Category Archives: Tourism

Camiguin highlights nat’l treasures in 51st anniv


CAMIGUIN, Jan. 7 (PIA)—Sheltering numerous historic that eventually became tourist sites, the Provincial Government of Camiguin underscores the significance of naming the landmarks to the National Heritage Sites in knowing the past and shaping the future of the island.

moroIn the 51st Camiguin Foundation Day, Provincial Governor Maria Luisa Romualdo together with Rep. Xavier Jesus Romualdo reported the success of finally naming four historic sites in the province as National Cultural Treasures and led the unveiling of the markers of the Guinsiliban Moro Watch Tower, Bonbon Church Ruins and Sunken Cemetery on January 7.

“We want to these places preserved so that our children, our grandchildren, your children’s children will know and will be aware of where and how and what we came from. It’s the history of Camiguin,” Gov. Romualdo said.

bonbon church ruinsTo further aid in promoting the preservation of the sites, Romualdo urged the teachers to include in their lessons the history of the newly-declared treasures of the country.

Thus, during the unveiling ceremony, the history of such sites was briefly shared.

History of the sites

The Guinsiliban Moro Watch Tower, located at Barangay North Poblacion, Guinsiliban, is believed to be once part of a larger structure or very similar to a typical fortress based on the description of the locals who have seen the old “kota” (fort) before the construction of the present day Gabaldon Building or the Guinsiliban Central School.

moro watch towerBased on the Camiguin Tourism Code, the “Moros” or group of pirate Muslims used to rob and take away women and children hence, to protect themselves from the invaders, the locals built the tower to detect incoming enemies. They called it Kuta “Silipanan” or “Siliban” (fort for peeking) which is now named the Moro Watch Tower.

On the other hand, the Bonbon Old Church Ruins at Barangay Bonbon, Catarman built in 1806 is the bigger structure adjacent to the tower. However, when a volcanic eruption took place on May 1, 1871, everything was destroyed including the Bonbon Church, Convent and the Campanario.

The church is said to be a relic of Christianity introduced by the Spaniards and its adobe walls served as a testament of early converts’ strong faith.

 As for the Sunken Cemetery, historians said the cemetery was just part of a community guarded by a fortress where the original church dedicated to San Roque and a convent was built.

The volcanic eruption that destroyed Bonbon Church is the very same tragic event that drove the cemetery underwater.

The large white cross built in 1982 that still stands today is an erected marking of its mute existence. Such serves as a scenic spot to memorialize the location of the old cemetery where the ancestors of the Camiguingnons were buried.

Preserving the treasures

To materialize her dream in letting future generations appreciate the island’s history, Gov. Romualdo urges Camiguingnons to regulate the carrying capacity of the people who will visit the historic sites. For an instance, the church ruins should not be used for other purpose but purely visitation only.

“We do not want to destroy the façade. This is an icon for all of us,” Gov. Romualdo said.

As for the Moro Watch Tower, the governor highly appreciates the effort of the local government to allocate budget in the construction of the passage going inside the historic site since tourists and locals currently use the school facility to enter the tower.

She also assured support for the town’s tiny steps in making the historic sites not just tourist attractions in the island but real treasures as well on weaving a better tomorrow for Camiguin. (RTP/PIA10)

Camiguin takes pride in improved economy, tourism in 2018


CAMIGUIN, Jan. 6 (PIA)—Securing over Php72 million budget for road construction and rehabilitation, attaining 688,587 tourist arrivals in 2018, and improving health and nutritional status among school-aged children, the Provincial Government of Camiguin bares 2018 key strategies that lead to making the island one of the most beautiful and peaceful islands in the country.

49212734_1283359538471674_7208270065580376064_n“My greatest aspiration as a woman leader, at the same time, a wife and a mother – is attaining a quality of life for all Camiguingnons where everyone enjoys the dividends of economic progress, and feels safe and secure in their homes and communities,” Provincial Governor Maria Luisa Romualdo said during her State of the Province Address (SOPA) on January 6.

