Linabo Peak in Dipolog

Linabo Peak 3003 steps Dinginan Lugdungan Dipolog City park concrete stairway trees view panoramic skyline dapitan elevation summit cross dinginan history construction landmark monument description Linabo Peak is located in Dipolog City. Linabo Peak is a popular hiking spot in Zamboanga del Norte and is most known for its moniker, the 3003 Steps to Linabo Peak. Concrete steps winding along tunnel of verdant trees lead to a panoramic vista of sky, plains, and sea and a spectacular view of the twin cities of Dipolog and Dapitan, This is Dipolog’s highest elevation point – 486 meters above sea level. The 14 Stations of the Cross punctuate the way up. At the peak is a community chapel for prayer and contemplation. The 3003 Step Linabo Peak is located at Sitio Dinginan, Barangay Lugdungan. Continue reading

Pamansalan Forest Park in Dipolog

Pamansalan OlSCA Forest Park Dipolog City Zamboanga Norte Location Reserve Wildlife Flora Hiking Trail Fauna Trekker Nature Reservation Conservation Ecopark Ecological Japanese Organization History Map The Pamansalan OlSCA Forest Park in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte encompasses over 64 hectares of lush forests, flora, and fauna, giving trekkers and nature buffs an unforgettable experience with nature at its best. A showcase of nature conservation and ecological balance, it is home to exotic birds as a declared bird sanctuary. A joint project of the Japanese OISCA organization and the city government of Dipolog, the forest park is located at Pamansalan, barangay Diwan, 28 kilometers or a 40-minute drive from the city proper. Continue reading

Magsaysay Park in Dipolog

Magsaysay Park Dipolog City Center Plaza Hall Holy Rosary Cathedral Rizal Avenue Extension Kiosk Amphitheater Stairway The Magsaysay Park in Dipolog City is a landscaped park providing an oasis of greenery right in the center of Dipolog City. It is a converging point for many people from all walks of life for simple strolling and relaxing. The hectare-sized lot just beside the City Hall and fronting the Holy Rosary Cathedral is an ideal place for small outdoor meetings in a nature settings. The Magsaysay Park is located in between the Dipolog City Hall and the Holy Rosary Cathedral. The park cuts through Rizal Avenue and Rizal Avenue Extension. Plaza Magsaysay has a kiosk, a functional stage, an amphitheater, comfort rooms, giant footwear kiddy slides, Rizal Statue, and a stairway leading to the Dinosaur park, not to mention it has lots of benches everywhere Continue reading

The Kolibugan Culture

SioconThe Kolibugan resulted from the intermingling of the indigenous Subanon populations with the Muslim populations in the coastal areas of Zamboanga. The population is concentrated along the western side of the provinces of both northern (6,495) and southern Zamboanga (3,270), and a national count of over 11,000. The concentrations are in Siocon (2,040), Sirawai (1,960), and Sibuco (1,520) (NSO 1980). The total population count is estimated at 32,227 (NM 1994). The Kolibugan Subanon inhabit the Zamboanga Peninsula, southern Zamboanga del Norte, and some parts of Zamboanga del Sur. Their language is similar to that of the Western Subanon but with some grammatical differences. Continue reading

P’gsalabuk Festival in Dipolog

P'gsalabuk Festival DipologP’gsalabuk is a Subano term that means “togetherness”. In the festival, the City Government of Dipolog aims to showcase the myriad interplay of culture: Muslim, Lumad and the varied and diverse culture of the settlers from all over the Philippines as well as the Spanish, Chinese, American and other Asian culture that have been so meticulously woven and shaped into what is known as the unique Mindanao Tri-people Culture The festival will feature street dancing in the main avenue of Dipolog City. This will then culminate in a cultural presentation depicting dances involving the different types if people in Mindanao. The concept is UNITY IN DIVERSITY AMONG THE TRI-PEOPLE because as the objectives state, it aims to promote peace and Continue reading

Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte

Dipolog Rotonda FountainDipolog City is the capital city of Zamboanga del Norte province. Dipolog sits on the Western edge of Mindanao Island, at the Northwestern rim of the Zamboanga Peninsula. Dipolog is a fishing and interisland shipping port. There is also a commercial airport. Its city status dates from 1969; it had been a municipality since 1913 and, before that, had been considered an outer adjunct of the port of Dapitan on Dapitan Bay, some 10 miles (16 km) to the northeast. Dipolog long since outstripped the other town in size and importance, however. Dipolog is bounded in the North by Dapitan City, in the East by Municipality of Polanco, on the South by the Municipality of Katipunan and the West by the Sulu Sea. Continue reading

Rizal Shrine in Dapitan

Jose Rizal Monument DapitanThe Rizal Shrine in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte, is a historical landmark of the city. It refers to the more or less 16 hectares estate of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, which he purchased in Barangay Talisay and is approximately two kilometers northwest from the City Hall.

In August 1892, a Spaniard from Manila brought lottery tickets to Dapitan. Dr. Jose Rizal, Capt. Ricardo Carnicero, the politico military governor of Dapitan at that time and a Spaniard residing in Dipolog bought a ticket which luckily won for them 20,000 peso. Rizal’s share was 6,200 pesos. He gave 2,000 pesos to his father and 200 pesos to Basa, his friend in Hongkong. He invested his remaining winnings in business and bought lands and built houses in Talisay which is now the Rizal Shrine.

