Mindanao Smile, beautiful island

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A lad having fun at the beach in Tawitawi as the day is about to end

Mindanao, the Philippines’s second largest island has a veil of mystery draped around her. Feared by the uninformed but loved by those who know her true worth and beauty. This series is my tribute for Mindanao, where I’ve been crisscrossing over the years and where a part of me also comes from. I’m a son of Mindanao. In my veins flow the blood of the Subanens of Tangub City in Misamis Occidental who used to own that land, as far as the eye can see. It is from my paternal side that I have kissed its soil and breathed its air, with memories of bird and bat hunts, climbing trees, preparing coconuts for copra and just enjoying summer vacations amidst fertile fields.

Over the years, I’ve been traveling around this beautiful island, crisscrossing its mountains, plains and seas, and working in two of its major cities. It was where I found and lost love, twice, and found again.

It’s time to write about the land I’ve always loved, Mindanao.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces.

I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

5 thoughts on “Mindanao Smile, beautiful island

  1. Looking forward to this series bai Estan. Nice to know na Mindanaoan diay gihapon ka. Are you running in the Cebu Marathon this January?

  2. Same here Master Estan. I’ve been reading your posts for the past months since i became a blogger. And this time, we are with you in crisscrossing the land where we loved for more than 4 decades now, nurture our kids and so on. Good luck master. Hope to see you here in Bukidnon, as you traverse the road of the land of promise.

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