Another gem of Mindanao : Dakak Beach Park Resort and Gloria’s Fantasyland, Zamboanga Del Norte


A long weekend is coming my way, my  two little feet are eager to tread on the multitudinous mountains of Mindanao and the roaring name of Zamboanga Del Norte is on my radar.

The long night of travel was over, the ship had docked off in the embrasure of the historical town of Dapitan. The hushed morning, and the upper limb of the sun appears above the skyline. The grin of people showed up, and I’m excited for another fun filled day.

Dakak Beach Park and Resort in Dapitan City, owns everything, presenting luxurious venue to everyone who loves to indulge in calmness and embracing peace of nature.
Surrounded by elongated ridge, white powdered sand, pristine blue water and the perfect firmament above. The closes place to paradise one could ever experience, with its beauty and tranquility.

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It is nestled beside the sea and flanked by mountains to its west. But to a greater extent than its placidity, the resort boasts a new stadium, an array of facilities and services that will fill your stay with conveniences  and infinite opportunities for adventure.  From different water sports to the mind-boggling and rip-roaring outdoor activities. They  also have sumptuous dining, accommodation options which range  from suites to private cottages.

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I was basking under the sun and a sheening day is just so perfect, embracing the nature and peacefully enjoying every little thing in Dakak’s white-sand beach.

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Anticipate nothing but delight, frolic and rest during your stay. On site, there are as many as  9 dining venues, including a 24 hour coffee shop. They also have an adult pool with adjoining Jacuzzi, children’s pool with waterfalls and a bunch more of your eyes to behold.

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Of everything that Dakak Beach Park has,  the country’s longest dual Zip-line and the horseback riding really made my stay in the said paradise. Nestled atop of the mountain is the thrilling longest dual Zip-line and the panoramic view of the wide blue sea. A total concordance with nature really pacified me, so refreshing and reinvigorating.

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A consumable Php1,000 entrance fee as your key to enter to this paradise is worth the cost. Variety of outdoor activities that would surely earn your stay a worth remembering. It’s like every penny you spend  has worth. And every water sports and activities you embrace  aren’t just an ordinary experience, but a real and exhilarating experience to cherish.

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Another fun filled day ended. But a roaring name of Gloria’s Fantasy Land and Leisure Park is haunting me. A farther backbreaking challenge is coming my way, made me anxious but excited. A fully loaded meal is what I had before I enter to the Disneyland version of Dapitan City.  The minute I saw the castle structure that served as the entrance. It reminded me so much about the young boy has been dreaming  of traveling to Disneyland in Hongkong but he never had any chance of going there to the childhood stage have passed.

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Gloria’s Fantasyland is a little version of Amusement Park compared to Disneyland in Tokyo and Hongkong with the total area of three-hectares.  But it’s magical in its own right. It is presumably every little child’s dream playground. It has exciting kiddie rides, exhilarating 3D,5D and challenging rides like:  Apollo, Swinger, Bumb cars, Carousel, Tele Combat, Wonder flight, Jumping bed, Midi flume, Flying ball, World of war, Air gun shooting, Bull ride, Galleon Ship, Roller coaster, Zimmerman  and the scary tour of a dark narrow twisting labyrinth decorated with coffins, gravestones, cobwebs, evil-looking dolls, bloodied furniture, hanging bodies, complete with actors playing classic horror roles of ghosts, vampires zombies, and other monsters is their version of horror house.

A fabulous musical show that everyone would really enjoy to watch after the exhilarating rides will complete your whole experience in Fantasyland.

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But of all the experiences I have here, the Zimmerman and the Horror house really challenged me. The Zimmerman is a version of roller coaster that has an open carriage ride on a course that rises, plunges, hurtles sideways, and goes upside down. But imagine how challenging it is, but I was so strong that I have not just survived the first ride, but I ended up riding it for 4 times.  It was explicitly amazing ride I had!

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Never miss this Amusement Park once you visit Dapitan, Zamboanga Del Norte. “Where everyday is Festival.”

I like to thank Goldfin Construction where I’m currently working with for sponsoring the whole trip.

Dakak Beach Park & Resort.
Address: Taguilon, Dapitan City, 7101, Zamboanga Del Norte.
Tel. No. (065) 213-6813.
Telefax no. (065) 213-6647.
Mobile no. (+63) 918-803-8403 / (+63) 946-643-1814/ (+63) 915-318-5238.
Email: reservation@dakakresort.com

How to get to Dakak Beach Park and Resort.

By sea and air:
Dipolog City, Zamboanga Del Norte is an official entry point. Book a flight going to Dipolog City. From Dipolog City Airport, proceed straight to Dipolog terminal and ride a Mini bus that will take you to Dapitan City. From Dapitan City proper, you can rent a single motorcycle (Habal-Habal) to Dakak Beach Park and Resort. The travel time is about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Please prepare Php300-400 for Motorcycle fare. It’s quite expensive because the resort is placed quite far from Dapitan.

NOTE: Dakak Beach Park and Resort has shuttle service from the airport that will bring you to their Resort.

