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Mibang Hotel, where i stayed for 1 week.

Dipolog City.   March 15, 2008.  I woke up early because I am scheduled to travel to Dipolog to managed a  training.  Since I am alone, I have thoughts having to meet some of the guys I’ve seen in the net.  I texted them at the bus, but nobody responded.  Well, life is like that, we really never get everything we planned to do.  It was a bumpy ride though, spent at least 8 hours in the bus, thinking of things I now didn’t remember. To make the matters worst, I brought with me 4 cartoons of manuals, printers, laptop, bags and backpack!  I am sure that I will be abused by the porters! In Polanco, I meet a certain, J.  I didn’t ask his full name as usual (I am always like that to my new acquaintances).  Well, I thought I could ask him to assist me with my things. He presented himself, so in turn I invited him to join me at the hotel.  He was ---, so I thought whatever happens it must be serendipity.

My new friends... we have swimmng spree almost every night.
  Gogogogo kumbaga.  We had our early dinner and the rest is history!  Well, life indeed is a box of chocolate!

 

My trip to Dipolog this time was somewhat special for several reasons.  Since, I have a possibility that I will be transferred to Davao City so it considered it as my last visit to this city. Though I have been to this place before, I never I tried to explore its peripheries.  I just stayed in the hotel and work in the morning.  I have not seen more than the Capitol (in front of Camila I and Roxas Boulevard).  But this time, my travel plans include a side trip to Rizal Shrine in Dapitan City and  maybe to Dumaguete ( the later was not pushed through).

The summer is here!
 

 

This time, I was billeted at  Mibang Hotel.  This charming little hotel is located at the city outskirts.  One has to pay P 20 per trip from the city to reach this place.  With the small swimming pool and wifi connection, karaoke bar and billiard hall,  I considered this hotel a cozy and comfortable place to stay. 

 

It was a Monday when my buddy and fellow bigatla arrived in the hotel.  He will assist me during the Training.  He was envious when I narrated him about the latest development and he faced a hundred deaths. It was a running joke for us because we often trade stories and places. 

 

Our days are filled with so much work.

Provincial Musuem of Zambo Norte located in the Provincial Capitol grounds.
  We attended the needs of the participants. We distributed hand-outs, manage time and took care of the meals and snacks.  Sometimes we interacted and cracked jokes with them.

 

But our nights were different.  After all the participants were settled with the day, we started our little clean fun.  We invaded the inviting pool every night.  With fellow guests swimming around, who would not be inspired? We meet few good-looking boys, who in a way made our stay in this hotel worth reminiscing.  

 

Ash went back home prematurely for some very funny reasons. As a result, I was alone in going to Rizal Shrine in Dapitan.  I intended to visit on Friday, however, my dates backed-out so I decided to visit on the next day, this time with Jojac.

Jose Rizal Shrine in Dapitan. In the background are the images of Rizal's girlfriends.
  Night life in Dipolog was not just hot, it was burning hot ��" with several bars and cafes sprouting like mushroom all over the city proper.

 

Dapitan City was 30-minute bus drive away from Dipolog City and would  cost around Php 20.00 per person. 

 

Dapitan  City was like a sleepy little town to me.  There was no sign of being a metropolitan with this city maybe except for their famous glorietta mall.  But I like this place due to its serenity and historical importance to the Philippines.  Several old Spanish houses can still be seen in the city’s major thoroughfares.   Walking in these streets was like  walking back in history and be transported back to late 19th and early 20th century.

Superly hot!
Motorized tricycles are the mode of transportation.

 

It was a busy day when I arrived because the people were preparing for the homecoming of Dapitan’s beloved leader ��" Romeo Jalosjos (who was a convicted rapist).  We hired a motorized tricycle that transported as to Dapitan Shrine.  After 5 minutes, we were standing before the entrance of the Shrine.  Included among the visitors were tourists coming from Luzon and Visayas.  We were into groups but I noticed that most of the visitors were adults and matured persons. 

 

The Shrine was like a Nature park. The big old trees with diameter as big as  20 meters that surrounded the park served as natural coolant and ventilation.  These trees were mute witnesses to the daily lives of Rizal, her lovers and the people of Dapitan in that Era.

Dipolog City Memorial Circle
  There were replicas Jose Rizal’s Clinic, Sleeping quarter, comfort rooms and other amenities. It is notably amazing that no nails were used in constructing these edifices.  The woods were cut in such a way that it is precisely fitted and locked with each other.  The sala was impressive because it is well polished,  fooorwax is not necessary.  Ang bed ni Rizal was also grand adto na time.   His room was comfortable and his bed is made up of wood but the style is similar to a royal bed.  It has nets  to prevent mosquitoes from biting the  one sleeping inside.

 

This shrine not only serves as bird sanctuary  but also a holy place for those Rizalista’s who venerate Jose Rizal as their god and savior.     I have met some of them ��" Auntie Aida, Neneng and Pilar.  They said they tended  and maintain the shrine as volunteer without payment, all for the  love of their Teacher or Maestro  Jose Rizal.

A picture of Rizal
  “Si Maestro na ang bahala sa amoa”.  Having said that, it is incredible that they never grow hungry anyway.

 

We stayed there for an hour. Each moment we enjoyed the fresh air and cool breeze from the  Mindanao Sea.  As day come to an end, we only revisited our tour by looking at ourselves forever captured in my digital camera. (BFE)

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Superly hot!
Superly hot!
Dipolog City Memorial Circle
Dipolog City Memorial Circle
A picture of Rizal
A picture of Rizal
Gigantic and old trees.
Gigantic and old trees.
Another tree...
Another tree...
The bed of Rizal
The bed of Rizal
His House
His House
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Mirror-like lake
Mirror-like lake
With Jac
With Jac
Ice cream to cool our nerves.
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Jojac
Jojac
Ed, Nel and Boi
Ed, Nel and Boi
Fellow guests!
Fellow guests!
My _!
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