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Good food, cheap hotels, friendly people, total getaway
no nightlife...sleep early from the sweet lullaby of the birds
In a nutshell
One of the Most Beautiful Lake In The Philippines!
Two ways to get around Lake Sebu. Either renting a van or a motorcycle they refer to as skylab. There are only two of us who went to Lake Sebu so a van would be very expensive for us and decided to settle for the Skylab. No helmets. They are none for rent. So the whole time we are reminding our driver to please please drive slowly because we cant afford to have accidents in this remote area. The only disadvantage if you rent a motorcycle are in the afternoon when it rains. It always rains in Lake Sebu esp in the afternoon.
One time, it rained so we had to stop and ask some locals if we can stay in their hut while waiting for the rain to stop. They accommodated us, and the best part is, their house has a big window overlooking the lakes of Lake Sebu. One the best time in my life being stranded. Then one T'boli started playing local musical instrument to kill time. Amazing. Now Im writing it, it feels like its in a movie. But it was for real. Including our once in a lifetime smoking session because it is so darn cold and damp.
Written Jun 19, 2010
Before going to Lake Sebu, stop by the little roadside huts with authentic T'boli crafts. The women and children are dressed in traditional attire and you may also see them weaving and producing the crafts right there. If they like you enough, they may even perform a dance (which by the way looks dizzying to perform).
What to buy: Items of interest include intricate brass cast bells for P150, embroidered blouses for P1500, headpieces, wild boar decor, various jewelry made from handmade beads and gift trinkets. It would be a big help to these indigenous peoples if you purchase their products so they can preserve their heritage and culture which is endangered in today's modern world!
My wish is for them to have all the shops in one place so it would be like a T'boli village and it would really be a crowd drawer.
Written Jul 5, 2007
The area around Lake Sebu was extremely dangerous as recently as 1996. Within a period of a few weeks, over twenty foreigners were kidnapped by Moslem extremists and held to ransom. After the military had sent in reinforcements in the shape of battle-hardened soldiers, the situation returned to normal. Nevertheless, it's advisable to check on the latest state of affairs around Lake Sebu, eg in General Santos or Koronadal, before going there.
Written Nov 29, 2006
Luggage and bags: Backpacks instead of trolleys. Some roads are not paved.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear something warm. It gets cold in the night and there is the regular afternoon showers.
Photo Equipment: Make sure you have a ready cover. If it rains, at least you have an instant protection to your camera.
Written Jun 19, 2010