The Tilaw Food Festival in Surigao City

Tilaw Food Festival Surigao City culinary taste cooking competiion celebration schedule calendar date theme events meaning location history fiesta origins pageant lineup parade costumes props photos The Tilaw Food Festival is held annually in Surigao City. The Tilaw Food Festival showcases the Surigaonon culinary heritage through food fairs and competitions designed to upgrade the city’s food and beverage industry. Tilaw means taste. One of the most-awaited activities of this gastronomic affair is the Cooking Contest which brings together the best of the bests cooks of the region to create new dishes or versions of their native specialties. The City Government through their Tourism Office encourages Surigaonons to discover new cuisines that they can call their own. Some of the latest brands they have are the Pan de Nicolas (biscuit similar to otap or browas) and “STK” (sugba-tula-kilaw) or grill-soup-sushi. Students also have opportunities to show their skills and talents on different competitions on bartending and cocktail, table-setting, skirting and Continue reading

Bonok-Bonok Maradjao Karadjao Festival

Bonok-Bonok Maradjao Karadjao FestivalCelebrated on September 9, Bonok Bonok Maradjao Karadjao is celebrated in Surigao City, in Surigao del Norte province. This festival coincides with the feast of San Nicolas de Tolentino. Highlighting the day-long annual event is the dancing of the bonok-bonok by the ethnic Mamanwas, performed during thanksgiving, wedding ceremonies, and worship. Performing the dance is their way of praying the gods for good health and bountiful harvest. During the festivity, a contest is held between barangays and the coastal areas aiming to beautify Surigao City.

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Surigao Airport

Surigao AirportThe Surigao Domestic Airport is an airport serving the general area of Surigao City, in the province of Surigao del Norte. The Surigao Airport Code is SUG. The airlines that currently serve this airport are Cebu Pacific, with flights going to and from Cebu, Philippine Airlines (operated by PAL Express), with flights going to and from Manila.

On Siargao Island, a smaller airport is located in Sayak, Del Carmen, which can accommodate light and other smaller aircrafts.

Hikdop Island in Surigao

Hikdop Island SurigaoThe beautiful, relatively untouched Hikdop Island – think of Boracay 30 years ago, or Siargao 10 years ago, …and you have the unspoilt ‘paradise’ without the tourism. This absolute beachfront parcel of land is located just 20 mins fast boat ride from Surigao City on the Northern tip of the Island of Mindanao in the Philippines. Hikdop Island is directly northeast of Surigao City and is quite visible from Surigao City.

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Surigao City

Surigao CityPopularly known as the City of Island Adventures, this haven of leisure and adventure boasts of 17 panoramic islands blessed with long stretches of white sand beaches, mystical caves, captivating rock formations, vast mangrove forest and under water sceneries.

Experience the warmth and hospitality of the Surigaonon people as you embark on an island hopping adventure – from the picturesque Basul Island, the mecca of game fishing in the Island of Danawan, a journey through the “floating” village of Day-asan, paddle along the emerald waterways amidst the lush mangrove forest of Manjagao and dip in the crystal blue waters of Sagisi Island. Continue reading