What to See in Ozamiz City

Ozamiz Airport, Ozamiz City

Ozamiz is a third-class city in the province of Misamis Occidental located in the northern part of Mindanao. The history of Ozamiz is inscripted in their city seal which is symbolized by the Structure, Blessed Virgin and inscription Fortes en Fide.

According to their website http://www.ozamiz.gov.ph/about-us/history/city-seal/ the seal means:

Structure “ cotta, Spanish Fort Santiago and oldest structure in the city; also a symbol of the heritage and peace and order in the city.

Blessed Virgin “ patron saint of the city.

Inscription “ motto of the city “ Fortes en Fide“, meaning strength in faith.

 

WHAT TO SEE IN OZAMIZ CITY?

The Tourism industry in Ozamiz City is underdeveloped and their is not really much to see, but when you visit don’t forget the following spots.

 

1. Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Immaculate Conception Cathedral Ozamiz

The cathedral is located in the heart of the city at Rizal Avenue.The Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish which has ever since been under the protection of our Lady of the Immaculate Conception was established by the Recoletos in 1789 or before this date. It was then known as the Immaculate Conception Parish. http://iccpozamis.com/about/

 

Immaculate Conception Cathedral Ozamiz

 

Immaculate Conception Cathedral OzamizThe church interior is amazing.

 

2. Fort Santiago: The Cotta of Misamis

Fort Santiago, Cotta Fort

Also called Cotta Fort, built approximately 255 years ago for the purposes of providing shelter for the ships of Spanish fleet and to repel the Moro piratical raids. The cotta was a military stronghold since 1750’s.

 

Fort Santiago, Cotta Fort

 

Cotta FortSome of ruin at Cotta Fort.

 

Cotta Fort MuseumThe museum inside Cotta Fort. I came in a little late so I was not able to take a good shot.

 

3. Cotta Shrine

Cotta Shrine

Beside Fort Santiago is Cotta Shrine. Officially named Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepción y del Triunfo de la Cruz de Migpangi, they call it Ang among Pinangga nga Birhen sa Cotta or Shrine of the Virgin at the Cotta. For more than two centuries people have come to the Shrine of the Virgin at the Cotta which claimed to be miraculous, to invoke her protection.

Around the year 1758 an image of the statuette was etched into the wall of the Cotta which the people started and continue to venerate. http://iccpozamis.com/cotta/

 

Cotta Shrine, PietaPieta figure at Cotta Shrine.

 

Cotta Shrine

 

Cotta Shrine

 

4. Cotta Beach

Cotta Beach

Just behind Cotta Shrine and Cotta Fort is the Cotta Beach or Panguil Bay. If you want to spend a relaxing afternoon in Ozamiz, go to the beach. Also, try to experience local street food being sold in the area.

 

Cotta Beach, street food

 

Cotta Beach, street food“Ihaw-ihaw” all you can.

 

Cotta Beach, food

 

Cotta Beach, foodThis is what I ate. It costs Php 90.00 (Rice, chicken thigh, fish and soda).

 

HOW TO GO THERE?

You just need this. One-way ride from the cathedral is is Php 10.00. I gave Kuya another Php10 for a tip.

Ozamiz, tricycle

There you go. Happy traveling! 😀

Nasugbu Trilogy Dayhike: Mt. Batulao, Mt Talamitam & Mt. Apayang

Mt. Talamitam

TRILOGY HIKE. A failed attempt.

Have you heard of trilogy hike? If you are new to hiking and trekking, sure you do. A trilogy is something that has three parts. The tri-meaning “three,” in trilogy. According to vocabulary.com, the word originated from the Greek word trilogia, meaning “series of three related tragedies performed at Athens at the festival of Dionysus. Basically a “trilogy hike” is hiking or reaching 3 peaks in a span of one day. I have been waiting for so long to do this so I hitchhiked once again, and this time, a trilogy dayhike to Mt. Batulao, Mt. Talamitam and Mt. Apayang with sidetrip to Layon Bilog River.

 

 

MT. BATULAO
Nasugbu, Batangas
Jump-off point: Evercrest Golf Course, Nasugbu
811 MASL
Days required / Hours to summitu: 1 day / 2-4 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 4/9
Features: Open trails, rolling slopes, scenic views of Batangas
MT. APAYANG
Location: Km91 Sitio Pasong Kawayan, Nasugbu, Batangas
662+ MASL
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 4/9
MT. TALAMITAM
630 MASL
1.5-2.2 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9

 

We arrived at jump-off point at around 3.30am and the guides told us that we cannot hike Mt. Batulao. Oops… it was a failed trilogy hike! So disappointing, Mt. Batulao was closed due to military exercises, or shall I say encounters. Eh?

Anyway, we carried on hiking the 2 mountains, Mt. Talamitam and Mt. Apayang. Do not belittle these 2 mountains. You might end up rolling down your butt. Downhill is more difficult than the uphill climb.

 

 

Mt. TalamitamMid peak to Mt. Talamitam

 

 

We reached Mt. Talamitam as early as 7am in a bright cloudy day. But the sun was not out yet then.

