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South Cotabato

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

NATURAL

Mt. Matutum
Location : Boundaries of the Municipality of Tupi, Tampakan and Polomolok in South
Cotobato Province, and Malungon in Sarangani Province.
Description : Towering at 2,286 Meters Above Sea Level, it stands as the landmark of the SOCSKSARGEN area and probably the only conical shaped volcano in the Vis-Min area. Pure dense forest and water falls abounds at the foot of this volcano.

There are 3 established trails: Glandang Trail is the shortest, Lemblesong Trail is the oldest and it offers water falls and gorges. The first 2 trails offer backtracking while the 3rd which is Ulolandan offers a 3 day traverse from Landan, Polomolok to Kablon, Tupi. Jump Off Point: Tupi Side: est. distance from GSC 32 + Km.

Mt. Parker Ranges and Lake Maughan
Location : T'boli, South Cotabato
Description : The older version of the now popular eco-tourism destination in Luzon, Mt. Pinatubo. Its peak known as Asamblak peak stands tall at 1,750 m ASL and holds a mossy campsite. Overlooking is the Maughan Lake at 300 m below. It is the crater lake of Mt. Parker and is estimated to be 300 ha wide.

Two popular trails exist the Salakafe Trail which goes directly to the lake via 4 to 5 hrs of smooth trail where one could savor the coolness and serenity of Lake Maughan, and the San Jose Trail at GenSan City. This trail is strenuous and goes directly to Asamblak Peak where one could not go any further and can only view the Lake at the tree viewing deck of the peak. (Jump off point : 35 + Km from GSC proper.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Lake Sebu
Location : Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
(Jump-off-point : 96 + km from Gen. Santos City)
Description : Consists of islets and a large body of water (365ha) surrounded by rolling hills and mountains. Fishponds abound and migratory birds roam. The lake is home to the T'bolis, a highland tribe who has its roots in South Cotabato. Tourist can see T'bolis fishing on their wooden canoe and costume during market day. For the adventurers, one can take a hike going to the Traangkini River or take a dip at Falls #2 of the 7 lonon river-falls.

Salkak Caves 1 & 2
Location : Landan, Polomolok, South Cotabato. Reachable by 4x4 vehicle or an hour hike from the barangay of Landan (JOP: est. 32 Km from GSC)
Description : A 222-M cave, that offers a 25-M of squeeze, a 100-M duck walk as one enters a very tight passage. It has also a 30-M vertical pit and a chamber with an open pit above.

SEVEN FALLS IN LAKE SEBU
Location : Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
Description : Some of these falls are of more than 100 feet in height and its ideal for swimming. The first 3 falls can be reached in a day's walk. The Lonon Falls which is the largest, pours thousand of cubic meters of water to a natural pool.

MAMBUCAL SPRING
Location : Barangay Mambucal
Description : It has hot sulfuric water that is reputedly to be medicinal.

SIOK WATERFALLS
Location : Accessible only by breaking 30 minutes from Barangay Siok.
Description : A 70 feet falls that provides a challenge for mountaineering enthusiasts.

CULTURAL

T'BOLI CULTURAL COMMUNITY
Location : West of Lake Sebu
Description : A number of minorities live in the mountains of Lake Sebu.. Among them are the Tasaday's cave dwelling people who have live in isolation in high caves (4,800 ft. above sea level) in a primary rainforest area.

West of Lake Sebu is the T'boli settlement. T'bolis are famous for their colorful costumes, intricate beadwork, beautiful woven baskets and traditional brass ornaments.

STA CRUZ MISSION SCHOOL
Location : Lake Sebu
Description : A non government organization which aims to provide quality and relevant formal and non-formal education that will develop productive and self-reliant community members (indigenous people, i.e. T'boli, Manobo, B'laans, Kalagans and Maguindanaons) thru a comprehensive education program which channel to the community its triad functions in instructions, research and extension.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

MAN MADE

ABIERA FARMS
Location : Palkan, South Cotabato, 20 minutes ride from the city
Description : Collection of ground and serial orchids as well as indigenous flowers are found.

KALSANGI
Location : Kalsangi, Polomolok
Description : The site of the DOLE Philippines (DOLEFIL) Clubhouse, it is laid out beautifully lay the foot of Mt. Matutum. It includes the housing projects of DOLEFIL executives, a school, restaurant, swimming pool, golf course and guest house. It is also a jump-off point for climbing Mt. Matutum.

Note:
- Appointment with the personnel Manager of DOLEFIL should be done prior to visit to Kalsangi

WILDLIFE SANCTUARY AND ZOO
Location : Barangay Sarabia
Description : This Protected area is home to rare species of flora and fauna

T'BOLI MUSEUM
Location : Lake Sebu
Description : It houses historical, archaelogical and ethno-cultural collections including crafts and novelty items.

 

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