Retiring in the Philipipnes : Is mindanao safe?

A user Stated the following:
“I sat through about 10 minutes of this video and didn’t learn a thing. In fact I’ve been in Philippines for 12 + years and except for the infrastructure being terrible and the internet also being terrible, she isn’t very accurate in much of what she says.

She said, “Mindanao is where all the terrorism happens.” That simply isn’t true. I was on a bus on Feb 14, 2005 that left from the same Manila terminal as a bus that left later in the day and was bombed. Add to the fact that this woman totally ignores the fact that 90% of the “Mindanao terrorism” occurs actually in minor islands groups called Sulu and Jolo, not the mainland of the main island of Mindanao, and she is hard to believe about anything she says. The Philippines is NOT “paradise” unless you are a tourist and only go to remote places where the tourist industry has not yet ruined them.

This place might be a “paradise” if you are an older white guy looking for short time girlfriends (ready to take ALL your money as quickly as they can). If you want to go hunting or fishing, forget it because the water is too polluted to support aquatic life and even if you could carry a gun, the only things to hunt would be cobras, pythons and the occasional monkey because they have killed every living thing here. Oh, almost forgot, you might be able to kill a water monitor lizard if you get in the right place.”

He said a LOT here, but we wanted for focus on his statement about Mindanao. He said, “Add to the fact that this woman totally ignores the fact that 90% of the ‘Mindanao terrorism’ occurs actually in minor islands groups called Sulu and Jolo, not the mainland of the main island of Mindanao, and she is hard to believe about anything she says.”

So we put together a few facts about Mindanao so that the view can make there own decision. While we do use Wikipedia as a reference , note that we also use government travel warnings from multiple countries. We also explain our own experiences.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxSaCspPM-I

Cost of living in the Philippines is mindanao safe

Viewer Stated the following:
“I sat through about 10 minutes of this video and didn’t learn a thing. In fact I’ve been in Philippines for 12 + years and except for the infrastructure being terrible and the internet also being terrible, she isn’t very accurate in much of what she says.

She said, “Mindanao is where all the terrorism happens.” That simply isn’t true. I was on a bus on Feb 14, 2005 that left from the same Manila terminal as a bus that left later in the day and was bombed. Add to the fact that this woman totally ignores the fact that 90% of the “Mindanao terrorism” occurs actually in minor islands groups called Sulu and Jolo, not the mainland of the main island of Mindanao, and she is hard to believe about anything she says. The Philippines is NOT “paradise” unless you are a tourist and only go to remote places where the tourist industry has not yet ruined them.

This place might be a “paradise” if you are an older white guy looking for short time girlfriends (ready to take ALL your money as quickly as they can). If you want to go hunting or fishing, forget it because the water is too polluted to support aquatic life and even if you could carry a gun, the only things to hunt would be cobras, pythons and the occasional monkey because they have killed every living thing here. Oh, almost forgot, you might be able to kill a water monitor lizard if you get in the right place.”

He said a LOT here, but we wanted for focus on his statement about Mindanao. He said, “Add to the fact that this woman totally ignores the fact that 90% of the ‘Mindanao terrorism’ occurs actually in minor islands groups called Sulu and Jolo, not the mainland of the main island of Mindanao, and she is hard to believe about anything she says.”

So we put together a few facts about Mindanao so that the view can make there own decision. While we do use Wikipedia as a reference , note that we also use government travel warnings from multiple countries. We also explain our own experiences.

Reference:

Kidapawan City  – http://www.philstar.com/nation/2016/04/01/1568321/farmer-dead-dozens-hurt-kidapawan-bloody-picket-dispersal

Recent kidnappings – how dangerous is Mindanao?

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/517315/indian-businessman-in-mindanao-kidnapped-on-third-attempt

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/741586/maguindanao-massacre-victims-kin-losing-hope

Travel Warning for Mindanao:

Backpacks banned in Kidapawan City

https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/philippines-travel-warning.html

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/philippines

Other people telling to avoid the place:

https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/southeast-asia/philippines/areas-to-avoid-in-the-philippines

Philippines tourism top 10 tourist destinations

Philippines tourism Top 10 Tourist Destinations

1. Banaue Rice Terraces is a masterpiece. It was previously listed as one of the 7 wonders of the world.

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2. Boracay Island is like a smaller Miami Beach of the Philippines. It has a very fine  powder like white  sand.

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3. Bohol

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is where the smallest monkey Tarsiers live. It also has a small version of Boracay called Alona Beach. Chocolate Hills of Bohol is one of the Must see tourist attraction in the Philippines. It is very unique and very beautiful.

