It was a fine Saturday Morning when I left my second home to revisit Mindanao. By far, the places in this part of the Philippines are left unshaded in my Lakbayan Map. Some of the valid reasons I can think of is that, when I am still based in Bacolod, there are no direct flights to the regions here. You either need to go to Cebu or Iloilo. Good thing that Bacolod-CDO route has been launched sometime in 2012 and that's how I first landed in Mindanao. The first ever city I have set foot on is 'The City of Golden Friendship' Cagayan de Oro City with side trip to Camiguin. I admit that trip is kinda short and quick but at least I get to feel the Mindanao atmosphere and culture. Another reason is the negative things we hear and see in the news that it's not safe for tourists to go here. I think, somehow, this is true, apparently not all places are 'dangerous' let's not hinder ourselves in exploring and discovering the grandeur and richness of Mindanao just because of that.
Ereccion de Pueblo
I walk towards the public plaza, checked the church and found another landmark here: Errecion de Pueblo. This newly inaugurated monument depicts the negotiation and agreement between the Spanish colonizers and the native leaders, which took place in Malaybalay on June 15, 1877 in what may be the site traditionally described as the banks of the nearby Sakub spring. The source of this depiction is the Spanish document which is a record of the meeting on that date.