Next wildlife sanctuary, tourist destination: Turtle Island, Zamboanga del Sur

Have you ever dreamt about seeing a real moving sea turtle? Or have you ever been dreaming about swimming with them? If you do,then come and visit Panikian Island of Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur Philippines.

Panikian Island also known as Turtle Island is Located at Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur which is a one and half hour from Pagadian City. The island is also 30minutes away via Boat ride from the Municipality of Pitogo.

Panikian Island is an island where sea turtles lay thier eggs and reproduce.The island is covered with white fine sand and beautiful natural Coral Reefs. The island is not that big, in just 15 minutes you can already explore the entire area. Also if you’re lucky you can see and swim with 2 or more sea turtles (Direct Contact is not allowed).

In terms of food, there is an available market at the Municipality where you can grab Fresh Meat and Sea Foods. Sugba and Kinilaw one of the best food suited for the trip .Also, there is no available restaurant in the Island so everyone is required to have thier own food before departing the Municipality.

In Terms of travel funds and fare.
The Van from Pagadian to Pitogo is 100php or 2USD.Then the boat ride from Pitogo to the said island is around 200-400php or 8USD (back and forth).The price of the boat varies on the number people in the Boat ride (the more the cheaper). Overall, having 1000php is already enough for the fun considering if you are from Pagadian. I can give you a tour if you want.

Pitogo is also known for its beaches. So if you want more then Explore Pitogo for it can offer you a good moment that worth reminiscing.

Travelers and Beach lovers should not miss the Island if they want fun and adventure. Well,summer is coming. COME AND EXPLORE THE BEAUTY OF MINDANAO.That’s all and Thank you for reading


Tabina is a 5th class municipality located on the southernmost part of Zamboanga del Sur. It is about 63 kilometers away from Pagadian City, the province’s capital. Its boundaries are the municipality of Dimataling on the north, the Celebes Sea on the south, the municipality of Pitogo on the west, and another body of water, Illana Bay, on the east. Tabina can be reached via land through a provincial road passing through five municipalities so those who are thinking of going to Tabina should prepare for a long journey through rural places. The municipality has a land area of 8,690 hectares and these are distributed to the municipality’s current 15 regular and de-facto barangays. As of the 2000 census, Tabina has a total population of 21,882 people in 4,017 households.

Historically, the earliest settlers of Tabina were the Subanens who have settled in the different parts of the Zamboanga Peninsula. They are followed by the Muslims, and then the Christians. The name itself has many different origins, open to interpretation. One states that it comes from the inhabitants’ expression of “tabi-una”, a polite expression meaning “excuse me”.  Another points out to the inhabitants’ characteristic expression of being talkative which, in the local tongue, is being “tabi-an”. Meanwhile, the Muslim immigrants were said to be attracted by the abundance of local seashells known as “binga” in their native tongue. It also happened to be called “ubina”. The Christians who happened to pass by Tabina inquired about the name of the place and, always hearing “bina”, modified it to “Tabina” and the name has stuck ever since.

Most of Tabina is characterized as having steep mountains and undulating hills. The majority of the barangays tower to about 50 to 200 feet above sea level. There are no coastal plains or valleys in the municipality; the coasts themselves run down to shores and high cliffs.

There are several tourist attractions in Tabina as well. There’s the Tambunan Beach and Marine Sanctuary, the Barangay Malim and Marine Sanctuary, Talisay Beach, and the Pod-ok Mangrove Boardwalk.


Witness the beauty of Tambunan Beach of Tabina Zamboanga Del Sur, make it one of your destination list to relax and adventure summer memories with your dabarkads and family, Its more fun in Tabina inspiring natural wonder beach ,sand and fresh wind. it takes 4 hour from Pagadian to Tabina.

  Tambunan is a very nice place and there is white sand and beautiful scenery and there is clear water.


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People’s Park

People’s Park is a cultural theme park created in 2007, which is the brainchild of them Mayor Rodrigo Duterte if Davao City. The name People’s Park was coined by Romeo Sardon, a retired electrician, who wom the “Name the Park” contest.

The 4-hectare park is adorned with large sculptures representing what Davao is known for. It is an open plaza with landscaped greenery which is called “Philippine Rainforest” where you can see pigeons around as you enjoy a family picnic at the grounds. There are also benches where you can sit to have a relaxing time inside the park.

Interesting sculptures include the huge Philippine Eagle replica, the Durian Dome, patterned with Davao’s popular fruit, which serves at the main entrance where you can see legendary Mindanao works through pictures. Well-known sculptor Kublai Millan is the one who crafted these artworks, including the Lumads (indigenous people) of the town. Inside the park you can also see the Children’s Library where kids can read books. The People’s Park is also a perfect spot for joggers for it has a rainbow-colored track which you could use for a good run. A Dancing Fountain can also be seen in the park for a visual entertainment.

Kids will surely enjoy their stay at the park as there is a children’s playground where they can play. CCTV cameras are installed around the park to ensure safety of the park-goers. It’s one of the must-visit places in Davao because it is after all, free of charge. You just need to present a valid ID at the main entrance.

Have a wonderful experience at Davao City’s People’s Park with your family and friends!


Address: Palma Gil St., Poblacion District, Davao City

Operating Hours: 5:00 am to 8:00 am (Jogging Time); 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm Monday to Thursday and Sunday; 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm (Friday and Saturday); (Non-residents of Davao are free to enter anytime, just present ID at the main gate)


This place is impressive. A verdant 80-hectare mountain resort, Eden Nature Park is about 95% manmade. I never knew that forests could be manmade, especially one as big and lush as this.

