Friday, December 21, 2007

Road Trip - From Davao City To Lake Sebu

After staying two days in Davao City, we woke up very early because Lake Sebu is a six-hour drive from Davao City. Since it was my first time in Mindanao, I never slept during the entire ride and just enjoyed the roadside view that the trip offered. We have passed sixteen cities/municipalities heading to our destination and let me share these places with you in this blog.




1. Santa Cruz, Davao Del Sur - a first class municipality famous for having Sibulan River (the cleanest river in Davao) and for the Tudaya Falls which is the tallest falls in the Mount Apo Natural Park.

2. Digos City, Davao Del Sur - A city with lots of abaca plantations and with several tourist attractions like Dawis Beach, Virgin Falls, Napan Falls and the Mount Apo Nature Park.


3. Hagonoy, Davao Del Sur - We took our breakfast at a roadside carinderia in this quaint municipality famous for its shoreline mangroves. I ordered the province's specialty Balbacua made from beef (fatty beef, the soup is so thick because of the oil). I couldn't finish the entire meal because I feel that I will have heart attack if I do.

4. Padada, Davao Del Sur - a municipality included in the province's food bowl. Tourists spots include Piape Reef, Piape Hills and Marine Sanctuary.

5. Sulop, Davao Del Sur - As one of the highest point of the province, it is home to Sulop View Deck which overlooks the entire Davao Del Sur.

6. Malongan, Sarangani - a landlocked first class municipality of Sarangani known in the area for sweet and delicious bananas and the productio of copra.


7. General Santos City - The Tuna Capital of the Philippines and the home of Manny Pacquiao. In fact, we passed by Pacquiao's Mansion in the City Proper. It looks bigger in TV. Really. The City also is home to several tourist attractions sich as Queen Tuna Park and beautiful beaches.

8. Polomolok, South Cotabato - If ever given the time in the future, I would definitely want to explore this side of South Cotabato famous for Mount Matutum, Polomolok Caves Dole Pineapple Plantation
and Asparagus Plantation.

9. Tupi, South Cotabato - a quaint town home to Lina Falls.

10. Koronadal City, South Cotabato - also known as Marbel, it is the capital city of South Cotabato and regional center of the SOCCSKSARGEN region. It is famous for the Mambukal Hot Springs Supon Falls and the Sarabia Falls.


11. Tantangan, South Cotabato - a rather sleepy town with very minimal crime rate. Tourists can go to Matimus Falls before proceeding to othe destinations.

12. Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat - The first and only city in Sulatan Kudarat. It is a mixed Christian and Muslim community where tourists can visit Baras Bird Sanctuary and the New Passi Mountain Range.


13. Isulan, Sultan Kudarat - a first class municipality and the capital municipality of Sultan Kudarat. It houses the majestic Provincial Hall which features a mosque-like facade. It is also known for the Lagandang Hot/Sulphur Spring.

14. Norala, South Cotabato - this municipality is home to Lambusong Falls. We took our lunch at Norala Chicken House and we had Tinila, Chicken Barbeque (inasal), and Chicken Adobo.


15. Sto. Nino, South Cotabato - this city is the rice bowl of the province.

16. Surallah, South Cotabato - a first class Municipality and the hub of marketing and transportation in that part of South Cotabato.

So after almost six hours, two meals and sixteen municipalities/cities, this view will greet you...




MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!

48 comments:

  1. Thank you my friend!
    Merry Christmas!

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  2. Very nice views. Merry Christmas and Thank You for the greetings.

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  3. Para na rin akong nanood ng Travel Time. Salamat po.

    Merry Christmas.

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  4. A fine collection of pictures! Merry Christmas!

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  5. Beautiful pictures, great post! The last shot is absolutely stunning!
    Merry Christmas to you too!
    Blogtrotter

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  6. Grabe! Kung ganyan naman makikita mo kahit sampung oras na biyahe pa di nakakainip. I luv d last pic. Ganda.

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  7. @ foxy - your welcome. happy holidays.

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  8. @ kris jasper - travel time? thats a nice show. tnx.

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  9. @ luke wiley - thanx. merry christmas too.

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  10. @ gmg - that's lake sebu, i had a grand time there. happy holidays.

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  11. @ tina - yeah. ang ganda pala ng mindanao. merry christmas.

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  12. Wow! What a nice travel journal -- interesting photos with concise text. I get dizzy reading those travel blogs that inundate the readers with lengthy paragraphs and dizzying memoirs ... hehehe.

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and the very best for 2008!

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  13. If I remember correctly, the last photo is in Lake Sebu right? I was there about five years ago and what I remembered most other than the lake was the horse fight. Nice travelogue here. Merry Christmas too.

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  14. The photos on your blog are very beautiful. Well done!
    Merry Christmas!

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Alex
    Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

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  15. Ei! the last pic is grrrreat!
    Merry Christmas!

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  16. Merry Christmas Lawstude!

    From your friendly neighborhood nurse,
    Ruff :-)

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  17. Nice road trip Oman with snapshots of each municipality. And finally Lake Sebu!

