|Camiguin - Island of volcanoes and sweet lanzones
|Source: Manila Bulletin
|Author: Randy V. Urlanda
The island province of Camiguin in Northern Mindanao, a
pear-shaped emerald isle that is a product of creative
activities of its volcanoes, hit the headlines in the early
1950s when one of its seven volcanoes, the 457-meter
high Mount Hibok-Hibok erupted on December 4, 1951
and killed 500 islanders.
Camiguin was derived from the word kamagong, a tree
belonging to the ebony family. Its original inhabitants were
Manobos, one of the non-Muslim hill tribes inhabiting the
northern part of exotic Mindanao.
Nature must have fallen in love with the island so much that
she endowed it with lavish gifts and natural bounties, says
DOT Region X director Dorothy Jean B. Pabayo during
Camiguins 20th Lanzones Festival held last October 24. One is simply at a loss for
words to describe this lovely island of 68,000 inhabitants which the island folks
endearingly call The Island of Your Imagination.
Some of its so-called natural gifts and geological
wonders include the 76-meter high Katibawasan Falls
in the provincial capital of Mambajao; the 25-meter
high Tuwasan Falls in Catarman town; the Sto. Niqo
Cold Spring Resort; Ardent Hot Spring Resort; Tangub
Hot Spring; White Island, a stretch of uninhabited
ivory sandbar off Mambajao; Cross Marker and
Sunken Cemetery, so-called because it sunk into the
sea during a volcanic eruption in 1871, together with
the Old Catarman Church Ruins nearby, and Mantigue
Island, a four-hectare forested isle laced by white,
fine sand beaches.
Camiguin, comprising five coastal towns strung together like a pearl necklace by a
64-km. circumferential coastal road, lies 45 km. southeast of Bohol, 10 km. north of
the eastern tip of the province of Misamis Oriental, and some 90 km. north of the
bustling city of Cagayan de Oro.
Aside from these unique tourist attractions, Camiguin is also noted for its sweet
lanzones because of the islands rich soil and mild climate, explains director Pabayo.
Mambajao and Catarman town on the other side of the island, are where the
sweetest lanzones could be found, adds the indefatigable regional tourism executive.
Thats why the most sought-after lanzones in Cebu, Bohol and Cagayan de Oro
comes from here.
Unfortunately, due to unfavorable climate this year
(heavy rains and strong winds during the flowering
season), the lanzones festival was replete of the
yellow round fruit that has become synonymous with
Camiguin. Instead of adorning the streetdancers with
fresh fruits, they wore painted wooden and plastic
lanzones to simulate the real one.
Despite the total absence of lanzones this year,
many domestic and some foreign tourists still enjoyed
their weekend stay here because of the abundance of tourist destinations in the
island, concludes Pabayo. But dont despair, later on, like what happened to our
economy and the rest of the region last year, we will reap from a bountiful harvest
next year, not only for lanzones but, the countrys economy as well.
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