Tangub’s very own Hoyohoy Highland Stone Chapel Adventure Park places the otherwise sleepy city in the province of Misamis Occidental, in the growing list of Philippine adventure destinations. This beautiful park, situated 850 MASL (meters above sea level) currently operates the longest zipline ride in the country as of this writing.
It currently has two operational rides: Line 1 is a whooping 1.5 kms and 500 meters deep while Line 2 is 1.2 kms and 400 meters deep. The more than kilometer-long ziplines essentially covers two different mountain barangays in (Hoyohoy) Tangub and (Guimad) Ozamiz. In between these two mountain ridges runs the Labo River, the source of which could be traced somewhere in the deep jungles of the Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park.
These have been operational since April and have steadily attracted weekend adventurers, backpackers and everyone else in between. Due to the cold climate at this elevation, it is also common to be riding through thick fog that may clear out every now and then. Depending on the unpredictable wind condition, there might also be instances where one would be unable to reach the other end of the line. But an able crew would then immediately zip from the opposite side to fetch the rider. The fog and the wind indeed drama and thrill which may not be present in zipline rides elsewhere.
A cable lift is also in the works probably to bring the riders at the end of the Line 1 back to the park premises. Currently, one may choose to ride a small horse or a small ATV or just walk all the way up to the starting point. There is also a hiking trail further up the park which leads to a view deck where one can see the south peak of Mt. Malindang.
But for those who are not into extreme activities, the entire Hoyohoy Park is an excellent place to relax and to enjoy the view of Ozamiz and Tangub. On clear skies, one can even see as far as Lanao del Norte and Panguil Bay on the south.
The Highland Stone Chapel, from which the park was named after, almost steals the limelight from the zip rides. It was said to be built by Congressman Leo Ocampos himself, a daunting task which he did through a long period of time. The large stones that make up the walls of this charming chapel were all sourced from Hoyohoy, some of which are still beautifully scattered all over the place.
The scene reminds you of an English countryside cottage or a vacation house in Baguio or in Tagaytay. The resemblance is a welcome surprise especially when you are in this part of Northern Mindanao. Indeed, the Hoyohoy Highland Stone Chapel Park is definitely on its way to become the next adventure destination not only of Tangub City but the entire country as well.
The blogger would like to thank his cousin Lordius for driving him all the way to Hoyohoy from Ozamiz City. Otherwise, he might have taken the bus-habal-habal option in getting to the park since he was on a tight budget that weekend. Other transportation options are posted here. The zipline rides costs Php500.00 only.
Hoyohoy Highland Stone Chapel Adventure Park
+63 917 326 7878