The municipality of Sen. Ninoy Aquino in the province of Sultan Kudarat is located in the hinterlands area of the province. For now, we are more interested in the natural beauty of the place than the political history or origin of its name. Sen. Ninoy Aquino is a mountainous area blessed with hills and caves, among others. There are agricultural products from the municipality but what stands out is the coffee manufactured from it.
How to get there? From General Santos City, you will have to take a bus or a van to Isulan, Sultan Kudarat. The routes can be via Marbel – Tacurong – Isulan or Marbel – Surallah – Sto. Niño – Isulan. The fare is generally the same but the latter route is longer.
The mode of transportation to Sen. Ninoy Aquino can be van, motorcycle, bus, truck, and jeepney. Very common commuter options are van and motorcycle. Depending on the mode of transportation, the fare now is at P120-150. It takes roughly 3 hours to reach the municipality thus the most comfortable option would be the van; most fun option, albeit tiring, is the motorcycle.
There is a van terminal to Kulaman near the Jolibee alongside the highway in Isulan. The bus stops there. Another terminal for van and motorcycle is at the back of Isulan, Public Market. The bus stops at the public market and you can opt to traverse the market by foot to the terminal or hail a tricycle.
Sen. Ninoy Aquino, without question, is a very interesting place. It’s so remote, I bet, only few people will have heard of it.
The more or less 3-hour ride to the municipality is guaranteed to be tiring. But the beauty of the side of the road may somehow compensate the struggles of the journey.
Here’s an option: you can rent a motorcycle for P500 and have it stop wherever you want along the way. The duration of the travel may stretch but I guarantee you it will be worth it.
Here are some of the stopovers, which are literally by the side of the highway, which you want to consider stopping by if you happen to find yourself going.
Redhouse Resto (Cañizares Viewpoint and Food House)
This place offers meals and short orders. It is the viewpoint overlooking Isulan and some of the municipalities of South Cotabato. This place is at Titulok, Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat.
This boulder, supported by two slender trees, is meters from the Upper Mono Bridge. The rock may seem to roll over to the road anytime but, with much relief, they have been at ease since I can remember.
2 Small Waterfalls
Pardon for the lack of research but I think the two waterfalls we have stopped over are at Brgy Chua, Bagumbayan. These two waterfalls are small with their waters cascading from the mountains. The water is unsurprising cold and clear and clean (I guess).
We call it barko-barko because it resembles the hull of a ship. It is located at Sitio Falls, Brgy. Masiag, Bagumbayan. Just a curve from this road is a waterfall which inspired the name of the sitio. The waterfall is obstructed by twigs and leaves of the trees but a couple of minutes’ trek from the highway will give you a decent view of the waterfall.
There are still many great views of hills and mountains and interesting angles you can work on during the trip. You can also opt for a colder trip and above-the-clouds aura by traveling at very early morning.
And of course, you definitely cannot miss this coffee! For what it’s worth, I have never tasted a native coffee as flavorful as Kape Dulangan. With the coldness of the area, a good cup of this renowned coffee can do you no harm at all.