Misamis Occidental

One of the area’s top draws is a mini zoo within a mangrove forest. You can find it at the Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park. At the Baliangao Wetland Park, you’ll also see a variety of mangrove trees. Many of the species here are endemic to the Philippines, and endangered.

Another place worth visiting is a man-made sanctuary for rescued dolphins – Dolphin Island.

And then there’s Lake Duminagat, a crater lake that was formed by volcanic eruptions. It’s supposed to have healing powers.

Misamis Occidental’s culture is a unique marriage of indigenous cultures and Spanish influence. Most festivals celebrate both the traditional customs of the Subanens and a Catholic patron saint. There are also marks of indigenous culture in St. John the Baptist Church and the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Jimenez. The Fuerte De La Concepcion Y Del Triunfo – an 18th-century fort that protected Ozamiz City from pirates – is said to have a carving of the Virgin Mary that grows.