Amihan Beach in Mati City

Amihan Beach Mati City Davao Oriental Location White Sand Resort Water Ocean Skimboarding Surfing Dolphin Sea Turtles Whale Shark Watching History Snorkeling Swimming Scuba Diving Surf Tide Report Amihan Beach is located in Dahican, Mati City in Davao Oriental Province. Amihan Beach features white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and waves suitable for both skimboarding and surfing. Amihan is home to the world famous Amihan skim boarding team. Its waters are also known for coastal sightings of dolphin and sea turtles. Pods of dolphins also come into contact with the eastern seaboard of Mindanao, making it possible for tourists to observe them swim throughout the summer months. A nice side trip while in Mati City is the newly constructed museum which exhibits the best of Davao Oriental, including the newly inscribed UNESCO world Heritage site, Mount Hamiguitan. The museum has an extraordinarily large skeleton of a whale in the lobby. Continue reading

Balite Hot Springs in Baganga

Balite Hot Spring Baganga Davao Oriental Mainit Thermal Springs Location Water Temperature History Discovery Hiking Trail Therapy Rock Pool Swimming Health Rheumatism Dermatitis Bathing Swimming Info The Balite Hot Springs is located in Kinablangan, Baganga in Davao Oriental Province. The Balite Springs, also known as the Mainit Hot Spring, have thermally warm water which are known to alleviate the health issues associated with rheumatism, dermatitis, itchiness, skin disorders, and more. Its healing power attracts tourists aside from the benefits and warmth it gives. A hot spring is formed when water that is heated below the ground returns to the surface of the earth. In some areas, magma or lava has worked its way up through Earth’s crust. These hot rocks sit at shallow depths beneath Earth’s surface. Water that seeps downward into these hot zones is warmed up by the fiery rock, and returns to the surface, where it may pool to form springs. Continue reading

San Victor Island in Baganga

San Victor Island Baganga Davao Oriental Location Beach White Sand Coconut Grove Province Barangay Diocese Mati Catholic Parish Tour Guide Visit Resort Davao Kilometer Boat Rental Map Layout Water San Victor Island is located in Baganga in Davao Oriental Province. This 3 hectares island faces the Pacific Ocean and has powder-like white sand beaches and lofty coconut grove. San Victor Island is a perfect place for summer outings and getaways. San Victor Island is owned by the Diocese of Mati and managed by the Catholic Parish of Baganga. It is open to visitors and tourists who want to experience extraordinary encounter with nature and the tranquility of the surroundings. It is not commercially developed but it has cottages for rent, nipa huts to stay and manicured lawn for camping available whether for day tour or for overnight stay. And yes, there is electricity and fresh water. Continue reading

Pujada Island in Davao Oriental

Pujada Island Mati Davao Oriental Province Taganilao Macambol Fishing Village Forest Scuba Diving Snorkeling Freshwater Lake Sand Beach Angliongto Family Clan City Boat Rental Tour Guide Tagalinao Pujada Island is located in Mati, Davao Oriental province. Pujada Island is sandwiched between the fishing villages of Taganilao and Macambol, and is a heavily forested 156-hectare island with a freshwater lake in the middle. Pujada Island is ideal for exploring, scuba diving, snorkeling or simply enjoying a relaxing day on this beautiful white sand beach. Pujada Island is teeming with marine life in the aqua blue perfectly calm waters surrounding the Island. Its landscape shows innocence to mankind’s innovation. The island is privately owned by the Angliongto clan of Davao City. If your thing is nature at its best, then Pujada Island is it. It has no huts, kiosks or commercial establishments. What you have are only the talisay and coconut trees that provide cover against rain and sun. Continue reading

The Mandaya Culture

MandayaConsisting of both the non-Christian and non-Islamic, the Mandaya (Mangwanga, Mangrangan, Managosan, Magosan, Pagsupan, Divavaonon, Dibabaon, Mansaka) are found throughout Davao Oriental and Davao del Norte, Mindanao. Their name denotes the “first people upstream” and derived from man “first” and daya “upstream or upper portion of a river”. They are shifting cultivators who depend largely on swidden farming (slash-and-burn) and supplement it with fishing, hunting-gathering, and planting of abaca as a cash crop. The Mandaya family structure is traditionally paternalistic with the father seen as the head of the family and the sole provider of the family. The mother, in turn, takes care of all household chores, while Continue reading

The Kamayo Culture

KamayoThe Kamayo are concentrated in Bislig City, Lianga, Marihatag, and San Agustin in Surigao del Sur, Mindanao. A scattered population is also found in Cateel and Baganga, Davao Oriental. Kamayo is related linguistically to the Tausug and Butuanon, and belongs to the Meso and central Philippine family of languages. However, the people speak dialects that vary from town to town. Meanwhile, some municipalities such as Lingig, Bislig, Barobo, and Hinatuan are using a different version of the language: A prefix is attached to most adjectives. The disparities of the dialects are due to the interchange of communication between the Kamayo settlers and the native Manobo. The group is concentrated in the provinces of Agusan del Norte (6,500) and Surigao del Sur (115,850). The population estimate at present is placed at 122,350 (NM 1994).

Like most of the groups in the eastern coast of Mindanao, the Kamayo cultivate wet rice in the flat land along the coast and nearby valleys while upland fields are planted to a variety of crops including cash crops of abaca.

Southern Mindanao

Davao RegionThe Southern Mindanao area of the Philippines, also known as the Davao Region, or Region XI (Region 11), is composed of Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur and Davao Oriental provinces.

Compostela Valley

Compostela Valley is mainly agricultural while the eastern part is mostly mountainous. Natural attractions include cold springs, cascading falls, butterflies and exotic wildlife. White sand beaches include Copiat Island. The Mansakas, the indigenous natives Continue reading

Davao Oriental Province

Davao OrientalDavao Oriental is a province located in the Davao Region in Mindanao. Also referred to as Region XI, this is the easternmost province of the Philippines with Pusan as the easternmost point. Its boundaries are defined on the north by Agusan del Sur, on the south by Davao Gulf, on the east by the Pacific Ocean, and on the west by Davao province and Compostela Valley.

Davao Oriental was created in the year 1967 by virtue of Republic Act No. 4867. It is subdivided into 10 municipalities and 1 city with Mati City as the provincial capital. Continue reading

Aliwagwag Falls in Cateel

Aliwagwag Falls CateelThe Aliwagwag Falls in Cateel are considered by hydraulic engineers as the highest in the country. It has a series of 84 cascading falls appearing like stairway to the sky in various heights and among the steps hanging from 6 ft. to 100 ft. and 20 meters in width. Located in the middle of the forest, Aliwagwag Falls is considered as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country.

One step is measured 72 feet and another is 67 feet. Overall Aliwagwag Falls is 1,110 feet of cascading energy and 20 meters in width. All these in the midst of virgin forest. River at the foot of the falls. 13 rapids to cross. Located amidst thick forests just some 25 kilometers away from Cateel proper, Continue reading