Lake Sebu: South Cotabato’s Summer Capital


I visited Lake Sebu back in 2006 to cover the Kalilangan Festival in General Santos City for a local travel magazine. After more than four hours of road trip with a short stopover in the city of Koronadal, I finally arrived in Lake Sebu also known as South Cotabato’s Summer Capital.

Lake Sebu is a protected landscape located 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.

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South Cotabato’s Summer Capital

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

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

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

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

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Flowers in the Lake

I stayed in Punta Isla Resort – one of the best resorts in Lake Sebu. Most resorts has their own restaurant that offers grilled seafoods 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?

T'boli Tribe Lake Sebu

With good food and several choices of accommodation – Lake Sebu will definitely remain as one of the most visited destination in South Cotabato. I really cant wait to go back to this place.. Hopefully this year:)

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