Investing in human capital

Believing that the most important economic resource lies in human capital, the local government addressed the oral, physical and mental health of its people. In 2018, the province has attained 85 percent orally fit children and attended to 133 mentally-ill patients, making Camiguin the first province that gives importance to the usually neglected health problem in the country.

Romualdo also cited the significant improvement of the zero open defecation (ZOD) program implementation in the province from 18 percent compliance in 2017 to 79 percent in 2018 highlighting the 15 barangays in Camiguin which were already declared ZOD areas.

The strict implementation of the Smoke-Free Camiguin has also changed the face of the island from a top tourist destination to a healthy haven for tourists and residents as it accorded the Red Orchid Award.

Furthermore, with the aid of the Department of Health (DOH), over Php116 million was allocated to improve the facilities and services of Camiguin General Hospital (CGH).

The marginalized sector that includes the displaced individuals/families, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries, children, women, elderly and differently-abled persons attained immediate response from the local government which allocated Php12,757,878 in CY 2018 to cater to their needs.

Securing economic progress

Contributing about Php35,735,000 to the Php72,566,830 requirement to complete the opening of interconnected routes and rehabilitation of roads, the local government now assures not only the ease of accessibility to tourist sites but also the speedy transportation of farm products to the market.

Locals tourists will enjoy the new and improved sports complex as the construction of such facility will soon reach its completion. Also, swimming enthusiasts will get a chance to hone their skills once the swimming pool at Mahinog will be completed.

“And I did not do all these alone. With myself, alone, I am powerless. However, with you, marching with me, united in heart and mind, we made things happen to assure that progress never stops for a clean and beautiful Camiguin,” Romualdo said.

To brace and further advance such feats, Romualdo urged Camiguingnons to implement the Water Code and respect the mandate on the easement, keep the quality of coastal water to the highest standard and the forest land pristine, and take care of the heritage sites that are treasures recognized by the national government. (RTP/PIA10)


51st Adlaw Ta Camiguin opens with product, talent showcase


CAMIGUIN, Jan. 5 (PIA)—Featuring over 20 handicraft makers, and talents in sports, singing, dancing and more, the 51st Camiguin Founding Anniversary dubbed, “Adlaw Ta Camiguin,” officially opened on January 5 at the Ugmad Site, Mambajao, here.

49492198_1194344194057987_5285574667866734592_nCiting the developments in the island as well as the efforts in keeping Camiguin on top, Mambajao Mayor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo said, “If we want to continue all these things, let’s not disintegrate.”

Just like in every household, if there is trouble, it will start to crack then it will crumble, go down and eventually all of the family members’ dreams will fail, Romualdo stressed.

49682652_1194343850724688_6877649251275374592_nThus, in its anniversary, the Provincial Government of Camiguin in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Education (Deped), and other key national line agencies, exerted effort to involve every Camiguingnon in working towards island development.

Handicraft Festival

By aiding the local entrepreneurs particularly the handicraft makers through holding the First Handicraft Festival, the local government along with DTI believes that such will boost not only the usage of locally-grown materials but also the talents of handicraft makers in the island and their capability to augment family’s income.

49704141_1194343927391347_7432877832751022080_n“Malipayon kaayo mi nga nahatagon mi ug higayon nga maka-display sa among produkto aning kalihokan apil na ang proseso sa pagbuhat niini (We are very happy that we are given the chance to display our products and show how we process these products),” said Cresilito Estrella of the Camiguin Probation Pardons and Paroles Association.

Estrella’s paperweights and ballpen holders made of Bitaog is just among the many products highlighted in the handicraft festival.

Tourists and locals could also purchase and view the makings of fashion bags made of Nito, doormats made of coco coir by the women’s group in Agoho, Mambajao, lampshades, coin banks and wine holders made of ‘Batakan’ bamboos, accessories from broken glasses, bamboo wind chimes, baskets, slippers, and more.

Honing students’ skills

49639284_1194342774058129_4559660108908331008_nAn integral part of putting Camiguin on top as stressed by Mayor Romualdo is the boost in the personal and academic development of the youth in the island.

