Tboli, South Cotabato

Brief Description:
A community weaved in vibrant cultural heritage and traditions, Lamlifew Cultural Village and experience the living culture and traditions of the Blaan Tribe in Sarangani Province is the haven of mythical stories of Blaan tribe. This community-based museum is managed by Lamlifew Tribal Women’s Association supported by Provincial Government of Sarangani through technical assistance of TAO Management Inc, National Museum and National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). The Blaan Culture and Tradition are being taught to the younger generation through the School of Living Tradition implemented by the Indigenous People’s Development Program of the provincial government.

Location:
Sitio Lamlifew , Barangay Datal Tampal, Malungon, Sarangani Province, Philippines

How to get there:
From General Santos City airport, ride a taxi going to Bulaong Terminal then take a bus going to Davao City and disembark at Barangay Malandag, Malungon, Sarangani Province( 30 mins travel time) . In Barangay Malandag, take a tricycle going to Lamlifew Cultural Village (15 mins ride).

What to see and do:
The village offers Blaan Culture and Tradition plus a display of ethnic accessories-necklaces, earrings, bracelets, dress, tabih (cloth), and baskets. Women of the Blaan Tribe weave tabih and other crafts as their cultural heritage.

Contact Details:
MS. LEONORA C. GUANZON
Tourism Officer
Municipality of Malungon , Sarangani Province, Philippines
Cellphone No. +639273564937

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New Israel Eco-Tourism Park

Brief Description:
Bragged as the Last Frontier to reach the heavens, with its well-preserved flora and fauna, the Barangay of New Israel is situated on the periphery of Mount Apo National Park at an elevation of 1,600 feet above sea level. Aside from being a starting point for Mt. Apo trekking ,it is also home to a troop of tamed Macaque monkeys, which are used to interact with humans. The main attraction which is the 2.3 kilometer zipline is considered to be one of the longest in Asia. Another attraction is the beliefs and traditions of the religious groups known as “Moncadista”, the followers of Moncado Alpha and Omega.

Location:
The Municipality of Makilala is located on the south-east portion of Cotabato Province and the last town going to Davao City. It is bounded by the City of Kidapawan in the north, Municipality of M’lang in the west, Province of Davao Del Sur in the south and the Municipality of Tulunan in the south-east. It is 129 kilometres (80 mi) from Cotabato City, 100 kilometres (62 mi) from Davao City, and 114 kilometres (71 mi) from General Santos City. New Israel is located in the north-east part of Makilala. From the town center , the distance is approximately 17 kilometers.

How to get there:
From Davao City, take a bus going to Cotabato City and disembark at New Israel, Makilala, Cotabato which is about two hours ride from Davao City. Take a 15-minute motorcycle ride going to the barangay.

What to see and do:
One can enjoy the 2.3 km zipline, cloud watching at view deck, horseback riding, monkey feeding, Rainbow Shrine and Triangle Stone tour, trekking to deer sanctuary, rondalla performance at a local eatery (community), traditional hilot or massage using stone (stone healing), and dry picnic/swimming/boating at the river.

Contact Details:
MR. ISIDRO MAINIT
Municipal Tourism Officer
Municipality of Makilala
Province of Cotabato, Philippines
Tel no. +639182480047
Email: sidhot35@yahoo.com

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Sarangani Paraglide

Brief Description:
Soar high and fly like avian in the sky! Paragliding, a recreational and competitive adventure sport that lets you glide through the sky is going popular in Safi Ranch, Sarangani Province and is attracting hordes of foreign and local enthusiasts. This ranch is a large track land of lime stones mountains with strong and stable winds all throughout the year that makes it perfect for take offs and smooth sandy terrains ideal for landing. Friendly paragliders are also available that teach the primary know how of the sport. You can also take the time to ride in tandem with one of the local paragliders of Safi Ranch. The first leg of the Paragliding Accuracy World Cup was held here last August 2014. Gliders from all over the world took to the skies and competed for the top spots.