With development starting in 1971, thousands of seedlings were planted in an effort to revive a forest that was once stripped bare by illegal logging. As the pine trees grew, they provided canopies that allowed other plants and trees to flourish and create secondary forests. Today, there are over 100,000 pine trees spread throughout the thriving landscape, giving little indication that this was once a decimated area of stumps and wild grass.

Interestingly, the only reminder of this forest’s history are the few pine trees that survived the illegal logging. Much bigger than the rest, they comprise just 5% of what isn’t considered manmade here. A commendable effort indeed and proof that it is possible to rehabilitate nature and rebuild lost environments.

About an hour’s drive from Davao City and boasting unique rides like the SkyCycle, Eden Nature Park is a great place to visit for both nature and adventure seekers alike.

Eden Nature Park & Resort

For animal lovers, there’s a butterfly sanctuary and an aviary at the park. You can go horseback riding and fishing for tilapia here as well.

Freaky statues. They have pockets of attractions like this sculpture garden throughout the park.

Plants, flowers, and trees all over, including hydroponic greenhouses and mangosteen plantations. As previously described, the place is verdant and lush. Nature trippers will enjoy hiking unguided through the park’s 4-kilometer forest trail.

Oddly enough, admission to the park is based on your appetite. PHP 550 (adults) / PHP 350 (kids) gives you admission with buffet lunch, while PHP 220 (adults) / PHP 190 (kids) allows you entry with a plated snack. We went for the latter. Today, they offered pancit and hot dog sandwiches.

Indiana Jones

Unsupervised and free for use, the Indiana Jones ride is a mini-zipline mainly for kids. You sit your ass on this rubber disc then sail 50 ft to the other end.


The reason why we were here today – to ride a bicycle on a wire. Affixed to the same platforms as the SkyRider, the bikes are tethered to a wire and have special wheels that “hug” the steel cables. The ride costs PHP 200 (USD 4.50) per person, but you get a small discount if you do it together with the SkyRider – PHP 300 for both (USD 6.70).

Getting ready…

Like birds on a wire. Not too often that you see a sight like this eh?

Check out Ren showing off. Me, I was just happy to be back on the platform. I’m afraid of heights but I had a lot of fun doing this. It wasn’t really scary until my cable started swaying heavily towards the end. That freaked me out a bit.

Most people just come for the day but Eden Nature Park is also a resort. The cottages are nestled within the forest and isolated from one another for privacy. Room rates range between PHP 1,323 and PHP 12,600 (USD 30-281) depending on the size. 

Eden Nature Park & Resort

Sales and Reservation Office: Matina Town Square, McArthur Highway, Matina, Davao City, Philippines
Tel: +63 82 299-1020 / +63 82 296-0791
Mobile: +63 918-930-7590
Fax: +63 82 299-0313
Email: [email protected]
Hours of Operation: Mon-Sun, 8:30AM-5PM
Suggested Length of Visit: 3-4 hours

Adults – PHP 550 (with buffet lunch) / PHP 220 (with plated snack)
Kids – PHP 350 (with buffet lunch) / PHP 190 (with plated snack)

About an hour away from Davao City, we hired a private car to take us to Eden Nature Park, but you can get there via public transportation. Just hop on any jeepney bound for Toril and tell the driver to drop you off at Mercury Drugstore. Toril-bound jeepneys can be found traveling along Claveria Street, Roxas Avenue, and Quimpo Boulevard in Davao City. Once at Mercury Drug in Toril, hire a motorcycle to take you to Eden.  


Alindahaw Lakewood Resort is tucked in a serene and clean lakeside of Lakewood Municipality, Zamboanga del Sur, Mindanao, the Philippines.

If this is your first time to hear that there is such a town in the Philippines, let me briefly introduce it to you.

No one exactly knows where it came from or who gave the name “Lakewood.”
Some legends say that it is a name of a military general who first visited the area and called it after his family name “Wood.”

However, another version says that it is the name of a Protestant missionary who brought Christianity to the natives (‘lumad’) in the area living around the lake.

However, until now no one can provide any concrete evidence as to what the origin of the name of this 800-kilometer wide lake really is. The name itself might be significant, or, might not mean anything at all…
Because what is important is what the place can offer and how it is correctly used for all people to see and enjoy with. Additionally, it is important to know how this beautiful place supports the livelihood of the population in the area.

In order to know a little bit more about Lakewood, let’s get to know about who are/were the original settlers of this place. Since I personally know this area, I can tell you about my knowledge about the locals whose indigenous group called the…

Subanen Subanon or Suba’nen (tribe) people are the native settlers of Lakewood since before the coming of the lowlanders (Christians and others coming from other islands of the country). Most Subanens used to live around the lake (danao) and depend on the resources from the lake for their subsistence, such as fish, crabs, fresh water shrimps, among others.
Of course, they also till lands and grow various types of plants including yams, sweet potatoes, rice, corn, vegetables and more. Subanens also raise chicken and pigs.

Subanen people are also very adaptive to other water resources, such as rivers and streams. The word “suba” literally means ‘river’ in Visayan language. For that reason, we call them ‘river people’ in that sense. They are masters in catching fish using line, hook, and sinker attached to a young bamboo pole. They can also catch fish and crabs using bare hands or fishnets and traps (called ‘bantak’).