For those who missed to watch the episode of Sports Unlimited featuring Lake Sebu,here's a part of this episode aired last sunday, September 19, 2010 on ABS-CBN:

And following is the article posted at ABS-CBNNEWS.COM:

Sport Unlimited: Lake Sebu zipline adventures

Lake Sebu, the country’s hidden gem, has long been set apart from the rest of the country’s popular destinations.

But this year, this “Summer Capital of the Southern Philippines” has made sure that travelers would re-discover its picture-perfect paradise!

On top of its 7 breath-taking waterfalls, 3 scenic natural lakes and a rich T’Boli culture, South Cotabato’s gem has added a new flavor that would surely give nature-lovers and adrenaline junkies the time of their lives! Get this—a 200-meter zipline ride above 5 of Lake Sebu’s towering waterfalls! That’s the highest zipline in the country!

Located on the southwestern tip of South Cotabato, Lake Sebu is bounded by Sultan Kudarat on its west and Sarangani on its south, making it accessible to the whole SOCCSKSARGEN Region.

From Manila, you just take a 1-hour and 45 minutes flight to General Santos, then from General Santos, it’s just a mere 2-hour scenic drive to Lake Sebu!

Lake Sebu is most famous for its seven stunning waterfalls, which can all be explored by foot.

From the drop-off point of the 7 Falls Zipline, Falls#1 is just a mere 5-minute walk. Locally called Hikong Alu (meaning passage) by the resident T’bolis, this 40-foot masterpiece is a block-type of falls that cascades further to different streams.

Sports Unlimited Team also went up-close TO Lake Sebu’s queen waterfalls, otherwise known as Hikong Bente, meaning immeasurable in T’boli language.

Falls#2 is the highest waterfalls with about 100 feet in height. Its beauty was even made unique with a rainbow resting on top of its lined boulders. Rainbows, formed from the waterfalls’ mist, usually appear beside these waterfalls in some times of the day.

Marc and Dyan were also challenged by the locals to try their daily exercise—trekking 774 steps to reach the zipline. The long trek sounded never-ending but the whole team was immediately engrossed with the beautiful surroundings.

The course is very family-friendly. Even kids like Matthew can enjoy this activity.

The steps are well-paved, which makes trekking a piece of cake for everyone. But after awhile, all of the trekkers were sweating from all the incline! The whole team kept it going, just to reach the zipline!

The thundering sound of the waterfalls kept everyone’s company. One could also hear the roaring squeals of those who are zipping above the area. Hearing screams certainly added more suspense and doubled the excitement! Aside from imagining how high you’ll go, you’ll get a more concrete picture of what’s going to be below you when you’re already zipping.

Lake Sebu’s zipline has already drawn thousands of tourists since its opening last year. With a height of 200 meters from the ground and 300 meters above sea level, this is the highest zip in the country.

What’s good about this zipline is that you can either fly solo or by tandem! You can choose from any position--you can sit, do the superman pose or fly backwards.

Marc and Dyan were the first to go in Superman style! Upon release, they were brought above the towering Hikong Bente. The falls are even more beautiful when seen from above. One can’t help but say that this is one of the most picturesque ziplines in the country.

From Falls#2, they zipped to Falls#3 named Hikong B-lebel. This one is also a beauty with its zig-zagged levels of water. You could actually hear its loud sound even when you’re soaring up above.

There were more rainbows gleaming near Falls#4 and Falls#5.

Matthew and his Dad Anton eagerly took the next zip. Matthew has always been a fan of thrilling adventures. And Lake Sebu definitely didn’t fail his standards!

After the 600-meter zip from Falls#2 to Falls#5, they headed to the second zip, which is approximately 300 meters across with a height of 110 meters.

This time, Dyan paired with Matthew. Matt wore his big grin all throughout the ride! They were still dazzled, even if the second zip is shorter and lower than the first one.

From Falls#5, they zipped back to Falls#4, Falls#3 and back to Falls#2!

Marc was the second to go, this time without any windbreaker-- his way of satisfying his need for turbo speed! It’s really a magical feeling to zoom beyond giant trees, miniature villages and gigantic falls. It’s pure adrenaline rush and soothing tranquility at the same time.

Anton was the last to go. Like his kid Matthew, he couldn’t help but extend his arms, as if he’s gliding on air!

Next time you want to rouse your adrenaline thirst, give yourself a Lake Sebu treat! It’s out-of-this-world excitement - guaranteed!

Sports Unlimited has done it and got the thrill out of it!

Note: original story is from here, photo credits- Jasmine Perez

Inviting all eco- adventure enthusiasts to the 1st Eco- Race to Seven: An Eco- Adventure Experience on October 8-9, 2010 at the Seven Falls, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato organized and sponsored  by the Province of South Cotabato and the   Alliance of Arts, Culture, Tourism and Sports Coordinators in South Cotabato (ACTS-SC).

The event is open to all mountaineers and eco-adventure enthusiasts.The team must be composed of three (3) duly registered participants, 2 male; 1 female, physically and mentally fit.

