Promoting the Beauty of Northern Mindanao: Northern Mindanao Tour Guides Association
If you plan to visit a place you’ve never been to – and you wish to make the most out of your trip – what’s the first thing that you do? You find someone who knows the place, right? You might have friends coming along who can act as tour guides, or you may have friends living in the destination who can do the honor. But what if everyone in the group has never been to the place? And what if you don’t know anyone living in the place you’re going to? Simple – you look for a tour guide.
What Does A Tour Guide Do?
A tour guide, simply put, is someone who provides information (historical, cultural and contemporary) and assistance during tours. Guides provide assistance to groups or individual clients, and can guide clients in just one destination – or many – within a city or area, such as Northern Mindanao.
Tour Guides In Northern Mindanao
Truly, Northern Mindanao is becoming a very popular tourist destination. Quite accessible from most parts of Visayas by boat or plane, and only seventy minutes by plane from Manila, Northern Mindanao features plenty of things to see and do.
Northern Mindanao Tour Guides Association
To help you fully enjoy the Northern Mindanao experience, a tour guide is absolutely necessary. There are plenty of tour guides offering their services, but make sure that you choose one that is a member of the Northern Mindanao Tour Guides Association. The association, which is also known as the Giya Amihanang Mindanao Association, or GAMA, is an association of accredited and licensed tour guides specializing in Northern Mindanao. The group was established back in 2005. Today, the association is composed of 40 guides who are all committed to increasing and improving the city and the neighboring area’s tourism.
As of this writing, the officers of the Northern Mindanao Tour Guides Association are as follows:
President – Reina Bontuyan
Vice President for External Affairs- Shiegfred Roxas
Vice President for Internal Affairs- Paulane Tugas
Secretary- Regina Amador
Treasurer- Cernan Aguinot
Auditor- Romel Atilano
Things to See And Do in Northern Mindanao
Speaking of visiting Northern Mindanao, here are some things and places that you should expect to do and see when you’re here:
- Whitewater rafting in Cagayan de Oro
- Ziplining in Dahilayan or several other parks in Cagayan de Oro
- Adventuring at Jatico Adventures
- Jungle trekking
- Ultralight flying in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon
- Visit the Camiguin Islands
- Explore Cagayan de Oro City and neighboring towns
- Experience the festivals (especially Kaamulan in March and Lanzones Festivals in October)
- Thrift shop at the Night Market
- Dine, bar-hop and party
- Go swimming
Not all Northern Mindanao experiences and attractions are available for the whole year; but this doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy at all. Your reliable tour guide should put together an excellent itinerary for your whole duration of stay – and it should be something that you will completely enjoy. So, be sure to make the most of your stay in Northern Mindanao by getting a tour guide accredited by the Northern Mindanao Tour Guides Association.
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