The Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific Air opens direct flight to Camiguin starting this June and is the only airline to do so, flying 4x a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Cebu Pacific Air connects flight from Manila via Cebu to Camiguin with rates for as low as Php 588.
Camiguin is the second smallest island in the Philippines in Bohol Sea and part of Region X in Northern Mindanao Region. Batanes rates first as the smallest island in the country.
Camiguin has only 5 municipalities and is headed by Gov. Jurdin Jesus “J.J.” M. Romualdo who is proud to express his gratitude for having this direct flight by Cebu Pacific Air during a Meet & Greet prepared by the airline and Camiguin Provincial Tourism Office for the bloggers who joined the maiden flight and Camiguin Familiarization Tour last May 27-29, 2013.
Gov. J.J. is also proud to share his province’s achievements like they are now moving forward into having a solid waste management system that will help the island have clean environment with proper waste disposal. Crime rate in the province is also almost 0%, thanks to the lovely and peaceful people living in the island. A perfect destination if one is searching for calm and quiet hideaway.
The five municipalities includes Catarman, Guinsiliban, Mahinog, Sagay, and Mambajao – the capital of the province and its largest municipality both in area and population. In terms of population, there are only more than around 84,000 people living in the island. Mambajao holds the provincial airport where Cebu Pacific Air lands.
Camiguin is a pear-shaped island in the map and is also called “The Island Born of Fire” because of its volcanic-origin composed of four stratovolcanoes – Mount Hibok-Hibok, Mount Timpoong, Mount Butay, and Mount Guisiliban.
Where to go when in Camiguin
Katibawasan Falls – is a stunning, clear waterfall plunges 75 meters into a rock pool surrounded by ground orchids, wild ferns, trees and boulders.
Its cold water provides a refreshing summer splash to bathers and picnickers.
Location: 5 kms southeast of central Mambajao. Fee is Php 15.00.
White Island – a 10 minute boat ride from Yumbing, Mambajao, Camiguin. An inhabited white sand bar with the picturesque Mount Hibok-Hibok and Old Vulcan as its backdrop. The picturesque island is ideal for swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling and viewing the sunrise and sunset over Camiguin.
Sunken Cemetery – marks the swept remains of the island’s rested locals. Driven underwater when Mt. Vulcan Daan erupted in 1870’s, the large cross has served the town’s people, as well as the tourists, a scenic spot perfect for sunset viewing. The huge cross was erected in 1982.
Ardent Spring Resort – is a gift from nature; with water temperature of around 40 degrees Celsius. Mist rises from the heated waters that run down the vents from the active Hibok-Hibok volcano. The springs are ideal to bathe in at night surrounded by the cool mountain air.
Location: 6kms south-west of Mambajao. Entrance Fee: Php 30.00.
Mantigue Island Nature Park – is a 6.9 hectares of evergreen forest fringed with white sandy beaches. One side of the island is ideal for swimming and snorkeling while the other side has a deep drop off which is ideal for diving. The island is also known as one of the best diving site in the country. Corals and fishes give more wonders and excitement to those who wants to be more intimate with the sea. A mini-forest tour greets visitors of this island, guided by the park’s tour host, Ikoy.
Old Church Ruins – remnants of the Vulcan Daan eruption in 1871, the monument with its thick century-old walls, belfry and convent stand reminiscent of the second Spanish settlement established in 1679.
Location: Bonbon, 16 km from Mambajao.
What to eat in Camiguin
Pastel by Vjandep – is a Filipino sweet filled bun originating in the province of Camiguin. The filling may consist of yema, purple yam, or makapuno, among others. Available in the island for Php 130 per dozen and Php 70 per 6 pcs, per boxes. Also sold in souvenir shops in Mactan-Cebu International Airport for Php 300 per dozen.
Soling’s Piniato – another Camigiuin original, piniato is a crunchy peanut bar with honey.
Kiping ala Camiguin – a crisp and paper-like thin delicacy in Camiguin made from grounded cassava topped by latik or coco jam. In Lucban, Quezon, kiping is made of grounded rice.
Maestrado’s Tablea – a rich and thick, frothy chocolate drink made of pure cocoa processed in Mambajao, Camiguin.
In line with the Cebu Pacific Air Camiguin maiden flight, the Juan For Fun Backpacker Challenge was also launched during the Camiguin tour via a fun game participated by bloggers Marj Pineda-Uy; Lloyd Salac; James Betia; Ferdz Decena; Marky Go; Melo Villareal; Lois Yasay; Juan Manila; and John Hudson Go.
Juan For Fun
Cebu Pacific Air is looking for five teams of three university students each, who are raring to go on the 2013 Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge. Video entries may be sent from June 14 to July 29, 2013, and the top five teams will get to go on a week-long all expenses paid trip to six Philippine destinations. Visit www.juanforfun.com or Cebu Pacific Air’s official Facebook and Twitter pages for more challenge details.
The Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge is co-presented by Department of Tourism, and supported by Canon and Wenger.
The Camiguin Familiarization Tour was made possible through the effort of CEBU PACIFIC AIR, JG SUMMIT HOLDINGS, INC., STRATEGIC WORKS, INC., CAMIGUIN PROVINCIAL TOURISM OFFICE, PARAS BEACH RESORTS, LUNA RISTORANTE and BAHAY BAKASYUNAN SA CAMIGUIN.
Thanks to Michelle Eve de Guzman, Assistant Manager, Corporate Communications, Cebu Pacific Air; Jannelyn Balmonte, Media & PR Supervisor, Corporate Communications, JG SUMMIT HOLDINGS, INC.; Chele D. Mendoza, Senior PR Manager, STRATEGIC WORKS, INC.; Rambo Labial, Camiguin Proincial Tourism Staff; and Gov. J.J Romualdo, Camiguin Province.
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