Travelling to the southern part of Zamboanga City? You should take time visiting the first class city of the province which is the Dipolog City. It has a population of 108,080 as of the year 2007 – an unbelievable rate for an urbanized area, right? It’s amazing and quite funny to know that this city has earned a lot of names because of the numerous features it has. Known as “The Orchid City of the Philippines”, Dipolog City is one of the cities in the country that’s also famous for its product trademark – sardines. That’s why Dipolog City was also tagged as the “Bottled Sardines Capital of the Philippines” because of the rich bottled sardines production here. Aside from that, the city is also called as the “Gateway to Western Mindanao” because it lies near the Western Nautical Highway of the country.

Dipolog is composed of 21 barangays which are:

15.San Jose
17.Santa Filomena
18.Santa Isabel

Aside from being known in various industries, Dipolog City is also known for its local products like nito creations. Baskets, wallets, bags and other accessories are being created out of
nito, a kind of vine plant. Now that’s something that can be proud of by residents of Dipolog, right? Local products like nito creations are world-class. The government should be doing something to commercialize these products outside the country because if the business booms, the Philippines’ economy will be lifted in some ways.

As for the tour spots, why not drop by to any of these places and see how much Dipolog City values tourism:

1.Sicayab Cliff
2.Japanese Memorial Park
3.Barangay Minaog’s Miss Universe Park
4.Galas Dark Gray Beach
5.Miputak Beach
6.Linabo Park
7.Cogon Park
8.Sungkilaw Falls

Aside from the nice tour spots waiting for you, you can also set a visit in this first class city during tourism activities. This way, you will be able to witness the city’s rich culture and heritage through the preserved activities and events.

Sinulog sa Dipolog – This happens every 3rd Sunday of January. This festival consists not only of street dancing but also various pageants and competitions.

Katkat Sakripisyo – During Holy Week in the month of April, many catholic devotees climb up the 3003-steps stairs as a way of performing their penitential rites. Well, this is better than wounding your back with those sharp blades, right?

Pagsalubuk Festival – Every May, people (Subanens) perform harvesting rituals here.

Araw ng Dipolog – This event will be held for severals days (July 1 – 6 of each year). Various competitions like sports, beauty pageants and cultural events will be sponsored by the city.

A tour here will never be a boring one because you will not only take sight of various events and tour spots, but you will also get to know about the natural beauty of this city inspite its urbanization.