. Surigao del Norte
The province Surigao del Norte looks in a first
sight on the map to be a very small province, particularly in
comparison with the province Surigao del Sur which probably, on the
other side, is one of the longest in the Philippines.
To Surigao del Norte belongs a big number of
islands north of Mindanao in the ocean in direction to the islands
of Leyte and Samar, in what is called Surigao Strait.
The biggest islands is named Siargao Island,
Bucas Grande Island, Humon Island and Dinagat Island.
The seaboard in Surigao del Norte is extremely beautiful with
overgrown mountain peaks, made of pumice stone which is seemed
floating like islands in the water, creating imaginative forms
gradually while the weather and the wind polish them. The ocean
invites tourists for surfing because of its famous surfs, and for
the fisherman there is an possibility to catch small sharks here.
The provincial town is Surigao City. In the city
is a harbour area with a ferry terminal for journeys to adjacent
islands. There is also a ferry terminal outside the city situated in
Lipata, were bigger ferries to Cebu and Manila departs.
The infrastructure with ferry departures is very
In Surigao City you can also find an American
subdivision. It is derived from the time when the Philippines was
involved with many Nato bases. The soldiers is still left after
marriage with Filipinos but by the reason that they are not any more
a part of the former transport system, routes and destinations has
changed depending on the wishes from the travelling people.
The north part of the province is fertile with
rice fields while the western parts is mountainous. In the eastern
part of the province is Mount Legaspi located. It is a part of the
mountain chain that is stretching south through eastern Mindanao.
The mountains is rich of minerals and in Taganito is one of the
largest open-cast mines which is ran by Taganito Mining Corporation
Filipino Tribe Mission are providing
children for sponsorship in this area, and in cooperation with TMC
is an agreement that TMC, who also give aid to the Mamanwa tribe
with houses in a small area called Taganito Tribal Communication
Center (Tricom), supply Filipino Tribe Mission with room in
purpose for education if FTM supply with teachers.
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. Surigao del Sur
The province Surigao del Sur is a coastal
province and is located southeast of Surigao del Norte with The
Philippine sea to the east.
The province is covering half of the eastern coast of Mindanao and
is in the south bordering Davao Oriental which is covering the other
half of the eastern coast.
Surigao del Sur is a poor province with much
jungle vegetation and poor roads. One main road is stretched from
Surigao City in Surigao del Norte through the provincial town Tandag
to Davao City.
The population is concentrated along the main
roads but a big number of tribes is living in the jungle mainly
alike they always has done since the islands was populated many
thousands of years ago.
Filipino Tribe Mission has co-operators that is grown up in the area
and know several of the tribal languages. They work hard to spread
ability of reading and writing among the native people but is also
concerned to keep culture and traditions alive, like dishes and