Location:
Located at Safi Ranch II, Maasim, Sarangani Province

How to get there:
From General Santos Airport, take a taxi going to Ablog Terminal or Kiam Transco, then take the van going to Maasim, Sarangani and inform the driver to drop you at Safi Ranch II.

What to see and do:
With your helmets and harnesses, feel the rush as you jump and take-off and let the wind take you on an accelerating aerial tour of Sarangani Bay – a flight of your life.

Contact Details:
MR. CRISTOPHER ROMANO
Pilot/ Organizer
Maasim, Sarangani province
Cellphone No. 09173270113

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Dive in Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape

Brief Description:
Deep into Sarangani waters, Olympus of marine species dwells to feast your eyes for wonders. Lemlunay Resort is located at the south west corner of Sarangani Bay in the Province of Sarangani. Looking out the ocean, you will see Sarangani Bay to the left and the Sulawesi Sea to the right. The bay has a wealth for good diving and is located at the huge Tinoto Wall that runs about 10 kilometers along the bay fronting the South Point Divers Clubhouse.

The wall drop off over 50 meters and about 10 to 20 meters from the shore .There is a short ledge in the wall then it continues to drop down to 300 meters or more that is beyond diving limits wherein the divers are advised to watch their depth.

Currents at times can be strong especially if there is a change in tide. Experienced guides and boatmen are available in every dive. Drift Diving is a norm.

Location:
Lemlunay Dive Center
Lemlunay Resort
National Highway, Tampuan, Brgy. Kamanga, Maasim, Sarangani Province

How to get there:
By air, Manila to General Santos City is 1 hour and 40 minutes
Cebu City to General Santos City is 1 hour and 10 minutes
From General Santos airport, take a taxi going to Maasim, Sarangani
Booking of airport transfers is also available at the resort

What to see and do:
Depending on the location of your dive, you will find a wide variety of hard and soft coral, huge gorgonians, sponges and an endless array of reef life. Pelagics are also a common site. More specifically, you can expect to see turtles, rays, rainbow runners, groupers, snappers and patrols of sergeant majors. The majestic Napoleon Wrasse is also frequently seen on the house reef. As always, the reef critters are around to keep your company including clown, angel, parrot fishes and many shell fishes. The awesome Tinoto Wall is the front yard.

Contact Details:
MR. PAUL PARTRIDGE
President
Lemlunay Dive Center
Tel. No. (+6383) 2281704 / +639177233483

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Tboli, South Cotabato

Brief Description:
Hailed as the Crown Jewel of the South and Tboli’s Hidden Sanctuary, the Municipality of T’boli is predominantly inhabited by the T’boli and B’laan ethnic tribes. T’boli is an eco-cultural tourism destination, it is gifted with gold reserve, crop plantations (pineapple tropical fruits), corn, livestock, cement manufacturing potential, forest products (rattan, bamboo) abaca handicrafts (t’nalak), ornamentals ferns production potential, watershed resources, inland fishing, geo-thermal resources and wildlife resources. One of its prime tourist attractions is the famous Lake Holon (formerly Lake Maughan) nestled at the crater of Mt. Melibengoy (Mt. Parker) and was adjudged as the cleanest lake in region XII and ranked first in the 2003 and 2004 Search for the Cleanest Inland Bodies of Water in the whole Philippine Archipelago. Mt. Melibengoy mountain range is considered as one of the highest and longest in the municipality located some 31 kilometers from Poblacion. It encompasses the areas of Barangay Tudok. Datal, Dlanag and Salacafe. Since time immemorial, this mountain has been considered as one of the sacred place of the T’bolis. Other attractions are the Bakngeb River Cave, Hidak Falls, Lamhaku Springs and Lemsnolon Cultural village .The famous festival of the place is the Seslong Festival, a celebration that portrays the gathering of people from the highlands to barter goods reflecting the cultural heritage and ancestry of the province.

Location:
Tboli, Province of South Cotabato, Philippines

How to get there:
From General Santos City airport, take a taxi going to Bulaong Terminal then ride a van going straight to Tboli Municipality and look for the Tourism Office.

