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Dakak adds posh suites, facilities in exclusive zone

Huge high-ceilinged rooms that open out to a lanai and wide vista of sea and sky from their perch atop a cliff, the luxury suites of Dakak Park and Beach Resort deliver on their promise of opulent accommodations.

Dakak luxury suites
The entrance to the luxury suites of Villa Angelina, a super exclusive zone on the clifftop of Dakak Park and Beach Resort.

The resort adds another exclusive zone to Villa Angelina, this time on the clifftop, for guests who desire a getaway that’s far from the crush of holiday goers but without relinquishing ultimate luxuries.

A typical Villa Angelina cliffside casita is enormous and leaves more than enough breathing space even with the king-size bed in the middle plus the day bed and plush recliners by one side and mini work area on the other. They all have a private barthroom with a medical kit which contains among other things

Dakak sunset
View from the almost finished sunset bar at Dakak’s exclusive clifftop zone.

Cliffside casitas

One whole wall facing the sea is made of glass to allow guests an uninterrupted view of the panorama of deep blue and lush greens that make up the Dapitan City coast.

Villa Angelina private veranda
Each cliffside casita comes with its own private veranda that overlooks Dapitan City’s coastline.

Each luxury suite, also called a cliffside casita, has its own private veranda with a jacuzzi for those times when you just want to take it easy and relax in your very own hot tub while you take in the view.

The well-appointed room is complemented by a spacious and lavish en suite.

Villa Angelina infinity pool

The cliffside zone of Dakak Park and Beach Resort has its own infinity pool that is exclusive for Villa Angelina overnight guests. Soon, the area will have its restaurant and bar that makes the most of the spectacular views from the top.

Dakak infinity pool
Only guests staying at the Villa Angelina luxury suites have access to the infinity pool built atop the cliff.

Dakak’s luxury zone is serviced regularly by resort vans.

A cliffside casita is just a brief ride away from the resort’s stretch of fine white sand and warm sea. It is also only a short walk down to the beach.

Cliffside casita jacuzzi
Each Villa Angelina cliffside casita also comes with its own jacuzzi.

Dakak accommodations

Outside of Villa Angelina, Dakak Park and Beach Resort has affordable deluxe, family, and big group rooms. It also has overnight packages that come bundled with city tours and complimentary entrance to Gloria de Dapitan’s Fantasyland. With a special amenity that has flexible solar panels for rv stand if you decide to travel there in your RV!

Cliffside casita interior
A cliffside casita has more than enough space for a king-size bed, enormous closet, couch and recliners, and mini work area.

Check out the Dakak website for the updated room rates and offers.

Dakak Park and Beach Resort is also currently building a world-class golf course of Greg Norman design that is scheduled to partly open in July.

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Dapitan celebrates Kinabayo Festival

Street dancing, a music festival, and a motocross with live band are just among the activities lined up by the Dapitan City Government for the Kinabayo Festival 2017.

Held annually in honor of St. James the Greater, the city’s patron saint, the Kinabayo Festival falls on July 25 but the City Government usually holds several events in the run-up to the main day.

Gloria de Dapitan
Gloria de Dapitan’s Fantasyland is a popular attraction in Dapitan City.

St. James the Greater is also the patron saint of all Spain, and Kinabayo reenacts the Spanish-Moorish wars, in particular the Battle of Covadonga. This was where Spanish forces took their last stand against the Saracens and were victorious due to the intervention of St. James.

For this year, festivities start from July 16 and include a duathlon, golf and bowling tournaments, fun run, hip hop competition, and beauty pageant.