    Merry Christmas Oman! Have a joyous celebration!

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  18. @ senor enrique - thank you senor. the first thing i notice in a blog are the pictures and surely got awesome ones.

    have a productive and fruitful 2008 too.

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  19. @ bill - yup. that's the amazing lake sebu. i didn't see any horsefights. and i didn't really need to see one. enough fighting in courts already.

    merry christmas.

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  20. @ alex - thank you for the visit. ur blog shows nice photos too.

    happy holidays.

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  21. @ aryo - welcome back panyero. lake sebu is just so... picturesque.

    merry christmas.

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  22. @ ruff nurse-du-jour - thanks for the greetings friendly neighborhood nurse from your friendly neighborhood lawyer. ;-)

    my kuya is also a nurse (based in chicago) and he usually is on duty during holidays. its a tough job but somebody has to do it ryt?

    happy holidays.

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  23. @ ferdz - thnx ironwulf. may you also have a joyous holidays ahead of you.

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  24. That is some trip!

    How fast were you driving? I've never been to Davao, but now I'd like to visit...it's beautiful.

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  25. Tita Fen and Family6:59 AM, December 25, 2007

    Merry Christmas Norman and wishing you the best of everything.

    May you find what you are looking for in your journey.

    We love you.

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  26. those coconut trees are majestic! and balbacua scares me, man. hehe. merry christmas!

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  27. hope you had a merry christmas with your family! =)

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  28. @ shoshana - hello, happy holidays. i wasn't driving but our driver was really, really fast. i think he was running on an average of 100 kmph.

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  29. @ tita fen and family - hey, happy holidays, i thought ur kidding when u said u left a message here. thank u and luv u too.

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  30. @ acey - happy holidays. i agree, when they derved balbacua, i see heart attack written all over it. lol.

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  31. @ la carlotta - you too. now, how about that pasta ala carlotta hehehe.

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  32. Nice trip. Glad you enjoyed Mindanao. Come back soon.

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  33. wow!! i've been there too!

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  34. Ang dami na palang ipinagbago ng Davao at Cotabato! I've been to all the places you mentioned but Time changed the way I used to remember them and rightly so; afterall, it has been almost four decades ago!

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  35. Hi lawstude! my father is from Norala and he is planning to come home after more than 20 years. and im planning to accompany him. would you know if there are any inns for us to stay? thanks a lot!!

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  36. @ eetskie - i will definitely go back there and i hope its soon. thanks for passing by.

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  37. @ bertN - wow. 4 decades, i think its time for a revisit.

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  38. @ arlene - i don't have any numbers of any hotel in Norala but I know of few places in its adjacent towns:

    East Asia Royal Hotel in Gen Santos (083) 553 4119

    Punta Isla in Lake Sebu 0919 485 2910

    Marvella Plaza in Marbel 228 2063

    City Plaza Hotel in Cotabato (064) 421-9148.

    I suggest you stay at Lake Sebu - its the best... Take Care!!!

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  39. Its nice of you to feature some of the places very dear to me (I'm from Koronadal and live near Mambucal). I "stumbled" upon your blog via Ferd's.

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  40. seth_rene1231@ymail.com2:57 PM, March 29, 2009

    ...i lyk watching pictures on your bl0g....u gotta visit my province: MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL...its one of the simplest and most beautiful province in the country....Indeed, it came up as No.2 tourist-visited province in the country next to Cebu...

    Good Luck and More power in your journey



    ...nyc bl0g!

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  41. a passerby. helo! i enjoyed watching ur nice shots. ive been there also last holy week, a 3-day stay in SC & a 3-day Mt. Apo Climb..

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  42. Your posts are very useful to me. I am traveling next week also from Davao to Lake Sebu via the same route you took. I just savoured all the info you posted. many thanks. I love traveling like you even if they take me to the ends of the world! If only I can take beautiful photos and blog well, I could share a lot from my travels...

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  43. Sir, I respectfully disagree with your statement that Sto. Nino is the rice bowl of the province, the fact is - NORALA IS THE RICE BOWL OR THE RICE GRANARY OF SOUTH COTABATO... pls take some further reseacrh.

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  44. Malongon, not Malongan

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  45. I want to quote your post in my blog. It can?
    And you et an account on Twitter?

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  46. The next time you're in this part of Mindanao, why not visit the Malagos Garden Resort? August would be an ideal time to visit Davao since it is Kadayawan time. But more than that, mark your calendars on Aug7&8 for the Malagos Farm Fair.

    For the first time, different farm animals will be the star of the show dubbed as the Malagos Farm Fair. It might be of interest to know that Malagos Farm and Garden Resort is currently producing 16 kinds of cheese. Join us at the Malagos Farm Fair and personally witness as many as 300 dairy goats showcased at one time. Aside from that, you can also join the seminar on Cheese in the Philippines by Olive Puentespina. Check out http://malagosfarmfair.blogspot.com/ for other seminar schedules

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