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Dakak Park and Beach Resort
A timeless experience.........Imagine strolling on a pristine powdery white sand beach... looking across a beautifully shaped island cove stretching out to deeper blue waters. . .picture gazing a sunset horizon while lying on a hammock set under lush native trees, hearing the waves clash quietly against the shore. . . .only a few relaxing pleasure we have to offer. Mabuhay. A warm Filipino welcome to Beautiful Dakak Park Beach Resort! Our resort boasts of 15 hectares of wooded land, a natural reservoir for native plants and animals, providing the ideal setting for a 750-meter private beach blanketed with powdery white sand. Natural spring water and tumbling waterfalls feed our resort's two pools, whilst providing the ultimate hideaway at a private open air Jacuzzi where you can relax in the sauna and whirlpool amidst an atmosphere of blissful solitary refinement. Spend your days on a neon sailboard weaving skillfully among the masts, waterski on calm turquoise seas or discover vibrant marine life in crystal clear waters! The resort's Aqua Sports Centre becomes a mecca for watersports enthusiasts and for divers, the ultimate diving experience awaits as you explore Dakak's many nearby coral reefs. Entertainment and culinary treats abound as well. Dine on freshly grilled seafoods, sample exotic Filipino dishes, continental cuisine and feast on an array of fresh fruits. Be treated to a cultural show or party the night away at Dakak Pirates bar or Fusion Disco. Get the family involved in a group sport! Whether it be bowling, billiards, tennis, basketball or golf we're the resort that has it all. Enjoy your web tour of Dakak Park Beach Resort. . .We're hoping it will provide you as visual of an exhilarating experience only the totality of your senses cam described.

The Rizal Shrine
This is the major historical landmark of the city. It is the original estate of national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal which he acquired by purchase during his exile in Dapitan from 1892 to 1896. The Rizal Shrine is approximately two kilometers from the Dapitan City Hall. Its land area has been considerably restored to its original size of 16 hectares with the reclamation of 10,974 square meters.

Casa Residencia
A preserved structure of the main house which served as Rizal’s residence with his mother, sisters, close relatives and neighbors in Laguna had stayed with him in Dapitan. It is one room house encircled with a veranda, which is Japanese inspired. It is situated at precisely the best spot the feng sui would dictate: standing in a slightly hgier ground than the flat lawn, open to the sea view in front but full protected by the hill behind. A simple comfort room connected by wooden planks is found at the rear.

Casa Redonda
This is an octagonal dwelling which served as quarters for Rizal's pupils. It was later converted to a clinic and it was here where George Tauter, the foster father of Josephine Bracken, was operated on his eye.

Casa Redonda Pequena
A hexagonal structure situated at the right side of the main house which served as a chicken house.

Casitas Hospitales
There are two of these structures which were originally intended as tea houses which Rizal converted into clinics to accommodate patients from far-flung municipalities.

Casa Quadrada
Rizal built this hut as a dormitory to accommodate the growing number of his pupils in Talisay School. The area underneath served as workshop of the pupils.

Casitas de Salud
Originally, these were teahouses. When his fame as a physician spread to the entire Philippines and other countries, these were converted in to wards to accommodate his patients from far flung places.

The Rizaliana
A modern concrete building constructed in 1972 which houses all Rizaliana books, periodicals, and other historical exhibits. Part of it also serves as the office of the Rizal Shrine curator.

Mi Retiro Rock
In the old Dapitan history, this shaped rock was known as “Batong Lumayag” (sailing stone) for it appeared to be floating or sailing during high tide. Officially, this is called Mi Retiro Rock for it was here where Rizal wrote his longest poem, “Mi Retiro”, which was composed of 24 stanzas. Presently, it is within an artificial lagoon.

The Aqueduct
Rizal’s pupil and some other laborers built this aqueduct system or dam about 110 meters long and inclined walls of about 2.5 meters deep. A bamboo piping leads straight to the main haouse and kitchen. A forest and watershed in higher up steep hill ensure the supply of water to the dam.on the top of the dam – military governor of Dapitan at the time of Rizal’s exile and his wife. The original dam still exists today.

The Amphitheater
An open-air auditorium with a seating capacity of 500 which was constructed beyond the Mi Retiro Rock.


