Davao del Sur has more to offer than the famous Mt. Apo. Its capital, the municipality of Digos is thankfully graced with a lot of natural wonders as well as man-made ones for you to enjoy. Dubbed as the “Baguio City of the South,” Digos is a great place to visit all year round because of its cool climate.
The municipality is perfect for you if you have a knack for adventure and a yearning for a challenge. The place not only offers several trek sites, it also offers many opportunities to literally get your hands dirty! But if you’re not into that, Digos is also home to several spots perfect for a little rest and relaxation.
The Lake Mirror located in the town is a local favorite! If you’d rather relax and do some laid-back recreational activities, the lake is a great place to be. Perfect for boating, a little leisure swimming, and maybe some fishing, it’s a lovely place to spend your downtime. Also, Lake Mirror has a stunning view of Mt. Apo as it is reflected on the lake, which makes it very picturesque.
Another place where you can simply be at ease is at the man-made islet called Passig. The islet is surrounded by tires loaded with cement to keep it from eroding. It’s basically a hectare-long stretch of sand with cottages on it. If you want to stay overnight, there’s just a small fee to pay. Don’t forget to bring your own food though because the islet doesn’t have any stores or restaurants.
Also, if the weather’s too chilly in town, you can opt to go to the Marawer Hot Spring where many of the locals go to when the temperature drops.
To all art-lovers and culture-seekers out there, Digos is home to the Kublai Art Garden where the famous Kublai Millan has displayed several of his works. If you don’t know who he is, he’s the one who made the giant durian sculpture you see when you arrive at the Davao International Airport. He is an expert in making art, which is influenced by Mindanao’s indigenous Bagobo people.
Another site you can visit is the Agong House, where Kublai stays whenever he is in Digos. The house is exquisite and its architecture patterned after the traditional Mindanao instrument, agong.
For all thrill-seeking backpackers out there, Digos is home to the Sibulan River where you can ride the rapids in tire tubes! With the river’s strong rapids, you’re sure to get an adventure of a lifetime!
Another place where you can find some adrenaline-rushing, blood pumping fun is when you travel to the Virgin Falls. Not everyone dares to take on this challenge so beware. The trail leading to the falls is rugged so you have to wear trekking shoes for this, and you also have to rappel down the mountain! But upon reaching the falls, you’ll know that it was all worth it. The Virgin Falls is unspoiled and untouched, thus its namesake. Since not many can reach the place, it’s not easy to commercialize.
Lastly, if you want some good old, horseback fun, go to Camp Sabros where they not only allow you to travel through the terrain on horseback but also has ziplines and cable cars! The camp is situated almost 4,000 feet above sea level making it ideal for some sightseeing while riding down the zipline! And don’t forget to try riding the cable car, as well.
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