Beautiful Camiguin

Several years back I had the chance to visit the beautiful island province of Camiguin in the region of Northern Mindanao. It’s the second-smallest province in the country both in population and land area after Batanes. Mambajao, its capital, is also the largest municipality both in area and population.

The visit to Camiguin was actually for a training but thankfully, I had the chance to enjoy its beautiful white sand island and also its hot springs in Ardent. I also enjoyed their delicious lanzones 🙂 My memories of Camiguin have been triggered when my good friends Alice and Gloria from Cebu together with Alice’s family members went to Camiguin several days ago. They also enjoyed Camiguin’s white sand and clean sea waters as well as its cold and hot springs.

To get to Camiguin, you can take a bus if you are coming from Mindanao and then drop off at Balingoan where you can take a ferry to the island. If you are coming from the Visayas, you can take a boat from Cebu going straight to Camiguin. You can also take a fast craft from Jagna, Bohol going to Camiguin. And if you are coming in from Manila, you can fly in to visit this beautiful island.

Note: Thanks to my friend, Alice Davis for the photo.  This post is also linked with Tuesday Travels,  A Piece of HeavenWednesday Whites and Scenic Sunday.

One Afternoon at the Butuan Museum

My friends and I had the chance lately to check out the National Museum of Region 13 or Caraga Region located in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte. This was actually my second visit to the museum as I had walked through its doors several years back during a trip in Butuan.

There are several interesting archaeological specimens and artifacts in the museum. These include pottery and jewelry among others which shows the trading history between the then Kingdom of Butuan between other countries like China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, India and even Persia. The trading relations existed as far back as 1000 AD between the Kingdom of Butuan and China.

I must mention here that one of the best archaeological finds in Butuan and the region are the balangay boats. There were also gold specimen dug out in the region but some of the best ones are now housed at the Ayala Museum in Makati. The Caraga Museum has a replica of the Golden Tara which was found in Esperanza, Agusan  sometime in 1918. This is a 21-carat golden figurine of a Hindu female deity. The original figurine is now housed at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois.

I would love to see the museum undergo some renovation 🙂 But all in all, revisiting the stories and objects on display at the museum somehow reconnected my present world to that of the past.  That one afternoon made me appreciate once again what had taken place in history and where we are today.

Note: Thanks to Japoy for taking the shot. This post is also linked with Tuesday Travels,  Blog Photo ChallengeThursday Brownies and Wednesday Whites.

Oh, My Rice!

In this part of the world, rice is staple food. The Philippines is said to be the 8th largest rice producer in the world.  As you go around the country then (excluding the highly urbanized areas), you will find rice fields frequently invading your view.  You will find these rice fields in abundance in Luzon, Western Visayas, Southern Mindanao and Central Mindanao.

There is something about looking at rice fields that somehow relaxes me whenever I have the chance to travel in the countryside. It’s green beauty refreshes my eyes that I even forget that from them comes the rice laid out on our dining table three times a day. Ah, the view of green fields, the blue sky, the white clouds and the solid presence of mountains. These are things that I would love to see as often as I can although I also love living in cities 🙂

A rice field in Candijay, Bohol

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