Thus, the local government in partnership with Deped spearheaded the Spelling Quiz Bee and Local History Quiz Bowl, “Tigi sa Kaalam sa Kasaysayan,” for elementary and secondary levels.

Sports enthusiasts were also able to show their skills in the Inter-Municipality High School Basketball Tournament and the Fun Run/Barkada Run at Cong. PPR Tourism and Sports Complex.

Local families and tourists also gathered during the night to witness the Kaplag sa Bituon (Cebuano solo singing contest for elementary pupils), Tinig at Himig ng Mag-irog (Tagalog duet contest for secondary level), and Ingsugilon Paagi Ta Sajaw (cultural dance drama contest).

By involving Camiguingnons of all ages in these activities, the mayor said such will help in uniting the province.

“The speed of success is always dependent on our dedication and willingness to sacrifice. We have to complement with each other and let’s not make excuses so we won’t crumble and fail,” Romualdo said. (RTP/PIA10)

Camiguin gears up for Lanzones Festival 2018


MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, Oct. 10 (PIA)—With the theme, “Kinaiyahan atong Ampingan, Kalamboan alang sa Tanan (Care for Resources, Development for All),” the Provincial Government of Camiguin bares the lined-up activities for the 39th Camiguin Lanzones Festival.

PPOC, PADAC meetingProvincial Tourism Officer Candice Naomi Dael said the month-long festivity kicked off with the visual merchandising of all establishments and Kalanrakas sa Kabataan at Sagay town on October 1. On October 21, sports enthusiasts are urged to join the 39th Lanzones Festival Marathon at Cong. PPR Tourism and Sports Complex.

On the same day, the provincial government will also hold the Lanzones Festival Farm Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting as well as the Camiguin Lanzones Mini Museum Opening, Historical Site Declaration.

Lanzones Festival 2018Festive umbrellas will be displayed through the Ag Sadya Kiraw Festival Grand Parade which will also feature the Mutya sa Buwahanan candidates. The activity will be followed by the opening of the Agro-Industrial-Tourism Trade Fair Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Viewing at the Ugmad Site.

On October 22, kids will have the chance to show their talents through the Kids Age Group Swimming Competition at Cong. PPR Tourism and Sports Complex and Kalanrakas sa Kabataan at Guinsiliban and Mahinog Plaza.

Meanwhile, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will host the Jobs Fair Docufest and DOLE Clinic on this day at Ugmad Site and Mambajao Municipal Hall.

The Department of Education (Deped) will also take part in the celebration through hosting the DepEd Day “Camiguin Senior High School In-Focus” on October 23 with a back-to-back show of Fatima College of Camiguin’s “FCC Sikat.”

The Provincial/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Info Caravan, Daos Ki! and Buahanan Octoberfest, and Mutya sa Buahanan 2018 Talent and Corporate Awards Night will highlight the festivity on October 24.

On October 25, tourists and locals can enjoy the Governor’s Cup Tennis Championship, Farmer’s Day, Datu Daw Bai Ta Buwahanan and Diwata Daw Tayamtayam Showdown, Globe Night, and Everybody’s Night- Lechon Festival.

October 26 will be filled with the “Pasigarbo sa Kurso” of Camiguin Polytechnic State College and Mutya sa Buahanan Beauty Pageant at Ugmad Site.

Highlights of the annual festival will take place on October 27 and these include the Street Dancing Competition which will be held at Mambajao 1914 Road to Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Provincial Office, Pasigarbo sa Isla, Inter-Agency Camiguin Lanzones Ground Presentation, Mr. Iron Man 2018 Body Building Competition, Governor’s Cup Tennis Championship, Kalanrakas sa Kabataan, and Online Photo Contest Declaration and Awarding of Winners.

On the same day, the provincial government will also hold the Visual Merchandizing Declaration and Awarding of Winners, Mugna: Art Competition Awarding, Swimming and Tennis Awarding of Winners, and the Daos Ki! and Buahanan October Fest: Everybody’s Night- Food Safari.