Dapitan City Kinabayo Festival 2017

Here’s the full Kinabayo Festival 2017 schedule:

July 11-15

Invitational Bowling Championship

July 16

4:00 a.m. – Diana/Recorida
5:00 a.m. – Duathlon Invitational Race
3:00 p.m. – Parada sa Patron
5:00 p.m. – Jornada
5:30 p.m. – Novena
6:00 p.m. – Novena mass
7:30 p.m. – DCGEMPC Night (Cultural and Sports Complex)

July 17

4:00 a.m. – Diana/Recorida
5:00 p.m. – Jornada
5:30 p.m. – Novena
6:00 p.m. – Novena mass
7:30 p.m. – Hip Hop competition

July 18

4:00 a.m. – Diana/Recorida
5:00 p.m. – Jornada
5:30 p.m. – Novena
6:00 p.m. – Novena mass
7:30 p.m. – JRMSU Night (Cultural and Sports Center)

July 19

4:00 a.m. – Diana/Recorida
5:00 p.m. – Jornada
5:30 p.m. – Novena
6:00 p.m. – Novena mass
7:30 p.m. – Pre-pageant (Barrio Uno Center Stage, Gloria de Dapitan)

July 20

4:00 a.m. – Diana/Recorida
5:00 a.m. – Zumba
1:00 p.m. – BMX Street Competition (City Hall Drive)
5:00 p.m. – Jornada
5:30 p.m. – Novena
6:00 p.m. – Novena mass
7:30 p.m. – DepEd Night (Cultural and Sports Center)

July 21

4:00 a.m. – Diana/Recorida
5:00 p.m. – Jornada
5:30 p.m. – Novena
6:00 p.m. – Novena mass
7:30 p.m. – Indak Pinoy (Cultural and Sports Complex)
– DJRMDH (City Plaza)
– 5th Night Motocross with Live Band (DAMPA)

July 22

4:00 a.m. – Diana/Recorida
6:00 a.m. – Mountain Bike Race Duathlon
8:00 a.m. – Golf Invitational Tournament (Dakak Golf Club, Inc.)
9:00 a.m. – Songwriting Competition
9:00 a.m. – 1st Mayor Rosalina G. Jalosjos Football Tournament (JRMSU Main Campus Sports Arena)
5:00 p.m. – Jornada
5:30 p.m. – Novena
6:00 p.m. – Novena mass
7:30 p.m. – RMIDCI Nights (Cultural and Sports Center)

July 23

4:00 a.m. – Diana/Recorida
5:00 a.m. – TAKBO para kay TIAGO
8:00 a.m. – Golf Invitational Tournament (Dakak Golf Club, Inc.)
9:00 a.m. – Continuation of 1st Mayor Rosalina G. Jalosjos Football Tournament (JRMSU Main Campus Sports Arena)
10:00 a.m. – Open Dart Tournament (Gloria de Dapitan)
5:00 p.m. – Jornada
5:30 p.m. – Novena
6:00 p.m. – Novena mass
7:30 p.m. – Miss Dapitan 2017 (Cultural and Sports Center)

July 24

4:00 a.m. – Diana/Recorida
5:30 a.m. – Mass
8:00 a.m. – Mass

12:00 noon – Patunob
– Sinug
– Loa
1:00 p.m. – Mass baptism, confirmation, wedding
2 p.m. – Indigay sa Patik (City Plaza)
5:00 p.m. – Jornada
5:30 p.m. – Novena
6:00 p.m. – Novena mass
7:00 p.m. – Candlelight Rosary Procession

July 25

4:00 a.m. – Mass
5:30 a.m. – Mass
7:00 a.m. – Mass
8:30 a.m. – Mass
10 a.m. – Pontifical mass
12:00 noon – Mass
2:00 p.m. – Mass
3:00 p.m. – Street dancing competition (JRMSU Main Campus Sports Arena)
– Horses on Parade
– Horse racing contest (Sta. Cruz beach)
4:00 p.m. – Mass
5:30 p.m. – Mass
6:00 p.m. – Lights and Sounds Parada
7:30 p.m. – Car show (Barrio Uno, Gloria de Dapitan)
9:00 p.m. – Music Festival (City Plaza)

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Fantasyland attracts visitors to Dapitan

Dapitan is a relatively small city in the province of Zamboanga del Norte but its amusement park Fantasyland can rival any of the big ones in the Philippines. Fantasyland is inside a three-hectare commercial complex named Gloria de Dapitan and located within the Dapitan City center, particularly along Sunset Boulevard.