Gloria de Dapitan
Aside from the enchanting Dakak Park and Beach Resort and the historic Rizal Shrine which are among country’s favorite tourist destinations, Dapitan City can now boast of a world class commercial center. Gloria de Dapitan, which is situated at Sunset Boulevard, is a one-of-its kind three hectare commercial complex.
Right at the very heart of Gloria de Dapitan is Gallera de Dapitan which architects Fernando Mirasol designed. It has a deluxe cockpit which may also be used for live entertainment shows, boxing matches and other crowd-drawing competitions. There is fully-airconditioned Exodus Bowling Center, which is the first of its kind in northwestern Mindanao, and could be at par with best bowling lanes in Metro Manila. It has eight lanes and setting the pins are computer-aided. Those who enjoy boxing, aerobics and belly dancing, there are state-of-the-art fitness equipment at Powerhouse Gym-the biggest gym is Zamboanga peninsula.
Gloria de Dapitan also has a computer game arcade, internet café, disco pub, resto bars, coffee shop and bakery, boutiques, shoe and souvenir shops, fruits gallery, flower shop, pharmacy, derma and spa center, money changer and foreign exchange and an automated teller machine. Directly in front of Gallera is a colorful and intricately designed fountain-the main attraction, in fact. Not far from the fountain is Bistro Paborito where one could unwind listening to music, live acoustics and keyboards. Bistro Paborito serves meals, cocktail drinks and beverages.
There is a meatshop for fresh meat, ranging from beef, pork (including native pig) and fish. Exotic products, imported wines and varied types of cheese are also available. Just within the vicinity is the Cold Front where fresh fruits, ice-cold shake and juices are served. Beside it is the Nize Pizza where one would have a wide array of choices for toppings and even crusts. Then, at BB Edna Restaurant, one could enjoy native dishes form litson to seafood, barbecue to sutukil (sugba-tula-kilaw) and bas-oy (a mixture of several types of leafy and fruit vegetables) to satisfy one’s craving for distinctively Filipino.
Yummy snacks are also available at Sweet Angels-pork siomai, puto cheese, suman, bibingka, fresh lumpia and what you have. A place to get loose and enjoy will be the BJ’s Loft Bar. Aside from dart boards and billiard tables, it has a videoke bar and once in a while, an acoustics night. Soon to open is a beauty and grooming salon which will be named, High-End. It is going to be managed by Manila-based Jessie Mendez.
The entire commercial complex is fenced and further secured by guards who are on duty for 24 hours. It has wide spaces for vehicle parking. Literally means “to bring glory to Dapitan,” Gloria de Dapitan is 12 kilometers the airport, six kilometers from the seaport, and 14 kilometers from the urban center of Dipolog City. It is just 20 minutes from the Dakak Beach Resort, 10 minutes from Rizal Shrine and eight 8 hours bus ride form Cagayan de Oro City.

Fantasyland (Gloria de Dapitan)
The 200 million-peso amusement park in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte. Called Gloria’s Fantasyland, the amusement park promises children fun and excitement. The first and only amusement park in Visayas and Mindanao. Composed of 20 major rides, like the choco-cup ride, the midi-flume ride, the carousel, the swinger, the Apollo, the minitrain, a giant roller coaster, and interactive rides. The amusement park was inaugurated by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo last Ma 29, 2009. One of the attractions during the opening was the live 2-hour telecast of EAT BULAGA inside the Fantasyland grounds.

Relief Map of Mindanao
Across St. James Church is a giant map of Mindanao on a total area of roughly 900 -square meters done by Dr. Jose Rizal with the help of Fr. Francisco de Paula Sanchez, S.J. Intended as a device for teaching history and geography to townsfolk, it also contributed to the beautification of the town plaza.

It is of great interest to recall that Fr. Sanchez was Rizal's favorite teacher in Greek and Latin classics in the Ateneo. Sanchez arrived in Dapitan in August 1892 upon instructions from Spanish church authorities to convince Rizal to return to the Catholic faith. Rizal refused but he and Fr. Sanchez remained good friends until his execution at Bagumbayan Field.

Ilihan Hill
To protect settlements from foreign invaders, the Spaniards constructed military fortresses, among them, Fort de Dapitan in 1762. The fort was strategically placed atop Ilihan Hill in the poblacion overlooking Dapitan Bay.

A stone wall was built along Ilihan's slopes and the fort mounted cannons to command the area. Relics of Fort de Dapitan are still visible. Two of its cannons have been installed at the Plaza across the Dapitan City Hall.

Aliguay & Silinog Islands
These are island barangays located roughly 10 to 14 kilometers, respectively from Tag-olo Point. Both islands have white sand beaches and rich aquatic resources. Both are accessible by pumpboats.

