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Can you have fun in Mindanao?

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Can you have fun in Mindanao?  Well, you better believe it!

I know, you are most likely thinking that Mindanao is a war zone, a very dangerous place, etc.  Well, my friends, there are parts of Mindanao that are best avoided, but that is only a small part of the island! The vast majority of the island is not only safe, but a lot of fun too.  Mindanao is mostly clean, natural, and unspoiled!

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A group of foreigners made a video which I want to share with you, about their travels and lives in the Philippines, and specifically in Mindanao.  I enjoyed watching this video because I have been to virtually ever location that they visited in the video, and it really brought a smile to my face seeing a group of many foreigners having a blast in Mindanao!

Don’t be afraid of Mindanao, just avoid the places that are not advisable to visit, and you will be fine! If you are unsure about which areas you should avoid, drop me an email or ask in the comments, and I will be glad to give you my advice.  I have lived in Mindanao for almost 16 years now, and I know my way around the island, so I would be happy to help you out.

So, what did you think of the video?  Looked like these folks were having a blast, don’t you think?  Come on over and join me here in Mindanao, I am sure you will have a great time too!

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Bob Martin

Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur. Bob is an American who lived in Mindanao from 2000 until 2019. Bob has now relocated back to the USA.

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marc roffman
marc roffman
6 years ago

I watched it with the sound off on the train while listening to the who. God bless em, they’re young, energetic, and promoting Philippine tourism.

MindanaoBob
6 years ago
Reply to  marc roffman

I agree completely, Marc, and I think they did a great job too! 🙂

Bob New York
Bob New York
6 years ago

I could not agree with you more Bob. Best vacations I have ever had Anyplace are in Iligan City, ( northern ) Mindanao. I am often asked why do I keep coming back here ? Well, I guess there are many reasons but the basic ones are, the people I have met and become friends with, now things opening up all the time, especially restaurants. There are tourist attractions here such as Ziplines, nature parks, more than 20 beautiful waterfalls of various sizes shapes and intensities. Some of them such as Tinago falls have beautiful lagoons that you can go… Read more »

MindanaoBob
6 years ago
Reply to  Bob New York

Hi Bob – I hope you are enjoying your trip! Believe it or not, when I posted this video, I was thinking about you. Why? Because you are probably the number 1 person that I know of who comes to Mindanao very frequently, always has fun adventures, and talks up Mindanao (particularly Iligan City). Great service to Iligan, Bob! Keep enjoying yourself!

lgbalfa
lgbalfa
6 years ago
Reply to  Bob New York

i hate to even see what you consider a decent place for approximately 800 pesos a night.

sounds like a sogo motel but even those are more expensive.

MindanaoBob
6 years ago
Reply to  lgbalfa

I have stayed in very adequate hotels in parts of Mindanao for as low as P400 per night. I would gladly stay again at those places. Nothing fancy, but also not dirty or seedy.

Bob New York
Bob New York
6 years ago
Reply to  lgbalfa

It is one of the better known Hotels in the city, it is NOT a flop house or No-Tell Motel kind of place. rooms are not rented by the hour. There are other facilities available if that is what you are looking for. In fact, repeat visitors to this hotel are given a discount off the posted rates.

I doubt you will find many 5 star International rated hotels in Mindanao although new ones are being built all the time. You won’t be paying 5 star international hotel rates either.

Bob New York
Bob New York
6 years ago

Thanks Bob, The video you posted has been around for a while and the Canadian that is featured in it has made an entire series of videos including one on Iligan City and other tourist friendly places in Mindanao. I will always be thankful to you when I asked you in advance of my first visit if you thought I would be OK here. Your information was more than accurate. I’ve never had any real problem here. I guess what you could not have told me back then is just how great an experience awaited me but I guess you… Read more »

MindanaoBob
6 years ago
Reply to  Bob New York

Thanks Bob, just doing my part to help promote Mindanao and the Philippines! 🙂

I have been trying to do a video feature every Saturday, and I think I will try to feature some of your videos too! 🙂 Had not thought about doing that until now! Might as well keep it in the LiP family! 🙂

lgbalfa
lgbalfa
6 years ago

nice find on the video.

thank you for sharing.

mindanao is a hidden gem in the philippines and even though it gets a bad rap, it’s worth a visit if you have the time.

MindanaoBob
6 years ago
Reply to  lgbalfa

It is certainly a nice place to visit. It gets a bad image due to some dangerous places, but if you know the places to avoid you are safe.

Leo
Leo
6 years ago

Mindanao Safe? I think this Italian owner of this pizza place ( priest also ) who was kidnapped in a boulevard 40m away from a place where one of my fellow country man lives, those 3 foreigners kidnapped in the “safe island Samal, just near the most safe Davao City, what so you think about that now? As those young fellows can have their FUN in the big cities who might be so safe there, we cannot really say the island Mindanao is safe as also you warn about the “dangerous places” there. I also travelled in Danao, then to… Read more »

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