The rapid growth and development in
the City of Dipolog in almost all aspects has made the
city a favored site for conference, seminars and
athletic competitions. It was also declared as one of
the three tourist destinations in the whole Island of
Mindanao and now called the “Gateway to Western
Mindanao” and recently, it was recognized as the center
for conventions in the Zamboanga Peninsula.
The City Government of Dipolog through
the City Tourism Office together with the City Tourism
Council and the overwhelming support of Dipolognons,
Dipolog becomes an ideal place to live in or visit for
relaxations, adventures, gatherings and travels.
view of Dipolog
Irresistible attractions that Dipolog
offers to its visitors are just one of the thousand
reasons why travelers keep on coming back to the city.
These man-made and natural attractions
that are present in the city include Linabo Peak, Cogon
Eco-Park, Sungkilaw Falls and OISCA Forest Park.
The 3003 Steps to Linabo Peak is
one of the favorites and desired destinations of our
local and foreign tourist as it offers a fantastic view
of the twin cities of Dipolog and Dapitan, the sky,
plains and sea horizon after trailing the 3003 concrete
steps wind along the tunnels of verdant trees. It is
also the venue for the annual “Katkat Sakripisyo” of
Catholic devotees who perform their penitential rites
during the Lenten Season.
Next attraction is the Cogon Eco-Park,
a 344 hectares reforestation area situated in Barangay
Cogon established in 1958. Tourists who visited the
area were all amazed gazing the matured trees growing
wild with different species like Mahogany, Teak, Yemane,
Lumbayao, Molave, Acacia, Narra, Mayapis, Lauan, Narig,
Tianong, Duguan, Lumbayao, Rattan and Nato.
Village in Cogon Eco Park where Subanen usually
They also enjoyed the company of various
species of birds, reptiles, and wild animals. It is
also one of the favorite camping sites of the
mountaineers in Dipolog and hopefully one of the venues
in the coming invitational climb this summer season
dubbed as Kat-Kat sa Dipolog sponsored by the City
Government of Dipolog and the Dipolog Outdoors Society,
There is also on going development in the
area which comprise the construction of Information
Center, Subanen Valley, Picnic cottages, well landscaped
ground at the entrance, parking area, aviary, and
different cages for diverse animals.
Adjacent to Barangay Cogon is Barangay
Diwan, still part of the Eco-Tourism Complex; it houses
the Dipolog OISCA Children’s Forest Park and Sungkilaw
A portion of
the 64 hectare reforestation area of OISCA Forest
Some of the local tourists also take
pleasure in staying at the Sungkilaw Falls in
Virgiña, Barangay Diwan. The spot is developed by the
City Government with the help and support of the Subanen
, a peace-loving native or tribal group dwelling in the
Several structures are constructed in the
area such as cottages and comfort rooms and on going
beautification in some parts of the falls for convenient
and relaxing stay of tourists. Trails are also prepared
for comfortable walk under the dense forest.
And the last one is the Organization of
International Spiritual and Cultural Advancement or
OISCA Forest Park. It is a joint project of the
Japanese OISCA organization chaired by Heroshi Ikeda,
and the City Government of Dipolog under the
administration of Mayor Roberto Uy who until now
conducts several tree planting activities by inviting
individuals from Japan and some employees of the City
Located at Pamansalan, Barangay Diwan, a
40-minute drive from the city proper. The place gives
trekkers and nature buffs an unforgettable experience
with the 64 hectares of lush forest and flourishing
plant life. It is a showcase of conservation and
ecological balance and is declared as bird sanctuary.
Tourists who are fond of the historical
and cultural landmarks in the city also visit Sta. Cruz
(Punta Corro), the Holy Rosary Cathedral, the Plaza
Magsaysay and the Dipolog City Hall.
The Sta. Cruz Marker (Punta Corro)
is the spot where migrating Boholanos from the Visayas
landed on and planted the cross for Christianity on May
3, 1905. Along the shore, it is at the one end of Rizal
Avenue and faces the Holy Rosary Cathedral at the other
which some of the visitors cannot refuse to see the
Holy Rosary Cathedral erected by the Spanish friars
sometime in 1895, before Dipolog City became a
municipality. It is Dr. Jose Rizal who designed the
cathedral altar whose sketch was requested by his former
professor, Fr. Jose Villa Clara, a Dapitan missionary.
Another destination is the Magsaysay
Park which is a one-hectare park providing an
oasis of greenery right in the center of Dipolog City,
just beside City Hall and fronting the Holy Rosary
Cathedral. It has been the venue for different
activities and programs of the government and
non-governmental organizations. It is also the
converging point for many Dipolognon for strolling and
relaxing and an ideal place for small outdoor meetings
in a nature setting.
Magsaysay. It has been the venue for different
activities and programs of the government and
And while relaxing at the park, the
beautiful and impressive structure of the Dipolog
City Hall can be seen which is situated right in
front of the plaza.. It was built when the formally
declared by the Governor of Mindanao, General John J.
Pershing and was inaugurated on July 1, 1913.
Dignitaries also visit the building during their
courtesy call of the Mayor. At the City hall ground, the
Monument of Three Prominent Dipolognons is located
namely Hon. Pascual T. Martinez, the first appointed
Mayor of Dipolog in 1913-1918), Rev. Fr. Nicasio Y.
Patangan, the first Filipino Diocesan Priest of Mindanao
and Eugenio R. Margate, a farmer for 25 years who
introduced the MARGATE SYSTEM OF PLANTING RICE. He also
authored the book “Humay” and “100 Kabanes Matag
Hektarya” and he was declared as “MAN OF THE YEAR 1954”.
The tempting sunset view of Sicayab
Beach which is a favorite haven of holiday and
Tourist especially the locals cannot also
resist the beautiful Sicayab Beach which is a
7-kilometer stretch of fine gray sand. It’s just 4
kilometers away from the city proper and is a favorite
haven of holiday and weekend crowd. It is accessible by
Another added feature and landmark that
boosts tourism in the city is the Estaka-Turno Y
junction Fountain. The statutes represent the
tri-people of Mindanao, which symbolize the diverse
cultures prevailing in Dipolog. The bowl raised to
heavens is a gesture of thanksgiving and offering to God
Almighty for the generous outpouring of graces and
blessings, bountiful harvests and sustained peace and
Record shows that there is about 80
percent increase of tourist in the city due to the
completion of many tourism projects such as street
lights, concrete roads and other developments and
holding the tourism-related activities coupled with the
aggressive promotion of tourist sites by the City
Tourism Office and the City Tourism Council and the
peace and order situation of the city.
Rosary Cathedral erected by the Spanish friars
sometime in 1895.
Other tourism activities are done to make
the celebration a truly remarkable which include the
annual Sinulog sa Dipolog every 3rd Saturday
of January featuring pageantry and street dancing for
the Sto. Niño, Katkat Sakripisyo at Linabo Peak in
April, Pagsalabuk Festival in May with harvest rituals
of the Subanens, Feast of St. Vincent Ferrer during 3rd
Saturday of May, Araw ng Dipolog marked July 1 to 6 with
sports, cultural, and beauty pageants highlighted with
Mutya sa Dipolog, the October Fiesta which is the Feast
of the Lady of the Holy Rosary , and the Pasko sa
Dipolog nightly shows in December. Also to be
anticipated is Araw ng Zamboanga del Norte.
The City Government is continuing its
programs to push tourism activities to entice tourists
to visit places of interest and savor the unique
hospitality inherent in Dipolog.
Recently, the government had sponsored a
two-day seminar dubbed as “Homestay Program and Tour
Guiding Techniques” for potential tour guides in the
city as well as homeowners who wished to offer their
homes for the visitors coming to Dipolog which is a
program of the Department of Tourism geared towards
providing alternative accommodation facilities to
Filipino and foreign travelers by tapping private homes.
men and women from Japan met Mayor Roberto Uy and
City Government Employees for the scheduled tree
planting activity in OISCA Forest Park.
This is a way of maximizing the
opportunities to travelers who would opt to vacation on
a limited budget but get the chance of experiencing the
simplicity and hospitality of locals homes to the
travelers which will both benefit the traveling public
and the local economy.
For more information contact the City
Tourism Office at telephone numbers (065) 212-2485 or
visit their office at the 2nd floor building
of the City Hall of Dipolog.
Come and visit Dipolog! Experience the
warm welcome of Dipolognons and the beauty of nature.