Mt. TalamitamMt. Talamitam summit

 

Me trying the “about to jump pose”.

Stayed 30 minutes at the summit for picture taking and breakfast.

 

 

Mt. ApayangTrail traversing to Mt. Apayang.

 

 

At Mt. Apayang summit overlooking Nasugbu mountain ranges.Mt. Apayang summit

 

Mt. Apayang

 

Sadly, no Layon Bilog River for us rather we trailed down to go to the beach which apparently was not a good idea too.  So we ended up eating lunch at the house of a very generous woman. I forgot her name, but she was nice and accommodating. She sold us “balot” and opened her house to us 29 hikers. It was a pretty nice experience knowing somewhere, someone could still share food and openly share space to other people. It was humbling.

 

 

For those who still want to go hiking on trilogy, here is the itinerary for you.

ITINERARY:
12:00 AM Cubao
01:00 AM ETD going to Nasugbu, Batangas
03:30 AM ETA Jump-off / Evercrest
04:30 AM Arrival at Camp 1 | Rest
06:00 AM Arrival at Camp 10 — Summit view
07:00 AM Descent to New trail Campsite Peak 8
07:30 AM ETA Peak 8 | Rest | Breakfast
08:15 AM Start Descend to Evercrest
09:30 AM Arrival at Evercrest
10:15 AM Jump-off / Sitio Bayabasan, Brgy. Aga
10:30 NN Start trek
01:00 PM Summit of Mt. Apayang
02:00 PM Summit of Mt. Talamitam
03:00 PM River-falls Sidetrip
05:00 PM Back to Jump-off | Tidy up
05:40 PM We can go sidetrip to tagaytay
06:30 PM ETD bound to Manila
08:00 PM ETA at Manila

BUDGET:  850

Inclusions:

TRANSPO (VAN)
BAGTAG
REG FEEs (Mt.Batulao,Mt.Talamitam,Mt.Apayang)
GUIDE FEE
Entrance fee at Layon Bilog

FREE LUNCH

THINGS TO BRING:
– Breakfast/ Merienda
– Trail food
– Extra clothes
– Slippers
– 2-3 Liters of Water
– Camera
– Power bank
– Extra money
– Toiletries
– Medical kit
– Headlights
– Sunblock
– Alcohol
– (trash bag)
– Arm sleeves
– Presence of mind

WHAT TO WEAR:
– Hiking attire

#leavenotrace #liveinthemoment

Happy hiking! 🙂

Mt. Manalmon & Mt. Gola Twin Dayhike

Mt. Manalmon & Mt. Gola Twin Dayhike with Monkey Bridge Crossing at Madlum River

Mt. Gola & Mt. Manalmon

I love hitchhiking. And this time I hitchhiked with a certain fundraiser group on facebook. Since this is for a charity cause, I have no apprehensions whatsoever so I just went. This is a not-so-hardcore-climb but it has a beautiful scenery and side trip adventures like caving and spelunking in Madlum and Bayukbok Caves, swimming and monkey bridge crossing in Madlum River. Awesome!

A twin day hike to Mt. Manalmon and Mt. Gola is recommendable for newbies in mountaineering and even those inexperienced. Located in Biak-Na-Bato National Park, the two mountains are jam-packed with outdoor activities that enthusiasts will surely enjoy just 2-3 hours away from Manila.

 

MT. MANALMON & MT. GOLA
San Miguel, Bulacan
Major jump-off: Sitio Madlum, Brgy. Sibul, San Miguel
MT. MANALMON LLA: 15°15.11’N; 121°1.22′ E; 196 MASL
MT. GOLA LLA: 15°9’49” N 121°5’38” E; 192 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: Half-day / 1 hour for each mountain
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1-2

Activities:

– Hiking
– Caving/ Spelunking
– Swimming
– Crossing Monkey Bar

 

From Jump-off point.

Biak-NaThe Mt. Manalmon & Mt. Gola is within the Biak-Na-Bato National Park.

 

Trekking rules and guidelines for strict compliance.

 

Mt Manalmon & Mt Gola

Current Rates:

Registration Fee – P5.00
Guide Fees:
Dayhike – P300
Overnight – P600
Caving – P200 for the first 5 and +40/head

 

From the jump-off point, the trail starts by entering Madlum Cave.

Madlum CaveMadlum Cave (Madlum means “dark”) so basically you can call it Dark Cave.

 

Madlum RiverRiver crossing to Mt. Gola

 

Mt. GolaMt. Gola features black rocks and dried lands.

 

MT. GOLA Summit

Mt. Gola

After spending 30 mins at the summit of Mt. Gola, we trailed back going to Mt. Manalmon

Mt Manalmon

 

From the minor jump-off, it took us just 15 mins to reach Mt. Manalmon

Mt. ManalmonAscending the summit of Mt. Manalmon

 

MT. MANALMON Summit

Mt. ManalmonOverlooking Mt. Gola from the peak of Mt. Manalmon

 

Mt Manalmon

Waiting time in the summit takes 15-20 mins. There are 3 groups ahead of us when we reached the mountain.

