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A couple of years ago, we visited Cebu City and had a Tour

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at ProFoods Mango Factory in Mandaue City.

Its a nice and recommendable Tour, about Dried Mango production...

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Here is some inspiration from their website  ProFood Gallery

Enjoy the Philippines’ first mango museum & factory tour!

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Gallery - 9 AM - 5 PM (Monday-Saturday) Gift Shoppe - 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM (Monday-Saturday)

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Where to find ProFood Gallery

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Admission fee : P 200 per pax.

Students (show valid school I.D.) & children (12 years old & below) = P 100 per pax.

Minimum # pax per tour : 10 pax. Less than 10 pax, tourist can be accommodated but tourist has to pay the minimum 10 pax tour fee.

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Raven

A lot of nice Pasalubong stuff in ProFood Giftshoppe

 

 

 

 

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On 14/10/2016 at 0:41 PM, Raven said:

 

 

 

To me, it was natural to start "The Golden Route" in Cebu 'cos of the Int. Airport and Cebu's central location in Visayas and then ending in my place, Cagayan de Oro.

And involving 7000 islands will make it a quite big project.

But going North to Ormoc (Leyte) or South to Dumaguete (Negros) and including the "Golden Spots" on the way would be great. After all, the plan is that, the one following the route, can adjust it in direction and length and don't have to go back the same road.

 

I'm not familiar with Leyte and what to see there, so where would be a natural connection to Cebu? In Cebu City or up North, Bogo maybe?

And what see if it follows the road South, to the Surigao ferry? And is this ferry from Liloan or in the Southern tip of Leyte. It's not much use if the ferry is only once a week...there should be some alternatives.

 

I guess there are several members here from Leyte... any suggestions?

Perhaps you ought start a group of like minded people.... plan a week or so travelling some of these sites..... several cars in convoy could be good, perhaps those with spare room could carry a couple of passengers ? ...just an idea ..

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14 hours ago, Raven said:

A couple of years ago, we visited Cebu City and had a Tour at ProFoods Mango Factory in Mandaue City. Its a nice and recommendable Tour, about Dried Mango production...

In addition to dried mango products, they also make mango juice, which can be bought at some Asian and International supermarkets in the USA and other countries. My Filipino wife and I buy this by the six pack at an International supermarket here on the east coast USA:

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While visiting ProFood Factory in 2014, we also made a stop by...

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Pictures from Website: Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary  (Basak Pardo, Cebu City.)

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Julian Navarro Jumalon and People Behind the Julian N. Jumalon Foundation  (a short video of Julian Jumalon)

When we were there, one of the sons, Osman Jumalon and a School Teacher (don't recall his name right now!) showed us around and explained the various stages of Butterflies. Quite inspiring and it made us decide, to try to make our own small Open Butterfly Garden. Open, not meaning open to public, but garden without net or cages, so the Butterflies are free to come and go as they please.

They gave us a lot of hints to choose the right host plants for the caterpillar and food plants for the Butterflies.

And in connection with our Butterfly Garden plan, I had the Butterfly Gate made.

Now we have many Butterflies, specially from June to August, but also year round, as long as the sun is out and they really bring peace to a garden, specially when it's located in the center of a city. And hungry birds are coming too.

It's not even close to Jumalon's Sanctuary, but it was never the intention...only intended for our Guests and us, to enjoy.

 

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The Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary, Mini-museum and Art Gallery is the brainchild of Prof. Julian N. Jumalon, a Cebuano Fine Arts Graduate of the University of the Philippines, Manila. The Butterfly Sanctuary includes the breeding of the butterflies of Cebu which had been opened to the public since 1974, where people could view the life-cycles of native butterflies.

Contact
Telephone (032) 261-6884
Email [email protected]
Mobile
Address J.N. Jumalon St., Basak Pardo 6000 Cebu City, Philippines

 

 

 

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Some suggestions for

Holy Week - Station of The Cross 2017

If you do it for the exercise or for the religious part, it up to you, but there are many nice spots to do it...