You can also opt to take a Boat from Cebu City to Dapitan.

Via Cokaliong Shipping Lines.
Schedule trip: Cebu- Dapitan every Monday, Wednesday and Friday via Dumaguete at 7PM.
Fare: Economy is PHP 660, Tourist accommodation is PHP 950

Via Ocean Jet:
Schedule trip: Cebu-Dapitan via Dumaguete Daily at 6am.

Ocean Fast Ferries, Inc.
CPA Bldg. Pier 1, Cebu City
Telephone number: (032) 255-7560,
Telefax number: (032) 255-0115/(033) 416-6669
Email: marketing@oceanjet.net

Via George & Peter Lines
Schedule trip: Cebu- Dapitan via Dumaguete every Monday, Thursday and Sunday at 10PM.

George & Peter Lines, Inc.
Go Bldg. Arellano Blvd. Corner V. Villas Ext., Cebu City.
Telephone Number: 254- 6252/254-5154.

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Linabo Peak: 3003 steps to heaven


A journey begins with a single step, a single step pushes you to make sound of a foot, making another step, up to the point that you had no more stairs to step on. And every single challenging series of steps in a set of stairs made you more motivated overcoming another set of stairs until none.

It’s a tongue twister right? I’m sure you will agree.

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In northern part of the archipelago specifically at the City of Dapitan aside from being known to everyone as the shrine of our National hero. It is also the home of the famous back-breaking 3,003 steps Linabo peak. Interesting, challenging and invitingly provocative, it piqued my imagination since I never had any experience stairs-climbing. But a curious  as cat I was like compelled to figure out  what’s up in the summit is something I can’t repel.

Linabo Peak is located at Sitio Dinginan, Brgy. Lugdungan. Approximately 5-6 kilometers away from the city proper of Dipolog City, Zamboanga Del Norte.

Bearing at 486 sea level, Linabo peak is providing the panoramic view of the City. Linabo Peak is said to be that popular destination during Holy week. Hundreds of Devotees would love to get together in the “Katkat Sakripisyo,”(Sacrificial climb), It is a religious re-enactment suffering of Jesus Christ on His way to the Cross. The devotees are usually passed through the 14 stations of the Cross.

My feet and mind were fighting for the very first time as if they have never done any team work. I took a deep breathed and taking one step at a time. Lush scenery green forest made it more riveting and a weightless journey going up. A distilled drinking water was my friend during this time, it was as if I wouldn’t mind losing anything except my bottle water.

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I’m slowly exuding clear liquid from my open sweat glands, painful involuntary spasmodic contraction of muscles are coming my way,  a sudden draining of strength and a jaded body is trying to halt me to continue yet a strong sense of dragging myself down was firmly stouty built as I am. But I couldn’t help but keep trying, bearing in mind that something rewarding up there and I shouldn’t quit.

It was exactly 1500 steps at the moment and I still have long steps to take. I went to the other side to take some rest but I faltered like a baby losing strength, toppled down and had wound on the right hand. But I manage to smile, for I know everything will be paid off atop. I am half way now.

Along the way there were people who had reached the peak and went down yelling the word “balik nalang mo sa ubos” ( you rather go down)  and some said “kaya rana hinay hinay lang” (you can do it just take it slowly). Inimical  and positive words are crossing my mind but I’d made the decision to win the challenge and reach the peak.

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I’m finally at the 2000 steps and few more steps ahead and I’ll be reaching the peak. But the odds and ends are not sundries but rather the earthshaking steps begin. Moiling stairs up to the peak is a real battle this time, it was not easy, stairs are no longer made indurated but a rocky one. Dust are kissing my skin and the beaming light is burning my surface. A banister on the left side was a big help as I made my way up to the peak this time. I heard several voices at the top and made me elated, thinking that I’m almost there. A heart pounding feeling is what I felt this time, not because I had made the challenged but the willingness to try made it possible.

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Truly I reached the peak, elucidated feeling, happiness and I never stop grinning as I was gazing to the overlooking view of Dipolog City and other neighboring towns. A three hours of walked, gallons of sweat, unending muscle cramps and a tiring body have been fully paid off.

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Lesson learned: Never stop trying, extreme challenge maybe painful and tough but a decision to try again really matter most.

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I went down having the feeling of unexplainable , fulfilling, and complete satisfaction that I made the challenged. But the backbreaking challenge haven’t done yet, for I have to take another 3,003 steps going down. But this time would be easy, and doesn’t require much strength and I have been smiling the whole time I went down until I reach the ground point and I still can’t get over that I had made it to the peak.

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Congratulating myself!

You better try it! Take the challenge.

How to get to Linabo Peak

Dipolog City, Zamboanga Del Norte is an official entry point. Book a flight going to Dipolog City. Proceed straight to the terminal and rent a motorcycle (Habal-Habal) going to Linabo Peak. The travel time is approximately 20-35 minutes. You can always ask the locals there if happen you need some assistance.. They are very kind and approachable.

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