It is my honor to share to you that our small project at Sitio Kangko, a Tboli community in South Cotabato, is finally finished. Their only potable water source is now fully covered and the exposed bamboos are also replaced with PVC pipes.
Sitio Kangko is located in Barangay Lamlahak in Lake Sebu in Southern Philippines. People usually go to this highland community to watch endemic Philippine birds or embark on a challenging river trek to a hidden waterfall or summit Mt. Three Kings.
Despite the influx of mountaineers, birdwatchers and curious travelers,…
Project Aerie showed me that South Cotabato is far from the war-torn region described by a popular Asin song. Since its provincehood forty years ago, it has been aggressively positioning itself to become one of the major eco-tourism destinations in the Philippines.
There is nothing like waking up to the gushing sound of Hikong Bente at the 7 Falls in Lake Sebu, Southern Philippines. Although we camped out far from the cascade, we could still feel the gentle rumble of the ground beneath our tents.
While your heart starts to pound faster, try to imagine Joker whispering the following in your ear: “Madness is like gravity, all it takes is a little push.” You are suddenly plunged into a wickedly awesome scene that only this part of the Philippines can possibly offer.
We assumed that the remainder of our river trek would be a piece of cake. But just when we thought we could breeze back to our starting point, we faced one more challenging pit stop.
The undeveloped trail leading to Hikong Mahi or Tinago Falls is considered difficult even by more experienced mountaineers. We carefully trod on loose forest topsoil which was sometimes littered with animal traps. There were times when we used a rope to rappel steep inclines.
Little is known about Mt. Three Kings in Lake Sebu. A quick Google search would reveal that it is part of an IBA (Important Bird Area) in the Philippines, that is surprisingly unexplored.
Sitio Kangko is the farthest inhabited area in Barangay Lamlahak in the municipality of Lake Sebu, Southern Philippines. It is located at the foot of the yet unexplored Mt. Three Kings, aptly named for the three imposing peaks that seem to closely watch the small community.