On May 1, 2009 instead of spending the Labor Day the usual way, our family decided to go and have a vacation outing in Camiguin located in Northern Mindanao, Philippines. Our troop leader was my Mom since this is actually their company outing. She happens to be the boss of her team and she brought all her colleagues with her. On our first day, it was not a good sign because it was raining hard since yesterday, we cant make the White Island as our first stop due to high tides, and we were not allowed to have boat ride. For our safety we went to Katibawasan Falls adventure instead and it was so amazing.
Katibawasan Falls is a beautiful, clear stream of water cascading 70 meters into a rock pool surrounded by ground orchids, wild ferns, trees and boulders. It’ s cold water provides a refreshing summer splash.
Via Cruzes – Old volcano slope was our second spot, it is where life-size statues depicting the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ – the 14 Stations of the Cross that dot a trail to Old Volcano’s peak are found. At the last station is a sepulchre carefully carved and chiseled out of volcanic rocks. The pilgrims congregate here to pray during Lenten Season.
Sunken Cemetery was our third adventure, it has a large white cross that marks the cemetery swept into the sea by old volcanic’s eruption in 1871. From here it is a perfect place to watch the glorious sunset over the ocean. It is also an ideal place for snorkelling and diving. An annual fluvial procession is held by townsfolk in honour of the sunken graves of their forefathers and as a thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest.
We went to the Old Ruins of San Roque Church, Convent and Belfry in Gui-ob, Bonbon, Catarman
These are the testimonials and remnants of the eruption of Old Vulcan Daan in 1871 that wiped out the illustrious town of Catarman. It is a monument with thick century-old walls, belfry and convent which stand reminiscent of the second Spanish settlement established in 1697.
The final destination of our first day was the Ardent Hot Spring. In the heart of the island bubbles this mineral pool with water around 400C. Vapor rises from the heated waters that run down the vents of the dormant Mt. Hibok-Hibok. The springs are ideal to bathe in at night surrounded by cool mountain air. It has a natural therapeutic effect and a must go place in Camiguin.
Picnic huts and tables are available in the beautifully landscaped gardens and there is a restaurant on site. It is located 6 kilometers southwest of Mambajao.
The next day we finally experienced White Island instead of watching Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton’s fight happening on the same day.
An uninhabited white sandbar where the view of towering Mt. Hibok-Hibok, an old active volcano reflects the grandeur the Province of Camiguin has ever achieved. It is reachable within 10 minutes through light water transport from anywhere in Yumbing, Mambajao area. We are so worried because we might be unsuccessful again due to last night’s heavy rain and the battle of the much awaited boxing fight is right at this moment. But God is good, he let us see his creation and it was such a perfect place! We were able to enjoy the great wonders he has created.