Sta. Cruz Beach
Two significant dates in history claim this beach as the point of debarkation. When Fr. Pascual Acufia, S.J., arrived in Dapitan in 1607 and baptized the natives, he brought with him the Cross, the symbol of Christianity, and first touched land at Sta. Cruz Beach. It was on the same spot centuries later where Dr. Jose Rizal disembarked from the S.S. Cebu as an exile destined to spend about 4 fruitful and productive years in a place which now is a shrine to his martyrdom.

Saint James Church
A lasting heritage and symbol of Christianization of the region and locality, Saint James Church and the Catholic Rectory are two edifices that have with stood the test of time and the elements. It is also a place where Rizal hear mass every sunday during his exile. Over the years, the old Spanish masonry and architecture are still recognizable. The facades and materials of these buildings are living evidence of their cultural and historical significance.

Our Lourdes Grotto - rocky hillock located almost at the Southwest foot of Ilihan Hill.

Rizal’s Landing Site
The site where Rizal disembarked from the steamer “S.S. Cebu” located at Santa Cruz Beach. In 1565 with the arrival of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, a 20 feet cross was erected to symbolize the propagation of Christianity in the area. Dr. Jose P. Rizal landed 7:00 o’clock P.M. on July 17, 1892 to begin the life of an exile in Dapitan. With Captain Delgras and three artillery men, they walked through Sta. Cruz Street with a “Farol de Combate” to the Casa Real where he was presented to Don Ricardo Carnicero, Spanish Military Governor of the District.

Dapitan City Hall
Is the old “municipio” in 1890’s. its structural and architectural features were patterned after those of the Casa Real, its interior had undergone several changes but the exterior remained through the years thus, adding antique ambiance to the city plaza.

Dapitan City Plaza
The plaza which was designed, develop and beautified by Dr. Jose P. Rizal with the assistance of Governandor Ricardo Carnicero during his stay in Dapitan. He planned to make it comparable with the one he saw during his journey to Europe. Rizal provided the lighting system around the area (tree trunks with coconut oil lamps). The development was placed in September 1892.

Acacia Trees
Dr. Jose P. Rizal used to plant acacia trees to add beautification to the plaza of poblacion during his stay in Dapitan. Some of these acacia trees are still standing in the plaza of the city.

Dapitan Bay
A stretch of clean beach on the northern section of the poblacion, with sunsets more beautiful than the fabled ones at Manila Bay. Perfectly safe for swimming (water depth is gradual with no undertow).

Barangay Daro
From here, one gets a breathtaking view of the Sulu Sea north and east of the city stretching as far as the municipality of Sibutad, Zamboanga del Norte and Balingao in Misamis Occidental.

Holy Rosary Cathedral
Erected by the Spanish friars sometime in 1895, records show that the original altar was designed by Dr. Jose Rlzal, the sketch of the altar was patterned after that of San Ignacio Church in Manila,

Sta. Cruz Marker
Spot where migrating Boholanos from the Visayas landed on and planted the cross for Christianity on May 3, 1905.

City Hall Building
The same edifice which was erected and inaugurated by then Governor General of Mindanao John J. Pershing on July 1, 1913 wherein Dipolog was formerly declared as a municipality.

Tulwanan Village (Old Town Site of Dipolog)
Sitio Tulwanan in Barangay Lugdungan is the original settlement of Dipolog's early inhabitants, the Subanons. About 6 kilometers from the city proper and along the Dipolog River which the Subanons used to transport their products to trading posts and markets in the early days. To preserve its historical significance and for the younger generation to see and reflect on their cultural history the City Government constructed replicas of Subanen houses in the site.

3003 Steps to Linabo Peak
Concrete steps winding along tunnel of verdant trees lead to a panoramic vista of sky, plains, and sea and a spectacular view of the twin cities of Dipolog and Dapitan, This is Dipolog's highest elevation point - 486 meters above sea level. The 14 Stations of the Cross punctuate the way up. At the peak is a community chapel for prayer and contemplation,

Magsaysay Park
A landscaped park providing an oasis of greenery right in the center of Dipolog City. It is a converging point for many people from all walks of life for simple strolling and relaxing. The hectare-sized lot just beside the City Hall and fronting the Holy Rosary Cathedral is an ideal place for small outdoor meetings in a nature settings

OlSCA Pamansalan Forest Park
64 hectares of lush forests, flora and fauna give trekkers an unforgettable experience with nature at its best A showcase of nature conservation and ecologies balance it is home to exotic birds as a declared bird sanctuary.

