“Where are you going to this time?”, my friends asked me a day before we left for Lake Sebu. “Lake Sebu? Is there a lake in Cebu City worth going to?”
Lake Sebu is NOT in Cebu, not even in the Visayas region but it is in Mindanao. It is a 2nd class municipality in the province of South Cotabato and has only a population of 76,000 people (they probably have more cattles there!). It came into my wishlist early last year when I saw a local sports TV show feature the place and the amazing zipline that traverses seven waterfalls! Since then, I knew we have to visit the place one day.
Getting there from here would taken us two plane rides (Roxas-Manila, Manila-General Santos City), a tricycle ride (General Santos City Airport to Bus Station), two bus rides (General Santos City to Koronadal; Koronadal to Surralah), a jeepney ride (Suraalah to Lake Sebu town proper) and finally a habal-habal ride (a motorcycle for hire, from Lake Sebu town proper to our lake-side resort/hotel). Or a total of 2 1/2 hours flying time and 3 to 3 1/2 land trip. Fortunately for us, a good friend based in General Santos City offered to pick us up at the airport and drive us directly to Lake Sebu – in just 1 1/2 hours! GREAT.
Lake Sebu (the town), is home to three natural lakes, the largest of which is named Lake Sebu as well. This is where the fresh-water tilapia is grown and for which the town is well-known in the region. This area is also the ancestral home of the T’bolis, the ethnic filipino tribe of Mindanao – known for thier artistry, especially the tinalak woven cloth. Weather here is like in Tagaytay – cool and clean. This is our base for the next three days. I can sleep here the whole day! But the zipline awaits us … we can’t wait.
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