Gloria’s Fantasyland:Zamboanga Del Norte

Gloria Fantasyland is a world class theme park located in Dapitan City. It is the biggest theme park outside of Metro Manila and is comparable to Luzon’s the Enchanted Kingdom and Star City, and maybe even Disneyland an international theme park.Image may contain: outdoor

The park does not look like a “perya” as others may think it is. It has a land area of almost 4 hectares with several states of the art rides that has colorful and attractive designs and lightings, and entertainment shows that both kids and adults will surely enjoy the fun and thrilling experience.

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Aside from rides there also souvenir shops, photo kiosks and video game arcades located inside Gloria’s Fantasyland.

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Food stalls and food stands are also available for your convenience. There are comfort rooms and first aid clinics inside the park. After a fun filled experience at Gloria’s Fantasyland, you can tell us about your suggestions and comments via the Guest Suggestion Forms found at the Park Relations Office.

One of the highlights of Fantasyland is the 5D cinema which is one of a kind in the Philippines and the full sized Haunted House which was designed by top production designers. Gloria’s Fantasyland is transforming Dapitan city into a top tourist destination in Mindanao and in the whole Philippines!

Horror House

Scarry hallway

Watch this video below and look how I enjoyed their Roller Coaster. Also, I was not able to take a video in Zimmerman ride which is the highlights of my Fantasyland adventure. Because they don’t allow people for safety purposes.

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I felt like an 8-year-old again the moment I saw the castle structure that served as the entrance of Gloria’s Fantasyland. It reminded me so much of my first visit to Tokyo Disneyland many years ago. Although Gloria’s Fantasyland is smaller compared to Disney, it is magical in its own right. Aptly named, it is probably every little child’s dream playground. It has exciting kiddie rides, exhilarating 3D and 5D rides, a horror house, and a fabulous musical show!

The entire park is well-maintained, beautiful, clean. And no, it is nothing like a perya. This one, although located in the quiet town of Dapitan is, by all means, a theme park.

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Let’s play ches 🙂

Here’s a quick peek on how did I enjoy Glorias Fantasyland

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4:00 P.M. to 12:00 M.N. – Tuesday to Sunday
CLOSED – Monday

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Gloria’s Fantasyland is located at Sunset Boulevard, Dawo, Dapitan City inside Gloria de Dapitan. It is 12 kilometers away from Dipolog airport, 6 kilometers away from pulauan seaport and 14 kilometers away from Dipolog City. Fantasyland can be best experienced during nighttime with its spectacular light effects.

Special thanks to LaiAriel Samangka of, Villa Pilar Inn and City Tourism office of Dapitan

Rizal Shrine in Dapitan City


It was on the 29th of October when I arrived Dapitan. The heavy rains pour the entire City where I did my post birthday celebration. I don’t even gave a care about the drops falling from the skies. All I wanted to do is to explore the entire City and here is my first spot. “The José Rizal Memorial Protected Landscape, also known as the Rizal Park and Shrine.

The main entrance of the 60 hectare Rizal park


The 16-hectare (40-acre) estate in Talisay was purchased by Rizal for P4,000 after winning the Reales Loterías Españolas de Filipinas (English: Royal Spanish Lottery of the Philippines) two months after arriving in Dapitan. Rizal built houses in the site, started a farm, put up a school for boys, and built a hospital where he could practice medicine and treat the poor for free. For four years, he worked as a rural physician, farmer, merchant, inventor, painter, sculptor, archaeologist, linguist, teacher, architect, poet, biologist and environmentalist. His mother, Teodora Alonso, sisters and other relatives would later on come to live with him in the farm. In 1897, after Rizal was executed, these properties were confiscated by the Spanish colonial government as indemnity to the state and transferred to the custody of Don Cosme Borromeo. The site was then converted into a public park in 1913 with the structures built by Rizal reconstructed on their original sites.

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The new “Museo ni Rizal”

Inside this Museu ni Rizal. I was able to learned few things about the personal life of Dr. Jose Rizal that was not discussed by my teachers when I was in Grade school and secondary. I saw some personal stuffs of Dr. Jose Rizal and I was amazed that they were able to preserved it.

Jose Rizal’s original sleeping clothes

One of Rizal’s personal clothings

Facsimile of the rules of La Liga Filipina

Portraits of some member of La Liga Filipina

Some of Rizal’s students in Dapitan

Portraits of Rizal’s personal Hobbies

Dr. Jose Rizal hobbies are Horse back-riding , writing and fishing.


The protected landscape area contains the Rizal National Shrine, declared in 1973 through Presidential Decree No. 105. It is a collection of five reconstructed houses of bamboo and nipa originally built by José Rizal.

After a few minutes of discovering what’s inside the Musue of Rizal. I jaunted the 40 acre Rizal Shrine where it really take time to roam around. Inside the shrine you will be able to see the 5 historical reconstructed houses.

The Round House. An octagonal stilt house that served as the quarters of Rizal’s students and a clinic.


The Square House. Located at the base of a hill, it served as a workshop and secondary dormitory for Rizal’s students.


