The Philippines is blessed to have 7,107 islands and islets. It has three (3) major islands Luzon, Visayas and, Mindanao.
Because of the tropical climate of our country, there are so many beautiful beaches, islands, water falls and so much to see when you visit here. That’s why it’s one of the destination hubs for travellers like you and me
Travellers and tourists are often seen in Luzon and Visayas areas of the country. Unfortunately, tourists have been advisedd by they’re embassies not to travel further up south of the Philippines which is Mindanao area. Why?
Because there are rebels in some part of it. Not that I scare you guys or anything. Yes, it is true that there are rebels in some part of Mindanao but not most of it, there is also a paradise like to see and to visit. Have you heard about Siargao the surfing capital of the Philippines? Yes, It is located in Mindanao, travellers still go there and surfers too.
People are nice and hospitable at the same time. There are great places to visit in Mindanao, but people often avoid it, and choose other places to explore, of course, “safety first”.
I was born and raised at Zamboanga del Norte. Some Filipinos even fidget when they hear the place. I tell you until now there’s no war crisis happening. They say it’s a “war zone” there, people are all Muslims (no puns intended). There’s no war, not all the people are Muslim, most Islamic people that I know are cool and friendly. It’s often to meet tourist there or even Filipinos from the other part of the country. I guess they’re just scared. Most of the time you can’t see people talking or posting about the place.
I grew up in a small town called Labason. I’ve known and been familiar with my hometown for too long now. If you want to visit here, there are a lot of things to explore and do. We have fantastic coastline and beaches of course. You can go trekking and climb up to the mountain and just feel the cold breeze of the wind and see the town and the endless ocean. As you watch the endless stretch of the ocean, you will notice that there’s ; it island. That island is locally known as Bayangan island, it is part of my hometown Labason. It is just a thirty minutes (30 mins) boat ride. The island is not that big; you can walk around it for 20 minutes to 30 minutes max you will meet friendly locals who lived here, they can offer you seafoods! These are there catch, so it’s fresh.
It has a crystal clear water and powdery white sand. You can say it is a typical spot in the Philippines, yes I agree. The thing about it is you can enjoy the place of your own like it’s yours because not most of the time people go here. You can also camp for the night. Don’t worry there are authorities on the island. Before lighting up that bonfire, you can enjoy the sunset. It’s just so beautiful, how the sun just sinks and disappear into the ocean and turn the blue sky into gold. Going around the island, you can see that there’s another islet. It’s just separated by a reef. It is locally known as Baliodjong, and you can go there when it’s low tide. The paradise is so lusted with nature from the sand to the trees, the sea and its creatures.
If you have the heart to travel and a bit of will to wander, visit the Bayangan.
Travelling in the Philippines is not that expensive when you’re up for some adventure and not leisure.