It will will start at the second falls where participants will be asked to solve an  environmental problem, then trek up to the 1st falls for zip riding - viewing 2nd to 6th falls. After zipping, they will then trek down to the seven falls for trash collecting; trek back and zip again to 2nd falls.The fastest team to trek back to the second falls will be declared as winners. Cash prizes for the race are P2,000, P1,500 and P1,000 for the champion, 1st runner-up and second runner-up respectively and 3 consolation prizes of P500 each. Freebies and other surprises are at stake.

Registration Fee is at P350.00  each participant, inclusive of a souvenir T-shirt, Zipline ride, one  meal(lunch), Entrance fee and camping site fee.  

For further details contact the Arts, Culture, Tourism and Sports Promotions Unit at tel. .nos. 083 – 228 -3447.

Come to Koronadal City and join Koronadaleños as they commemorates their 10th year as a city.

With the theme "Prosperous Business for the Masses", Koronadal City, the fast developing growth and regional center for region 12 is set to celebrates it's 10th Charter Anniversary on October 1-8, 2010. Activities includes nightly fests, beer festivals, concerts, street dancing, side walk bargain shops, funfare and trade exhibits, cheerdance competition and more.

Here's the final list of schedule of acivities:

Koronadal was converted into a component city of South Cotabato now known as the City of Koronadal by virtue of Republic Act 8803 on October 8, 2000. 

At present, Koronadal is a fast developing growth center composed of twenty seven (27) barangays including the four (4) zones in the poblacion. Being the capital town of South Cotabato, it is the center of the province in terms of political, cultural and socio-economic activities. Business firms and other establishments sprout in Koronadal. Identified also as the Regional Center for Region 12. Koronadal boasts of its favorable geographical location, and rich human and natural resources. And with the recent opening of the new city building, Koronadal City proves its potentials conducive for trade business and industry.
The new city hall of Koronadal, a great accomplishment
For more information about the 10th Charter Anniversary celebration, one may visit the following site:

Blog guru Janette Toral's Influentialblogger.net had just  announced the TOP 10 EMERGING INFLUENTIAL BLOGS for 2010 during it's September 15 eyeball party held in Makati City. Among the ten blogs that I have nominated KusinaMaria.com  and Orman Manansala's Gandaeversomuch.com landed on the top ten, here's the complete list of winners:

Special recognition, Blogging for a Cause, was also given to Surviving Autism.

And there was also a raffle for those who have joined this writing project which I am one of the 10 winners who gets $100 each. Check my name from the list:

10. Jinky
11. The best written blog post goes to Nina Terol Zialcita.

Congratulations to all the winners! Many thanks to Ms. Janette Toral.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) will implement on Monday a nine-hour power curtailment in five provinces in Mindanao.
In a letter sent to electric cooperatives and power firms in Mindanao, Maximo Adiong of the NGCP Mindanao System Operations said the load curtailment is due to a scheduled shutdown of the Maramag-Kibawe 138-kilovolt transmission line.

The shutdown, Adiong added, will facilitate the stringing and tapping works, and eventually commissioning, of the new Maramag-Bunawan 230-KV transmission line.

Since transmission loading is limited to only 450 megawatts, the NGCP Mindanao has requested the power firms and cooperatives to implement voluntary load curtailment.

“This will prevent overloading of power transmission highways,” Adiong said in his letter.

The power curtailment will affect the Cotabato Electric Cooperative (Cotelco), South Cotabato Electric Cooperative (Socoteco) 1 and 2, Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative, Sultan Kudarat Electric Cooperative, Maguindanao Electric Cooperative, and the Cotabato Light and Power Company Inc., in Cotabato City.

Since Cotelco may use a loading limit of 16 megawatts on Monday, which is only 40 percent of its daily load, it will implement curtailment in its sub-stations from 9am to 5pm., according to its spokesperson Felix Canja
Cotelco has seven sub-stations in its area of coverage. Each sub-station will experience a one-hour power blackout starting 9am.

Canja has advised power consumers to be extra cautious in using alternative sources of light during blackouts as these may cause fires if left unattended. (Malu Cadelina Manar/MindaNews)

Here it is people..                    

Submit your entries now for the South Cotabato Experience  Blog-Writing Contest.

Read and follow the mechanics here.  

The first (10) Ten entries gets the 2010 issue of the T'NALAK MAGAZINE, a 54-pages beautifully-crafted mag featuring what's best - and - what's hot in the province of South Cotabato, and the South Cotabato Tambayan T-SHIRTS. One (1) entry among the first ten to submit their entries will also win a FREE ZIPLINE RIDE for FIVE in Lake Sebu.
What's inside the T'NALAK MAGAZINE 2010

All entries will also qualify  to win the following cash prizes courtesy of the provincial government of South Cotabato:

 1st Best Entry - P 2,500.00
2nd Best Entry - P 1,500.00
3rd Best Entry - P 1,000.00

Join Now!