In March 1893, Rizal transferred to Talisay. Later on, his mother Doña Teodor Alonso, his sisters, some relatives and neighbors from Calamba, Laguna came and lived with him Talisay until 1896.

It was here where Rizal exemplified the ideal that, “A life which is not consecrated to a great ideal is useless. It is a pebble lost in the field without forming part of an edifice. “He epitomized the existence of a man with a mission. Making the best of every moment, even if the gods weave his tragic fate.

He spent his lonely but productive and altruistic life for four years in banishment working as a rural physician, farmer, merchant, inventor, painter, sculptor, archaeologist, linguist, grammarian, teacher, architect, poet, biologist, composer, surveyor, environmentalist, aside from being a lover, father, and brother to all Dapitanons.

The Court Martial that tried Rizal imposed to him not only capital punishment but also “the payment of indemnity to the State in the amount of One Hundred Thousand Pesos, the obligation to pay such indemnity being transmissible to the heirs of the accused”. On January 15, 1897, Rizal’s properties in Talisay were confiscated by the Spanish authorities and Don Cosme Borrmeo was appointed custodian of the sequestered properties.

Soon after Jose Rizal Returned from Europe in 1892, the Spaniards accused him of smuggling anti friar leaflets into the country. He was immediately exiled to Dapitan, a town in Mindanao, without the benefit of a court trial.

The truth was, the Spaniards were just waiting for an excuse to get rid of Rizal. In their eyes, he was the enemy. They were particularly angered by his two novels – Moli Me Tangere, which told of the social cancer eating away at Philippine society during the colonial period, and El Filibusterismo, which warned of a coming revolution unless needed reforms were undertaken.

Rizal’s exile in Dapitan lasted four years, from July 17, 1892 to July 31, 1896. Although he was placed under the supervision of the town’s Spanish authorities, he was allowed to move around so long as he complied with the terms of his deportation.

As luck would have it, only two months into his stay he won P6,200 in a lottery. Using his winnings, he bought 16 hectares of land in Talisay, a seaside barrio. There he started a farm, put up a school for boys and built a small hospital where he treated the poor for free.

After Rizal was executed, his properties in Dapitan were confiscated by the colonial government. In 1940 President Manuel Quezon set aside ten hectares of the farm as a reservation to be known as Rizal National Park.

The Rizal Shrine Dapitan today stands exactly on the same spot where Rizal built his home in exile on a tongue of land looking into the Sulu Sea. It is as charming as the hero had described it in his poem “Mi Retiro.”

All the houses were rebuilt on their original sites and resemble the original structures of bamboo and nipa.

There are five houses. The rectangular Casa Residencia, or main house, is the biggest. This was Rizal’s house. It has one bedroom and a surrounding veranda affords a view of the sea. Flanking the main house are the kitchen and the poultry house.

Perched atop a low hill are two small huts called Casitas de Salud, or health houses, one for males, the other for females. They provided lodgings for Rizal’s out-of-town patients. A separate house with eight sides, the Casa Redonda, served as his clinic and as a dormitory for his students. At the base of the hill, close to the clinic, is the Casa Cuadrada, or square house. This was the workshop and second dormitory for Rizal’s pupils.

Among the other structures on the shrine grounds are a dam, an aqueduct, a water reservoir, an amphitheater and a museum. Rizal built the water system, but only the dam dates back to his time. The Rizaliana museum, built in 1971, contains the hero’s artifacts such as the blackboard and the table he used in his school in Talisay.

Dakak Park & Beach Resort in Dapitan

Dakak Park Beach Resort DapitanThe famous Dakak Beach is most known for its strikingly shaped bay and powdery white sand, and as a diving Mecca in Mindanao. Perfect blue waters, tremendous dive sites with great quantity of coral reefs, and a wonderful sunset scope characterize this tropical Eden. Dakak Park and Beach Resort boasts 15 hectares of wooded land, a natural reservoir for native plants and animals, and a 750-meter private white-sand beach. Nestled on the tip of Northern Zamboanga, Dakak faces the Sulu Sea in the west and is surrounded by mountains on its east side. Conveniently encircled by large island, Dakak tactfully avoids the typhoon belt, Continue reading


SindanganSindangan (Subanen: Benwa Sindangan) is a 1st class municipality in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines. According to the Dec 2010 CBMS Survey on Population and Households, it has a population of 89,546 people in 20,217 households. There are plans in making the municipality of Sindangan into a city since the growth of its economy is enough for its conversion to become a city. The people in Sindangan are just waiting for the government officials to work for its cityhood.

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Zamboanga del Norte Province

Zamboanga del Norte ProvinceBreezing through the pages of the Philippine History, one can’t ignore the niche of this peaceful paradise in the south.  Just like any other ancient civilizations in Asia, the natives known as the Subanens has established its community along the river or suba banks.  Migrants from the Visayas then came to seek refuge in this corner of the Land of Promise.  Then, came the Hispanic colonization, which saw the conversion of the Subanons to Christianity, establishing a permanent Christian Mission in this part of the south.  Being one of the strongest citadels of power during the Hispanic era, the province became temporary abode to the national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal prior to its execution.  From then on the peaceful paradise has found its place in the history. Continue reading