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CHOOSY KA BA: 12 Reasons to Choose SOCCSKSARGEN (Lake Sebu + Baras Bird Sanctuary + Dream Weavers)

South Cotabato

Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Jul 22, 2015
CHOOSY KA BA: 12 Reasons to Choose SOCCSKSARGEN (Lake Sebu + Baras Bird Sanctuary + Dream Weavers)

1. Baras Bird Sanctuary in Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat

Where else can you see 20,000+ endemic and migratory birds all in one place?  Enjoy birdwatching only at the Baras Bird Sanctuary in Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat. 

2. Lake Holon in T’Boli, South Cotabato

The climb may be difficult but it would definitely be worth the effort when you get the he chance to gaze at the caldera at its viewdeck, and finally break camp at the lake side. 

3. Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

Lake Sebu is a natural lake and is one of the country’s watersheds where a rich fishing ground for tilapia can be found. 

4. Grand Mosque in Cotabato

The Grand Mosque (Sultan Hassal Bolkiah Masjid), which has minarets that stand at 141 feet, can accommodate 800 male worshippers and 400 female worshippers all at the same time. 

5. Polomolok Pineapple Plantation

South Cotabato houses one of the biggest pineapple plantations in the Philippines aside from Bukidnon. It has over 12,000 hectares of pineapples grown in the area. 

6. Paragliding in Maasim, Sarangani

Fly high on a paraglide over this scenic view of Sarangani.

7. Asik-Asik Falls in Dado, Alamada, Cotabato

Asik-Asik is not your usual waterfalls as its waters do not come from one source.  Water gush out of “holes” from a green canyon wall and form a curtain of sprinkling water.  It rises up to 25 meters high and 140 meters wide.

8. 7 Falls and Zipline of Lake Sebu


The highest zipline is Aisa is found in Lake Sebu where you can get a glimpse of two astonishing waterfalls as you glide along the cable wires.  

9. Mt. Matutum

Mt. Matutum is the most popular natural landmark of South Cotabato.  It is a hiking and trekking destination.  There's a vast plantation of pineapples on the foot of the mountain. 

10. Water Tubing, Maitum, Sarangani

Go on an exhilarating 1.6-kilometer ride on a tube over rocks and white water in Pangi River, New La Union, Maitum, Sarangani.

11. Whitesand Beaches in Glan and Maasim, Sarangani

Gumasa in Glan is the most popular white sand beach stretch in Sarangani.  During summer, it is the venue for the Sarangani Bay Festival.

12. T’Boli Tribe and T’Nalak Cloth


SOX is called the land of the dream weavers because of the T’Boli tribe and the unique cloth called T’Nalak that they weave out of abaca.  The designs of the T’Nalak is said to be patterned after from their dreams.

Photo Credits: Olan Emboscado 'The Travel Teller' for Baras Bird Sanctuary, Lake Sebu, Grand Mosque, Polomolok Pineapple Plantation, 7 Falls and Zipline Lake Sebu, T'Nalak Cloth; Len Jingco for Lake Holon and Mt. Matutum; Rodrigo Acuzar, Jr. for Water Tubing; Cocoy Sexcion for White Sand Beaches.

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