I wanted to go somewhere far. I wanted to escape.
There came a point in my life when I felt I was at my lowest. Something seemed to be missing. I was in search for that piece that will make me whole, without even knowing what piece I was looking for that could make me complete. I was at a crossroad not knowing which path to take. I was at the edge of a cliff thinking to just stay where I was, or take that great leap to jump and fly. I’ve read this story a lot of times. I’ve heard this countlessly. But I never imagined that I’ll have to go through that phase. I was completely lost.
Considered as one of the emerging tourism destinations in the Philippines, Lake Sebu is gaining momentum in becoming a mainstream attraction as it becomes popular not only to local but with foreign tourists as well.
Contrary to popular belief, this quaint town in the highlands of South Cotabato is a peaceful place where people of various cultural background and religion live in harmony. People need to change their mindset that all places in Mindanao are war zones. Of course, caution is a must in any travel, anywhere in the world.
As its name suggest, this 2nd class municipality’s most prominent landmark is its lake similar to the name of the town, Lake Sebu. This natural lake in the Alah Valley Region has been an economic source of the locals through tourism, agriculture and tilapia aquaculture. The surrounding area of the lake has been a dwelling place for indigenous people, majority of which are T’bolis and a significant number of Ilonggos as well.
General Santos City is the main entry point to this part of the region especially those coming from Luzon and Visayas. From GenSan, board on Marbel-bound busses. Upon reaching Marbel, busses and vans are available to bring you to Surallah, a municipality in South Cotabato which Lake Sebu used to belong. Alight in the Integrated public transportation terminal and look for vans or jeeps bound to Lake Sebu.