Friday, September 27, 2013

Hinatuan


Hinatuan is one of the municipalities of Surigao Del Sur which is in the Caraga Region in Mindanao.
"HATO" means a method of fishing in their native dialect. Fishing is the major occupation in the place. They added the suffix "-an" and so "Hinatuan" now means a place to preserve fish

I can't help you on how to get there by commuting as we diverted to just using a private SUV as we did three regions on this trip (which by the way, was exhausting. FUN but FAR he he he)
Though from our original itinerary, the Enchanted River, starting at Hinatuan town can be reached by multi-cabs or a habal-habal ( a single motorcyle that can fit 3 or sometimes 4 people . . . figure that out!)

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An entrance fee of 30 pesos. 
This is what will greet you at the entrance. There were some areas still under construction as Tourism department is developing the place. There are picnic tables and huts.  Just beside this area are the shower rooms.

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See the photo below??? It says it all. :)


They have a schedule where they play a 10 - 15 minute instrumental music and the school of fish would just go to that area. Of course there's someone feeding the fish and it's amazing seeing different schools in one area as if they were dancing with the rhythm. They are not just the small kinds but you could see big ones too. A bit scary to go and swim with them as you do not want to disturb their snack time.


We asked the lifeguard and some locals why it was called "Enchanted River". They had their stories.
One said that they are not allowed to catch the fish in that river as they are protecting the river. It goes all the way to their old folks' stories and beliefs.
Another is, a cave beneath the waters but has not been explored fully.
Who knows??? There could be a lot more of those stories out there. 


We just swam. Though there's a boundary for swimming. 
That's me just floating around. When my friend saw that there was a snake that fell on the water, I immediately swam near the group.


I did not see anyone smoking so I guess it must be strictly implemented.

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These are tourist destinations you can go to.

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We decided to have lunch at Sibadan Fish Cage. 


We reached Sibadan for an amount of 100 pesos going one way.


It can only have 4 to 5 passengers.


It only takes a few minutes from the mouth of the river to reach our destination.

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The local kids playing around just outside Sibadan fish cage.




Lunch!

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No, this is not lunch. 
The locals gave these to us so we can feed the big fish in the cage.


The photo doesn't say much but check out the video below.

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The video.



The same kids we saw. They're just everywhere. Swimming with the fish.

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They also have rooms for rent if you decide to stay over night.
They offer aircon and fan rooms.


We had fish and a lots of these until our mouths had to say "no more"


We were very happy eating with our hands.


As we prepared to go back on the road, we had a problem.
What does the photo below say?
Oh well . . . our driver forgot the keys inside. It took us almost half an hour to get it. We had the local kids, other tourists and the police helping us out. What a way to end our experience here  ;P




 *** Credits to Gracey and Chando for some photos.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Lumogig Stone, Mayoyao


When I arrived in Mayoyao, one of the places they said I should visit is the Lumogig stone.
So I hopped on a motorcycle and headed my way to the said place which was just a few kilometers away.

Balangbang Elementary School, the landmark.
If you see this, you've passed the entrance to the place.

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But not too far because you would see this store which is before the school
but just right next to it.Though it would look different now. Hopefully, those campaign posters should be down by now.
You see that little pathway??? That's the entrance to the beginning of the short hike.


The trail is not that hard as most of it is paved.

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You'll pass by a bridge where you'll see local kids jumping and swimming.

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HERE'S WHERE I GOT CONFUSED.
Two things.
1. I had only the description of the stone and so there were so many huge rocks and stones everywhere.
2. The name.
 In the brochure I read, it said Lumogig Stone.
The locals and the vandalism on this stone says it's Lumauig.
The internet said it's Lumagig.
Well...it might be with the changes throughout the years. It's like the municipality's name. They spell it Mayoyao but a lot calls it Majaojao.

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It doesn't mean there's a huge rock, that it should be it. So many distractions.
You have to scrutinize it. Especially they all look the same.

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Where are you, Lumogig???


I passed by the rice fields.

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A stream.
It looks inviting but heck . . .  I need to find that stone!

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Carved steps. Tiny ones I must say.

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This local man apologized because the pathway was bushy and they were not able to clean it. I had a quick chat with him. He shared his Manila experience to me.

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It was indeed bushy. This was already near The Stone.

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Hopping from one huge rock to another to get to The Stone.

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THERE IT IS!
Hmmmm . . .  hey you might be thinking what so special about this?

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This photo still doesn't show why I went all the trouble to explore this stone.

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Okay, so there's a humongous rock and a small rock.
So what???

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The humongous rock is leaning on the smaller rock.
It is said to be enchanted because the huge rock is supported by three smaller stones.

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Hmmm . . .  makes me think . . .
Legend has it that it was the gods who placed it there. It is believed to hold the future of the town meaning it will keep the Mayoyao locals strong and happy as long as the stone stands.

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AAARGGGHHHH . . .  let me push it and see if it falls.
Okay . . .  Mayoyao locals are still happy then!
(Disclaimer: I really didn't push it. I was just acting. Please don't sue me for trying to destroy your happiness)

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See those little stones below. I think those are the stones holding it.
Below, is the river.
The rock has been there for years and it still remains a question how those stones are holding it and how the rock has not fallen yet to think it's right at the edge.

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I didn't go for a swim. Not anywhere Lumogig stone . . . DUH!
I just enjoyed this little friend who dropped by.


It entertained me for a little while and then I went back to the stone! *;P