Mindanao, the second largest islands of the Philippines, is a land
of towring mosques and malong-clad women, where boldly-striped vintas
ply the waters between houses perched precariuosly on stilts. Here,
ethnic tribes weave glorious tales of brave warriors and haughty princesses
into colorful tapestries and fabrics.
Mindanao is also a nature lover's paradise: Tiny Camiguin isle enchants
with its white sand islands and volcanic chains. Zamboanga has pink
sand beaches for beach-lover and rolling greens for the golf enthusiast.
Davao's caves promise adventure for spelunkers; in this land of fruits
and flowers, parklands are planted with groves of durian, rambutan and
other exotic tropical fruit trees, intersperesed with tropical blooms
and exotic orchids. Cotabato's pineapple plantations and Bukidnon's
citrus farms delight with nature's freshest harvests.
The adventurous travel would probably wish to conquer Mindanao's vast
mountain wilderness or explore the many forests and wildlife reserves.
Mt. Apo in Davao del Sur is the country's highest peak. Climbers are
trekkers will find on its slopes forests exotic flora, steaming geysers,
rainwater lakes, swift flowing rivers and cascading waterfalls; and
at itsbase, Mount Apo Science Foundation, an agricultural institutuin
surrounded by woodlands ideal for bird-watching.
A plethora of water falls awaits the visitor to Lanao del Norte. Its
provicial capital, Iligan, is home to the legendary Maria Cristina Falls,
100 feet higher than the awesome of Niagara. Lanao del Sur, around majestic
Lanao Lake, is the Islam Center of the South. Here are found repositories
of Muslim culture such as the Mindanao State University, the King Faisal
Center for Arabic Studies and the Aga Khan Museum.
The artistry and diversity of ethnic tribes lend a richness to local
color. The Maranao have their okir, a curvilinear carving tradition
that sets off their houses, musical instruments, personal ornaments
and household implements in brilliant colorful motifs. Visitors will
find unique souvenir items among the handicrafts of the T'boli, who
weave theirfamous t'nalak patterns. The Sama tribes hand-weave cool
mats in jewel colors along the walks of their stilt houses inviting
spectators to bargain for their wares. The sea-faring Badjao dive for
coveted South Sea pearls. Arts and crafts demonstration tours, tribal,
festivals, and visits to ethnic villages provide insight into the everyday
lives of the cultural minorities.
Activities for All Ages
If you have children that are not very close in age or run a daycare with a wide range of
ages it can be tricky to plan activities that will engage everyone. But it is not impossible.
There are activities that can be planned that everyone can participate in at their own level
or ones where the older children can help the younger. Don’t despair about the age gap
or feel that you need to plan something different for everyone. Follow the tips below as a
guide or starting point to including everyone in your summertime activities. Activities for All Ages
Motivational & Inspirational Quotes:
He travels the fastest who travels alone. Rudyard Kipling
The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see. Gilbert K. Chesterton