T'boli Women in T'boli Museum
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Lake Sebu: South Cotabato’s Summer Capital

Visiting Lake Sebu

My first visit to Lake Sebu was back in 2006 to cover the Kalilangan Festival in General Santos City for a local travel magazine. It took more than four hours of a road trip with a short stopover in the city of Koronadal to finally reach Lake Sebu which is also known as South Cotabato’s Summer Capital.

Lake Sebu is a protected landscape located in South Cotabato. Aside from being a sacred lake to its dwellers, the lake is also part of the several bodies of water supplying important irrigation to the provinces of Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato.

Lake Sebu South Cotabato's Summer Capital
Lake Sebu South Cotabato’s Summer Capital

Previously called the village of Surallah, the whole area is considered as the ancestral domain of the T’boli and Ubo tribes. Currently, the lake and its surrounding rolling hills are now being promoted as one of the country’s top eco-tourism destinations.

A visit to Lake Sebu will not be complete without visiting the T’boli Museum where you can see colorful costumes, bead accessories, brass-made products, and other souvenir items.

T'boli Women in T'boli Museum
T’boli Women in T’boli Museum

Aside from the beautiful lake, This southwestern Mindanao’s summer capital also has a majestic waterfall called Seven Falls.

Lake Sebu Lotus Flowers
Lake Sebu Lotus Flowers

I stayed at Punta Isla Resort – one of the best resorts in Lake Sebu. Most resorts have their own restaurant that offers grilled seafood and other short-order meals. Since I stayed in Punta Isla, I tried dining in their floating restaurant. Imagine the cool weather, the breathtaking views, and the freshly cooked food served in their floating restaurant… What more can I ask for?


With good food and several choices of accommodation – Lake Sebu will definitely remain one of the most visited destinations in South Cotabato. I really can’t wait to go back to this place. Hopefully this year:)

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of Outoftownblog.com. He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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