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Traipsing the north and west of Mindanao

Costumed in Higaonon finery, dancers representing the municipality of Malitbog, Bukidnon circle during the Kaamulan Festival in Malaybalay

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. A flash of colors, the beating of drums as well as the ritual chanting of tribal spiritualists marked the start of the Kaamulan Festival street dancing in Malaybalay, Bukidnon, my first experience for such an event and fitting start for my series of travels in the northern and western side of Mindanao.

I’m no stranger to these places but for the past few years of being based in Makati, I have limited my visits to occasional if not zero to this part of the country. After writing about Maitum in Sarangani, I’ve shifted to the northern and western part of Mindanao.

A whirlwind of bus trips, as much as 10-12 hours on the road, amazing sceneries and cities, great places and food that only Mindanao can offer. Strap on and prepare for an adventure into the many secrets and beautiful places that I’ve visited in many provinces in a span of more than three weeks! Enjoy the ride!

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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 Comments

  1. Con Tour
    March 16, 2012 @ 22:12

    Hahahaha. Grabe. I didnt noticed this move when we were on that side. Uniquely executed. I salute you bai. :-).

  2. estancabigas
    March 17, 2012 @ 17:23

    nihigda pa ko ani sa dalan bai 🙂

  3. WendellGlennDrWendsCagape
    March 19, 2012 @ 10:36

    loved the photo u had for this bai. wa gyud ko kaadto bukidnon when u were there

  4. Gino
    April 3, 2012 @ 4:50

    i would have preferred to see a lot of pics of what you are writing about. like this north and west mindanao article. i love to “see” home. thanks.

  5. estancabigas
    April 5, 2012 @ 19:03

    Gino, its in the succeeding posts. Some more to come.

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