From Camiguin

8 Unusual Cemeteries in the Philippines

Cemeteries are not exactly the type of destinations that tourists write on their bucket list, and it’s not hard to see why. It is that one place we most associate with death. After all, this is where the departed are laid to rest.

Most of us only find ourselves here when we pay respects to a loved one who has left us for good. Or when it’s All Souls’ Day, the time that we honor their memory. Otherwise, many do not see a reason compelling enough to push us out of our way to visit a graveyard. And truth be told, aside from the creeps they give, most cemeteries look alike.

But there are exceptions. Here are eight unusual burial grounds that are worth braving.

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10 Awesome Things to Do in CAMIGUIN, Philippines

Camiguin is the second smallest province in the Philippines (next only to Batanes). Touted as the Island Born of Fire, Camiguin is home to not one but SEVEN volcanoes, including Mt. Hibok-hibok and Mt. Vulcan, often referred to as the Old Volcano. These fiery and dangerous wonders have constantly and continually molded the physical features of the island and shaped the culture of its people, giving this paradise an tourism atmosphere that is one of a kind. Here are 10 activities that you will surely enjoy in this fierce yet peaceful Northern Mindanao destination.

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Paras Beach Resort: Where to Stay in Camiguin, Philippines (Splurge Option)

Disappointment was painted all over my face when I found out that the room we got was not facing the sea. Not that I am a sucker for beachfront rooms but the view of White Island lying just a few kilometers from the shore would have been the icing on the cake. Regardless, our 2-night stay at Paras Beach Resort in general was anything but disappointing. It was still a very pleasant experience.

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Ardent Hibok-Hibok Resort and Other Springs in Camiguin, Philippines

Constant fear is probably what one who resides near an active volcano has to live with every day. That’s especially true when one is in the company of seven volcanoes. Perhaps for the people of Camiguin, though, it has become part of their everyday lives. After all, danger is everywhere no matter where we are and the best way to deal with it is looking on the bright side. Yes, volcanoes, no matter how dangerous they are, have perks, too. Some of these perks come from deep underground — springs!

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Katibawasan Falls: A Splash of Nature in Camiguin, Philippines

Satisfaction was already achieved even before we entered the park premises. The area surrounding Katibawasan Falls has been transformed into a park by the local government, but they managed to keep the natural appeal of the site. Before the gate stands a small kiosk selling kiping, a popular delicacy in the Philippines made from rice. The kiping sold at Katibawasan Falls, however, is made from  ground cassava, which makes it a little bit sweeter than usual. It was delightful — a foreshadowing of what was in store for us at the park.

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How to Get to Camiguin from Manila and Cagayan De Oro, Philippines

Camiguin is the smallest province in Mindanao and the second smallest in the Philippines. Dotting Bohol Sea, this pear-shaped island rises in between the province of Bohol and the mainland Northern Mindanao.

Camiguin has its own airport. As of this writing, only Cebu Pacific Air offers flights to Camiguin from Cebu. If you’re coming from Manila, you can make a connection in Cebu, but it might cost a bit more. Cagayan de Oro City, on the other hand, is the most usual gateway to the island of Camiguin. All major airlines have daily flights to Laguindingan Airport so catching planes wouldn’t be a problem.

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CAMIGUIN: Budget Travel Guide

The cold wind that blew as I stood at the balcony of our hotel was quite a refreshing surprise. Although the sky was bright and the sun was inching its way from the horizon, the temperature remained friendly in the shadows of Mt. Hibok-hibok, the most prominent landmark in Camiguin.

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