Misamis Occidental

Tangub City, Misamis Occidental

By on November 15, 2011

tangub - city hall

Two things immediately come to my mind when I hear the name ‘Tangub,’ a 3rd class city in Misamis Occidental. The first of which is its claim as the ‘Christmas Symbol Capital of the Philippines.’ Every December, there are a handful of larger-than-life exhibits that depict anything that is related to the festive season such as the nativity scene, Santa Claus and Christmas tree.

Every barangay also participates by setting up gregarious archways along the highway, complete with mini-lamp posts out of parols or Christmas lanterns of different colors and sizes. Each beautiful scene lightens up not only the roads but also the weary traveler passing through.

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The Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe during the 2007 Sinulog Festival. Photos courtesy of Vinfranz Nery.

The second has to be the Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe, the pride of Tangub City. This famous dance group has been reaping top awards at every Sinulog Festival held every January at Cebu City. Through the years, they have cemented a solid reputation for their innovative choreography, intricate costume design and vibrant musicality.

But there is clearly more to Tangub than just these two. The Hoyohoy Highland Stone Chapel Adventure Park currently holds the record of having the longest zipline (1500 meters) in the Philippines. This would be challenged by other contenders elsewhere, but it is more than enough reason to visit Tangub at any month of the year. The exhilarating zipride located at 850 meters above sea level, would definitely usher in hordes of tourists and weekend thrillseekers to the otherwise sleepy city.

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Hoyohoy Highland Stone Chapel Adventure Park.

The name Tangub indeed has gone far beyond just being a Subanen word for a big bamboo basket for storing rice. Today, it would mean Christmas symbols, a dance troupe and a long zipline ride. It is clearly in the right direction in aggresively pursuing other tourism potentials in Northern Mindanao.

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    Gregg D'Bully

    November 21, 2011

    Sweet… the little details make familiar places memorable.

    Keep it up!

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    December 13, 2011

    Welcome Gregg to Baktin Corporation! 🙂

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    April 12, 2012

    I was in my senior years in high school when I first set foot in Hoyohoy.
    Look at this now.
    I'd be happy to have a walk again in Hoyohoy someday.

    Thanks Kuya Bren.

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    April 12, 2012

    Hi Denmar, welcome to Baktin Corporation! 🙂 You should pay Tangub a visit soon. It is quite near to Iligan City or your hometown. Where are you based right now by the way?

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    April 12, 2012

    I am in Cebu City Kuya.

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    April 12, 2012

    klaroha sa kandiis oi. hehehehe. amping dha sa Cebu ha. magwatch out sila nimo kay I'm sure you'll rock out the city someday. 🙂


Brennan Mercado
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Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokémon GO or not.

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