Dipolog Beaches
A velvet stretch of fine gray sand, exquisite solitude as the fiery sun dies in the horizon to the onset of twilight, broken only by the distant cries of fishermen returning to shore with the day's catch.
Sungkilaw Falls - This splendid gift of nature gives one a wonderful view of the clear foamy water that gushes down from a seemingly dry formation of huge pockmarked rocks.

ZN Eco Park & Plant Tissue Culture
An ecological mini-park and Plant Tissue laboratory managed by the provincial government of Zamboanga del Norte located at Upper Turno, Dipolog City.

COGON ECOTOURISM COMPLEX
Dipolog City's premier ecological destination and a favorite site of visiting local and foreign nature enthusiasts.

Cogon EcoTourism Park
So named after its entrance location in the hinterlands of Barangay Cogon, this environmental rest area park and forest preserve stretches into the neighboring Municipality of Polanco and covers a total land area of 344 hectares.

An upshot of massive tree-planting activities regularly undertaken since its establishment as a reforestation area way back 1958, the area now hosts a range of mature planted trees and other important floral varieties. Within the park's vast expanse also lies a 40-hectare natural forest that is home to at least ten documented rare fauna species such as the Philippine Monkey, the Pigeon Dove, the Philippine Turtle Dove, the Monitor Lizard and fruit bats, among others.

Just a few meters from the park's entrance is located the Aviary, where visitors can catch a glimpse of exotic birds endemic to the area.
Further ahead is an exact replica of a typical Subanen Village where real Subanen tribesmen actually living within the buffer zone of the project area, on their colorful native costume and perform traditional Subanen dances and rituals for the benefit of interested visiting groups. This is also where visitors can witness Subanen women as they demonstrate the art of weaving baskets and other novelty items mainly from Nito vines.

In nearby Barangay, another natural wonder awaits visitors with the cool, cascading waters of Sungkilaw Falls.

Where nature is at its best, the Cogon EcoTourism Complex (Cogon EcoTourism Park and Sungkilaw Falls) offer such exciting outdoor sports and adventures as camping, trail trekking, bush waiting, rappelling, canoneering, swimming and Tyrolean traverse.

Alluring Aliguay Island – explore the mysterious yet fascinating coral reefs surrounding Aliguay Island and be astound by the rich underwater habitat. The perfect hideaway from the city’s busy life. Enjoy the cool sand under thr sun.

Tantalizing Piñahon Island – a haven of natural beauty you can truly relax and enjoy. Then bask under the sun and enjoy the white sand beach of Piñahon Island

Overhwelming Cave Conquest – have that once in a lifetime adventure inside the Libuton Caves and discover on e of the complete cave formations of the country. Visit the bats in their natural hideout and get a pleasant surprise with the amazing skylight at the end of the tunnel. Feast your eyes with the grandiose formation of the stalactites and stalagmites and the rare pearls for your finale.

Towering Situbo Falls – on e of the many still unspoiled waterfalls in the Philippines, resplendent, mighty, and powerful as it thunders down to a refreshing cool pool, waiting for you to be discovered.

River Trekking to Sungkilaw Falls - for a nature lover who wishes to experience outdoor adventure as an alternative to caving, discover RIVER TREKKING. Whether for a serious or just a leisurely outing, River Trekking is an escape to another amazing world of adventure. Glide beneath overhanging trees with the rustle of animals moving about, the call of birds, and look out for creatures below the surface. Be rewarded with scenic hill views or spectacular limestone formations on the way. And end the trek at a waterside stop for a meal amidst another splendor of nature, Sungkilaw Falls.

Dapitan City Heritage - get up close and persona; with the past! Know more about the Philippines’ national hero – his life, works and passion. Visit Dapitan’s century old houses and church , the aged fire trees and the 200 year old baluno tree, and the indigenous teaching aid carabao grass – made map of Mindanao of Jose P. Rizal.

Dipolog City - experience that quiet and scenic place in the South with the unique blend of the traditional and the contemporary; Bargain for fresh tropical fruits such as lanzones, mangosteen, rambutan, marang, manga, and caimito. Bring home famous local products like the bottled sardines, uyap, ginamos, home madew corned beef, and Spanish Chorizo, gift your friends with delicacies as tinagaktak, bakya and lintoy. Or just shop around for Muslim clothing such as the malong and the batik.

 

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