The aim of the blog is to change the people's perspective about Mindanao, Beyond all the chaos that
this region has been experiencing, this place is better than the rest.

Nalus Falls/Dam Kiamba, Saranggani Province

From the heart of General Santos City, Kiamba is a 2 and a half hour drive. Trust me the view of the mountains and the sea will entertain you as you hit the road. 

Nalus Falls is a privately owned property and there is no entrance fee needed to get in though a small amount is enough for care taker’s cigs. Remember: be responsible with your own garbage so bring with you a garbage bag.

When I get to the area I hurriedly jumped and swam. I can still remember how cold the water was that time. I really enjoyed the trip! 

Cassava hills, Brgy Maligo Polomolok, South Cotabato

Going to Cassava is an hour and a half from Poblacion, Polomolok. We crossed a lot of pineapple fields and just like any other adventures road trips are the bombs.  

The hills of Cassava are the loveliest place to rest and unwind. Just looking at the view; the experience was priceless. My friends and I hiked the area at 10 am in the morning, the heat was extremely hot; very hot the I almost wanna go back home. It was suicidal to be under the sun at 38* C. The air started to get lightly cold when we get to the hill peak.  Amazing view, amazing adventure! AMAZING MT. MATUTUM VIEW!

We rested and had our lunch at 3 PM, and yup we starved to death.

Hagimit Falls, Samal

Celebrated my good friend’s birthday at Hagimit last year of November. When we arrived at the area, we we’re surprised that the entrance fee dropped the price to 50% not knowing about the murky water we decided to avail the promo and continued trailing down.

I was really shocked about the place. It wasn’t what I expected. They built concrete buildings, stores, cottages around the property. They literally divided the waterfalls into two divisions., they made it like a resort and not a reservation. It’s very sad to see what people can do to for the sake of money. 

It took me a lot of guts to swim to the chocolatey colored river/falls, screw the rain a night before our trip. I was expecting a clear, blue/green lovely inviting water falls though I did swam. Who cares you know it was really fun. 

Mt. Puting Bato Peak && Canibad Samal

How adventurous can you be? You never know unless you try. The ecstatic feeling of being on the top of Mt. Puting Bato. Standing at a towering height of 1,345 feet (410m) above sea level, Mount Puting Bato  Island’s highest point. Being the highest summit, it is one of most popular destinations in the Island and home to many climbing expeditions of many mountain climbers and enthusiasts. 

I can still remember how tired, dirty and exhausted I was that time. We started hiking at 6 PM in the evening, I was literally blinded by the darkness of the night. It was my mistake I didn’t bring to me my headlight, I was crawling up and down till we arrived at the camping ground at 9PM in the evening. We rested, ate and celebrated for the whole night with friends. At 6 in the morning we begun eating breakfast after an hour we started hiking up to the peak again. We arrived at the peak at 11 o clock in the afternoon, took pictures, rested and begun hiking again going down. Going down was not that easy and our tummy has started rumbling so we need to be fast. 

From the peak going down to the sea, wow it was extremely intense. We crossed and trespassed a lot of properties, walked up hill, down hill and uphill again even going down from cliffs. The feeling when you can smell the see breeze already, wow. Hands up!

We arrived at Canibad Samal at 2:30 PM and we we’re all starving. The place, the beach, the view was priceless. Canibad is a must to visit. They have cliff ways where you can jump from there for 20 pesos per head* unlimited jumps. If you ask me if I still want to go there; OF COURSE!

Kaputian, Samal Island

If you live in Davao City where the government has an iron fist and smoking everywhere is highly prohibited, drinking session is up till 12 o’clock only or you work/study hard that you need to unwind, well Samal Island is the best place for you. 

From the heart of Davao to Sasa wharf is a 15-20 mins ride depends upon the traffic for only P15. Ticket for the barge ride is P10 only and you’ll get to experience another 15 mins adventure with trucks, buses and cars across the sea.

From Samal wharf you’ll get to choose what transportation you want. The fare varies depending on what type of transportation are you going to choose. Kaputian, Samal is a 2 hour ride and just like any other ride it’s quiet tiring and boring so you need to bring things that will make you entertain. And when you get there it’s your time to wander! Enjoy :)

Punta Isla Lake Resort

This is in relation to the post about  Lake Sebu. Punta Isla Lake Resort is one of the famous resort and Inn located in Tokuful, Lake Sebu South Cotabato. From General Santos City, it’s 2- 3 hour ride though it’s worth it. 

We left Gensan at 7 oclock in the morning and arrived at the location 15 mins. before 10. Since we haven’t had our breakfast we ordered at their restaurant. It took an hour for the food to be delivered however a group of native T’boli blaan entertained us with their dance, music, culture and story it was really cool. 

After eating we headed near the lake and rode the tour boat for 50 Php per head it was great, the tour guide was very polite and she explained to us where and what is the history about their culture. 

Well over all it was a good trip and did I said Punta Isla is free?  Yes you don’t need to pay an entrance fee! :)

Lake Sebu is a natural lake located in the municipality of Lake SebuSouth Cotabato and within the Alah Valley region. The Philippine government has recognized it as one of the country’s most important watersheds. Lake Sebu is one of the many bodies of water supplying important irrigation to the provinces of Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato.

Isulan, Sultan Kudarat is a 1st class municipality in the province of Sultan KudaratPhilippines. It is the provincial capital of the Province.

As part of the Social Studies Class we were obliged to join the educational tour at Sultan Kudarat Provincial Capitol. 

I wowed at the area the moment we arrived. The massive all white Capitol with a helipad on the roof top, It was a state of the art built, the architecture was just so perfect. I felt like we’re in Middle East that time. We toured around the Capitol and went inside the Sultan Hall where all you can see from tables to chairs, are gold plated. 

You guys must visit!

Glan, Saranggani Province

"Glan is located on the west by Sarangani Bay, on the north by Davao del Sur, and on the south by the Celebes Sea.” 

Travelling from General Santos City to Glan by van is an hour and a half trip. For only 140 Php you already have a round trip fare plus you get to enjoy the view while you travel.

 Glan beaches are very popular because of the white sand and it’s cozy ambiance. The place is perfect for meditation and swimming.

From the terminal you can get to choose the resort that you want depends upon your budget and taste, you can ask the locals too.. To be honest the the rooms are not that cheap so if you are on a tight budget you can bring your own tent. 

I go by the name of Kristine. Just turned nineteen last December of 2013. I am a self proclaimed artist who loves to paint; and do photo shoots. I’ve been to several regions of Luzon and different islands and provinces of Visayas but none of them beats the natural native land of Mindanao which I call my home; no offense.

When it comes to nature, fresh air, tall trees, bountiful of natural resources, farm life, wild life, mountains, great culture and down to earth people Mindanao is a place to be so sit back, save your allowance and book your ticket for your next trip.