Gloria de Dapitan Fantasyland
The entrance to the Gloria de Dapitan Fantasyland is like that of a castle, with its high walls, towers, and cone spires.

Its version of the roller coaster called Zimmerman is an open carriage ride on a track that rises, plunges, hurtles sideways, and goes upside down.

Although the ride ticket entitles guests to two circuits, I managed to handle only one round.

Fantasyland rides

There are tamer rides for the children and the faint-hearted like the merry-go-round, bumper cars, go karts, water adventure, and ferris wheel.

Fantasyland rides
A space shuttle, roller coaster, and ferris wheel are among Fantasyland’s amusement rides.

We were able to avail ourselves of a promo during our visit in April 2014 and our P500 ticket came bundled with entrances to five Fantasy Land attractions plus a zipline ride at the Dakak Park and Beach Resort.

The Dapitan City amusement park also has 5D theater where you get to experience the thrill of harrowing rides while sitting on comfortable seats, tummy churning swing called Spanish Galleon, 100-meter Sky Drop, twisting and turning Python Coaster, and a Horror House.

Nessi Coaster
The Nessi Coaster is a tamer version of Fantasyland’s Zimmerman.

There are also fantasy characters like dwarves, elves, storybook prince and princess, among others.

Horror house

The horror house is a scary tour of a dark narrow twisting labyrinth decorated with coffins, gravestones, cobwebs, evil-looking dolls, bloodied furniture, hanging bodies complete with actors playing classic horror roles of ghosts, vampires, zombies, and other monsters.

Horror House
Fantasyland’s horror house is not for the faint of heart.

There is a storyline to the tour. One of the characters guides guests by acting as someone asking for help in looking for her sister who is lost inside the house.

Shortly before park closing time, local dancers perform acrobatic feats on stage to entertain visitors.

Other tourist sites nearby: Don’t miss the Punto del Embarcado de Rizal, which is where Jose Rizal first set foot in Dapitan when he was brought there to serve his four-year exile, the public plaza he helped design and the relief map of Mindanao he created as teaching aid, and the Spanish period St. James the Greater Church.

Other Dapitan attractions:

* Rizal Shrine, a 16-hectare estate that used to belong to national hero Jose Rizal
* Dapitan River Cruise
* Dakak Park and Beach Resort

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Travelbee Dapitan offers affordable, comfortable accommodations

If you ever find yourself looking for a place to stay in historic Dapitan City, check out the Travelbee Heritage Inn.

Travelbee Dapitan is located on the corner of Maria Clara and Mi Retiro streets, names taken from national hero Jose Rizal’s literary works in tribute to his life in exile in the city, and built upon what was once the ancestral home of the Sagario clan.

travelbee dapitan
Travelbee Heritage Inn in Dapitan City

The inn is affordable with clean and comfortable rooms and only 15 minutes from the airport in the neighboring city of Dipolog.

Balay na bato

An old picture of the Travelbee Heritage Inn displayed on the lobby wall shows the house was a typical balay na bato of a design common among the affluent class in Spanish colonial times.

The ground floor was made of cut stone slabs and used as bodega or warehouse while the second level was fashioned from hardwood and served as the family’s living quarters.

balay na bato
Travelbee Dapitan was once a typical balay na bato during Spanish colonial times.

When the house was turned into an inn, the owners retained the tugas (hardwood) posts of the Sagario home.

Travelbee Dapitan rates

The Travelbee inn is quite close to Dapitan City attractions, such as the Spanish period St. James the Greater Church, Rizal’s relief map of Mindanao, Fantasyland and Leisure Park in the Gloria de Dapitan complex, and 16-hectare Rizal Shrine in Barangay Talisay.

Room rates at Travelbee Dapitan are reasonable, going down to as low as P600 for economy (good for four persons) and standard (good for two persons) rooms.

travelbee inn
Travelbee retains the tugas or hardwood posts of the original house.

Deluxe accommodations, which are large and airy rooms with two bathrooms, only cost P1,200.

Interested in booking a room? Contact the inn by landline at (065) 223-6480, email at rese[email protected], or