Mambukal Hot Springs
Itinerary SOCCSKSARGEN Springs

A Solo Valentine Trip to Mambukal Hot Springs, Koronadal City, South Cotabato

“I got tired of waiting / Wondering if you were ever coming around” –    Love Story, Taylor Swift Valentines this year had been interesting. Just by observing the behaviors of the people around on how they scramble, I was able to postulate that not only were singles on edge of their seats in finding something to do but as well as the couples who battle the pressure of marketing. There were so many opinions which were floating around on how best to spend or not spend the day. My unsolicited…

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SOCCSKSARGEN Waterfalls

Another Motorcycle Ride to Lake Sebu 7 Falls, South Cotabato

I don’t know about you but I think a one-day day off kind of sucks. Even when you have been on that routine schedule for years, there are times when you wish that that day can stretch. Typically you would wish that when you are going somewhere on the weekends or when you are just dead tired of the weekdays. The ride to Lake Sebu 7 Falls takes just a day, but being on a motorcycle can be tiring that you’d wish another day of resting afterward. I don’t understand…

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Itinerary Mindanao Mountains SOCCSKSARGEN Waterfalls

By the Side of the Road to Sen. Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat

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…

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Mindanao Miscellaneous SOCCSKSARGEN

New Year ‘tradition’ at Gapok, Sen. Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat

Gapok is my hometown! Every New Year holiday, I see to it that I find my self going back to my hometown because the New Year celebration at Gapok is nothing sort of ordinary. Not only do we find ourselves in the company of familiar faces, but we, the ‘batang Gapok’, are always bringing the fun and excitement of the extraordinary blast of New Year celebration to our beloved barangay. No matter where we are in the country, we always consider the celebratory pull of the New Year towards Gapok.…

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Mindanao SOCCSKSARGEN Waterfalls

“What’s up, Kiamba?”

“Not much.” Kiamba mused with a wink! I don’t know if I’m asking a smart question here but why is Sarangani Province geographically split? I know it used to be a part of South Cotabato until it was made an independent province but why the Sarangani Bay and General Santos City in between its land area? Why? I know it shouldn’t bother me but it does and now I can’t un-see it. *** It had been so long since I went to the western part of Sarangani Province and mind…

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Miscellaneous SOCCSKSARGEN

Budayaw Visual Arts Exhibition: Amusement and Bemusement

The first Budayaw Festival is being held here in General Santos City. However, I am a ‘corporate slave’ so; in as much I want to attend all of the activities, my need to pay my bills is currently the top priority. Being the first ever BIMP-EAGA (Brunei Darussalam – Indonesia – Malaysia – Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area), Budayaw aims to primarily showcase the diversity in cultures and artistry to bring forth awareness and consequently appreciation. It is indeed a very interesting festival. So, there’s a Budayaw Visual Arts Exhibition…

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Mindanao SOCCSKSARGEN

Tupi Agri-Tourism Park: More Than Just A Sunflower Garden

Tupi has arguably cemented its position in contributing a lot to SOX tourism via the, wait for it – sunflowers. The hype started middle of this year when Blooming Petals Inc. opened its doors primarily marketing the place through its sunflower field. After changing its name to Mariano’s Blooming Agri-Tourism Park it opened again this September as it is again sunflower season. And once again, social media posts are sunflower floods; much to the annoyance of some and enjoyment of others. But the place is more than just a sunflower farm.…

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Mindanao SOCCSKSARGEN Waterfalls

The Stunning Beauty of Asik-Asik Falls

Mindanao, as a whole, has arguably never been a peaceful land for very very long. The numerous conflicts in certain areas of the island group have undeniably affected its growing tourism activities. We ourselves have put on hold our plans to Asik-Asik Falls of Alamada, North Cotabato because of the unrest in the neighboring province. And some people outside of Mindanao may have thought and did too.  But then, it may be the right time to also inspire going back to these places which have been put on hold on…

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Mindanao Mountains SOCCSKSARGEN

Mt. Matutum via Keumang Trail: Biting Off More Than I Could Chew

Going anywhere in South Cotabato, you cannot un-see the highest peak in the province that is Mt. Matutum. Climbing the mountain has been in the bucket list of many. While others have repeatedly climbed the mountain, few have promised never to go back. Mt. Matutum (2, 286 masl) is my first major climb. Like most of the population, I am not a fan of climbing, and after climbing Mt. Matutum I fully understood why many have preferred spending their weekends at home, in the beach, in an island, and somewhere…

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Mindanao SOCCSKSARGEN

There’s a Sunflower Maze Craze at Tupi, South Cotabato

Tupi is Blooming! Blooming Petals Inc. has opened its doors to the public everyday, until June 16, 2017 only,  to allow us to marvel on the beauty of its sunflower maze garden. The flowers will have wilted after that date and we will have to wait for the next season of their full bloom. They will however be opened during weekends only after that date and we can avail other products such as vegetables and other variety of flowers. The place is a 20-peso tricycle ride from Tupi Bus Terminal. With…

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