15 Awesome Aerial Photos of Mindanao, the Encore
Ida Damo | Apr 16, 2014
Mindanao, with its vast land and seascapes, has been called and continues to be the Promised Land. Len Jingco and Joseph Gumia of the Aerial Photographers of the Philippines delight our eyes with never-before-seen scenes of Mindanao in Part 2 of our "15 Awesome Aerial Photos of Mindanao" series. (View the first gallery here.)
1) Crossing the Big Waves in Davao Occidental
The 81st and newest province of the Philippines, Davao Occidental, has 3 beautiful islands: Balut, Olanivan, and Sarangani. Crossing the big sea from Malita to these islands means traversing big waves.
2) Finger Print, North Cotabato (Corn Plantation)
The landlocked province of Cotabato is a major producer of cereals like corn. Corn stalks are tied and dried after harvesting, making for an interesting fingerprint-like pattern from the air.
3) Gone Fishing, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
Lake Sebu in South Cotabato is abundant in tilapia, and restaurants near and on the lake prepare the fish in different ways.
4) Lake Leonard, Davao del Norte
Located in the Leonard Mountain Range in Davao del Norte, Lake Leonard is a small freshwater crater lake. There's a small population of Philippine crocodiles in the area which are endangered because of siltation, poaching, and loss of vegetation.
5) Mango Farm, Malungon, Sarangani Province
Malungon in Sarangani Province has a new golden harvest -- delicious mangoes!
6) Zipper or Backbone? Pineapple Plantation, Polomolok, South Cotabato
The pineapple plantation in Polomolok, South Cotabato is so neatly planted and maintained that it looks like a backbone or zipper from the air.
7) Sleeping Dinosaur, Sta. Maria, Davao Occidental
Jutting out into the sea of Sta. Maria, Davao Occidental are land formations looking like sleeping dinosaurs.
8) Mt. Parker, T’Boli, South Cotabato
At 5,984 feet, Mt. Parker (Melibingoy) looms over the verdant lands of South Cotabato. It's named after the American general, Frank Parker, who claimed to have “discovered” the mountain in 1934.
9) Punta Dumalag, Davao City
The only white sand beach along Davao City’s coastline is located in Punta Dumalag, making it a popular destination for beach addicts.
10) Banana Plantation in Tagbina, Surigao del Sur
Tagbina's banana farm creates interesting patterns as a river winds through it.
11) Mt. Matutum, South Cotabato
The ridges leading to Mt. Matutum in South Cotabato change into different shades of green depending on the shadows the clouds cast over it. Mt. Matutum last erupted in 1911 and is considered an active volcano.
12) Malalag Bay, Davao del Sur
Previously known as Casilaran Bay, Malalag Bay is a rich fishing ground, making it one of the major sources of income for the people of Malalag.
13) Fish Cages in Panabo, Davao del Norte
More than 400 fish cages are spread out on the waters of Panabo, Davao del Norte, spanning 1,075 hectares and producing tons of milkfish.
14) Mountains of Mabini, Compostela Valley
Green rolling hills and valleys make up the municipality of Mabini. The town's former name was Doña Alicia and was only named Mabini in 1954.
15) Farmlands of Sultan Kudarat
Sultan Muhammad Dipatuan Kudarat was a leader who embodied the idea of basic unity, oneness, and freedom among its diverse people in his sultanate. The province is named in his honor.