An October 2005 trip
to Camiguin Island by marseilles
Quote: Squeezing in the best sights of Camiguin into a weekend
- Swim in the sea and in the cold springs.
- Hike up to the summit of a volcano.
- Dive and read underwater gravestones at a sunken cemetery.
- Eat the sweet fruit called lanzones, which this island is famous for
- And end your visit with a dip in the 38-degree C hot-spring water.
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If there's one thing that Camiguin is famous for, it's lanzones, a sweet tropical fruit indigenous to parts of Southeast Asia. Lanzones can be found in many parts of the Philippines, but Camiguin is said to have the sweetest harvest of lanzones in the entire country, and it is in fact in Camiguin where the annual Lanzones Festival is celebrated every October.
We went to Camiguin a few weeks after the lanzones festival had ended, but we nevertheless managed to catch the tailend of Camiguin's lanzones season. At the time, lanzones was being sold at the market at 15 pesos per kilogram (compared to 60 pesos per kilogram in Manila). (The exchange rate is US$1 = 56 pesos.) And by sight alone, one could certainly tell how sweet the harvest was: even though they were still in their peels, ants were crawling all over the round fruits, a sure sign of a delicious lanzones fruit! Lanzones are sold at the downtown market and from fruit vendors who dot the sides of Camiguin's main road.
Instructions for the first-time lanzones-eater: Take a fruit off the stem. Squeeze the middle of the fruit so that the peel breaks open near the top of the fruit. Peel the fruit with your fingers, discarding the peel as well as the white pit inside. Bite the fruit off the seed (the seed itself is bitter and to be discarded as well). Take another fruit. Repeat.
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