What to see and do:
Lake Holon can be reach from Poblacion to Salacafe by one hour ride thru Skylab (extended carrier motorcycle). Then from Salacafe, a three hour trek through Mt. Melibingoy to Lake Holon and you can see the rich and lush flora and fauna. Lakeside camping and kayaking on the crystal waters of the lake, riding the All Terrain Vehicle (ATV), white water rafting at Bakngeb River Cave, a dip at Hidak Falls, a visit to the Lemsnolon Cultural Village, submerging your tired body at Lamhaku Hot Springs and immerse with the rich Tboli culture through Homestay Program are among acitivities that you can truly enjoy.

Contact Details:
MR. RODEL HILADO
Tourism Officer
Municipality of Tboli
Tboli, South Cotabato Province, Philippines
Contact No. 09072832968
Email : rodz08dancer@yahoo.com

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Turtle Islands

Turtle Islands, also known as Turtle Islets, is a municipality located in the province of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. It was also known before as the “Tawi-Tawi” Islands. The islands located within the Sulu Sea are composed of seven islands namely: Sibaung, Boaan, Lihiman, Great Bakungaan, Langaan, Taganak and Baguan. The total land area of Turtle Islands of approximately 308 hectares is inhabited by more or less 3,772 people.
The Turtle Islands was declared as Turtle Islands Heritage Protected area in 1996 through a Memorandum of Agreement signed between the governments of the Philippines and Malaysia aiming for the conservation and protection of the area. In 1999, the Turtle Islands was declared as Wildlife Sanctuary under Proclamation No. 171 and recognized as Extremely High (EH) for biodiversity conservation. It is also believed that only the Turtle Islands are the only living areas of Green Sea Turtles in Southeast Asia region.
In the Philippines, mud volcanoes are known to exist only in Turtle Islands. Presence of these formations is evident on the islands of Lihiman, Great Bakunggaan and Boaan. The hills on these islands are mostly mud volcanoes.
From the end of August to December, turtles come by the hundred from the surrounding of coastal waters to lay and dig their eggs into the sand.

ACTIVITIES

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- Fishing
- Hunting sea turtles and collecting the turtle eggs

HOW TO GET THERE

The Zamboanga International Airport caters direct flights from major cities Manila, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo via Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines. The Sanga-sanga Airport or also known as Tawi-Tawi Aiport accommodates direct flights from Zamboanga City via Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines.
a. Zamboanga City – Mapun Municipality – Taganak Route. It will take for about 25-30 hours of travel by sea to the Municipality of Mapun from Zamboanga City. Another 8-11 hours of travel by a motor boat from Mapun to reach the island.
b. Zamboanga City – Bongao, Tawi-Tawi – Taganak Route. From Zamboanga, it will take an hour flight or about 18 hours by boat to Bongao, Tawi Tawi. Another 10 hours of travel by a motor boat from Bongao to Taganak.
c. Manila – Turtle Islands Route. One may take a ride on a fishing vessel from Navotas, Manila to the fishing grounds in Turtle Islands. From the fishing ground, a motor boat can be hired to get to Taganak Island. However, the availability of transportation depends on the fishing operations of the fishing company.
d. Zamboanga City – Sandakan, Sabah – Taganak Route. A scheduled ferry to Sandakan, Sabah is available in Zamboanga City. From Sandakan, a speedboat is available for hire to reach Taganak.

Source:http://www.oneocean.org/ambassadors/track_a_turtle/tihpa/pti.html

http://www.philippines.hvu.nl/animals10.htm

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Lake Sebu

Lake Sebu is a natural lake located in the municipality of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato and within the Alah Valley region. Lake Sebu was formerly a village under the municipality of Surallah before it became an independent municipality. The Philippine government has recognized the lake as one of the country’s most important watersheds. Lake Sebu supplies important irrigation to the provinces of Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato.

T’boli and Ubo tribes are the majority inhabitants of the lake. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources have recognized, through Department Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2, Series of 1993, the claim of these tribes that the lake and its surroundings are under their ancestral domain.
Moreover, the Department of Tourism and the local government unit of Lake Sebu have promoted the lake as one of the prime ecotourism destinations in the municipality.