 

 

We trailed down to Madlum jump-off for early lunch and other activities.

Madlum Hanging BridgeMadlum Hanging Bridge

 

Madlum RiverMadlum River

 

monkey bridge

monkey bridgeMonkey Bar Crossing at Madlum River. This is really fun. 😀

 

After the monkey bridge activity, only 4 of us in a group decided to go caving and spelunking.

Bayukbok Cave

 

 

Bayukbok Cave

Bayukbok Cave spelunkingThis is not your typical cave. Entering was not easy at all.

 

Bayukbok Cave crystalBut the crystal formations are wonderful.

 

Bayukbok CaveAnd the cave vines inside are surprisingly amazing.

This is my first caving and spelunking experience and I really had a great time. It was all worth it. 😊

 

And when the sun goes down, it’s time to head home.

Bulacan sunset

 

RECOMMENDED ITINERARY:

0200am: Assembly time @ Cubao
0230: ETD to San Miguel Bulacan
0500: ETA @ JOP San Miguel/Register/Secure guide/Orientation
0530: Start trek @ Mt Manalmon
0700: Arrival @ Mt Manalmon summit
0800: Start trek to Mt Gola
0900: Start trek going to Madlum and Bayukbok caves
1030: Arrival/Rest/Swim/Early lunch
0100: Back to JOP
0230: Monkey Bridge/Swim
0330: Tidy up
0430: Back to Manila
0800: ETA Cubao
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HOW TO GO THERE:

Public Take any Cabanatuan-bound bus from Cubao or Pasay (Baliwag Transit, ES Transport, and Five Star Transport). Drop off at Brgy. Sibul, San Miguel, Bulacan. The fare is around P120. Then from Brgy. Kamias, you can take a tricycle to jumpoff point at Brgy. Madlum (P200/tricycle, max 4 persons). This trike trip takes 30-45 minutes.
Private  (1) NLEX, take the Sta. Rita exit; (2) Follow the road to Cagayan Valley, passing by Plaridel,Pulilan, Baliuag, San Rafael and San Ildefonso. (3) At San Miguel, Brgy. Madlum is just 30 minutes away.

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BUDGET: P 1,000.00

P 650.00 Event Fee
Inclusions:
Van transfer Manila-San Miguel / Bulacan-Manila
Guide fee for two mountains
Registration fee
P 300.00 Lunch / Trail Food / Water
P 50.00 Caving (P200/4)

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CHECKLIST
– Packed Lunch
– Wear trek short/pants, shoes and drift clothes
– Sandals/Trek shoes
– Small Malong
– Water 2-3 Liters
– Trail Foods (chocolates, biscuit, jelly ace, crackers)
– Extra Clothes + Swimming clothes
– Cap
– Camera*
– Shades
– Personal Medicine
– Personal Hygiene and Toiletries
– ID with Emergency Contact
– Flashlight (important)

As a general rule in mountaineering, always prepare for the unexpected things like changes in weather, follow instruction and guide rules to avoid problems, and to leave no trace on the trail / avoid throwing anything.

Leave No Trace

“Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time”

 

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Why Are We So Amazed at the A-MAZE-ZING Sunflower in Pangasinan?

Amazing sunflower

Did you enjoy the visit to the A-MAZE-ZING Sunflower in Pangasinan? Many might be asking why it is such a craze right now and below are the top 5 reasons why I think we are all so amazed at the sunflower maze.

  1. First in the Country. The Amazing Sunflower of Allied Botanical Corporation is the first ever sunflower maze in the Philippines. We have sunflower farms especially in the north but this is the first time that a farm was transformed into a maze and eventually into a tourist destination. It first opened to the public last Feb. 17, 2017
  2. The Maze Is One of a Kind. No one in the country had ever developed a sunflower maze except that of Allied Botanical Corporation. Aside from almost 8,000 sunflowers, they also have other kinds of plants and vegetables growing within the farm area, harvested and being sold. The Sunflower maze is something new to most people and to the regular weekend wanderers. The idea is so cool that is why the farm is being visited by a lot of people every day.
  3. Accessible and near the Metropolis. Located at Brgy. C. Lichauco, Tayug, Pangasinan, the Sunflower maze farm is a 3 to 4-hour travel from Metro Manila. From Sta. Maria where the bus will drop you, a tricycle will be available to bring you directly to the farm. You can visit the place in a day tour or even have an afternoon side trip in Manaoag, Pangasinan.
  4. A Budget Friendly Destination. Since this is not so far from the metro, the fare is quite favorable. You can go and explore the farm under a budget of P1100. You can bring the whole family members without digging a hole in your pocket.
  5. Instagrammable Photos. The sunflower maze is superb in the photo. It will surely give every visitor Instagram-worthy photos and likable background perfect for their FB profile.

So what do think?

Have an amazing trip to the  A-MAZE-ZING Sunflower 🙂