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Camiguin

camiguin3Camiguin is an island province of the Philippines located in the Bohol Sea, about 10 km (6.2 mi) off the northern coast of Misamis Oriental in Mindanao. It is the second-smallest province both in population and land area after Batanes. The capital of the province is Mambajao, and it is a part of the Northern Mindanao Region of the Philippines.

The province of Camiguin is divided into five municipalities, the largest of which is Mambajao. The towns are further subdivided into a total of 58 barangays. The five municipalities are: Catarman, Guinsiliban, Mahinog, Mambajao, and Sagay.

The economy is based upon fishing and farming, with copra providing the greatest income contribution. Other agricultural products are abaca, rice, mangoes, lanzones and other fruit trees. The growing tourism industry have improved the economy of the province. Small cottage industries have increased in number to accommodate the influx of visitors.

Several centuries-old Spanish Colonial and 20th century churches are found in various parts of the island : Facade of Santo Rosario Church in Sagay, Interior of Santo Rosario Church in the town of Sagay, Interior of San Nicolas de Tolentino Cgurch in the town of Mambajao and The Catholic Church of Catarman, Camiguin.

During the volcanic birth of the Mt. Vulcan that lasted from 1871 to about 1875, some areas in the town of Bonbon subsided, sinking the cemetery of the town to below sea level. The place is commemorated by a huge cross erected in 1982.

Natural attractions located just a few kilometers off the coast are the two beautiful islands of Camiguin are White Island, Mantigue island, Katibawasan Falls, Tuasan Falls, Arden Hot Spring, Sto. nino Cold Spring and Tangub Hot Spring.

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