One of the most geographically endowed municipality I have ever visited in the Philippines is Lake Sebu in South Cotabato. A lake surrounded by mountains and forests. The landscape is part of the domain of Allah Valley. A home to indigenous peoples from T’boli, Manobo, Terurays and Ubos. Its forests are a habitat to deers and birds such as kingfishers, herons, egrets and others.
I was able to go there due to work assignment with an international research organization. These area is covered by the study. And I would say that it so rich not only geographically but also culturally.
Although It was a short visit, I was mesmerized by the place and I promise myself, I would go back there.
Home to an endemic tilapia, Lake Sebu is the biggest among three lakes in the area, approximately 380 hectares in area.
The famous tinalak, a cloth is usually made in T’boli. Art is visible in the crafts from furnitures, handicraft and their dances and movements. If you want to traverse the lake, you can have it through the floating restaurant managed by Punta Isla Resort. By the way, the only means of transportation in the interior is thru habal-habal or motorcycle.
Morning is foggy and so serene due to the lake’s presence. There is really a lot to explore in this place considered as a cultural landscape by UNESCO.
From Marbel, the travel would take about an hour. But I assure you it is really worth it.
There is a tendency for us to neglect the familiar. Sometimes it takes an outsider to appreciate what we have in our surroundings. I have been a local tourist. Before dreaming of going to other countries, my one dream is to see the majority of the scenic spots of my beautiful country Philippines.
With 7,100 islands, archipelagic and with summer and rainy season, it is one of the best place on planet Earth.
Not only as a tourist, but also in terms of products, I devour locally made products. And I promise to participate or contribute something in my own locale.
That is part of knowing one’s origin and being grounded in my roots.
November just passed away without a glitch. November is my birth month. When I was in elementary, I would read the horoscope in the library, I was reading the predictions for Sagitarrius. But when I reached high school, I became Scorpio. I would consider myself a clusp.
November 21 is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Also, the birthday of my grandmother named Presentacion. In the olden days, children are named according to the feast or the saint they were born with. Good, my mother did not named me Presentacion II. Lol! My name was invented from the combination of my mother and father’s name. Edison and Angelina, they just put an R to make in sounds better.
November is also the birth of my loved one and a lot of things happened. We were born a week apart.
My friend who is older by me by 13 years was born on the same month, so we got to celebrate our birthdays together.
November, is also the month of remembering dear loved ones in heaven.
So November is really a celebration of life and the lives of those who have passed this earth. A celebration of hello and goodbye. But life is just like that, a coming and going. What is important is we live our mission well.
Halo – Halo literally mix- mix is composed of shaven ice and sweetened fruits and beans. If special, it has an ice cream. Halo-halo is also a metaphor of the culture of the Filipino. The more, the merrier. I wrote a poetry in honor of this favorite concoction. I think, halo-halo is the epitome of the Filipino’s penchant for sweets and cold food, a hit during summer days.
Ang Pagkain ng Halo-Halo
Ang pagkain ng espesyal na halo-halo ay katulad ng pag-ibig
Kainin muna ang nasa taas
Ice cream, leche flan o minatamis na langka
Huwag hayaang matunaw ang ice cream.
Baka malusaw ang pag-ibig at di mo manamnam
Haluin ang yelo at ang ibang sangkap
Tikman ang asukal kung tama na
Hindi sobra, hindi kulang
Upang di matunaw ang yelo na may gatas,
Pag nahanap mo na ang pag-ibig, huwag nang pakawalan