Provincial Governor Maria Luisa Romualdo said the activities are geared with enough security personnel as the Philippine National Police (PNP) also augmented their police personnel to tighten security in the entire island throughout the month-long festivity. (RTP/PIA10)

Camiguin celebrates 50 years of feat, boundless opportunities


CAMIGUIN, January 8 (PIA) – With the theme, “Small Province, Big Future,” the province of Camiguin celebrated its 50th founding anniversary with festive events, creative contests, awarding of achievers, grand parade, live concert, fireworks display and presentation of the State of the Province Address on January 4-7.

League of Municipal Mayors President and Mambajao Mayor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo said that the 50th Araw ng Camiguin highlights the pouring in of more jobs and investments in the province thus, “There is always future in Camiguin.” He also said that the provincial government is looking forward to more young Camiguingnons coming home as they will no longer seek for employment in other areas.


The celebration kicked off with the grand opening and ribbon cutting of various booths that feature the products of Camiguin and the services of national line agencies on January 4 at Ugmad Site.

To showcase the talents and inspire the youth to take part in the undertakings of the province, numerous contests were held from January 4 to 6 and these include the Inter-Elementary and High School Spelling Bee held at Ugmad Site, and Inter-High School and Kapisanan ng Liping Pilipina (KALIPI) Trashure Competition where participants were asked to creatively produce necklaces, bracelets and other accessories out of trash.


High school students also competed in the charcoal painting, extemporaneous speech, flower arrangement, mob dance and marching band contests.

The first day of the celebration is further made vibrant with the inter-elementary dance sports competition, night fun run and live band presentation.

The municipalities of the province also exhibited their talents in cooking lechon (roasted pork) at the Ugmad Site aside from displaying their products in the Pista sa Nayon.

To further uphold good local governance, the provincial government launched the Inter-Office 5s Competition and Cong. PPR Memorial Awards for Good Local Governance. Exemplary municipal local government units (MLGUs), barangay achievers, agricultural achievers, partner national government agencies and non-government organizations of the provincial local government were also recognized.

Moreover, the provincial government also held the ground breaking ceremony of the new provincial capitol building location at Lacas, Mambajao with a total allocation of P250 million and unveiled the 50th Camiguin Founding Anniversary Marker on January 7.


Another highlight of the celebration is the grand parade of umbrellas of various national line agencies, schools, civil society organizations, businesses and non-government organizations in the province.

The Araw ng Camiguin was then capped with the State of the Province Address of Provincial Governor Maria Luisa Romualdo, fireworks display and a live concert.

With the programs, activities, projects and endless opportunities in the province, the provincial governor is optimistic that greater things await the Camiguingnons for the years to come saying, “I am looking forward for a brighter and bigger future ahead of us.”(Recthie T. Paculba/PIA10)

Cebuano News: Camiguin gapaila sa bag-ong ‘tourism ad’


CAMIGUIN, October 30 (PIA) – Aron makadani nga damhon ang Camiguin, ang opisina sa turismo niini naglusad sa bag-ong pahinumdon sa turismo nga gi-ulohang, “No Words,” niadtong gibuksan ang 38th Lanzones Festival, Oktubre 22 sa Congressman Pedro P. Romualdo Tourism and Sports Complex sa Mambajao.


Ang maong video dungan usab nga gibutang sa Facebook page, Camiguin Tourism Office, aron makakab-ot ug mas daghan pang manan-away ug turista nga mubisita sa isla.


come-visit-explore-and-feelcamiguin_1508970014-b.jpgMatud pa ni Provincial Tourism Officer Candice Naome Dael, ang maong video, nga gikomisyon sa kagamhanang lokal sa Camiguin ug gihuna-hunaan sa usa ka grupo sa mga millenial, nagpaila sa bag-ong kampanya sa turismo mao ang #FeelCamiguin. Ang kampanya nagtumong nga dasigon ang mga tao nga anhaon ang Camiguin ug mag-usisa sa probinsiya sa ilang kaugalingon.


Ang grupo nga likod sa pagbuhat sa video nagtumong nga maghatag ug bag-ong nga diskarte aron mapaila ang isla pinaagi sa pagpakita nga sa paglaag sa Camiguin, dinuyugan sa tanang nindot nga kaagi nga mahatag niini, mahabiling wala’y maistorya ang usa ka tao.


