Northern Mindanao’s topography is varied. There are plains, forests, mountains, hills and coastal areas. The area supports agriculture and aquaculture. The soil is rich in minerals. There are hydro-electric plants to provide a steady supply of electricity. Northern Mindanao has a wealth of natural resources.
Although Mindanao was never fully conquered by Spain, traces of Catholic influence can be seen throughout the region: the site of the first Christian settlement in Bayug, Lanao del Norte; the Monastery of the Transfiguration (home of an impressive boys’ choir) in Malaybalay; and the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral (famous locally for its giant pipe organ) in Ozamiz.
The area’s cuisine has a strong Malay influence. Seafood is a staple. Spices – such as turmeric, garlic, ginger, roasted coconut, and chilies – are used liberally.
The region’s attractions are a mix of the historical, the natural, and the man-made. There are several beaches good for diving and snorkeling. You can go on mountain climbing expeditions. For the more adventurous, there’s rappelling in Katibawasan Falls. You can even see the fierce Philippine Eagle up close. Or go squid fishing and visit the Giant Clams Ocean Nursery in Kantaan, Guinsiliban.