Cantilan is considered the "Cradle of Towns" in Surigao del Sur. The town has unspoiled beaches of gray and white sand, picturesque islands and islets, hills and rock formations, farmlands and green pasturelands, and forest areas with rare plants and animals. Here is a helpful guide on how to get to Cantilan, Surigao del Sur via Butuan, Surigao, Hayangabon, and Davao City jump off.
Cathe Pacific is a beach-side cottage, and backpacker's haven at Cantilan, Surigao Del Sur.This fenced property is located fronting the beach that gives you a homey feel than a visitor staying in. We were suppose to stay there only a couple of night but had to extend it after canceling Bucas Grande. We were fortunate that Cathe Duero of Cathe Pacific was kind to enough to accommodate us early than expected.
The wind howled as it woke me up from sleep. I looked at the window hoping to see light shining in, only to find darkness, and the signs of heavy rain in the water that then dripped indoors through the window pane. Super Typhon Haiyan's first landfall had hit Surigao City that morning. My thoughts were of a possible travel destination cancelled, an extended stay at the city, or possibly if the roads allowed it head for home. We stayed at a friend's home for an extra night at Surigao, and eventually headed for Bucas Grande when the weather cleared up.
When you find yourself along the beach line of red sand, and the red to brown mountain tops that dots the landscape before it kisses the sky - you're finally at the part of Surigao province where mining is second nature to breathing for the locals. But it is also where the jump off to the only place in Surigao province that mining is not allowed. Here is a detailed guide on how to get to Socorro, Surigao Del Norte, and to experience Bucas Grande, and more of what this island has to offer. You can find the details fitting if you're entry point is either from these cities: Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Surigao, and even if you're already at mainland Siargao Island.
I sat by the window, and before the lights were drown by darkness we saw this out into the sea. Ofcourse Peter dropped series of names, and none quiet fit to an island of that size, and near proximity to mainland Cebu. Three months after I was at Cebu again, and making my way to the south for Bluewaters Sumilon Island Resort. I called Peter who was at the Operating Room which I seriously doubted because it sounded he had some food in his mouth. I tried to choked him with envy to no avail. Pft! Too much for torturing the stressed. Now looking at images of Sumilon Island, I wished to have bottled it up, and took it home with me.
I waited. I've been waiting for the longest than I could remember. I took out my laptop at the terminal with lazy-paced travelers around the departure area, and tried to get some work done. A distraction of some sort. As the hours went by the crowd thickened, and the passengers with probably the same flight as mine took most of the empty seats around me. I was having butterflies in my stomach, and I tried to drown them with coffee from a paper cup with bite marks on the rim. It seemed to have aggravated it more.
Over a week ago you might had read that I was taking a break from blogging, and just went on posting on my social media accounts. I got an email from Cat from Globe to ask me to go around Iligan, and share my wonderful adventure through social media.
A break from blogging as I go around #Iligan to explore cool establishments, hang-out corners, food places &amazing spots #WonderfulMindaNow
— Lisa Marie Mirasol (@PinayTravelista) June 20, 2014
It has been a week from when I took on the challenge to go around my hometown, Iligan City, to look for cool spots, interesting hang-outs, and best eats in the city that makes it a #WonderfulMindaNOW. So, if ever you find yourself in Iligan City, apart from the waterfalls, you might want to check these out: