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Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Cathedral - Constructed by the Spanish friars sometime in 1894, records show that the original altar was designed by Dr. Jose Rizal, the sketch of the altar was patterned after that of San Ignacio Church in Manila.
Sta. Cruz Marker - Spot where migrating Boholanos from the Visayas landed on and planted the cross of Christianity on May 3, 1905.
City Hall Building - Rebuilt into a concrete edifice in 1950, this hall has an area of 1,576 square meters. It is patterned after that of the municipal hall of Maribojoc, Bohol and constructed with the technical advice of an Engineer-Architect Priest, curate of Dipolog, Rev.Fr. Francisco Garcia, S.J.
The Governor of the then Department of Mindanao and Sulu, John J. Pershing, granted the petition to make Dipolog into a municipality under the condition that a municipal building should be constructed within six (6) months, after which, an inauguration would be done. on July 1, 1913 Dipolog was inaugurated as a municipality with Hon. Pascual Martinez as its first Municipal Mayor.
Dipolog's Three Prominent Pioneers Statue:
- HON. PASCUAL T. MARTINEZ (1882-1947) - Appointed by Gen. John J. Pershing, Governor of the Department of Mindanao as the FIRST MUNICIPAL MAYOR OF DIPOLOG (1913-1918). He was later elected Municipal Mayor in 1918 following the First General Election of Dipolog and served until 1921.
- REV. FR. NICASIO Y. PATANGAN (1897-1967) - First Filipino Diocesan Priest of Mindanao. Appointed Parish Priest of Dipolog in May 1940 and served the office until 1967.
- EUGENIO R. MARGATE (1886-1963) - A farmer for 25 years, He introduced the MARGATE SYSTEM OF PLANTING RICE. Authored the book "HUMAY", 100 KABANES MATAG HEKTARYA." Declared by Free Press as "MAN OF THE YEAR" 1954. Served as Technical Assistant in the field of Agriculture during the Administration of Presidents Ramon Magsaysay and Carlos P. Garcia.
Sitio Tulwanan (Old Town Site of Dipolog) - Sitio Tulwanan in Barangay Lugdungan is the original settlement of Dipolog's early inhabitants, the Subanons. About 6 kilometers from the city proper and along the Dipolog River which the Subanons used to transport their products to trading posts and markets in the early days. To preserve its historical significance and for the younger generation to see and reflect on their cultural history the City Government constructed replicas of Subanen houses in the site.
3003 Steps to Linabo Peak - Concrete steps winding along tunnel of verdant trees lead to a panoramic vista of sky, plains, and sea and a spectacular view of the twin cities of Dipolog and Dapitan. This is Dipolog's highest elevation point - 486 meters above sea level. The 14 Stations of the Cross punctuate the way up. At the peak is a community chapel for prayer and contemplation.
Plaza Magsaysay - A landscaped park providing an oasis of greenery right in the center of Dipolog City. It is a converging point for many people from all walks of life for simple strolling and relaxing. The hectare-sized lot just beside the City Hall and fronting the Holy Rosary Cathedral is an ideal place for small outdoor meetings in a nature setting.
Goodtimes Café & Art Gallery - A private mini-park-cum-art gallery and restaurant. It is about 1,000 square meters with a two-storey ancestral house filled with art collections. Everywhere are objects and collectibles including chinaware, figurines, paintings, sculptures, papier mache masks, odd-shaped driftwood, and a twenty -five year old stereo from which soft music flows. Kapilya Juliana, a chapel for all religions, can be seen at the garden. Cut marbled tiles forming a scattered rays of the sun made up the design of the floor of this open chapel. Several artistic works of Dipolog known artists are also displayed at Galeria Indolencio at the yard.
Pagsalabuk Circle/Rotunda - The design is partly abstract and partly classical. It is the artist's interpretation of Dipolog Today -- a perfect blend of rich cultural, ethnic and historical heritage; deep-seated traditions, values and customs, and technological advances, modern breakthroughs and amenities.The statues represent the Tri-people of Mindanao…. Like the people of Dipolog, diverse, yet united in its visions and goals, peace, progress and a just and humane society.The figures stand almost 4.50 meters in height and are made of resin, a polymer fiber product that is durable light and cost less than bronze or brass.Symbolic of the people of Dipolog, the bowl raised to the heavens is a gesture of thanksgiving and offering to God Almighty, they look up to God and beg for the generous outpouring of graces and blessings, bountiful harvests and sustained peace and prosperity, which He generously showers on them - like the water that cascades profusely to the ground. It also symbolizes the diverse cultures prevailing in Dipolog City. Inspite of the diversity, the people are united by a common vision and hope.
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OISCA Pamansalan Forest Park - 64 hectares of lush forests, flora and fauna give trekkers an unforgettable experience. A showcase of nature conservation and ecological balance, it is home to exotic birds as a declared bird sanctuary.
Dipolog Beach - A velvet stretch of fine gray sand, exquisite solitude as the fiery sun dies in the horizon to the onset of twilight, broken only by the distant cries of fishermen returning to shore with the day's catch.
ECOTOURISM COMPLEX - Dipolog City's premier ecological destination and a favorite site of visiting local and foreign nature enthusiasts. The complex comprises the following:
Cogon EcoTourism Park - So named after its entrance location in the hinterlands of Barangay Cogon, this environmental rest area park and forest preserve stretches into the neighboring Municipality of Polanco and covers a total land area of 344 hectares.
An upshot of massive tree-planting activities regularly undertaken since its establishment as a reforestation area way back 1958, the area now hosts a range of mature planted trees and other important floral varieties. Within the park's vast expanse also lies a 40-hectare natural forest that is home to at least ten documented rare fauna species.
Just a few meters from the park's entrance is located the Aviary, where visitors can catch a glimpse of exotic birds endemic to the area. Further ahead is an exact replica of a typical Subanen Village where real Subanen tribesmen actually living within the buffer zone of the project area, on their colorful native costume and perform traditional Subanen dances and rituals for the benefit of interested visiting groups. This is also where visitors can witness Subanen women as they demonstrate the art of weaving baskets and other novelty items mainly from Nito vines.
Sungkilaw Falls- In nearby Barangay Diwan, another natural wonder awaits visitors with the cool, cascading waters of Sungkilaw Falls.
Where nature is at its best, the Cogon EcoTourism Complex (Cogon EcoTourism Park and Sungkilaw Falls) offer such exciting outdoor sports and adventures as camping, trail trekking, bush walking, rapelling, cañoneering, swimming and Tyrolean traverse.
FESTIVAL AND EVENTS
Dipolog P'gsalabuk Festival - Celebrated every Last week of April to 2nd to last Saturday of May, the festival's title literally means: “togetherness among three people with diverse culture.” The festival’s main event is a street dancing in the main avenue of
Feast of St. Vincent Ferrer
Adlaw sa Dipolog - Celebrated every 1st of July, it is Dipolog' City's Charter Day with inter-office sports activities and awarding and giving recognition to exemplary Dipolognons.
Dahunog sa Dipolog - Another festival of Dipolog City, Highlighted with a parade band competition, beauty pageant and inter-shool competitions. It is obsered every last week of September to October 7.
Pasko Sa Dipolog(PASADI)- Nightly Shows and display of Christmas decors and lights in the city.
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