CAMIGUIN, the tourism jewel of Northern Mindanao is an island paradise, which today is relatively still unspoiled by the haste of modernization. And because it is untouched by large-scale tourism and considered as one of the more tranquil islands in the country, Camiguin has become a vacationer’s dreamed destination.
“I was left awestruck every single time we moved from one location to another… It makes me so proud to be a Filipino that we have something like this island in our backyard,” says ER Alviz a film director based in Manila. And whose creative works revolve around digital content, TVCs, films, TV.
Do you know that with more than 20 cinder cones 100m-plus high, Camiguin has more volcanoes per square kilometer than any other island on earth?
Lonely Planet blog says “Those who do come feel proprietorial about this little jewel and guard news of its treasures like a secret. Besides the usual diving, snorkelling and sandy beaches (except for offshore ones, beaches have brown sand), Camiguin offers a chance to climb a volcano and a seeming endless supply of jungle waterfalls and hot and cold springs.”
Promotion Efforts Lauded
The regional director of the Department of Tourism (DOT) in Northern Mindanao said she is happy that Congressman XJ Romualdo recommending Camiguin as a summer destination in relation to the Boracay closure. She told Mindanao Daily News that “we are happy that this declaration has been made and that we are especially grateful that the LGU together with the private sector has been very supportive. This support is also behind the success of the viral tourism promotions campaign “Feel Camiguin” a purely local production initiated by Congressman XJ and the Provincial Tourism Team.”
“Camiguin is very different from Boracay. While Boracay is a beach destination with a party atmosphere, Camiguin is a top ecotourism destination with numerous tourism sites like the Asean Heritage mountain Mt. Timpoong Hibokhibok, waterfalls, cold springs, hot springs, the famous White Island Sand Bar, Mantigue Island Marine Sanctuary and a unique soda water spring that is only found on the island among others.”
In a recent interview with an MDN reporter Unchuan said that for accommodations Camiguin has three existing high end resorts but there are some ongoing construction such as a 200 room high end hotel in Mambajao. “There are 200 rooms in DOT accredited hotels but overall there are over 850 rooms available including homestays (from last weeks information). Our recent data this week has tallied 905 rooms to be exact,” she added. The island also features special culinary food and services.”
Unchuan also commended the efforts of the LGU in sustainable tourism as evidenced by their ordinances such as the banning of plastic bags in their business establishments.
“We have exerted our best efforts to boost tourism development in the island and make it a top tourist destination in the country as evidenced by DOT 10’s plans and programs. DOT Secretary Wanda Teo, also upon our recommendation, has named Camiguin as one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines.” (edited by allan m. mediante)
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