Camiguin: The Paradise Island of Your Imagination

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Camiguin is believed to be one of the Philippines most beautiful island, a virtual paradise. It is a pear-shaped volcanic island located at Northern Mindanao with a total land area of 238 square kilometers that make it as the second smallest island in the country. Its capital is Mambajao and is composed of four other towns, namely: Catarman, Sagay, Guinsiliban and Mahinog. This tiny island is popular to the tourists and vacationers because of the unique wonderful nature and beauty that everyone can enjoy and explore with its polite and hospitable residents. As a natural paradise, the island of Camiguin is perhaps unmatched anywhere else in Southeast Asia. This exquisite island province of varied ecosystem stirs your imagination. Truly, Camiguin is a paradise island of your imagination because of its rare tourists spots, hospitable people, and a peaceful surrounding.

There are lots of interesting things in Camiguin. One of these are the tourists’ favorite – the tourist spots. The tourist spots are historical and natural. One historical place contains the remains of the 1871 devastating volcanic eruption. One of these is the Sunken Cemetery which has a large white cross that marks a cemetery swept into the sea. This is a perfect place to watch the glorious sunset over the ocean and an ideal place for snorkeling and diving. Natural hot spots are also abundant in this tiny island. Nature has endowed this island with springs and waterfalls. Some of these are the Sto. Nino Cold Spring and Katibawasan Falls, which provide an ideal summer splash because of its ice-cold water. The stunning Katibawasn Falls is also the favorite jump-off point for trekkers and mountaineers in search of adventure. A natural Soda Water Swimming Pool is also present, which is one and only in the country where you can swim to a pool of soda water that is cold water providing a refreshing splash to bathers. From the small island itself, it has two smaller islands, namely: Mantigue Island and White Island. The Mantigue island is an evergreen forest fringed with white sandy beach while the White Island is an inhabited white sandbar with the picturesque Mt. Hibok-Hibok and Old Vulcan as its backdrop. Camiguin is also known as an island to have fine beaches that offer sun-filled days of relaxation and the clean blue water, enchanting marine life and coral reefs beckon diving enthusiasts.

Camiguin culture is a mixture of both Boholano and Cebuano culture. The people of Camiguin are called Camiguingnon. They are deeply religious, hospitable, friendly and hardworking. Visitors are most commonly greeted by locals with “hi” and a big smile. Dialects spoken are Cebuano and Hiligaynon, while few speak Kinamiguin, an ancient tribal dialect which is a mixture of Manobo and Boholano. The Camiguingnons celebrate two major festivals annually. The most celebrated festival is the Lanzones Festival, which is a celebration of thanksgiving for natural bounty Camiguin is blessed with. Panaad is another festival celebrated in the island. This is celebrated every Holy Week where thousands of people from different places trek around Camiguin in memory of Christ’s sacrifice for man’s salvation.

The island of Camiguin is so clean aside from green. Flora abounds throughout the whole island exceptionally maintaining the ecological balance. It really has amazing natural resources and peaceful atmosphere that allure everyone. Security is also promoted in this island. Camiguin is said to be one of the country’s most peaceful island-paradise because of its small population and fine people.

Camiguin is never intended to replace paradise, though one could say that it may be the closest thing to paradise. This cove of pristine white sand is indeed a place for tranquil contentment. Nature must have fallen in love with Camiguin so much, that she has all the wonder of nature. One is simply at a loss for words to describe this lovely island, which the tourists end caressingly call “The Island of Your Imagination”.

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