Every so often, we want to go to places without any plans and preparations other than knowing the way to get there. After getting there, a thought can click and change the course of the unplanned adventure and take you to unfamiliar places. This ride to Kapatagan, Digos, Davao del Sur is all about adventure and there is no better adventure than knowing not your destination.

So we kicked our ride off at exactly 05:00 AM. With nothing but positive anticipation, we had had high spirits on this adventure.

Tubac Overview Park

We never had breakfast and agreed that we could have a stopover for the meal. The fun in this was that we did not know where, and then Tubac Overview Park loomed. Just beside the highway in Malalag, Davao del Sur, Tubac Overview Park gave a refreshing view of sunrise and the elevated area served as a view deck. The best part of this place though was the native chicken they were serving ranging from P150 – P450. We tried their roasted chicken and with free tinolang manok soup and we devoured them without even snapping a single photo. It was just so good.

Camp Sabros

Relying mostly on Google Maps, we reached Camp Sabros earlier than we expected. Camp Sabros is in Kapatagan, Digos, Davao del Sur. It was about 750 meters of slippery roads from the main road. We commuted for a P30 one-way through habal-habal from the road to Camp Sabros then paid a 25-peso entrance fee before entering the Camp.

We aimlessly wandered in the place with its pine trees and beautiful accommodation cottages. They offered rides but we did not try any though.

The ride rates were:

P150.00/person Round trip cable lift
P200.00/person Tandem zipline 380 meters AND cable lift
P300.00/person Tandem zipline 380 meters AND Tandem zipline 520 meters
P350.00/person Solo zipline 380 meters AND Solo zipline 520 meters
P400.00/person Tandem zipline 380 meters AND Tandem zipline 520 meters PLUS Round trip cable lift
P500.00/person Solo zipline 380 meters AND Solo zipline 520 meters PLUS Round trip cable lift

Kapatagan Camp Sabros

Kublai Art Garden

Few meters from Camp Sambros and 200 meters from the main road, Kublai Art Garden displayed numerous sculptures and artworks by Kublai Millan. Sadly though we literally just passed by the place and appreciated these artworks from the distance. It sure would be worth going back.

Dhen Yho’s place was just in front of Kublai Art Garden. They had swimming pool and they served meals. We never entered the place also.

Then out nowhere the idea of going to Lake Agco in Kidawan came up. We went with the idea and we had two road options to take: go back to Digos City then to Kidapawan City via Bansalan or take the Bansalan – Mt. Apo National Park Road which would take us directly to Bansalan.

We took the latter. The unfamiliar road was punishing because it was not fully cemented yet.  It was an interesting adventure though because we were like in so far up that sometimes clouds greeted us on the road. After muddy ditches and tricky maneuvers we reached Bansalan cursing the road behind us.

We reached Kidapawan City at lunch. Then we continued our ride after – and it was where it got really comical. We were behind from our companion for just a few meters and actually missed a turn. Confident that we were on the right track we just drove on until we realized that maybe we may be on the wrong road. We checked the GPS and actually thought that maybe my phone GPS was not working properly. After it was confirmed by the local, we resigned that the GPS was correct and we were in Matalam, North Cotabato.

Seeing no other option, we went back to Kidapawan City. Our companion reached Lake Agco but did not stay long. We may not have reached Lake Agco but we laughed our way off to General Santos City vouching we would be back sooner than later.

Author: Mark Atong

If he is not taking advantage of his skills on full-time IT employment, he is going different places and hopefully making his mother proud. He believes writing is his passion; but it has yet to prove to pay his bills. He is a fun-loving individual who would rather stay at home reading books and catch-up on episodes of TV shows.

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