Dispatch: I’ve finally visited all 81 Philippine provinces!

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Museo Malitano in Malita, Davao Occidental. The province is the newest in the country.
Museo Malitano, formerly the municipal hall in Malita, Davao Occidental. The province is the newest in the country.

Midmorning today, I finally visited all 81 provinces in the Philippines when I arrived in Sta. Maria, Davao Occidental, enroute to Malita, the provincial capital where I’m staying for the night.

Last year, Siquijor capped my 80th province but through Republic Act 10360 enacted 23 July 2013, the province of Davao Occidental was created. Carved from Davao del Sur, it comprises the municipalities of Sta. Maria, Malita, Don Marcelino, Jose Abad Santos (JAS) and Saranggani (not the province) and was envisioned to spur the development of these areas. Actually, it was more of political accommodation.

But politics aside, it’s great to be here. Ever since I’ve worked in Davao, I’ve always wanted to explore this side of the province but have never done so, until now. It’s rugged. It’s entire coastline faces Davao Gulf in the north to the Pacific Ocean in the middle and southeastern sides and Sulawesi in Indonesia. And it is terra incognita for me. When I have more time, I shall venture up to the southern tip and Balut Island.

I'm a Travel and Architecture photographer, blogger and writer based in Cebu, the Philippines.

A true blue Cebuano, I make stunning images and meaningful stories. My work has been published in various coffee table books as well as local and international publications including Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London), done photo assignments for Mabuhay and written posts in Smile.

My personal Photography work has been exhibited around Asia and Europe including Paris in France, Germany, The Netherlands, South Korea, China and around the ASEAN regional capitals.

I am a peripatetic traveler and have been to all 81 Philippine provinces and abroad.

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4 thoughts on “Dispatch: I’ve finally visited all 81 Philippine provinces!

  1. estancabigas says:

    hahaha. sana tigilan na nila nag political accommodation/gerrymandering 🙂

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