ACTIVITIES

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1. Ziplining at the 7 Waterfalls at Brgy. Lahit and Seloton
2. Bird Watching
3. Eco-trekking
4. Lake and Cultural Tour
5. Cultural Presentation
6. Demo (Brasscasting and T’nalak Weaving)

HOW TO GET THERE

General Santos City is the usual jump off point for those traveling via plane. The city is accessible by direct flight from major cities of Manila, Cebu and Iloilo via Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines and Philippine Airlines. In Bulaong Terminal, take an hour bus ride from Gensan to Marbel (Koronadal). From Marbel, it will take another 30 minutes going to Surallah by bus. Jeepneys bound for Lake Sebu are available in Surallah Terminal which will take you for about 45 minutes to get to the area.

Source: http://www.lakwatsero.com/travelogues/a-day-trip-to-seven-falls-of-lake-sebu/
http://lakesebu.southcotabato.org/p/what-to-see.html http://www.southcotabatonews.com/2011/11/lake-sebu-things-to-do.html

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Puerto Princesa Underground River

Puerto Princesa City is located in the western provincial island of Palawan. It is believed to be the Philippines’ largest city with a total land area of 253, 982 hectares. The city had a population of 210, 508 as of 2007, making it the most densely populated city in the country. Most of the inhabitants are engaged in agriculture and fishing.

Puerto Princesa houses the premier ecotourism destination in the country, the Underground Subterranean River. It is one of the longest navigable underground rivers in the world which features cathedral-like caverns and domes. The stalactites and stalagmites formation resembles like religious images, fruits and birds. The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park has been inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage lists for its outstanding universal value.

ACTIVITIES

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- Monkey Trail
- Jungle Trekking
- Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
- River Kayaking Safari/River Cruise
- Puerto Princesa Bay Cruise
- Firefly Watching

HOW TO GET THERE

Puerto Princesa is just one and half kilometers away from the Puerto Princesa International Airport. It is accessible by direct flights from major cities Manila, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Busuanga and El Nido via Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines.

The city is served by domestic passenger ferries like Superferry, Negros Navigation and Montenegro Shipping to Manila, Coron and Iloilo at the Port of Puerto Princesa.

Tricycles, jeepneys and vans for hire are the main modes of transportation in the city.

Source: http://www.puertoprincesaphilippines.com/activities.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Princesa

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Bagobo Cultural Village

The Bagobo Cultural Village at Barangay Tibolo, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur best represents the genuine desire of the Bagobo tribe unifying their people and preserving their culture.
This desire has become so moving that it has built a growing tribal village with landscapes and “lifescapes” of the ancestral homeland of the indigenous people. Eight simple indigenous structures are built to accommodate visitors who wish to immerse in the community. One can spend the day with the Bagobo people and safety sleep in a house similar to theirs.

A long house, built for special activities of the lumads like assemblies, weddings, meetings has become a favorite convention area for corporate activities like seminars and workshops. Visitors flock to this village because of the welcoming tribal people who share with them their authentic traditions and practices. A common food served to guests is “lyurot” or “lotlot”, native food cooked in bamboo. Guests crave for more of the tasty chicken tenderized in its own juices and steamed inside a bamboo.

Bagobos show craftsmanship with the way they make tribal accessories and clothing. One could easily think of discipline and patience with the intricacy of their designs. Vibrant colors chosen and used in their products reveal a passionate and fun-loving Bagobo.

ACTIVITIES

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• Cultural Immersion with the Indigenous People
• Forest trekking
• Vegetable picking
• Sunrise watching

10-HRS CAMP SABROS ZIPLINE ADVENTURE &
TIBOLO TRIBE EXPERIENCE WITH LUNCH

Pick up from city hotel. A 2Hr ride will take you to Kapatagan the foot of Mt Apo. Your adventure starts with a visit at the Tibolo Tribal Community. Witness basket making and weaving. Interact with the Tibolo Tribe. The Tibolos will teach you on how to cook food using the bamboo. You will also learn a local cuisine of the tribe and prepare it yourself. Lunch will be served at the pavillon of the community with the Mt Apo on the background. Proceed to Camp Sabros. Ride a horse on your way up to the camp. Prepare for a high flying adrenalin rush over treetops and cliffs. After this adventure, transfer back to Davao and to your hotel. HIGHLIGHTS:CAMP SABROS | TIBOLO TRIBE DEP TIME:7AM

