SURIGAO DEL SUR: Bleeding Mountains and Mining Towns

Philippines: MINDANAO


On our first Caraga Region road trip, we began by boarding a hot bus to take us from Surigao City to Lanuza, Surigao del Sur. We had an idea of what kind of ride we were in for but our expectations were blown out the dusty window the further south we got.

Mountains give way to the infamous mining communities of certain towns in Surigao del Sur. Locals call them the “Bleeding Mountains”.

Although there have been high demands by community leaders and residents for reforms and social action against these activities in the past years, the ongoing landscape denudation is apparent. What may have been lush forests and pristine watersheds are stripped naked to accommodate quarries and infrastructure.

On an optimistic note, we’ve come across some signs of beginning forest reintegration on some areas en route. This gives hope.

We are not in any way connected to non-profit organizations or nature advocacy groups but are solely concerned citizens and travelers. This video of collective footage from our recent trip hopes to shed some light into the situation in the South and somehow assist the call-to-action to help rehabilitate this area in the province.

To put it simply, we are the children of the earth – and she needs help.

You can view our video footage here:

Track Disclaimer: We do not own the music and in no way claim to. Track is by Deftones – Hole In The Earth (Renholder Remix)


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