Friday, November 23, 2012

To Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

This happened last October, my first time to go beyond Digos on the southern part of Mindanao. This was supposed to be a trip of my sister's co-workers. She brought me along. We left at 2:30 AM. When the skies started to lighten, we were on a road towards General Santos City. I could already see unfamiliar mountains at my right. Especially noticeable was a cone-shaped peak covered with clouds or fog. After GenSan was Polomolok, where DOLE's vast flat area of plantations is located.

sunrise polomolok - by julienne
sunrise over Polomolok (taken from the van)

Then there it was, the cone-shaped, fog-covered lone mountain. It's called Mt. Matutum, the most prominent landmark of Polomolok.

mt. matutum by julienne
fog looking like ice on top of Mt. Matutum (taken from the van)

Next to Polomolok, I would not forget Koronadal's entrance point. Right after the "Welcome to City of Koronadal" sign, there's this very steep and dense little hill. Then we were greeted by grass-covered slowly rising hills with thinly scattered trees. I would have loved an early morning walk there. We had a quick stop at Koronadal (also called Marbel) to eat breakfast. It was just 7 AM yet the sun was already harsh there. After eating, we had more of less another hour of travel before finally reaching the seven falls. See photos below.

seven falls, lake sebu by julienne

seven falls, lake sebu by julienne

seven falls, lake sebu by julienne
the first waterfall
seven falls, lake sebu by julienne
another shot
seven falls, lake sebu by julienne
couldn't get enough

Then we headed to what we originally came there for: the zipline. First time, too.

zipline seven falls, lake sebu by julienne
See that line? That's 600 feet above the ground and 700 meters going to the opposite hill. Below that you will see some of the seven falls.
seven falls, lake sebu by julienne
cliff at the side

We didn't bring any camera when we had our turn (with little sister). We got scared of dropping it. And most probably, we were the only ones who didn't shout or make any noise, because it's more fun to be quiet hehe. Our only consolation? We had a great view of everything. We saw the rainbows below us!

After the main zipline, there was another one to get to the bottom. Then we climbed back up using the 700-step stairs. Not advised for the faint of heart, literally. Then we headed to Lake Sebu for lunch. (Photos below)

fern at lake sebu by julienne

lake sebu by julienne

lake sebu by julienne

lake sebu by julienne

lake sebu by julienne

sunflower at lake sebu by julienne

sunflower at lake sebu by julienne

lake sebu by julienne

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