Cagwait White Beach is located in Cagwait in Surigao del Sur Province. Cagwait Beach is a U-shaped beach with powdery white sand and a wind swept sea. It has been referred to as the ‘Waikiki Beach’ of the Philippines by the famous aviator Charles Lindberg. Cagwait White Beach is the site of the annual Kaliguan Festival. Cagwait White Beach is 40 minutes away from the capital town of Tandag. Continue reading
Tagbina Cave is located underneath a rocky mountain where the Municipal Hall of Tagbina town is perched, overlooking the expanse of Surigao del Sur territory comprising the jurisdiction of the town. The portal of the cave is visibly seen as one goes uphill on the concrete road leading to the Town Hall. The cave has long been in existence as one product of nature and has been a haven for birds and other forms of life that dwell in labyrinth-like places. Continue reading
Mahayag Beach is located in Tandag, Surigao del Sur. Mahayag Beach is situated just eight kilometers north from the capital town of Tandag. Mahayag is a coastline purok of Barangay Buenavista. The beach resort is one end of the cove occupying about a hectare in area. The place is ideal for holding seminars or family reunions. One can idle the time away by boating, fishing or swimming on the man-made pools at the sea. Paved roads makes it easier to travel except for the estimated 200 meters rough road going inside the area. Anyone can stay in at Mahayag beach resort owned by Ambray Family. Air-conditioned and regular rooms are available. There is also a function hall and a video karaoke in the area Continue reading
Iron Mountain Road is located in Surigao del Sur province. Locally known as the Noventa, it is the site of the biggest iron deposit in the entire country. Iron Mountain Road is a 25 kilometers serpentine road, with an altitude of about 900 feet above sea level. The road leads to the highway boundary of Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Norte. Continue reading
The Caraga Region was created through Republic Act 7901 which was approved on February 25, 1995 by then President Fidel V. Ramos. Also designated as Region XIII, the region is situated in the northeast section of Mindanao. It is bounded on the North by the Surigao Strait, on the West by the Provinces of Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental, on the South by the Province of Davao del Norte and on the East by the Pacific Ocean.
The name Caraga already existed in the lexicon of Spanish-era Philippines, dating more than 400 years ago. Spaniards formed Caraga through a military garrison in 1609 to reinforce their invasion of Continue reading
The Manobo are probably the most numerous of the ethnic groups of the Philippines in terms of the relationships and names of the various groups that belong to this family of languages. Mention has been made of the numerous subgroups that comprise the Manobo group. The total national population including the subgroups is 749,042 (NM 1994); occupying core areas from Sarangani island into the Mindanao mainland in the provinces of Agusan del Sur, Davao provinces, Bukidnon, and North and South Cotabato. The groups occupy such a wide area of distribution that localized groups have assumed the character of distinctiveness as a separate ethnic grouping such Continue reading
The Mamanwa (variously called Conking, Mamaw, Amamanusa, Manmanua, Mamaua, Mamanwa) are one of the three groups that occupy a very distinct position in Philippine populations. Heretofore, the Mamanwa has been classified as a Negrito subgroup, but physical anthropological data indicate otherwise. The Mamanwa form a distinct branch from the rest of the Philippine populations which include the various groups of the Negrito, and the Austronesian-speaking peoples which now comprise the modern populations. The Mamanwa appear to be an older branch of population appearances in the Philippines affecting to some extent the Negrito of northeastern Luzon. Like all the Negrito groups in the country, the Mamanwa speak a language that is basically that of the dominant group about them. Continue reading
The 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.
The Pahinungod Festival in Carrascal, Surigao del Sur province is held every July. The festival commemorates the feast of the Scapular of Mount Carmel. Various music and dances are performed in the streets of Carrascal. A mardi gras where different contingents from other towns competes with the winner receiving a cash prize from the local Government.This festival is held to commemorate the feast of the Scapular of Mount Carmel. Various music and dances are performed in the streets of Carrascal. A mardi gras where different contingents from other towns competes with the winner receiving a cash prize from the local Government.