Sunken Cemetery Marine Sanctuary

Catarman, Camiguin

The Sunken Cemetery was created during the volcanic birth of Mt. Vulcan that lasted from 1871 to about 1875, some areas in the town of Bonbon on Camiguin Island subsided, sinking the cemetery of the town to below sea level. The place is commemorated by a huge cross erected in 1982. Since then the municipality of Bonbon transferred to now the town of Catarman. It is also known as Pasil Reef Marine ...

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  • Celebrating The Good Life

    Celebrating The Good Life

    So when this quaint island province off Northern Mindanao decided to celebrate its cultural identity 39 years ago, it cannot be anything other than this tropical seasonal fruit, which is reputed to be the sweetest in the archipelago.

    This saccharine-tasting fruit is due to generous amounts of rainfall and sunshine, the island's volcanic nature and the unique intercropping system of coconut and lanzones trees.

    This colorful revelry recently came to life once again in a weeklong festivity to celebrate the bountiful harvest of the fruit.

    Themed "Kinaiyahan atong Ampingan, Kalamboan alang ...

  • A Locals Complete Guide To Camiguin Island Philippines

    A Locals Complete Guide To Camiguin Island Philippines

    For the first 24 years of my life, I thought I had Camiguin all to myself. Known as the "island born of fire," Camiguin is where my grandmother lives and is a place I'd visited several times over the course of my life. The island is full of some of the most beautiful spots in the Philippines - towering waterfalls, crystal-clear water, historic ruins, you name it. But I never thought the day would come where tourists - INTERNATIONAL TOURISTS!!! would be making their way to its shores. It wasn't until some friends asked me about my local suggestions for things to do in Camiguin that I realized ...

  • Cruisin In Camiguin

    Cruisin In Camiguin

    With the daily ordeal of spending hours commuting in Metro Manila, everyone wishes to drive in traffic-free roads with an alluring landscape and pollution-free air.

  • PHs Unique Resting Places

    PHs Unique Resting Places

    Since the oldest known cemetery - the Taforalt Cave in Morocco - was established around 15,000 years ago, people of different cultures in various realms or principalities have designated places where the remains of the dead are burried or interred.

    Originating from the Greek word which means "sleeping place," cemetery implies that the land is particulary assigned as a burial ground.

    In the Philippines, the dead are normally buried six feet under the ground and the plot is topped with a tombstone. Also commonly, the dead are placed in a niche or tomb either individually or in a mausoleum. ...

  • Remembering The Dead In Camiguins Sunken Cemetery

    Remembering The Dead In Camiguins Sunken Cemetery

    As All Saints Day (November 1) approaches, Filipino families flock to cemeteries to tidy up their loved ones' tombstones, most of them with karit (sickle) on one hand and a walis (broom) on the other -- to cut overgrown grass, sweep, and later pray and reflect on the memory of their dearly departed.

    But in Camiguin's oldest and most picturesque site for the dead, the graves are underwater and it is usually visited by tourists instead of relatives.

    One of the most prominent destinations on the island, just off the coast of Cagayan de Oro, would be the sunset-lit Sunken Cemetery in Catarma ...

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    Chasing Paradise: Five Alternatives To Boracay

    The Philippines' famed island, Boracay, was closed to the public in April 2018 in an attempt to try and restore the incredible location to its former glory after suffering the effects of overtourism. The picturesque island, previously famous for pristine beaches and a heady party vibe, has reopened with a limit on the daily number of visitors and a set of rules designed to protect the environment. If you want to take the boat less travelled, keep your flippers on and consider these responsible alternatives to Boracay within the island-hopping haven that is the Philippines.