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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Look who did the Zipline in Lake Sebu


Tita Nida and I paired up!

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Julie-Ann went on a solo flight!

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Father and Mother did it together!

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We dit it!

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She did it!

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The heavyweights did it!



YOU CAN DO IT TOO!

For a fee of P250 for weeekdays and P300 for weekends, one can enjoy the zipline twice. 
One in the 600 ft above the ground at 700 meters and 400 meters ride. 
Please see related video posted earlier.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

600 Ft above the ground: A video of the Forest and Falls of Lake Sebu

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We enjoyed the zipline in Lake Sebu. With 600 feet above the ground, it is the highest zipline in Asia. And for a fee of P250 for weekdays and P300 for weekends, the tourist can enjoy two rides, the 700 meters and 400 meters ride. The video above is taken during my 700 meter ride. It was the more exhilirating ride of the two because the length of the ride allowed me to enjoy nature's lush beauty from above, albeit, how fast and furious. You should enjoy this too...

Friday, December 26, 2014

Lush Greeneries and Giant Falls of the Municipality of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato


I can't name what falls is this (I think this is the second falls because this was taken after we did the zipline. According to the tourism blog of Lake Sebu,  this is called Hikong Bente and described as "standing majestically at 70 ft high, Falls 2 or Hikong Bente (others call it Dongon Falls) is located 40 meters from Falls 1 and can be reached by either hiking the 700+ steps, driving down the road or simply fly up in the air by means of a zipline ride!"

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This is the first falls. Since the early morning sun is against our camera, we did not have a decent shot of this falls. Moreover, the droplets from the falls partially blind our cameras! At any rate, we enjoyed the cool spray of waters. The tourism blog says of this falls, "named as "Hikong Alo" in T'boli, the first of the series of seven falls stands at 35 ft. It is also here at Falls 1 where thrill seekers can try flying up in the air and enjoy the breathtaking zipline ride - Philippine's longest, highest, most affordable and most scenic amongst other zipline rides!"

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Here are my random photos during our visit to the famous falls of Lake Sebu:


The tourism blog, promoting the other falls by enjoying them via zipline, says that "Other Falls can be seen from zipline riders point of view and some can be reached thru a rigorous mountain hike depending on weather conditions and status of the trail paths. For now, Falls 1 and 2 are the only falls that can be easily reached. Here are the list of other falls with their corresponding T'boli name and character. Falls 3: Hikong B'Lebel "Coil/Zigzag";  Falls 4: Hikong Lowig "Booth"; Falls 5: Hikong Ukol "Wild Flower"; Falls 6: Hikong K'Fo-I "Short"; and Falls 7: Hikong Tonok "Soil."
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A one-in-a-million accident happened in Falls No. 2 when last June 2014, a 23-year-old Miss General Santos City beauty queen and one-time The Voice Philippines participant as well as Kiss FM DJ Ayana Grico, who was on an outing, was killed by a falling rock coming from the falls. The news report says that the monkeys living on top of the falls may have caused the rocks to fall. 

During our visit (November 2014), we did not come near the boulder rock that walls the falls and there is a trail with railing that serve as view deck and perimeter fence.  

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Lake Sebu, South Cotabato: Dressing Up like the T'bolis



One of the first activity we had when we arrived at the first falls aside from admiring the gigantic falls which sprinkled us with early morning cold waters was to have a family portrait wearing the famous weaving of the T'bolis called Tinalak. Strictly, the tinalak weaving is the one worn by father (center). The black with specks of white are worn by the elderly women while the colorful ones are worn by the young ladies. There are no difference in the skirt's design for the young and old women. At a minimal fee of P50, one can rent the costume from head to never-mind-the-toes and take unlimited selfies and groupies. It is also in this area where one can request a photo of mock-zipline which they cleverly offer to those who are afraid of the heights.

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I stood in the center so that the falls which is supposed to be the backdrop was covered!

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MOMSY AND SISSY DUO: That's the falls between them!

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POPSY'S SOLO ACT: He wore the original T'nalak weaving.

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TITA NIDA AND I: We loved the dress rehearsal!

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POPSY IN HIS FIRST SHOT: He loves the assemble!

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THE FALLS AND I: I didn't cover it this time!

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TITA NIDA  and her magical gesture!

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SISTER'S ACT: Comfortable in her new fashion!

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MOMSY IS SERIOUS: She enjoys the hair accessories!
It feels like she wears a long hair!

