The province of Misamis Occidental is located in the region of Northern Mindanao in the country of the Philippines. It borders Zamboanga Del Norte and Zamboanga Del Sur to the west. The name of the province Misamis is believed to be derived from the Subanen word Kuyamis which is a variety of coconut. The province is also known in the country for its beautiful waters and bountiful fish and seafood that they export.
Misamis Occcidental is very far from Manila but we assure you that going there will be worth your time as the province offers a lot of beautiful sceneries that one can enjoy. We’ll list here some of the places that you may want to visit when you are in the province of Misamis Occidental.
Mount Malindang Range Natural Park rises roughly from 600 meters to 2,404 meters above sea level and it is also a 53,000 hectare wildlife sanctuary. The park is home to a lot of unique flora and fauna of the province. The area of the sanctuary consists of a rainforest, a crater lake, pine forests, beautiful rivers, and a bunch of streams and creeks. If you love nature and love to hike or trek then this place has your name on it.
The Bells of Bukagan Hill is one of the most popular places to see if you are in the province. This is a 92 meter hill that has four bells on top named after saints like St. Peter, St. Marien, St. Joseph, and St. Michael. The bells were originally intended for the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, but unluckily the bells were too heavy for the cathedral’s belfry. The hill is a sight to see and will make the trip there worthwhile.
Naomi’s Botanical Garden is a 13 hectares of garden that is filled with a lot of varying fruit trees and ornamental plants that are very relaxing to look at, there is also a ceramic shop in the place that produces jars, ornaments, and other knick-knacks. If you are stressed out you should go here because it is a very ideal place to see if you just want to take a walk and relax for a while.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Jimenez Church by projectkisame
Parish Church of Saint John The Baptist also known as Jimenez Church is one of the oldest churches that can be found in the Philippines. This church is located in the town of Jimenez and it was originally established in 1829 by the Augustinian Recollects. The architecture of the church is gorgeous with its Renaissance style. This is a very beautiful church that is worth a visit.
Christ the Redeemer/Caluya Shrine is located at the baranggay of Caluya. It is a replica of the Christ the Redeemer statue that is located in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The statue is place a top of the hill and it overlooks the bay view of Murciellagos Bay, Dioyo River & Mt. Malindang. The statue is created with passion and is very detailed.
Photo Credits (Wiki CC): Fuerte dela Concepcion y Del Triumfu by Popodiaz
Fuerte dela Concepcion y Del Triumfu was constructed in 1756 and it is one of the handfuls of fortresses of the Spaniards that are still intact till this day. The fort was also declared as a National Historical Landmark on 2002. This place also has a lot of history to it, the fort was used by the Filipino constables as their headquarters during the occupation of Americans in the country, and the Japanese used it in WW2 as a garrison. The place has a beautiful view of the Pangul Bay.