For this year's opening salvo of 7-Questions, Louie (http://www.nomadperspectives.com/) and I would like to take you to the magical, the serene and the utterly beautiful province of South Cotabato.
My friends from South Cotabato in Southern Philippines, are organizing a trek to Lake Holon on August 19-20, 2012. The event is called 'Takladtamig Dos,' which means 'let us climb, my friend' or something to that effect, in Hiligaynon.
Project Socsargen brought me and my churchmates to 2 provinces (South Cotabato, Sarangani), 2 cities (Koronadal, General Santos) and 3 municipalities (Polomolok, Tboli and Glan) in South Central Mindanao or Region XII.
I wonder where the statue of the Gen. Paulino is pointing to. Why is he pointing towards the south or to the sea, and not towards the north where there are more lands to conquer?
Glan in Sarangani province boasts of 15-20 kilometers of white sand beaches that are unspoilt and to some extent, relatively unheard of.
If given another opportunity, I still would like to trek Mt. Parker again albeit on a lesser known but challenging trail. I also would like to swim across the icy waters of Lake Holon until I could not longer suspend my imagination of creatures that may be swimming beneath me.
The stakeholders of Mt. Parker indeed have more than enough reasons to protect the place since its real riches has far more worth than an imaginary Japanese treasure.
It is without a doubt then that South Cotabato has a lot to offer in terms of the already popular tourist destinations, the off-the-beaten stops and even the sidetrips in between.
I learned from our gracious host that Kalsangi was named as such because the Americans had a hard time pronouncing kalasangan (forest) when they were still putting up the place.
Mindanao State University - General Santos (MSU-Gensan) is a premier state university in Southern Philippines. It is one of the 10 campuses of MSU System, the primary mandate of which is to provide quality yet affordable education in Mindanao