[Lamitan] ► List of (9) Tourist Spots and Attractions to Discover in this City

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"The land of the Yakan people is physically composed of forested mountains, rubber plantations and beautiful unspoiled beaches." 

[LAMITAN, BASILAN, PHILIPPINES] ► The city of Lamitan in the province of Basilan, oftentimes, is misunderstood due to the fact that it's located in Basilan—allegedly a training ground for terrorists. With sporadic wars between the government and some terrorist groups publicized by the mainstream media, promoting the city as a tourist destination, somehow, is a struggle. 
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[LAMITAN] ► HELLO! WELCOME TO LAMITAN!


Unknown to many, Lamitan is a culturally rich city in the island of Basilan, about an hour to two hours away from Mindanao's westernmost tip in the Zamboanga Peninsula. Native food, traditions and history arise from the culture of its local people called Yakan. Yakan is a peace-loving Islamic tribe that considers Lamitan as the land of their ancestors—their native land.

The land of the Yakan people is physically composed of forested mountains, rubber plantations and beautiful unspoiled beaches. On this post, I would like to share to you these nine (9) places I've visited/explored in the lovely city of Lamitan with the help of the city tourism office.

1. Yakan Heritage Building
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[LAMITAN] ► TRADITIONAL YAKAN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS DISPLAYED INSIDE THE YAKAN HERITAGE BUILDING.


It would be nice to learn first the roots and heritage of Lamitan before you intend to explore this Islamic city. The reason is, you would probably appreciate more the places and sights here if you know the history and culture of the Yakan land. There are places here that may not be visually appealing but full of history and cultural roots. You could at least learn some basic information of the culture and heritage of the Yakan people of Lamitan in the Yakan Heritage Building.

Yakan Heritage Building is sort of an art and culture gallery showcasing the traditional musical instruments and weaving practices of the Yakan people. You're lucky if you'll chance upon the best weavers in the city doing the actual work here.

How to Go? The Yakan Heritage Building is located inside the city hall compound. You could proceed to the information desk in the city hall and ask for directions if you do not know where to go. The building also houses the city tourism office of Lamitan.

2. Bulingan Falls
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[LAMITAN] ► BULINGAN FALLS ON A RAINY DAY


Bulingan Falls is probably the most popular waterfall in Basilan province due to its accessibility; so more people are visiting this waterfall, they take photos and create social media buzz. Although far from the city center, a road was constructed to pave the way for tourism. You don't need to trek because the road terminates at the entrance of the waterfall park.

How to Go? Please coordinate with the tourism office at the city hall compound.

3. Lamitan Eco-park
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[LAMITAN] ► THE LAMITAN ECO-PARK


Lamitan Eco-park is a staggering ~14-hectare wide city government property that extends up to the highlands of Basilan island. I found out that this eco-park also hosts some eco-friendly research projects, waste management facilities and agricultural activities like composting, material recovery facility, organic fertilizer project and more! During my visit on 03 August 2016, the city government had plans to develop the area and add leisure activities for tourists.

How to Go? Please coordinate with the tourism office at the city hall compound.

4. Lamitan Public Market (aka Oval)
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[LAMITAN] ► THESE YAKAN FOOD MAKERS HAVE STALLS AT THE PUBLIC MARKET.


The public market of Lamitan is the place to be if you're looking for native food. Yakan food makers have stalls inside the market compound. Try traditional Yakan food like jah, panyam, putu and more and witness how they prepare the food the traditional way.

How to Go? Just ride a tricycle and tell the driver to bring you to the 'oval' otherwise known as the public market.

5. Calugusan Beach
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[LAMITAN] ► THE CALUGUSAN BEACH, SECLUSION AT ITS FINEST


The words 'secluded beach' are very overused in the travel blogging world but there's no other way to describe this beach but 'secluded.' When I visited this beach, we had to negotiate with the inclined roads of Lamitan and as far as I remember, we had to drive up the mountains before we steeply descended to this beach that's directly connected to the steep mountainous terrain. The ride was all worth it however. The water was calm and I felt like I was a castaway. There was no easy way to escape except maybe if you arrived here by boat.

How to Go? Please coordinate with the tourism office at the city hall compound.

6. Palm Beach
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[LAMITAN] ► PALM BEACH, A PUBLIC BEACH IN LAMITAN


Palm Beach is a public beach in Lamitan (also called People's Beach). It's a favorite chill-out place for the locals since it's very accessible (close to the Lamitan pier).

How to Go? It's easy to find this. If you arrived at the Lamitan pier, ask any local. Most of them know where to bring you.

7. Lamitan Plaza/Triangle
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[LAMITAN] ► THE LAMITAN PUBLIC PLAZA, ALSO CALLED 'TRIANGLE'


The Lamitan Plaza is located at the heart of Lamitan City. Every night, a Zumba class/session happens inside its perimeter (who told ya it's not safe in Lamitan at night?). A statue of Datu Kalun, the founding father of Lamitan, is also located here.

How to Go? If you're staying inside the city proper, just ask any local for the directions.

8. Datu Kalun Tomb
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[LAMITAN] ► DATU KALUN TOMB


Datu Kalun is an important name in the history of Lamitan. The latter founded the city of Lamitan. For those who want to trace the history of this city (and if you're fascinated with historical trails), visit his tomb in Lamitan. His life timeline and the history of Lamitan are illustrated there.

How to Go? Please coordinate with the tourism office at the city hall compound since the tomb is located inside a private property.

9. Lamitan Museum
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[LAMITAN] ► CHINESE-INSPIRED LAMITAN MUSUEM


Have a dose of historical and cultural knowledge about Lamitan. Visit this museum and appreciate the culture and heritage of the Yakan tribe of Basilan. It also showcases the highlights of the Lami-lamihan festival.

How to Go? The museum is located near the public market of Lamitan. | end |
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NOTE: If you wish to explore Lamitan City, contact their tourism officer Corazon Arriola at 0917-557-7874.

03 AUGUST 2016: MY PHOTOS FROM THE VARIOUS TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN THE CITY
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[LAMITAN] ► HELLO! WELCOME TO LAMITAN!


► FOOTNOTES, DISCLAIMERS, ACKNOWLEDGMENT, ETC

[1] I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to Mayor Rose Furigay (photo at left, I hope we could meet on my next visit in Lamitan ma'am), to the passionate tourism officer Ma'am Corazon Arriola and to Alvin Ofamin for being one of my tour guides. Also, shout out to Ma'am January Zanoria!

[2] This post was filed under the category "#TownExplorer Collections." There is a section below where you can see other related posts from this category.

[3] All maps I used on this post are from Google Maps.

[4] All photos are mine.

[5] The insights, condition and name of places or properties I mentioned here are based on the facts and situation on the day of my visit. Take note that you may have a different experience when you try or see the properties or places mentioned here. Names of places and properties may also change by time so it's not my responsibility to update all the information on this blog because once published, I already consider it an archive and I won't update my narratives because I want them to become my references of what have happened in the past. I'm very particular of the dates because I want my amazing readers to understand that I am writing stories based on my perspective and insights on the day of my visit. You can see dates almost everywhere on this blog. Exempted from this rule are my travel guide posts that need to be updated.

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