SLT Homestay, Lake Sebu

SLT Homestay, Lake Sebu
School of Living Tradition (SLT) also offers homestay for travellers in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. I always wanted a unique experience, so I stayed here, just 5 minutes from the terminal. Its structure is based on the cultural wooden houses in the area; has a spacious interior, made of local and handcrafted products and musical instruments. Anything inside the house is unique. Maybe it's the reason why it was chosen as the place where Catriona Gray had her video shoot for Miss Universe.

Lang Dulay, a Filipino weaver from Lake Sebu

Lang Dulay
In the picture is Sebulan Dulay, the successor, with portraits of Lang Dulay.

A special visit to the house of Lang Dulay in Lake Sebu was epic. She's a former National Living Treasure awardee for the T'nalak weaving which the designs were based on her dream - the reason why she was called the "Dreamweaver." By the way, T'nalak is a traditional hand-woven fabric made from refined abaca fiber. This type of fabric got attention worldwide because it is done through a manual process but the finished product has amazing and unique patterns.

T'Boli Museum, Lake Sebu

T'boli Museum
During our visit, the T'Boli Museum was still closed but Jorie had it opened for us, he knows the caretaker. The architecture of the museum is also based on traditional houses. What's inside are the gongs used for different occasions, outfits made of T'nalak (a hand-woven fabric), accessories and many other antiques that were used by the locals for agriculture.

Lotus Farm, Lake Sebu

Lotus Farm Lake Sebu
The Lotus Farm is one of the top tourist destinations in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. It was early in the morning, around 6, when I was brought to this paradise to witness the blooming of the Pink Lotus flowers floating on the waters of the lake. According to my guide, initially, there were 3 types of this aquatic flower farmed but only the pink ones survived. By the way, a manual canoe is used to go to the spot of the flowers.

Ozamiz Cathedral

Ozamis City Cathedral
The Ozamiz Cathedral houses the most significant relic and patroness of the city - the Our Lady of Misamis, also known as the Virgin sa Cotta, The Blessed Virgin of Cotta, and Birhen sa Cotta. Originally, the statue of the patroness was set up outside the walls of Fort sa Cotta, but fray Jorge Carcabilla moved it to this church. In 1975, the statue was stolen and was only returned on December 8, 2017. Also, Ozamiz Cathedral is the home of the second largest bamboo organ in the Philippines, after the Las Pinas Bamboo Organ. READ: SOLO-BACKPACKING IN ZamBaSulTa, Region 9, and Misamis Occidental 

Ozamiz City Hall

 Ozamis City Hall
Ozamiz City Hall 

Fort sa Cotta, Misamis Occidental

Fort sa Cotta
Fort sa Cotta is one of the Spanish-built fortresses in the Philippines. The main purpose of this edifice is the same as the function of Fort Santiago in Manila and Fort sa Pedro in Cebu which is to protect the city/town against the attacks of the Moro pirates. This sturdy structure is made up of coral stones, thus, during World War 2, Fort sa Cotta served as a garrison, barracks and storage area for the military. Today, it is one of the most popular historical sites and a landmark in Misamis Occidental and in the entire Northern Mindanao region. During my visit, it was closed due to renovation. READ: SOLO-BACKPACKING IN ZamBaSulTa, Region 9, and Misamis Occidental. 

Bukidnon Capitol and Grounds

Bukidnon Capitol
My accommodation was at the Green Ridge Apartelle which is near the capitol compound, so early in the morning, using Google Maps, had my walking tour at the capitol building and to Kaamulan Park and Zoo where I met the animals that I usually see online and on TV. The area is surrounded with greens, the breeze is cool and the air is fresh and the landscape is instagrammable. By the way, the perfect time to visit Kaamulan Park and Zoo is in the morning and the entrance fee is free. READ: SOLO-BACKPACKING: Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, and Davao City.

Green Ridge Apartelle, Bukidnon

Green Ridge Apartelle Bukidnon
For 550 pesos, had my overnight stay at Green Ridge Apartelle (visible on Google Maps) near the capitol compound. From Gaisano Mall, using Google Maps, I walked on the streets to Green Ridge.

Kaamulan Open Theater, Bukidnon

Kaamulan Open Theater
On a sunny day, I visited Kaamulan Park in Bukidnon, and their open theater captured my attention. READ: SOLO-BACKPACKING: Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, and Davao City.