Ang maong video nagsaysay sa istorya sa usa ka sabaan nga turista nga bag-o lang nakabisita sa isla, nabati nga mingaw ang lugar ug nakakita’g tour guide nga amang. Sa ilang pagsuroy-suroy sa isla, natagaan ug higayon ang turista nga mabati ang kanindot sa Camiguin uban na ang nindot nga mga dagat, tubod, busay, maabi-abihong mga tao ug tam-is nga Lanzones.


Gisaysay ni Dael nga ang ‘hash tag’ Feel Camiguin nga kampanya usa sa ilang pamaagi aron mapatuo ang mga turista nga wala’y makalupig sa kasinatian sa Camiguin.(RTP/PIA10)

Camiguin names champs in 38th Lanzones Festival events


CAMIGUIN, October 30 (PIA)— With the week-long celebration of the 38th Lanzones Festival in Camiguin on October 22-30, the provincial government hailed the champions for the various events held to provide entertainment and fun to the locals and tourists.


Clad in colourful costumes, the locals from Mahinog bagged the street dancing competition followed by Mambajao National High School, Fatima College of Camiguin, Yumbing National High School and Tupsan National High School.


Hyra Desiree Betito who represented the local government of Mambajao earned the crown for Mutya sa Buahanan 2017 beating off 14 other candidates.


To cap off the celebration on October 28, the Fatima College of Camiguin swept off the championship for the Tableau Ground Presentation followed by Mahinog, Mambajao National High School, Yumbing National High School and Tupsan National High School.


Other events such as Ugmad 2017, Food Safari, Lanzones Eating Contest, Body Building Competition and more also highlighted this year’s Lanzones Festival.(RTP/PIA10)

Camiguin uncovers new tourism ad


CAMIGUIN, October 30 (PIA) – To captivate more hearts to feel Camiguin, the tourism office here launched the new Camiguin tourism ad entitled, “No Words,” during the opening of the 38th Lanzones Festival on October 22 at the Congressman Pedro P. Romualdo Tourism and Sports Complex in Mambajao.


The video was simultaneously uploaded on the Facebook page, Camiguin Tourism Office, to reach a greater number of viewers and encourage more tourists to visit the island.


“Commissioned by the provincial government and conceptualized by a team of creative millennials, the video encapsulates the provincial government’s #FeelCamiguin campaign and aims to invite and encourage people to come to Camiguin and explore the province for themselves,” Provincial Tourism Officer Candice Naome Dael said.


The team behind the video sought to bring a fresh approach to promote the island by showing how a trip to Camiguin, with all the wonderful experiences it offers, may leave one speechless and without words.


The video tells the story of a chatty tourist who visits the island for the first time, finds the place boring and gets a service from a mute local tour guide. Along the way, the loud tourist got to feel the beauty of Camiguin with its scenic beaches, springs, falls, friendly people and sweet Lanzones.


Dael shared that the ‘hash tag’ Feel Camiguin campaign is their way of convincing tourists that nothing beats the Camiguin experience.(RTP/PIA10)

Camiguin bares Lanzones Festival 2017 activities


CAMIGUIN, October 10 (PIA) – With the theme, “Kinaiyahan Atong Ampingan Kalamboan Alang sa Tanan,” the provincial government here invites everyone to witness the Lanzones Festival 2017 activities slated on October 22-31.


Prior to the week-long celebration, a simultaneous Lanzones tree planting and opening of Lanzones Park was held on September 22. The Camiguin Police Provincial Office will also hold the “Sikad-Sikad Ta Bai” Fun Bike on October 21 at Cong. PPR Tourism and Sports Complex.


On October 22, a fun run, triathlon, Zumba and Belly dance, thanksgiving mass and soft opening of agro-tourism and industrial fair (Ugmad 2017) will kick off the festivity. In the afternoon, Ag Sadya Kiraw Festival grand parade (umbrella with inspired Lanzones design) will be held at Mambajao Central School to Cong. PPR Tourism and Sports Complex.