Casa Residencia: The main house and also the biggest. It served as Rizal’s residence where his mother and sisters also stayed during their visit. It has one bedroom and a surrounding veranda with views of the Dapitan Bay.

Inside, a replica of Rizal’s bed can be seen and a simple comfort room connected by wooden planks is found at the rear. It also houses Rizal’s family kitchen, which is a little lower than the main house.


Inside this biggest house of Rizal Shrine. I was in love with the scents of the bamboos. Also, I  ended up with a personal thought ”  This house can really give you a peace of mind”. I imagined the happiness of Rizal when he was here. The fact, that they stayed here with her mother and sister.


This is the small rounded house where Rizal took care of his poultry.

Aside from the house you will be able to see a heart- shaped rock use to be known as the  “Batong Lumayag” or sailing stone. Because it appeared as floating or sailing during high tide.

It then came to be called  “Mi Retiro Rock” because it was believed to be the place where Dr. Jose Rizal wrote his longest poem “Mi Retiro,” compoed of 24 stanzas or 10 stanzas longer than the famous ” Mi Ultimo Adios”

It was also here  where he spent many hours watching the sunset. This was also the site where he and Josephine Bracken exchanged vows and lived as husband and wife after the consent of his mother.


At the top of the rock

The spacious park inside the shrine

After my jaunt inside the Rizal National Shrine. The driver of the motorcycle “Manong Julio” where I took a ride for just 100 php.  He offered me to visit other spots as part of Rizal’s life without any cost at all. I am so glad that I got you Manong thank you! I said.So he brought me to “Punta De Disembarco


This spot is the point in Dapitan generally considered as the arrival site of Rizal. According to historical accounts, Rizal arrived here at even o’clock in the evening of July 17, 1892 onboard a vessel called SS Cebu. This ship was manned by captain Delgras and 3 artillery men.

The back view

With combat lights, they made their way to the nearby Casa Real through Sta. Cruz street.

Sta. Cruz Street


This is the site of Casa Real, official residence and administration building of politicians and military governor of the district.Here, Jose Rizal lived as an exile from July 17, 1892 to March, 1893 when he was transferred to Talisay, now the  “Rizal Shrine.”

Casa Real

After Casa Real. Manong Julio wants me to end my historical tour to the church where Jose Rizal used to heard mass every Sunday during his exile.

St. James Church Dapitan “Historical Marker”

On this spot of St. James Church constructed by the Jesuits in 1871, Jose Rizal stood while hearing mass every Sunday.

Exact Spot of Rizal every time he will attend mass

Church of St. James- Dapitan. Originally constructed in 1871. The wall of the church was made of galvanized iron and it was replaced with the present solid masonry in 1904.

St. James Altar

My historical tour in Dapitan is like following the foot trails of Rizal, from his arrival in the City up to his last settlement in Barangay Talisay, which is now called the  “Rizal Shrine”.

Special thanks to LaiAriel Samangka of, Villa Pilar Inn, City Tourism office of Dapitan and to Manong Julio for making this historical travel possible.

More about this Nhagzventures in Dapitan soon.

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The Philippines; Nhagzventures Travel Journey

There are many reasons why I love the Philippines. It is not that I am a Filipino Citizen. But I can see that my Country has its great culture, tradition and values. Where Philippine culture is a combination of Eastern and Western cultures. The Philippines exhibits aspects found in other Asian countries with a Malay heritage, yet its culture also displays a significant number of Spanish and American Influences. Traditional festivities in the country known as barrio fiestas (distric festivals) to commemorate the feast days of patron saints are common. The community celebrations are times of feasting and dancing such as Moriones, Ati-atihan and Sinulog.

When it comes to values. Filipinos are rooted primarily in alliance personal systems, especially those bases in kinships, obligations, friendship, religion (particularly Christianity) and commercial relationships.

Philippines has been recognized as the richest country when it comes to Natural resources. Also, the country was estimated to have the second-largest gold deposits after South Africa and one of the largest copper deposits in the world.

As a traveler, adventurer and nature lover. One of the reasons why I loved the Philippines because of its composition of about 7,500 Islands. Where,every time you visit to a certain town or province you will really see mountainous islands that were covered in tropic rainforest. The highest mountain which is Mount Apo. It measures up to 9,692 ft. above sea level and situated on the island of Mindanao. The longest river is the Cagayan river in Northern Luzon. Laguna de bay the largest lake in the Philippines.

Also, Philippines has many active volcanoes such as Mayon Volcano in Albay ,Mount Pinatubo and Taal Volcano in Tagaytay. Due to volcanic nature of the Islands, mineral deposits are abundant.

When we talked about wildlife. The Philippines rainforests and its extensive coastlines make it home to a diverse range of birds,plants, animals and sea creatures. It is one of the ten most biologically megadiverse countries.

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In this article.In this article it shows with all the towns,provinces and cities that I’ve been with in the country.How about you? What’s  your travel stories? Share it to us and maybe we can jaunt together 🙂

Have a safe trip!!!!!

Disclaimer: There are some photos that I just grabbed from my friends and official tourism websites of the town because some of my photos has been corrupted and not taken a good angle.