Mindanao is home to some of the many natural wonders of the Philippines, but not everyone has the nerve to leave the comforts of their home and discover the magnificence of the second largest and southernmost major island of our country. But Lake Sebu in South Cotabato is here to convince you to book that plane ticket now. Dubbed as the “Summer Capital of South Central Mindanao,” South Cotabato houses two of its best kept secrets, Lake Sebu and the seven majestic waterfalls.
Lake Sebu serves as one of the primed tourist destinations in Mindanao, as a home to the well-treasured culture of T’boli tribe, and as the major source of water to Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato.
On the other side is the Seven Waterfalls namely, Hikong Alo or Passage Falls, Hikong Bente or Immeasurable Falls, Hikong B’Lebel or Zigzag Falls, Hikong Lowig or Booth Falls, Hikong Ukol or Short Falls, Hikong K’Fo-I or Wildflower Falls, and Hikong Tonok or Soil Falls.
In the first falls Hikong Alo or Passage Falls, it was believed that tourists must rub a stone on their face or any part of their body before they leave the place as a sign of respect or to prevent ‘usog.’
Meanwhile, the second falls Hikong Bente or Immeasurable Falls is considered as the highest of them all. Back in the old days, the T’bolis used to throw a stone upward to measure the height of stone as they had no way to measure the falls. If they lose sight of the falls, it means that it is towering high.
However, only the first two falls are the most accessible ones, hence the zipline was made to let the tourists witness the other waterfalls. The falls here have strong currents of water, providing a cooler climate that’s comparable to Tagaytay’s.
A minute in a sea of green: Seven Waterfalls Zipline
Seven Waterfalls zipline is considered as the highest and the longest zipline in the Philippines, if not in Asia with 740 meters distance, situated 600 ft. above sea level. Riding the most scenic and breathtaking zipline, you’ll pass by the cascading falls of Hikong Bente, Hikong B’Lebel, Hikong Lowig, and Hikong K’Fo-I.
Though on a high altitude, be sure to keep your eyes wide open because you might just see a rainbow from end to end, which into the words of Climate Activist and Dolphins Love Freedom Founder AG Sano is “Sobrang ganda!”
Also help a local in Lake Sebu by purchasing your photo with a very minimal price. After all, it is not something that happens in your life every day.
Zipline rates ranges from PHP 250 on weekdays, and PHP 300 on weekends.
How to get there:
Major airlines like Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines fly daily to General Santos, the gateway to South Cotabato. From there, take a bus to Koronadal City, then hitch another bus ride going to Surallah. From Surallah, take a van or jeepney going to Lake Sebu, then hire a habal-habal ride bound for Seven Waterfalls.