The Food Safari: One Barangay One Product Exhibit and Competition at Ugmad Site will be conducted on October 23. Inter-municipality high school basketball tournament and Buahanan sa Ugmad will also highlight the day’s festivity.


On October 24, Kalanrakas sa Kabataan at Catarman Municipal Ground, Food Safari: Inter-Resort and Restaurant Hamonada/Humba with Native Competition, Pasigarbo sa Guinsiliban and Fatima College of Camiguin Show will be held.


Food Safari: Lanzones Products Exhibit and Competition, Pasigarbo sa Catarman, Kalanrakas sa Kabataan- Mambajao, Department of Education (DepEd) Day- Folk Dance Competition, Battle of the Band and Ugmad sa Kalikasan, and Mutya sa Buahanan 2017: Talent and Corporate Awards Night will highlight the celebration on October 25.


Job Fair and Docufest, Food Safari: Dairy Products Exhibit and Competition, Pasigarbo sa Mahinog, and Datu Daw Bai Ta Buwahanan and Diwata and Tayamtam Showdown will comprise the festivity on October 26.


On October 27, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Info Caravan, Job Fair and Docufest, Pasigarbo sa Mambajao, Gov. PPR Memorial Cup Team Tennis Tournament, and Miss Camiguin Tourism 2017 will be held.


Meanwhile, Lanzones Eating Contest and Trivia, Street Dancing Competition, Pasigarbo sa Isla, Inter-Agency Camiguin Lanzones Ground Presentation 2017, and Mr. Iron Man 2017 Body Building Competition will be held on October 28.


On October 29, the provincial government will hold the Gov. PPR Memorial Cup Team Tennis Tournament Championship, Palarong Pinoy Game/Unacho, Kalanrakas sa Kabataan- provincial level and live concert.


Other exciting games such as the Monster Bash, Horror Trip, Zombie Run and Monster Kitchen will be held at Mambajao Parola on October 30-31.(RTP/PIA10)

Cebuano News: Camiguin gasiguro sa suporta sa ASEAN info nga kampanya


MAHINOG, Camiguin, August 30 (PIA) – Ang mga lokal nga opisyales diri gisiguro ang ilang suporta sa mga kampanya kabahin sa Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) nga impormasyon nga gipangulohan sa Philippine Information Agency (PIA) niadtong Agosto 25 sa ASEAN Info Kiosk Launching sa pantalan sa Benoni.


Si Mambajao Vice Mayor Roldan Chan miingon nga ang maong kiosk dili lamang makatabang sa mga turista sa lugar kay mamahimo usab kining dakong tabang sa mga estudyante sa ilang research, assignments ug uban pang kalihokan.


Iya usab gidugang nga sa pagmugna sa maong kiosk, dili na maglisud ang mga magtutudlo sa pagpaambit ug kahibalo sa ilang mga estudyante.


“The kiosk will also bring closer to the people the government plans, programs and projects (Ang maong kiosk magpaduol sa mga plano, programa ug proyekto sa gobyerno ngadto sa mga katawhan),” giingon ni Chan.

ASEAN Info Kiosk in Camiguin Seaport

Sa iyang bahin, si Mahinog Municipal Mayor Rogerio Acle miingon nga ang kagamhanang lokal mapasalamaton nga gimugna sa PIA ang maong kiosk sa ilang lugar kay makatabang kini sa pagpaila sa Camiguin ug sa mga kinaiyahan niini.


Miingon usab si Acle nga ang probinsiya, gikan sa mga opisyales sa kinatas-ang posisyon padulong na sa lebel sa barangay, kanunay nga gasuporta sa mga kalihokan sa ASEAN kay gatabang usab kini nga abrihan ang mga ganghaan sa mga kahigayonan sa lugar.


Ang kiosk nga gilusad sa pantalan sa Benoni mao ang ika-92 nga kiosk nga gitukod sa tibuok nasud sa PIA aron mapahait pa ang kahibalo sa ASEAN, ug ang socioeconomic ug kultural nga benepisyo nga makuha sa nasud sa maong asosasyon.(RTP/PIA10)