Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

     The first time I had been to Lake Sebu was during my last years in High School in which I attended a science camping which was held there. I was mesmerize by this place the first time I saw it. I kept on looking the wide green lake. It is very visible anywhere you would go at the community of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. Back then, the place was not yet developed as a tourist spot but there are already a lot of resorts to choose from. The road to the falls is not yet accessible to four-wheel vehicles.
       Several years after, I had been able to visit Lake Sebu. There is already a zipline. The road to the falls had already been developed and the tourism of the community is very much supported by the local government. So before I expose the amazing things you can do and visit in Lake Sebu, here are some details on how you could be able to reach Lake Sebu. If you are from far places, the nearest airport is in General Santos City. After reaching Gen. Santos, you could ride a bus in going to Koronadal and rode a bus again in going to Surallah. From Surallah you could ride a motorcycle or "habal-habal" or passenger van in going to Lake Sebu. It is better if you have a private car in going there or arrange your transportation ahead of time with travel agencies so that they could reserve you a van from the General Santos Airport to Lake Sebu.

      After hours of travel, you would reach Lake Sebu. The main attraction here is there Seven Falls. Only two falls is accessible and the rest could be viewed while riding the zipline. The picture above is the first falls. This is the first falls that is accessible and where you should pay the entrance pay of P20 pesos. This is also where the zipline will start which costs P250 per person.

      This is the second falls and the tallest among the seven falls of Lake Sebu. You could not really come very near to this falls because of the strong current and you will get wet with the water blown by the wind. This is located few meters from the first falls and this is where the zipline ends. The beauty of this falls is mesmerizing and very gigantic to look at. What amazes me on this spot is its surroundings carved by the water blown by the wind. This is what it looks like. 

Here are some things you must not forget on your stay at Lake Sebu:
> Visit the Seven Falls
> Ride the Zipline
> Have a boat ride
> Eat the different dishes of the famous Lake Sebu "tilapia" fish
> Buy some T'boli native products or other souvenirs as a remembrance
> Don't forget to take a lot of pictures

Have a safe trip and enjoy your stay at Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Land Trip from Manila to Davao

     It was a long trip that took two days and two nights of travel. We had been able to have a land trip from Manila to Davao because my companions bought new cars and preferred to transport the cars by having a land trip than shipped it. From Manila to Davao, we had been able to sail in two ferry boats, pass by to different cities, travelled miles of road and pass the three parts of the Philippines, from Luzon, Visayas and to Mindanao.
      Our travel started specifically from Paranaque, Manila and we don't have a map with us but we make sure to look for signboards. From Paranaque, we took the SLEX road to Calamba and to Batangas. We pass by San Jose and San Pablo City. Then, we entered the Quezon Province and pass by the municipalities and cities of Candelaria, Sariaya, Lucena City, Quezon Forest Park, Gumaca, Lopez, and Caluag. The most unforgettable road on this part is the Quezon Forest Park which is a DENR preserved park.
Mt. Mayon
      We then entered the Bicolandia Region. We passed the Camarines Norte and Sur, then Naga, Legazpi, Sorsogon and to Matnog, where we sailed in the first ferry boat to take. On this part, don't forget to take pictures of the nice view of the sea along the way and the beautiful Mt. Mayon in the Legazpi region.
Views from Agas - Agas Bridge
       After two hours of sailing in a ferry boat, we hit the road again and pass Calbayog, Tacloban, Leyte, Liloan and San Ricardo Port where we sailed again for our second ferry boat ride. In Liloan Port, there are also ferry boats that sailed to Surigao but it will took four hours of sailing. Port of San Ricardo is a new port which is few kilometers from Liloan Port that have ferry boats that sailed to Lipata Port for one and a half hour. On this part of the travel there are two distinct bridges, the Agas-agas which is a tallest bridge and the famous San Juanico Bridge which is the longest bridge in the Philippines.
San Juanico Bridge
Port of San Ricardo
      San Ricardo Port to Lipata Port is a nice experience of sailing. Lipata Port is already part of Surigao which already located in Mindanao. From Surigao to Davao, it would take five to ten hours of travel depending on the speed of the vehicle. This is already the last part of the trip after two days of travel. It has been an unforgettable experience and the views along the way is worth it. So next time you would have a land trip from Manila to Davao, don't forget to take pictures and the most important thing, drive safely.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Cotabato to Manila Trip

View from the Top
       There are three ways to reach Manila from Cotabato. It would be by travelling through sea, land and air. If you want to travel by sea, you should book a ticket with Super Ferry that usually departs from Polloc Port once a week. The travel would usually take three days if you wish to travel by ship. If you want to have a land trip, the travel would also be at least three days. If you don't have a private car, you must ride a passenger van or bus from Cotabato to Davao. If you already reach Davao, you must book a ticket with Philtranco, a bus that travels from Davao to Manila. Aside from ship and bus, the fastest way to reach Manila is by plane the would take at least one hour and forty-five minutes of travel. There are two airlines to choose from, Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines but in the coming months AirPhil Express would soon open. 
        In our last trip to Manila from Cotabato, we choose to travel by plane. In each airline company that travels from Cotabato to Manila, there is only one flight to choose from. Cebu Pacific usually departs at 12 noon while Philippine Airlines departs at 2pm. In the flight we have choosen, we travelled almost two hours because of the bad weather but all is well. We arrived in Manila safely and enjoyed most the views from the top.