Links have more information on each place

Malasag Hills, Cugman, CdO

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Sipaka Point, Talisayan, MisOr

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Old Vulcan, Catarman, Camiguin

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Salcedo's Hill, Laguindingan, MisOr

(Sorry, did not find pictures from here)

 

Guadalupe Shrine, Tablon, CdO

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Maybe you know a place, to add to this list?

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I have only done one real Farm visit here and that was Hineleban Farm at Mt. Kitangalad's foot, Bukidnon

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And there are many other farms in Bukidnon, which offers farm visits.

I just read this article in SunStar, about Sergio's Farm in Dalaguete, Cebu and it seems to be a nice farm to visit, when in that area.

Sergio's Farm

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Sergio's Farm on Facebook

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- Farm visits are only on Saturdays & Sundays 8:00am - 5:00pm.
- Entrance Fee is at P50.00 per head.
- Harvests are strictly guided by our farmer staff. We have strawberries (P800 per kilo or P200 per 1/4kilo), other organic vegetables and herbs. Their prices vary.
Note: Availability of strawberries is by first come, first harvest basis.

What To Wear
We recommend visitors to wear non-slipppery closed shoes.

Directions to Sergio's Farm
Coming from Cebu City:
1) From the main highway of Dalaguete, go up to Mantalongon Public Market (either by your own car or habal-habal).
2) In Mantalongon Public Market, there is a forked road: to the left going to Badian and a straight road going to Maloray. (Habal-habal is P30 to Maloray from Mantolongon).
3) Take the straight concrete road to the Barangay Hall of Maloray (7km away) and where you can see Kandungaw Peak above.
4) Get off at the Barangay Hall of Maloray and walk several meters up where you can see rice terraces with a concrete footpath.
5) Follow the footpath down to the valley where you can see the strawberry and vegetable tunnels of the farm.

Coming from Moalboal:
Go to Alegria. There's a road leading to Brgy. Mantalongon, Dalaguete. You can pass by Cambais Falls on this route. From Mantalongon, Dalaguete, see directions above.

Parking & Vehicles
Parking is in the main concrete road only. Visitors have to walk a concrete and earthen footpath going down the valley.

*Kandungaw Peak is one of the many peaks of Cebu's central ridgeback mountains, the most famous of which is Osmena Peak (imagine the back spines of a crocodile).

 

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Some of you, whom have visited Cagayan de Oro City, 20 years ago, might remember Lawndale Spring Resort.
It have been closed for years, but reopened as Kagay-an Resort, for just to close again.

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Formerly known as Lawndale Cold Spring, it was named after Cagayan de Oro's sister city, Lawndale City in the US. It is located in Taguanao, south of the city. Source

Now its completely renovated and reopen, still as Kagay-an Resort.

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Located in Taguanao, the newly refurbished city-owned resort opened just in time for summer. It boasts of new cottages and clean large pools for both adults and children.

Accordingly, entrance fees will be P30 (adults); P15 (children).

Alcoholic beverages are STRICTLY PROHIBITED.

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1 hour ago, Raven said:

Alcoholic beverages are STRICTLY PROHIBITED

Even in a brown paper bag?

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Update on the renovated Kagay-an Resort...

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The City Government of Cagayan de Oro has released the official rates for the new Kagay-an Lawndale Spring Resort located in Taguanao, Brgy. Indahag which will be opened to the public this Saturday, April 8, 2017.

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Among several Holy Week attractions mentioned in this Post...

Guadalupe Shrine (River Trekking) is one of the more popular ones...

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More than 30,000 people have so far trooped to Igbalalay Hills in Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City to take part in the Panaad sa Guadalupe, a popular Holy Week pilgrimage site in the city. Source

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...and also Sipaka Point in Talisayan was well visited...

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What you missed in Talisayan this summer (LENT 2017)
It's Pamalandong sa Sipaka, Talisayan 2017. More than 16,000 pilgrims visited the treasured site of Talisayan; The Sipaka Heights. You can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Misamis Oriental from the 500 meter elevation hill. Explore MisOr! Dont forget to visit the 14 stations of the cross at Sipaka Heights, Talisayan, Misamis Oriental. A must list for your next adventure. For inquiries visit the local tourism office located at Talisayan Municipal Hall.

