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Mindanao is a land of superlatives. It's home to world's largest eagle, the Philippine Eagle; the world's deepest place on Earth, at 10,850 meters or 35,588 feet below sea level, the Mindanao Deep, also known as the Mindanao Trench or Philippine Deep; the country's tallest mountain peak towering at 2,400 meters, Mount Apo.
The world's sweetest mangoes, the best pearls, the tuna capital of the Philippines. If you are in Mindanao, you would easily feel you were in God's Garden of Eden. For the bounty of land, sea and sky all combine with the warmth and dignity of its people make this place unforgettable.
Mindanao also houses many ethnic groups of the country, the T'bolis, Badjaos, the Lumad which covers several tribes of Manobo, the Tasaday, the Mamanwa, the Mandaya, and the Kalagan. They primarily inhabit the eastern parts of Mindanao such as the Caraga, and Davao Regions. Their rich culture and practices are still very much alive and preserved till this day.
This perhaps and more will be showcased at “Biyahe Ta Mindanao”, a tourism development project developed by the Mindanao Tourism Council (MTC) and Davao Council of Travel and Tours and Allied Agencies (DCTTAA). "This campaign is for Mindanaons to first explore the potential tourism hubs in their own island and later become as first hand promoters of the island’s tourism destinations to the rest of the country and the world."
Byahe Ta Mindanao, which also means let's travel Mindanao aims to encourage Filipinos, especially those based in Mindanao to come and experience first hand how peaceful the place is so they can tell others about it. Initial coverage of the campaign promotes provinces Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro, Oroquieta, Ozamis and Dapitan.
Key destinations identified are Seagull Valley in Budda, Bukidnon with its overwhelming scenery and freezing weather; Gloria’s Fantasyland, the so-called Disneyland of the Philippines, Dakak Beach Resort, Rivercruise Dining in Dampa Marine Park and the historical place of Jose Rizal’s exile in Dapitan City.
While in Davao and Cagayan de Oro, new identified tourist sites are the Gardens of Malasag, Museum of Three Tribes and Makahambus Cave.
The second leg of “Byahe Ta Mindanao” will be a road trip to General Santos City and Siargao Island, the surfing hub of the Philippines, and other key destinations in this part of Mindanao and parts of Southern and Western Mindanao on the third leg.
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