HOW TO GET THERE

The Cultural Village is situated more than 50 kilometers from Davao City. Transport service is pre-arranged for the visitors to arrive in the village. However, during the visitor’s stay in the village, the Culture-Adventure trail can be invigorating with the fun-combination of trekking, local bike, motor bike or horseback riding.

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Welcome to Mindanao and Palawan!

Philippines offers a thrilling experience for all visitors and travellers with its premiere Community Based Eco-Tourism (CBET) sites. Among its most popular sites are Lake Sebu, Puerto Princesa, and Turtle Islands. Immerse yourself in the country’s splendor and experience the wonderful beauty of nature at its best. Choose from a number of activities underground river tours, turtle watching, and a lot more.

Visit the Philippines today and see true fun in action.

Tboli, South Cotabato

Hailed as the Crown Jewel of the South and Tboli’s Hidden Sanctuary, the Municipality of T’boli is predominantly inhabited by the T’boli and B’laan ethnic tribes. T’boli is an eco-cultural tourism destination, it is gifted with gold reserve, crop plantations (pineapple tropical fruits), corn, livestock, cement manufacturing potential,
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Lamlifew Cultural Village

A community weaved in vibrant cultural heritage and traditions, Lamlifew Cultural Village and experience the living culture and traditions of the Blaan Tribe in Sarangani Province is the haven of mythical stories of Blaan tribe. This community-based museum is managed by Lamlifew Tribal Women’s Association supported by Provincial Government of Sarangani through technical assistance of TAO Management Inc, National Museum and National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
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New Israel Eco-Tourism Park

Bragged as the Last Frontier to reach the heavens, with its well-preserved flora and fauna, the Barangay of New Israel is situated on the periphery of Mount Apo National Park at an elevation of 1,600 feet above sea level. Aside from being a starting point for Mt. Apo trekking ,it is also home to a troop of tamed Macaque monkeys, which are used to interact with humans.
Know More

Sarangani Paraglide

Soar high and fly like avian in the sky! Paragliding, a recreational and competitive adventure sport that lets you glide through the sky is going popular in Safi Ranch, Sarangani Province and is attracting hordes of foreign and local enthusiasts. This ranch is a large track land of lime stones mountains with strong and stable winds all throughout the year that makes it perfect for take offs and smooth sandy terrains ideal for landing.
Know More

Dive In Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape

Deep into Sarangani waters, Olympus of marine species dwells to feast your eyes for wonders. Lemlunay Resort is located at the south west corner of Sarangani Bay in the Province of Sarangani. Looking out the ocean, you will see Sarangani Bay to the left and the Sulawesi Sea to the right.
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Lake Sebu

Lake Sebu is a natural lake located in the municipality of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato and within the Alah Valley region. Lake Sebu was formerly a village under the municipality of Surallah before it became an independent municipality.
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puerto-princesa

Puerto Princesa Underground River

Puerto Princesa City is located in the western provincial island of Palawan. It is believed to be the Philippines’ largest city with a total land area of 253, 982 hectares. The city had a population of 210, 508 as of 2007, making it the most densely populated city in the country.

Know More

tibolo

Bagobo Cultural Village

The Bagobo Cultural Village at Barangay Tibolo, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur best represents the genuine desire of the Bagobo tribe unifying their people and preserving their culture. Eight simple indigenous structures are built to accommodate visitors who wish to immerse in the community.

Know More

turtle-islands

Turtle Islands

Turtle Islands, also known as Turtle Islets, is a municipality located in the province of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. The formerly known “Tawi-tawi” islands located within the Sulu Sea are composed of seven islands namely: Sibaung, Boaan, Lihiman, Great Bakungaan, Langaan, Taganak and Baguan.
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