Video from Sipaka Point 2017

 

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Had a visit, by a young Baguio guy, Red Russell, who are traveling the 81 provinces in The Philippines and making a Vlog about his adventures. Here is a short video, he made while staying in CdO City.

Videos from other provinces can be found on Youtube

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Kalanggaman is earlier mentioned in The hidden Gems of PH

 

 

Dafey's latest report on Kalanggaman Island...

 

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Mindanao's 1st World Class Water Theme Park

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Latest video update... April 2017

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Does anybody actually plan to visit central Mindanao right now? There are far too many 7.62 mm gems flying around for my liking.

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11 minutes ago, Headshot said:

Does anybody actually plan to visit central Mindanao right now? There are far too many 7.62 mm gems flying around for my liking.

You might not be alone with that feeling...

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Cartoon Network theme park was supposed to be built in a 111-hectare property in Barangay Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City. It was said to be a smaller version of the Amazone Waterpark in Thailand.

Project cancelled and the investor is now looking at Central Luzon for the theme park. Source

 

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But it's far from everyone being afraid to invest in Mindanao

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New Resort on its way in Laguindingan... 1.5 km from the runway at the airport

 

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SophieRed Hotel & Onshore Restaurant in Jasaan

 

 

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It all looks good but this is very dangerous things haven't changed and there will be only more kidnapping of foreigners. Haven't we learned our lessons from the past? Let's not forget the past.

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Mapawa Park was mentioned earlier in this thread...

Some of the upcoming events in Mapawa Park 2017

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Mountain Bike Race - August 5, 2017

 

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Mapawa Marathon - August 13, 2017

 

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Mapawa Ultra Trail 50km - October 29, 2017

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50 km trail

...or go there anytime and do the rappelling, sliding and jumping at the falls in Mapawa Nature Park, like Red Russel did...

Other activities in the Park...

Camping,
Horseback riding,
Swimming pool,
Zipline,
Trail run/hike,
View deck,

Park Hours: 7am-5pm, open everyday

 

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Potipot Island, Zambales. IMO best beaches in the Philippines are found in Zambales. Miles and miles of beaches.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dcjqi8DI0lU

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19 minutes ago, sugbu777 said:

Potipot Island, Zambales. IMO best beaches in the Philippines are found in Zambales. Miles and miles of beaches.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dcjqi8DI0lU

How to go to Potipot Island

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This is Vietnam, the Mekong River Tours which is popular among tourists...

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and this is Cagayan de Oro City

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Bonbon’s Kanipaan River Tour

" The area is just near the river mouth. It is actually part of the much longer Cagayan de Oro River Tour which also leads you upstream near City Hall area. " (Source)

Here are some more about the Bridges of Cagayan de Oro River - Part 1 and Part 2

 

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I think I will let the video speak for itself...:)

 

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Still working on my project... The Golden Routes but for sure its a big project. Constant places & attractions opening and closing, change of air routes and ferry lines, change of phone numbers, dead links and missing pictures... phew-smiley-emoticon.gif

Since I dont have a mobile, I dont have idea if my website is usable on a mobile. Things like "mouse over" pictures and text..does that work ok on mobile?
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Maybe someone like to give some feedback, on how the site looks on your device. I have an Plugin called Resizer on my Firefox browser and it give me some idea of how it looks on other devices, but not sure its the whole truth.

 

Lately been working on an Intro Video to be used on Facebook. The easiest why was to use an online service like the one I used here, but was looking for something free without the ads in the corners, but did not find any!

 

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The Golden Routes, are Tourist-paths for the self-guided tourists, jumping-off in a city with an International Airport, in Central or Southern Philippines, e.g. Cebu, Iloilo, Tagbilaran or Davao.
They will all lead you, on different path, to The City of Golden Friendship, Cagayan de Oro, in Northern Mindanao.
Follow these, Off the beaten paths, you will be able to visit the “The Hidden Gems” in the beautiful places, they passes on their way.


 

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