASEAN Growth Area, we will be able to promote Mindanao not just for tourism, but for tourism investment as well.” The Department of Tourism now is hopeful to create Ecotourism and Agri-Tourism as supplementary products of Mindanao tourism, specifically in Bukidnon. DOT is also looking for more flights from other neighboring countries like Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia to make Davao more accessible. Undersecretary Victoria Jasmin restated that Mindanao’s peace and order is still strong and intact except for some isolated areas. Mindanao now is well prepared for tourism.

Katawhang Lumad

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(c)Photo: Keith Bacongco

“On the Island of Mindanao there lived groups of indigenous peoples who were neither Muslim nor Christian. They had lived over a thousand years on these shores but with the arrival of the various migrations of peoples from other islands in the archipelago, these “natives” of Mindanao retreated from the coastal areas into the forests and mountains of Mindanao.”

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These indigenous peoples were later classified into 18 ethno linguistic groups. It was only in 1986, that representatives from fifteen of these various tribes came together as a unified group to address their common grievances to the government. At that time they decided to refer to themselves by a common name that would signify their unity and enable them to address their common grievances as an indigenous people. The name they chose was “Katawhang Lumad” or native (indigenous) peoples. This appellation was a combination of two Cebuano words, since this dialect was the most common language among them besides their own peculiar dialect. The Lumads that inhabit the forests and mountains of the township of Palimbang are the Cotabato Manobo, certainly one of the poorest and most neglected of the tribes.

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(c)Photo: By Herbert W. Krieger – The Collection of Primitive Weapons and Armor of the Philippine Islands in the United States National Museum, Smithsonian Institution; 1926: United States National Museum Bulletin No. 137, Public Domain

Katawhang Lumad are the un-Islamized and un-Christianized Austronesian peoples of Mindanao, namely Erumanen ne Menuvu`, Matidsalug Manobo, Agusanon Manobo, Dulangan Manobo, Dabaw Manobo,Ata Manobo, B’laan, Kaulo, Banwaon, Teduray, Lambangian, Higaunon, Dibabawon, Mangguwangan, Mansaka, Mandaya, K’lagan, T’boli, Mamanuwa, Talaandig, Tagabawa, and Ubu`, Tinenanen, Kuwemanen, K’lata and Diyangan. There are about 20 general hilltribes of Mindanao, all of which are Austronesian.

The term lumad excludes the Butuanons and Surigaonons, even though these two groups are also native to Mindanao. This is due to their Visayan ethnicity and lack of close affinity with the Lumad. This can be confusing, since the word lumad literally means “native” in the Visayan languages.

Most of the Mindanao Lumad groups have a musical heritage consisting of various types of Agung ensembles – ensembles composed of large hanging, suspended or held, bossed/knobbed gongs which act as drone without any accompanying melodic instrument.

Mindanao Deep and Deuterium for Clean Energy

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The Philippine Trench (also Philippine Deep, Mindanao Trench, and Mindanao Deep) is a submarine trench to the east of the Philippines.

It has a length of approximately 1,320 km (820 mi) and a width of about 30 km (19 mi) from the centre of the Philippine island of Luzon trending southeast to the northern Maluku island of Halmahera in Indonesia.

The Philippine Trench deepest point, the Galathea Depth, has a depth of 10,540 metres (5,760 fathoms; 34,580 feet), the third deepest in the world. Galathea Depth was explored by the Danish ship Galathea, from where the name is taken during the Galathea Deep Sea Expedition in 1950-1952.

Immediately to the north of the Philippine Trench is the East Luzon Trench. They are separated, with their continuity interrupted and displaced, by Benham Plateau on the Philippine Sea Plate. The Benham Plateau, also known as the Benham Rise, is a seismically active undersea region and extinct volcanic ridge located in the Philippine Sea approximately 250 km (160 mi) east of the northern coastline of Dinapigue, Isabela.

The Philippine Trench is the result of a collision of tectonic plates. The Philippine Sea Plate is subducting under the Philippine Mobile Belt at the rate of about 16 cm (6.3 in) per year.

There is large commercial interest in mining deep-sea hydrothermal vents for minerals. One is Deuterium and can be found in the Philippine Trench near the province of Surigao del Norte, Philippines.

Uncommon amounts of Deuterium, an isotope also known as heavy hydrogen, reside in the water at the bottom of the Philippine Trench. To get it, all you have to do is cruise out 170 miles east of the Philippines and bring water up from the ocean floor, about 6.5 miles below the surface.

Deuterium pumped from the Philippine Trench could be processed “into a high-potent but environmentally friendly fuel that would eventually replace conventional or fossil fuel gas.”

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