Mindanao

Getting Fishy in Gensan

Posted on September 19, 2011

Before world boxing champ Manny Pacquiao or Ms. Universe beauty Shamcey Supsup, the southernmost city of General Santos in South Cotabato – “GenSan” for short –has long been known for another world-class export – tuna! Since the international market discovered the abundance of tuna off its coast in the early 1970s, GenSan has been dubbed the “Tuna Capital of the Philippines”. Fishport laborers hauling yellow-fin tuna The best place to appreciate the tuna industry is at the Fishport Complex inRead More

Ramadan in Rio Hondo

Posted on September 11, 2011

After a three-day fieldwork in Tawi-Tawi for a travel story, I spent two days in Zamboanga on the way back to Manila late last August. Having relatives in Zamboanga, I have visited the city twice before and have seen the most important landmarks in the so-called “Latin City of Asia”, a moniker referring to the strong Hispanic influence in the city, evidenced by the Spanish-based Creole primarily spoken by the Christian population called Chavacano. As it was the last fewRead More

Kadayawan sa Dabaw: Ten Tribes, One Vibe

Posted on August 23, 2011

Street dancing during the ‘Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan’ Last weekend, Davao City welcomed its visitors at the airport with free drinks called ‘Davao Punch’ – a trademark concoction of guava, pomelo and calamansi created exclusively for the festivity. It was a great taste of things to come for the yearly spectacle that is Kadayawan, and a thoughtful prelude to the warm hospitality of the Dabawenyos that continued throughout the wonderful festival weekend. Street dancer in tribal-inspired costume Every August, the KadayawanRead More

Surfboards, Onsens & Dugongs: Down Davao’s Roads Less Travelled

Posted on February 8, 2011

Matigsalug tribeswomen sell handicrafts at Davao City When typhoons lash out across Luzon and Visayas during the rainy season, sunnier weather favors the greater part of Mindanao. Thanks to its geographical location, the massive island offers a great escape not only from antagonistic weather but also, for the intrepid backpacker, from tourist crowds. Vast and verdant, Davao City – one of the largest cities in the world by land area – offers fascinating spots of its own like the PhilippineRead More

Pagadian Eats: Manga-on Ta!

Posted on November 9, 2010

The following article is a commissioned article I wrote for this month’s issue (November 2010) of SMILE, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific Air. You may browse the magazine online at http://www.cebusmile.com Edgar Alan Zeta-Yap says every day feels like a fiesta in Pagadian, where you can enjoy Filipino food with southern hospitality served on the side PHOTOS EDGAR ALAN ZETA-YAP SPRINGLAND RESORT AND RESTAURANT National Highway, Brgy Tuburan, Pagadian City, Tel +63 (62) 214 1881. Open daily from 6amRead More

Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary: the Largest Wetland of the Philippines

Posted on September 16, 2010

The Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary is a vast wetland of swamp forests, watercourses and lakes covering an area of nearly 15,000 hectares, roughly the size of Metro Manila! It is accessible via a 1.5 hour motorized boat ride from the township of Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. The Agusan Manobo are the indigenous people that live in and around the protected area. Many of them live in floating houses that rise with the changing water levels. Canoeing at Lake Mihaba ManoboRead More