Though I lived in Davao City for most of my life, I never had the chance to visit Lake Sebu. For one, it’s approximately 6 or 7 hours from Davao City and second, I never thought that Lake Sebu is a one big diamond in the rough waiting to be discovered.
Upon arriving in Tambler International Airport in General Santos City, the group immediately drove to Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. There was nothing much to see during our 3-hour land trip. Since most of us didn’t get enough sleep the night before, we took that opportunity to nap inside the car.
After the long uneventful ride, we finally arrived in Punta Isla Lake Resort. Punta Isla Lake Resort is just one of the few resorts that cater tourists and guests visiting Lake Sebu. The resort has different small huts lined up along the lake’s shore. They also have a floating restaurant for those who wants a more intimate experience with the lake’s beauty.
Before we started with our lunch, we had a short 20-minute tour around the lake. A locale, a T’boli girl, accompanied us in our lake tour.
The lakes in the town of Lake Sebu play an important role in the lives of the locales. Lake Sebu (lake) is considered as one of the most important watersheds in the country. It’s one of the major sources of water for irrigation in the town of Lake Sebu. Fishing is also one of the primary industries of Lake Sebu. The lake is known for its Tilapia and other local breeds of fishes. It was noticeable that a big portion of the lake are covered with fish pens and fish boxes.
The photo below shows a man feeding the fishes inside the fish cages.
After the tour, we headed back to Punta Isla for our lunch. Since the town has an abundance of Tilapia, most of the dishes served contains the local fish.
Shortly after our lunch, a group of T’bolis, the locales of Lake Sebu (town), visited our hut to perform. The group showcased some of the T’boli Tribe‘s music and dances.
Since T’bolis are known for their hand-woven fabric called tinalak, I made it a point to bring home some keychains made out of tinalak as pasalubong.