 

 

4. Palawan is where the underground river is located,Tubbataha Reef Marine Parkand El Nido white sand beaches.

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5. Cebu is rich in diving spots, beaches, islands (Malapascua , Bantayan) and  historical places.

ayala mall

ayala mall

6. Manila has many tourist attractions, US embassy , MOA – the biggest mall in Asia and opportunities for investments.

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The Fortress of Intramuros
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7. Davao is famous for its durian fruit.  It smells weird but it taste good. Davao has many tourist spots and is a very clean city with a strict ordinance. 

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8. Vigan also known as ‘ The Old City’ with 150 stone houses built during the Spanish era.

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9. Camarines Sur (Camsur) province is located in Bicol Region. It has lots of beautiful beaches and islands.

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10. Baguio City is one top destination of local tourists. Philippines has a very hot climate and only Baguio City has a cold temperature that filipinos want to experience.

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country code philippines

Country code Philippines

If you are traveling around the Philippines you may eventually need to call out or have someone call in.  Whatever the case, you may want to take a look at the country codes of the Philippines and maybe zip codes.

The country code of the Philippines is 63.  Here are other additional information of zip codes and phone area code in some cities . http://efilipinowomen.com/country-code-philippines/

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Camiguin and CDO

Camiguin

Camiguin and CDO

Beautiful waterfalls! Zip Lines! white beaches AND…  an ostrich farm? Welcome to Camiguin, a hidden, under rated paradise.  We visited this paradise on a three day trip by way of Cagayan de oro City.

camiguin mambajao

camiguin mambajao

As soon as we arrived at Camiguin I didn’t miss the chance to swim in the pool and explore the beautiful sea that surrounds the island.  The next day I made arrangements to see all the tourist spots of Camiguin.

One the first stop the boatmen took us to White island.  White island is a sandbar located about 1 ½ kilometers off the northern shore of Mambajao, Camiguin.

beach in camiguin

beach in camiguin

Next destination was the Katibawasan falls.  Tucked away among tall trees is a breathtaking view of a waterfall unlike any other you have seen.

camiguin Katibawasan falls

camiguin Katibawasan falls

camiguin ostrich farm

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Part of the tour included the Ostrich Farm which is located in Camiguin’s Provincial Animal Breeding and Ostrich Production Center a few kilometers from Benoni port.  Entrance into the Ostrich farm in Camiguin is only Php 5.00/person.  You can get to there via rented motorcycle for P500/day or take a tour like we did in a multicab.  Its educational and great for kids.

 

The last place we went was the zipline ride located at J&A fishPen restaurant.

camiguin zipline

camiguin zipline

 

camiguin j&a zipline fishpen

camiguin j&a zipline fishpen

J&A Fishpen Camiguin restaurant serves fresh seafood that you pick from their ponds.  J&A also have hotel accomodations:

AIRCON ROOMS from 1000 to 1.300 php ( good for 2 people)
AIRCON DORMITORY from 1.500 (5 people max) to 3.600 php (18 people max)
DORMITORY CELING FAN from 1.000 ( 10 people max ) to 1.200 php (12 people max)

After 2 days of exploring Camiguin, it was time to go back to Cagayan de Oro City. While walking around, I found out that they have lots of souvenirs to buy at their night market. The next day, I went to the newly built Cagayan Ayala mall.

Although the nightclub is simple, its very peaceful surrounded by very polite people.  Its a great change from the rowdy, crowded night life of the big city.  Cagayan de Oro City also has strip clubs.  The one I went to was not so spacious and did not have many customers, but the girls were fully nude and dancing very good. Cagayan de Oro City is not big but its packed.  Even though its crowded the people are very kind and hospitable. I had a great time on my 3 days trip to both Camiguin and Cagayan de oro City.

How to get to Cagayan de Oro City:

From Mactan International Airport in Cebu,‎ you can get to Cagayan de Oro City in 50 minutes and 1 ½ hours from Manila.

From the Cagayan de Oro International airport, go to Cagayan de Oro City. This will take about 30 minutes by taxi and a little longer by bus.

From Cagayan de Oro City to Camiguin

From Cagayan de Oro City you can go to three ports of entry in Camiguin: Benoni, Guinsilban and Balbagon. Balingoan and Benoni port are the best choices if you want a short ride to Mambajao, the main town of Camiguin. A fast boat will leave 8:30 in the morning and Arrived Benoni 11:30 am, travel time is around 3 hours but if climate changes (rainy season) travel may take longer.

Mindanao has had a lot of bad press lately.  But it should not be confused with the peaceful tourist spot of Northern Mindanao which includes Cagayan de oro and Camiguin.