KIAMBA: Sarangani Province

Kiamba is a 2nd class coastal municipality located in Sarangani Province, 1-hour ride from Gensan, 2-hours from Koronadal and 4-hours from Davao – all straight driving. Over the holy week, I, together with new found friends from Marbel (old name for Koronadal City) trooped for an overnight trip in this quaint municipality down South. [See other photos of Kiamba in my Flickr here]

Kiamba Sarangani Province

Road was good throughout with scenic view of Celebes Sea and lush mountains. If only I had my way, I could have halted in places I wanted to take images of but with few others whom I just met that day, reservations knocked not only once, but twice, and even more! 🙂

Kiamba has been recognized once as cleanest and greenest municipality and has been consistently known as child-friendly town. Aqua-culture is the main source of livelihood in this place and one treasure is has is the Tuka Marine Sanctuary composed of 4-coves named “Tukas” 1,2,3 & 4 – only Tuka 2 is open to the public. Boat rent to the marine sanctuary is from P500 – P1,500, depending on the capacity, to and fro. Tuka is white sand (bordering to cream) with coral gardens – snorkling allowed. Found these blogs on Tuka informative: (1)West Coast Sarangani Expedition: Tuka Bay Marine Sanctuary; and (2)Kiamba’s Children Park and Tuka Marine Santuary.  This is also the hometown of Jinky Pacquiao and winning vice-governor this coming election is no longer a question at least in this town.

Kiamba Sarangani Province

The public market is an old edifice with the second floor still made of wood, a complete opposite of the well-developed public plaza and children’s park called Lourdes Park where the Municipal Tourism Office seats and the jump-off point to Tuka Marine Sanctuary. Observed a lot speaking the Ilocano dialect and I am not surprised, having been based in Mindanao for almost 3-years where Ilocano is spoken by many. [See other photos of Kiamba in my Flickr here]

Most beach in Kiamba is ordinary grey, accessible in a few minutes from the plaza. No spectacular rolling white sand but good enough for people who don’t mind about the view but the company. There are a lot of resorts to stay in the day or overnight and we ended in a beach very near a fishing village. Interestingly, there is an ice plant (Aquino Ice Plant) few steps from our cottage that has a conveyor ramp from the plant to the sea. It may have been built for convenience and neccessity for fishermen to maintain freshness of their catch. Found it worthy and asked permission if I can walk through the ramp to see how ice is transported via the conveyor until its dropping point.

Kiamba Sarangani Province

We Stayed in an ordinary fan room cottage at 700/night with CR good for 8. However, water supply at that time was outside, coming from a pipe with continuous spring water – not bad at all, shower was in commune with nature! Dinner was perfect with an all-fresh fish menu from the public market and a few more from the village – bought, cooked and devoured fresh!

Kiamba Sarangani Province

Below are satellite maps showing locations of Kiamba in Mindanao, the ice conveyor and the cottage we stayed, and the Lourdes Park where the Tourism Office is located.

Kiamba Map

Ice Conveyor Kiamba Map

Lourdes Park Kiamba Map

To end, Kiamba celebrates its foundation anniversary every Valentines Day called “Timpuyog,” an Ilocano word which means gathering. KIAMBAhan Na!!! [See other photos of Kiamba in my Flickr here]


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DAVAO CITY: Shrine of the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague

The Shrine of the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague Davao City

The Shrine of the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague in Davao City – destination for my Palm Sunday Mass, March 24, 2013. For this year’s Holy Week starter, I wanted to attend the Palm Sunday Mass and there was no better place to have my palm blessed but in a shrine on top of a hill in Davao City. It’s called The Shrine of the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague in Shrine Hills, Matina. [See more photos of the Shrine in my Flickr here.]

Shrine of the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague Davao City

I took a cab from downtown Davao and requested the driver to get me there. Paid P185 and before I got down and having noticed that there are no visible public utility vehicles in the street, I asked the driver if cabs are available going back. The answer was NO and he politely asked if I wanted him to wait for 10-minutes. I courteously answered NO because I am attending a mass, have time for myself and take photos. Cabs are seldom in the area but there are tricycles for P7/head to get you down the highway where cabs and jeeps are available to any point in Mindanao :).[See more photos of the Shrine in my Flickr here.]

Shrine of the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague Davao City

It was Palm Sunday and from the entrance, the first I noticed were devotees sitting in monoblock chairs under the trees and within the premises of the vast lawn to the left. Straight ahead is the main chapel where masses are held. Further left and the rest of the area are about 4-other minor chapels. A candle offering canopy is located the back of the admin building.[See more photos of the Shrine in my Flickr here.]

