Things to Do in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur | Mindanao

Santa Cruz is the 1st class municipality withinside the province of Davao del Sur, Philippines. and part of Metropolitan Davao. Santa Cruz situates withinside the Northern part of Davao del Sur bounded via way of means of Davao City at the north and south via way of means of the town of Digos. 

Santa Cruz is traversed via way of means of mountain levels and excessive alleviation that consist of a part of Mount Apo, the best mountain top withinside the Philippines, straddling the south, principal, north, and north-western quantities of the municipality. The rugged topography of the principal vicinity step by step undulates towards the coastal plains of the north-Japanese, Japanese and south-Japanese parts. Santa Cruz has good weather all 12 months spherically characterized via way of means of moist and dry seasons.

After the present process of numerous political subdivisions, 27,960 hectares of land become the overall land vicinity of Davao del Sur. Forest land incorporates 60% and the relaxation consists of the eight coastal barangays withinside the vicinity. Among the 18 barangays, Sibulan has the most important land vicinity of 6,390.6581 hectares or 22.22% of the overall land vicinity. 

Economy

Sta. Cruz is majority based in Agriculture where among agricultural plants, coconut leads in manufacturing accompanied via way of means of banana and sugarcane. The municipality additionally produces excessive cost culmination like mango, lanzones, and durian. Mining Deposits of sulfur ore, rock phosphate, guano, limestone, and cement uncooked substances have been additionally traced however nonetheless must be tapped for business and commercial uses. 

In terms of Forestry, tropical evergreens,s and different wooden cowl the big timberland and woodland area. Rattan, bamboo, and different vines also are in abundance.

The 24-kilometer lengthy shoreline of Santa Cruz also contributed to communities living in the coastal area which bureaucracy a part of the Davao Gulf affords wealthy fishing grounds and is appropriate for aquaculture.

A famous competitive tourism destination in Southern Mindanao where eco-cultural and adventure tourism are properly managed and environmental protection is sustained through the partnership of the private sector and the government.


TOURISM

Sibulan - Mount Apo Trail

Sibulan Trail of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur is one of the access factors to Mount Apo as formally declared through the Protected Area Management Board. A memorable journey awaits you as you rediscover the path wherein the primary hit climb to Mt. Apo height changed into led through Don Joaquin Rajal, a Politico-Military Governor of Davao with Datu Manib of Sibulan as their guide, relationship again to yr 1880. 

River crossing warns you up as you begin the hiking activities, despite the fact that Tibolo direction is a choice in the course of wet days. You will pass the river fifteen instances and alongside the manner, you may see the deserted dam wherein time and Mother Nature nurtured the man-made shape as it's far now flawlessly tailored to the scenery. 

In case you arrive past 3:00 withinside the afternoon, it's far really helpful to continue to the height tomorrow for your safety. On your manner again, an Almaciga century tree is the not unusual place landmark which you are nevertheless withinside the Sibulan Trail. Dare Sibulan Trail, the strenuous however difficult direction….An revel in for a lifetime, the journey, lifestyle, and nature.

Sibulan River White Water Tubing

The Sibulan River is located in Darong, well known for white water tubing, and has been a favorite destination for water sports enthusiasts, and local and foreign tourists over the years. Even frequent tourists from Davao City come and dive in Sibulan Water Tubing is one of the most exciting and popular river activities in the world. It's another fun way to soak up the sun, have a laugh with family and friends, and cool off from the heat while braving the waters of the river.

Tibolo Cultural Village

Here you can meet and interact with the Bagobos, take a look at their homes, learn their traditional crafts and taste their simple but delicious food. Visitors will also learn about the traditional craft of T'nalak weaving, a handmade garment specially woven by Bagobo women. 

The Bagobos display their traditional craftsmanship in the way they create tribal accessories and woven garments in vibrant colors and intricate designs. 

Bato and Tagabuli Seascape

The different one is the Island and Mangrove Cruise provides the scenic seascape of Bato, Tagabuli, and Tuban. The MPA here's a 50-hectare location placed withinside the border of Tagabuli and Tuban and some other 25 hectares in Bato. 

The Passig Islet docking factor in Bato, which is manicured with a big mangrove wooded area and a boardwalk, serves as an anchorage location for the excursion which capabilities island hopping in Tagabuli’s mystery islands. While cruising the good-sized coastal waters of Sta. Cruz, you'll be delivered to an unspoiled mangrove sanctuary in Tuban and Tagabuli. The boat operator serves as your excursion m

Saliducon Cave

The Saliducon Cave, that's positioned in Barangay Saliducon, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur, turned into officially opened in the course of the Kinaiyahan Festival yesterday, April 15, 2021. According to Sta. Cruz Tourism Officer Julius Paner, the challenge additionally intends to offer opportunity livelihoods to the people, mainly girls and excursion guides, apart from enhancing tourism withinside the area. Mr. Paner similarly stated that folks who need to go to Saliducon Cave must coordinate with the barangay in order for they may be directed thru the process.


FESTIVAL AND EVENTS

  • Pista sa Kinaiyahan

The municipality of Sta. Cruz in Davao del Sur will keep the Pista Sa Kinaiyahan as its annual interest anchored on saving and protecting Sta. Cruz metropolis Councilor Fernando Ugdoracion stated that is in response to the decision of the country-wide authorities to conserve, shield, and rehabilitate Mother Nature, specifically the Mount Apo Natural Park. 

Highlighting this 12 months Kinaiyahan birthday party is the 2nd International Mount Apo Boulder Face Challenge from April 28 to 29 with forty-six groups competing. Unlike the remaining 12 months, wherein all-male groups compete.

  • Araw ng Santa Cruz

The five-day birthday party became the primary beneath neath a brand new set of management headed through Mayor Alexis C. Day 1 of the birthday party became commenced with a 21-kilometer and 10-kilometer Trail Run showcasing scenic trails of south Sta. Cruz.

It is a widely known celebration every 5th of October in commemoration of the felony advent of the municipality in 1884. Highlights consist of parades, area demonstrations, change fairs, carnivals, and conventional festivities.

  • Sinabbadan Festival

Songs, dances, games, and other tribal activities are featured at the celebration of the Sinub'badan Festival every September participated by all the tribes of Sta. Cruz from the dominant Bagobo-Tagabawa to the subdivisions of the city's Muslim residents. The festival was meant to bring all tribes together to celebrate unity and gratitude for all the blessings it has tasted over the years.

HOW TO GET THERE

Santa Cruz is obtainable with the aid of using land transportation motors plying the Davao-Digos City, Davao-Kidapawan City, Davao-Cotabato City, Davao-Koronadal City, and Davao-Tacurong City routes passing thru the city's single, 27 kilometers stretch of countrywide toll road that traverses its eleven barangays. 

Air and water delivery is obtainable withinside the region thru the worldwide air and sea ports positioned in Davao City. Concrete-paved country-wide toll road runs alongside Santa Cruz connecting the towns of Davao and General Santos and adjoining provinces like South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, and Cotabato Province.

The nearest Airport is located in Davao City - Francisco Bangoy International Airport

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