Another First: #VisitOzamiz 2016

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Been feeling unhealthy for weeks and I was at the ER Department (Urgent Bay # 4) of Asian Hospital last Wednesday, 26/Oct due to "peripheral nerve problems". Oh I hate injections but able to relax after a 40mg Parecoxib given by IV. I feel really sick and off but blood test results came normal; Like a very cautious person I am, skipped work as I need medical attention for 1-2 days.  

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Glad to get doctor's clearance to go home and prayed so hard to see Ozamiz for it kept my body guessing... At the (last minute stress), bags packed for my 05:05h MNL-OZC flight. Prescriptions and my balms hand-carried, doc!

By the way, our flight was delayed. We went straight to Royal Garden Hotel from the airport and our room was indeed available as early as 8:00 am.
Wanted to drop my bags and sleep for few hours although I admit we missed so much activities from Day 1 of this (first) Familiarization Tour which was well planned by The Big Difference Communications in coordination with Ozamiz Tourism Council, the City Government and Johann's Cuisine.   

... ^ My photo uploaded on top is the beautiful City of Ozamiz viewed from Hoyohoy Highland Stone Chapel Adventure Park at Tangub City. It was the start of our tour after meeting friends and other bloggers at the popular Adriana's Pension House that served as a second home to our huge crowd.

Other thrill seekers tested Hoyohoy's Zipline (longest in Asia) while I enjoy the killer view...


People of Mindanao are very friendly, like they would always create a good atmosphere, although not everyone speaks Tagalog, still sociable and some can communicate effectively in English; When you're in Ozamiz, discover local recipes - they are noted for fine seafood dishes and a fish called "Laya" is a tourist favorite! Be scared, they always serve Lechon...

Everything prepared for all of us was SO GOOD!
You'll find out why Chef Johann's Cuisine is very well known as the best caterer in Ozamiz.


Hopefully you have heard the famous fruit of the city? Well it was my first chance too and they make healthy, delicious homemade Dragon Fruit ice cream that grows in Mayor Parojinog's backyard.


The honorable Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and DOT Asec. Frederick Alegre with the Subanen after their Tribal Dance. I wonder how I can have the same top and wear here in Manila (?)

It was raining so bad Saturday night but we came back to eat at Cotta; Again, Chef Johann stole the show!






Unfortunately, I never had the chance to move around and talk to people during the party; I sat there in less than an hour becoming ill that evening and was rushed to S.M. Lao Hospital along Oroquieta National Highway. I would like to thank Nurse Diva who happened to be the wife of Chef Johann; Thank God you were on shift. It was one of the most stressful situations and I was treated exceptionally well along with Dra. Teresita Yap and the caring hospital staff. Thank you so much and it is my hope to go back real soon and get you something. Of course, thank you for not leaving my side Ate Jeff and Mark!!! 


Sure, had a very nice sleep.
Continued our tour the next day...
All of us ate well! Drool at Chicken Ati-Atihan *winks*


By the way, there's a nice cafe called The Coffee Lounge at the Royal Garden Hotel lobby. I discovered a TWG Tea for P110/cup <333


Also, one of the must-see places is the outdoor chapel with an image of the Blessed Virgin of Cotta (Nuestra Senora de Triunfo) beside Fort Santiago / Port of Ozamiz / Panguil Bay as believed to be miraculous by many local Catholics. 

5th of May 2016 - The local Government Unit celebrates the 118th Birth Anniversary of the late Senator, Jose Fortich Ozamiz (5th of May 1899 to 28th of August 1944) 

Take a look around, wonderful vendors are all over the place. They will even share stories. Got these red candles at P2.00 each.

My headache didn't stop me from walking all four corners of Cotta de Santiago and managed to take below photo from the Choir Loft of the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral ~


A special shout out to Chef Johann for sharing your time and love of cooking with all of us. It wasn't even difficult to feel comfortable around you for your extraordinary welcome. Thank you very much for the buffet selections for both lunch and dinner spreads and more power to Johann's Cuisine. Stay strong and busy!


We also look forward to a whole new bunch before the end of the year!!!

C H E E R S!


LET'S #VISITOZAMIZ

More photos on https://www.facebook.com/OurEatDates/ 

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28 comments

  1. I just shared this post :) Awesome shots & adventure to remember outthere. we're glad you managed to come against the health challenges. Good to know a cool person like u in that part of Mindanao. Till our #visitozamiz again~. :) RGDS.

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  2. You're so brave to pursue the trip despite the health condition. Buti may nag-asikaso pa rin sayo sa pagdala sa hospital.

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  3. I hope you're feeling better now. It's good to know that a lot of cities in Mindanao are being explored. I am born in Manila but would love to visit wonderful provinces soon :)

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  4. Wow! I havent been to ozamiz and i would love to visit other provinces in the country with Charley. thanks for the head up! ;)

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  5. You created a picture of a beautiful Ozamiz on my mind. Would love to visit the place as well with my loved ones. And so brave of you to travel talaga.

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  6. WOW! Never thought there is such beauty at Ozamis! Will probably be on our list of to-go's. :)

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  7. How I wish our family could visit Ozamis in the near future. Hope all is well with your health 😊

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  8. Such a nice place to visit one day. I should include this in my travel bucketlist. Hope you're all better now.

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  9. Hi Eens! Glad to hear from tour blog again. What a nice and memorable trip to Ozamiz! You've brave the trip despite the health condition. Ingat lagi and hope you'll recover soonest :)

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  10. Glad you had a wonderful tour despite getting sick. It must have been stressful since you really dont know anybofy. It sure is nice of them to take care of you like family.

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  11. Ozamis looks like a nice tourist place. Glad you enjoyed the trip.

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  12. I have to say you are really a Superwoman! You really pushed yourself to really bask in what Ozamis had to offer! Kudos to you! Beautiful photos btw!

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  13. The place looks good. This post made me include Ozamiz in our bucket list. Thank you for sharing. :)

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  14. What a lovely place to visit, I also want to try their native dishes! Hope you feel better now.

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  15. It looks like a fun travel pero medyo scary rin when you were rushed to the hospital. I hope you're feeling mighty fine already. Get well soon! :)

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  16. I've been to Ozamis several times but I haven't explored it yet like a tourist. I want to visit that dragonfruit farm, my daughter loved eating the fruit when she's still a toddler kase. May I know how to contact the farm sis?

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  17. Looks like you enjoy your travel, also take care of your self while enjoying

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  18. Thanks for sharing! We've never been there so this will definitely be on our next to go to list :) Hope you're feeling better now.

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  19. I never visited Ozamiz yet. Ang sarap talaga sa mga lugar na probinsyang probinsya ang feel. I hope you are feeeling better now.

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  20. I have never been to Ozamiz and I really really wanna go there. I can only travel during summer where my partner's here in Ph. Native food is really one of the must-try when traveling. Would love to go there next year.

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  21. Hay how I miss traveling. Nice post on Osamiz, I notice not so much bloggers feature this terrific place.

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  22. Wow Ozamiz! i didn't realize na ang ganda din pala dito.

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  23. I never thought Ozamiz can look this good. Thanks for giving us a glimpse of Ozamiz :)

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  24. We haven't been there. I want to try that Dragon Fruit ice cream, sana meron dito sa Manila.

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  25. Hope you feel better already! It's really a bummer to be sick while on vacation. I've never seen a dragon fruit plant before. Nice!

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  26. Ang ganda ng mga lugar that you've been to, parang sa magazines ko lang nakikita. Stay well and keep us posted with your travels :-)

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  27. Never been to Mindanao! Ang ganda ng place, and the food photos!!

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