Shrine of the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague Davao City

Almost anywhere around the shrine is a good place to meditate. Being on top of a hill, the wind is cool and with birds chirping, this is your moment (and enjoy it!) choosing your bench under huge mango trees. It’s a perfect place to be alone, meditate and free your thoughts from the world down under. Surrender – that’s what I did but whatever it was, I will keep it to myself. Hoping that the spiritual power of the shrine will be enduring enough until I have completely overcome what I surrendered! (Kayak ko to!)[See more photos of the Shrine in my Flickr here.]

Shrine of the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague Davao City

There are signs disallowing videotaping, group meetings and group activities – please go to Sta. Catalina (Gardens and Restaurant) which is on the opposite side of the shrine with a separate entrance. It’s actually good for functions. Not the A-class garden and function venue but you have a good view of the Davao Gulf.

From the highway of Matina, you may want to trek going up passing through several subdivisions until you reach the Shrine. Approaching the Shrine, there are stations of the cross on the side of the road. Long trek but worth it. If you want to own the place, going there on a weekday may be a good option and there is a mass everyday at 4PM and Sundays at 7AM, 12NN and 5PM.[See more photos of the Shrine in my Flickr here.]

Shrine of the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague Davao City

Have a blessed Lenten Season everyone!

[See more photos of the Shrine in my Flickr here.]


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Kadayawan Festival 2012 Photos. Over a hundred photos captured in Ten Tribes One Vibe Kadayawan Festival 2012. More colors, more fun is Kadayawan! CLICK HERE FOR MY PHOTOS OF KADAYAWAN FESTIVAL 2012 IN MY FLICKR! More photos are being uploaded. Bookmark for more pictures later!


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Schedule of events and photos will be uploaded here.This is my third year in the king of festivals and will keep you posted. Plan now and bookmark this page for useful infos.

More fun in Kadayawan!!! See you there!!!



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LAKE SEBU: The Seven Falls

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Time to hit the famous Seven Falls of Lake Sebu! After lunch at Punta Isla Lake Resort, we took another habal-habal ride to Brgy. Lake Seloton where the seven falls seat, or rather stand, or better yet falls! 🙂 It … Continue reading

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LAKE SEBU: Punta Isla Lake Resort

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NEW ISRAEL: Makilala, North Cotabato

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Over a hundred photos of my first Sinulog experience! One beat. One dance. One vision. One Sinulog in One Cebu!!! Pit Senyor!!! CLICK HERE TO VIEW MY SINULOG 2012 PHOTOS!!!. My First Sinulog: Having a work assignment in the South … Continue reading

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Twenty-Three Contingents. One Tribe. One Vibe. One-Hundred photos that I captured in One Kadayawan!!! To view the complete set of photos, please see my KADAYAWAN FESTIVAL 2011 PHOTOS IN MY FLICKR HERE. *FOR KADAYAWAN 2012 PHOTOS, CLICK HERE Being able … Continue reading

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CEBU CITY: Sto. Nino de Cebu Shrine/Basilica, Magellan’s Cross, Parian Heritage Monument & Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House

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ISLA RETA DAVAO: The Charm is in the Talisay Trees

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Davao is definitely a beach country! In the city alone, the shoreline of Matina Aplaya at the back of SM Mall has a lot of different beaches from raw to themed, developed or not. [Check my post of a city … Continue reading

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DAVAO CITY: Seagull Beach Resort

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Surprisingly, a white-sand beach along a gray to black sand shoreline! That’s Seagull Beach Resort in Davao City, a few minutes drive from downtown-Davao just at the back of SM. Some friends have been referring several beaches just within the … Continue reading

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DAVAO: Eden Nature Park and Resort, Philippine Eagle Center, Crocodile Park!

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Eden Nature Park and Resort is Davao’s man-made nature park. Located 45-minutes from downtown Davao and going up some 3,ooo-feet above see level, it is accessible only by private transport. Discovered sometime in 1971, the resort used to be a … Continue reading

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FEU vs. Ateneo: UAAP Season 73 Finals!

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Here are some interesting facts about FEU Tamaraws and Ateneo Blue Eagles basketball history against each other in the UAAP. They don’t have much having met only twice in the semis and once in the finals [this is only the … Continue reading

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Kadayawan Festival 2010

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Kadayawan 2010 photos: click links below to view my photos on Flickr. 1-Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan: Streetdance Competition I 2-Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan: Streetdance Competition II 3-Pamulak Festival: Float Parade I 4-Pamulak Festival: Float Parade II See Related Post/s: Kadayawan 2011 Photos … Continue reading

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Aliwan Fiesta 2010 Winners and Photos

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Aliwan Fiesta 2010 Schedule of Events

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Some couple of days ago, Bob of Vagabond3 [a.k.a. V3] emailed asking permission to make use of one of my images of The Peak in a previous HK trip, which was to be used in V3’s Webisode on exploring Hong … Continue reading

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