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Koronadal City, South Cotabato: Setting foot in Notre Dame of Marbel University

This a new building in progress inside the campus. Outside, the renovation is still on-going and we would not have gotten a good view of the school had we not met Ms. Dalia Mesias of the registrar's office of the university.

After we finished the Zumba at Rizal Park, we wanted to take a look at the alma mater of some of our friends. While walking along Bonifacio Street, I chanced to ask from a local who also exercised that morning where the Notre Dame of Marbel is. After assuring me that it is just across the street, she asked me why I want to go to the school. I told her, I want to see the school of some of my friends, some went there in high school and another went there for college. Alas, Lady Serendipity ushered us to the right person. The lady whose family is rooted in Bago City, Negros Occidental works in the registrar's office. So, the gate was opened for us.

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A pose in front of the statue of the founder of Notre Dame of Marbel University. According to the School's website, "The Notre Dame of Marbel University (NDMU) is a sectarian institution situated in the culturally pluralistic province of South Cotabato, in the island of Mindanao, Philippines.   It started as Notre Dame of Marbel (NDM), a secondary level educational institution founded by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) with the Religious of Virgin Mary (RVM) Sisters in 1946.  It is the first high school to open in South Cotabato and Koronadal Valley.  In 1950, the Oblate Fathers turned over the ownership and management of the Boys Department to the Marist Brothers of the schools (FMS).  Two years later, the Dominican sisters assumed the direction of the Girls Department.   The Marist Brothers, through the years, have transformed it into a College (Notre Dame of Marbel College)." 


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We love this obelisk which has local translations of "May Peace Reign on Earth" 
and "Peace" (Paghidaet in hiligaynon) on each side. 

Maaden Su Kalilintad sa Dunya (Muslim) -- Kalinaw
Ektanak Nawa Gfun Ebanwu Ane (Bla'an) -- Shalom
Hendus Yom Ketinof Nobe Talaktonok (T'boli) -- Kapia


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We passed by this mural just outside the school.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Koronadal City, South Cotabato: Playground and Zumba at Rizal Park


WE love this neon green welcome name at the Rizal Park just separated from the Children's playground inside the park with a foot walk. It was fun having selfies in and with each letter of Koronadal. By the way, Marbel is the fond name of Koronadal City and almost all locals use that name for this prosperous city in South Cotabato. 

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Giving you a K!

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The children's slide and climb...

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The adult's exercise machine. Do the Twist!

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The three slides...

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She can't resist the climb and her dad photobombed her!

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We joined the Zumba exercise for about 30 minutes (It has started when we arrived!)

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Do some burning girls!

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The locals were having fun.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Koronadal City, South Cotabato: My Home Trio, Basilio's (with Family Date) and Lantaw Marbel


We booked My Home Trio Dormitel over the cellphone when we left Davao City. We instantly loved the first door opened to us because of the natural light coming from the window and the well-placed bathroom and kitchenette. The place is new as it was only built in 2012 and has wifi connection. It is also near Rizal Park which hosts a morning Zumba as well as the famous Notre Dame of Marbel University in Koronadal City. 

Blk. 5 Zone 4, Bonifacio Street
Koronadal City, South Cotabato + +
Contact Numbers: +63 9228210576 / (083) 520 1619

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Just ahead our dormitel, the Salvatierra Family hosted a dinner for us 
at the Basilio's where we bonded over their tasty dishes.

72 MH Del Pilar St., Koronadal City
083-228-2878

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Here we are at the second floor of Basilio's where we ate in crossed legs over sumptuous dishes and recalled our fanfares in Iloilo City where our families first met (During graduations only!). The host did not expect us to reach Marbel but of course, the vacationers were courageous because of the familiar faces they can expect along the way. It was such a happy family date!

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Only one of the food fare in Basilio's: Tuna Fish Eggs.

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Tuna Salad is my favorite.

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Thank you Tito and Tita for the dinner treat 
and for the Lantaw experience thereafter...

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Carol's niece and nephew were playing Sungka 
while we were busy chitchatting.


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Nong Jojo brought us to Lantaw Marbel where we experience the nighttime view of the city of Koronadal which the locals fondly call Marbel.

Barangay Paraiso, City of Koronadal, 
South Cotabato Philippines
+63 83 228 7117


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The Boys. My father and Nong Jojo bonds 
while the ladies were busy doing selfies...


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Lantaw Marbel is also a retaurant with interior decorations like this.

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