“Thank You, Surallah for being a safe place for visitors like me. I did not notice the rains pouring” — Surallah, South Cotabato, Philippines

In my desire to see Lake Sebu in South Cotabato, I really made the effort to take a visit of the serene lake even though I have already passed it the other day on my way to Gen San from  Malaybalay, Bukidnon. I thought that, I am already in Mindanao, so, why don’t I drop anchor at Lake Sebu town and see if write- ups about the lake are true. So, some preparations were made and framed some thoughts to be aware always of the road, thoroughfares and other passageways that the bus would pass. News then were not so kind to the place. Killings in one particular town in Mindanao were always a highlight on media and it dragged the whole island of Mindanao to be a terrorist lair frequented by groups to terrorizing the populace and scaring away visitors and would-be investors of the place. But to my amazement, development of the place was catching up the boom. The highways were wide and concrete. The picture of the place was aberrant to my thinking that it was a rugged and rural town. I was mistaken. And this is Surallah, a progressive municipality, and first class at that. This is the jump off point going to Lake Sebu. Tourism was the primary reason for the growth of Surallah but it was also the cause of its reduction in terms of land area where Lake Sebu became a municipality, thus, trimming down its hectares of lands.

As I walked and took a seat in the jeepney, majority of the passengers were talking and conversing in Ilonggo and that was the time I stopped being mindful of everything going on. Even the driver was Bisaya. I started to feel I was in the right place at the right time. I was in good hands. It was also the time I talked in Tagalog. “Thank You, Surallah for being a safe place for visitors like me. I did not notice the rains pouring”.

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Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte – Bottled Sardines Capital of the Philippines and the Gateway To Western Mindanao

 I made Dipolog city my jump off point to Dapitan and other areas because of its proximity to these places. It  boasts of ample excellent accommodations, clean restaurants, safe watering spots, beaches, parks and night life.

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Our Lady Of The Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, Dipolog City, built in 1893 and has undergone various renovations in the past.

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The Dipolog Sunset Boulevard or the foreshore Dipolog Boulevard is a popular place for exercise and leisure and other city celebrations and festivals. Its primary purpose of construction is to prevent the city properties from being flooded and eaten by the sea.

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D’ Hotel and Suites Dipolog, Winner of 2014 TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence.

PRODUCERS OF Spanish Sardines IN DIPOLOG

The Pride Of Dipolog
Bottled Spanish Sardines Processing Industry
Montaño Food Corporation
Manager: Ms. Catherine Montaño
Telephone Number: (063-65) 212 2737
Postal Address: Turno, Dipolog City
Average Monthly Volume of Production: 4, 501 boxes

Zaragoza Food Corporation
Manager: Ms. Marites Uy
Telephone Number: (063-65) 212 7438
Postal Address: Lubing Ogis, Dipolog City
E-mail Address: zaragozafood@pacific.net.ph
Average Monthly Volume of Production: 800 – 1,000 boxes

Mendoza Industries
Manager: Ms. Amelita Mendoza
Telephone Number: (063-65) 212 4571
Postal Address: Sicayab, Dipolog City
Average Monthly Volume of Production: 564 boxes

Dipolog Bueno Food Processing, Industries
Manager: Ms. Eulalia Bueno
Telephone Number: (063-65) 212 2617
Postal Address: Gen. Luna Street, Dipolog City
Average Monthly Volume of Production: 500 boxes

Roxas Catholic Charismatic Multi-Purpose Cooperative
Manager: Mr. Lucas Belocura
Telephone Number: (063-65) 212 5555
E-mail Address: kimbow@mozcom.com
Postal Address: Poblacion Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte
Average Monthly Volume of Production: 100 – 300 boxes

Etch Kiu Products
Manager: Engr. Henry Quiñanola
Telephone Number: (063-65) 212 3365
E-mail Address: hqprod@yahoo.com
Postal Address: Bolicon, Turno, Dipolog City
Average Monthly Volume of Production: 175 boxes

C  Urquiaga Product
Manager: Ms. Camelle A. Urquiaga
Telephone Number: (063 65) 212 2297
Postal address:  261 Rizal Avenue, Dipolog City
Average Monthly Volume of Production: 100 boxes

Tito Mike’s Food Company, Inc.
Manager: Engr. Michael C. Cases
Telephone Number: (063 65) 212 5836
E-mail Address: Vicann@mozcom.com
Postal address: 01 Old Airport Drive, Dipolog City
Average Monthly Volume of Production  1,000 boxes

Dipolog School Of Fisheries  Food Products
Contact Person: Ms. Camelle A. Urquiaga
Telephone Number: (063 65) 212 5237, 065-2125273
Postal address:  DSF Compound,  Dipolog City
Average Monthly Volume of Production: 120 boxes

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