Lake Danao in Ormoc City

Lake Danao Ormoc City Tacloban Leyte Volcanic Crater Violin Shape Water Elevation Size Kilometers Mountain Range Depth Fishing Giant Eel Depression Fault Rock Formation Tour Guide Distance Location Lake Danao is located in Ormoc City, 125 kilometers away from Tacloban City in Leyte Province. As Ormoc’s main natural attraction, Lake Danao is a violin-shaped lake 2,100 feet above sea level and three kilometers long; hemmed by cloud-capped mountain ranges of undetermined depth; wild animals roaming its surrounding forest; hunter’s paradise; lake said to be the habitat of giant eel. Geologists believe this lake is volcanic in origin, like the popular Taal Lake in Tagaytay City. It is a depression produced by the Leyte Central Fault, an active fault passing through the lake area in N-S direction. Most rock formations that surrounds the lake are andesitic volcanic rocks. At more or less 700 meters above sea level, Lake Danao lies on an altitude similar to Tagaytay, making the area cooler than the average Philippine temperature. Continue reading

Danao Cave in Calbayog

Danao Cave Calbayog City Tinambacan District Location Entrance Cavern Depth Discovery History Tour Guide Chamber Wildlife Size Hiking Trail Snake Bat Description Distance Guano Bat Pictures Trekking The Danao Cave is located 14 kilometers away from Calbayog City in Samar Province. Danao. Located in the Tinambacan district, the Danao Cave features at least seven chambers inhabited by various species of snakes and bats, which explains the preference of good deposits of guano. Old tales claimed that this is the place for those who would like to acquire their talisman. Continue reading

Karansa Festival in Cebu

Karansa Festival Danao City Karansa festival is a dance festival held annually in Danao, Cebu that is celebrated in honor of St. Santo Tomas de Villanueva. The festival involves street dancing accompanied with its famous basic step, the kikay, kurug, karag and kurahay. The festival is celebrated annually and with this celebration, the aura of the event oozes with happiness and prosperity for the town and for the people. It also involves pure dancing and prancing to the music beat during the festivity. Karansa festival’s name originated from the people of Danao. Karansa is a word that is native to the place that means dancing to the beat and becoming light to the heavy energies of the world. And so, the people from Danao have become accustomed to the name Karansa and since then Continue reading

Lake Danao National Park in Leyte

Lake Danao National Park LeyteLake Danao is located in Ormoc City in Leyte Province, 125 kilometers from Tacloban City. Lake Danao is a violin-shaped lake on the mountains of Ormoc, and is Ormoc City’s primary tourist attraction. Located 2,100 feet above sea level and at a length of 3 kilometers long, the lake is a great place for boating, kayaking, or fishing. And the area around the lake is also ideal for sight-seeing, camping, trekking, picnics and retreats. It was originally named “Lake Imelda” and was declared a national park on June 2, 1972 by virtue of presidential memorandum issued by then President Ferdinand Marcos. Later it was renamed and declared as Lake Danao National Park on February 3, 1998 through Proclamation No. 1155 and is now protected by Continue reading

The Leyte Mountain Trail

Mahagnao LakeThe Leyte Mountain Trail is an outstanding trekking area which starts from the Mahagnao Natural Park in Burauen to Lake Danao Natural Park in Ormoc, a distance of approximately 40 kilometers. This rainforest tour of three to four days takes you to the beautiful lakes of – Mahagnao, Malagsum, Casudsu-ran and Danao. Be amazed by the spectacular Guinaniban Falls, and the breathtaking view of mountains, forests, plains and the island of Samar and Leyte from the crest of the central Amandiwing Mountain Range. Enjoy the heady profusion of tropical flora and fauna including colourful insects, Continue reading

Danao Beach on Panglao Island

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Danao Beach is located at Barangay Danao on Panglao Island. Its nearest neighbor is Alona Beach and, likewise, Danao Beach boasts of fine white sand, cool azure waters, teeming aquatic life and is also home to some famous dive spots. Resorts offering comfortable quarters, excellent services and amenities are Bohol Sea Resort, Kalipayan Beach Resort, Bita-ug Beach Resort and Alumbung Resort.

Panglao Island

Alona BeachPanglao Island is located at the southwest tip of Bohol and is accessible through Tagbilaran City, Bohol‘s capital. Trips to Bohol are available daily, and the capital city can be reached either by commercial flights or by boat. Panglao Island is home to Alona Beach, Bagobo Beach, Bolod Beach, Danao Beach, Doljo Beach, and Momo Beach. Panglao is a perfect for a great dive and beach holiday. It is a small island on the Philippines southwest of the bigger island, Bohol. On the southern beach of Panglao there are several resorts that line up on the beach. Continue reading

Cebu Province

Cebu City

Cebu province is a province in the Philippines, consisting of Cebu island and 167 surrounding islands. Its capital is Cebu City, the oldest city in the Philippines, which forms part of the Cebu Metropolitan Area together with four neighboring cities which include Danao City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City and Talisay City and eight other local government units. Mactan-Cebu International Airport, located in Mactan island, is the second busiest airport in the Philippines.

The province is located to the east of Negros, to the west of Leyte and Bohol islands. Cebu is a long narrow island stretching 225 kilometres from north to south, surrounded by 167 neighbouring smaller islands, that includes Mactan, Bantayan, Malapascua, Olango and the Camotes Islands. Cebu has narrow coastlines, limestone plateaus and coastal plains. It also has predominant rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges traversing the northern and southern lengths of the island. Cebu’s highest mountains are over 1000 metres high. Flat tracts of land can be found in the towns of Bogo, San Remegio, Medellin, and Daanbantayan at the northern region of the province.

Even before the Spanish colonization, Cebu already played a vital role in trade and commerce in Asia because the island has been gifted with a natural harbor. Its channel is deep enough to accommodate the flow of goods through international cargo sea vessels, and the Mactan island serves as protection from winds and current.

Cebu’s weather promises to be good for business because typhoon activities are minor and rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year. Moreover, the island is not located within any earthquake belt, there is no known active volcano, and its international airport has been large enough to connect the island to several continents.

The public administrators of the province have been known to be development-oriented, steering Cebu to greater heights by putting in place infrastructure facilities needed for economic growth.

Cebu has at least nine economic zones that offer to cut bureaucratic red tape by providing a much easier system for investors, plus incentives. It is number one because of good fiscal management: it ranks highest among the country’s provinces in terms of assets and cash in bank.

Most importantly, Cebu ranks number one because of the current unity that has never been seen before in any province: unity among elected officials, unity among business groups, unity among its people, and unity between the private and public sectors.

There are many universities and other educational institutions that serve as magnet to students from other provinces, a major factor of a highly skilled and efficient workforce in Cebu.

Overall, Cebu continues to excel and investors are drawn to Cebu because of the culture of professionalism and craftsmanship among its people, the vast highly skilled manpower resources resilient amid trying times, its fair weather, relative peace and business-friendly atmosphere.

Cebu is one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines, with Cebu City as the main centre of commerce, trade, education and industry in the Visayas. The United Kingdom based Condé Nast Traveler Magazine named Cebu the seventh best island destination in the Indian Ocean-Asia region in 2007, eighth best Asian-Pacific island destination in 2005, seventh in 2004 and fourth in 2009