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Dipolog and Dapitan: My Sojourn

June 15, 2014

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My Sojourn to Dipolog & Dapitan City
(Gateway to Western Mindanao & the Shrine City of the Philippines)

“Sustained peace and economic growth, the warmth and hospitality of its people and the aggressiveness of the local government to pursue its development goals have made Dipolog the thriving urban center that it is today, welcome to Dipolog City and discover like many others before you, you might just find home, as cited by City Mayor of Dipolog Evelyn A. Uy, on our courtesy call meeting with her.”


Upon arrival there are tricycles as well as single motorcycle services from the airport to the city of which Tricycle is the main means of transport.

The city is the jump-off point to several beautiful islands with white sand beaches rustic mountain resorts and historical sites and many others interesting places and one of the cleanest and most peaceful cities in Mindanao, I’ve seen and experienced!
City of Dipolog is known to be as the “Gateway to Western Mindanao” it is situated in the Northwestern part of the Province of Zamboanga del Norte. It is bounded on the north by Dapitan City, on the east by the municipality of Polanco, on the south by the municipality of Katipunan and on the west.
City of Dapitan is known as “The Shrine City of the Philippines”, a 3rd class city in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines. It is historically significant as being the place where the national hero, Jose Rizal was exiled by the Spaniards and is known as the “Shrine City in the Philippines.”
The City best depicts the memories of the historical chapter of our past. Discovering the city brings its visitors right in the past and makes them feel what it was like during the Spanish Era. Many residential houses are still preserved, the church, convent and the City Hall retains its 17th century architecture design and ambiance.



Aside from its historical significance, Dapitan is also famous for its world-renowned Dakak Park & Beach Resort. A premiere tourist destination, way before Cebu and Boracay got its popularity. Not to mention the Gloria de Dapitan, a world class three-hectare commercial complex which in-houses the one of a kind Fantasy Land, the first theme park in Visayas and Mindanao.
Leisure has a new expression in the Gateway to Mindanao Island…
– Diplog City referred to as the Bottled Sardines Capital of the Philippines

– Catch the sunset along Dipolog City Boulevard’s haven
– Over a hundred year-old cathedral whose hand-carved ceiling remains intact to this day and the altar was designed by our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal “ Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary cathedral

– Shrine City of Dapitan, perfect place to unwind with family and friends
– Dakak Park and Beach Resort is located in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines. The Resort boasts of a long stretch of white sand beach, 15 hectares of wooded land and natural spring water feeding the resort’s pools.

– The Rizal Shrine is considered a major historical landmark of the Philippines where hundreds of visitors come and see for themselves the true beauty of the 16-hectare sanctuary
– The St. James Church and the Catholic Rectory (Parochial School) is a haven for the religious where one can also witness the breathtaking architectures which until now was retained and has withstood the test of time
– The Relief Map of Mindanao is located across the St. James Church with a total land area of 900 sq meters created by Dr. Rizal purposely as a motivating device for teaching history and geography to the townsfolk and further beautifying the city plaza.
There is an always constant pressure – – – feature new travel destinations, which satisfy the readers asking what’s new? And what’s the latest?…

Until next time, Madayaw!!!

Thanks to Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn Uy for the warm accommodations, providing us the transportation, and to the Dipolog City Information Office led by Chief Information Officer Roberto Pinsoy, Information Officer Levina Ubay and Video In-charge Ariel Amora who accompanied and travelled us around to our point of destinations.

To my companions, Mam Caroline and Joy Mae, and

To Our Almighty Saviour, Shokran & Thank You!