LANAO DEL NORTE
Dubbed as the Land of Beauty and Bounty, the ecologically rich province of Lanao del Norte is synonymous with abundance and unspoiled natural beauty. The Province has a very rich and colorful history, an impressive tricultural mix, and has a teeming aquamarine life. Located along the northwest coast of the big island of Mindanao with the Illana Bay to its south, it connects the neighboring Zamboanga Peninsula with the rest of Mindanao. It is famously known as the home to waterfalls, lakes, valleys, and rich brackish water which yields the best crabs and seafood in the country. The splendor of Lanao del Norte however is not only rooted on its breathtaking landscapes and tourist attractions but also in the cultures of its people that are founded on their colorful shared history and legends.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Tourists may book a flight from Manila, Cebu, Dumaguete, Davao, Zamboanga and Bohol going to Laguindingan Airport.
Alternatively, tourists may also fly down to Ozamiz Airport.
From Ozamiz City or Cagayan de Oro City, buses or privately hired vehicles are available.
The municipality of Lala celebrates its heritage and development by showcasing its most prized local product – the crab or the “alimango” in local terms. This Festival is a grand celebration of bountiful harvest which is elevated by the rich culture and values of locals who advocate the preservation of the Panguil Bay – the primary source of crab harvest in the municipality. Every March 22nd, the whole town of Lala makes its legendary “Alimango Mountain” and shares tons of crabs with the locals and tourists. This one of a kind gastronomic experience is made even better by the colorful parade and cultural presentations of the locals. Alimango festival is indeed a huge check on a foodie’s bucket list!
SEE and DO
Every year, the Mindanao Civic Center Sports Complex in Tubod plays host to an international Motocross Competition which has dubbed the Province as the Motocross Capital of the Philippines.
PEANUTS FROM ILIGAN
These non-greasy, sand-roasted peanut products are one of the Region’s most coveted snacks which not only conquered the hearts of the locals but also catapulted Iligan City to world-class renown.
MARIA CRISTINA FALLS
Not only is Maria Cristina one of the most popular destinations in the area but it is also one of the most celebrated as it has generated sustainable hydro-electric power for various areas in Mindanao since the National Power Corporation started harnessing its power in the 1950s.