It was a night of fun and entertainment as GMA Network Inc. brought the Kapuso Night Fever to Koronadal City last night, September 3 with Starstruck 5 Final Four, La Diva, Barbie Forteza, Joshua Dionisio, Kapuso artists from Davao, Cebu and Iloilo and and the hilarious Arnel Ignacio. The party started at 6 p.m. with GMA-Davao's local artists heating the stage together with a local band and the South Cotabato Performing Arts Ensemble , the South Cotabato Chorale, Extreme Dancers, Me'dal Kolon Datal, and the T'nalak Dance Troupe. Almost 10,000 South Cotabatenyos attended the free admission one-night-only show at the South Cotabato Gym and Cultural Center.

Before the Show
Kapuso artist at the Governor's Office
Kapuso stars with Governor Arthur Pingoy, Jr.

Kapuso Artists experienced Lake Sebu

Enzo Pineda and Sarah Lahbati, ready for the best ride of their life
Dancing with the stars?
Maricris Garcia and Aicelle Santos
Geleen Eugenio and Arnel Ignacio with the T'boli dancers
 *photos courtesy of Ampy Garcia Pingoy

It is going to be one gigantic, colorful and unforgettable celebration for the people of South Cotabato as some of today’s biggest GMA stars and talents will come together to celebrate Kapuso Night in South Cotabato

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According to reports, it would be the biggest and grandest one-night only show that will happen in South Cotabato's history,  as GMA-7 reportedly will be sending almost 30 of it's most admired talents and stars including Janno Gibbs, Rochelle Pangilinan, Akihiro Sato, Survivor Philippines Celebrity castaways, Joshua Dionisio & Barbie Forteza, the La Diva (Jonalyn Viray, Aicelle Santos, Maricris Garcia), GMA- Davao Talents and other surprise artists!

Don't miss this once in a lifetime Kapuso Night at the South Cotabato Gym and Cultural Center on September 3, 2010, show starts at 6pm.

This  FREE ADMISSION concert is being presented by the provincial government of South Cotabato headed by Governor Arthur "Dodo" Pingoy in partnership with GMA Network.

Get your tickets now, FREE! at the ACTS-PPDO, Capitol Grounds, Koronadal City.

With this year's theme “Iba’t –iba man ang Lipi, Iisa ang Minimithi”, the Municipality of Tupi is celebrating it's 57th Foundation Anniversary and the First Agten Tufi Festival starting today, September 1, 2010. Here's the list and schedule of activities of this 11-day celebration:
see full list of activities by clicking here


Giving credit to cultural history and to the B’laans where the name Tupi was derived - the new set of officials, in its recent session has approved resolution 201 renaming “Kasadyahan” to “Agten Tufi” festival.

For 16 years, Kasadyahan Festival has been the official festival name of Tupi every September, however, the local Sangguniang Bayan here took the bold steps in renaming the same after the Culture and Arts Council headed by Tupi Mayor Reynaldo S. Tamayo, Jr., advocated for the change of festival name with originality and has historical and cultural value.

“Kasadyahan is a duplication of other festival, is not original and bears no cultural identity,” the local culture and arts council said.

Agten Tufi – is derived from the B’laan words meaning “Bountiful or beautiful Tupi.” On September 1, opening of the festivities, the 11 day celebration will banner “1st Agten Tufi Festival” as its new name.

The local Sangguniang Bayan (SB) on their August 25 session has passed and approved Resolution No. 201, series of 2010 christening the use of “Agten Tufi” as Tupi’s new name.

“AGTEN TUFI is derived from B’laan etymology meaning “Beautiful or Bountiful Tupi” - a name with holistic meaning, making it one of the vehicles for establishing identity in positive efforts to respect the cultural pact that made Tupi what it is now and what it will be in the future, the SB said in its resolution.

“Kasadyahan Festival has been the festivity named more than a decade ago, literally means “merriment” a replication to some other festivals that it loses its real essence as to creating its own identity reflective to the aspirations of the people of Tupi” the resolution said.

The proposal to rename Tupi’s festival is one executive effort to redirect the visions of governance towards more meaningful celebration of its foundation anniversary. The creation of a concept based on social realities such as cultural heritage and its cultural assets could well define what direction the Municipality takes as it identifies the reason why it has to celebrate – a festival that gives weight to the programs of government, the aspirations of its people, the history of its constituents that creates a holistic showcase of the tri-partite relationship between social/cultural, political and economic institutions as pillars of development.

Considering the town’s cultural history, Tupi (tufi), along with Koronadal (kolon datal), Polomolok (flom molok) and Tampakan (tamfaken) derived its name from Blaan origins – making its tribal roots a significant part and parcel of its social history. As such, the tourism and economic potential of its culture is high – if only realized and anchored to programs of the government said Buth Ferrer, the president of South Cotabato Culture and Arts Foundation, Inc. (SCCAFI).

Ferrer conducted a research on B’laan culture and one of those advocating for designing and naming a festival into something with cultural inspiration.

“Sinulog of Cebu, Dinagyang of Ilo-ilo, Ati-atihan of Aklan, Pintados of Leyte and South Cotabato’s Tnalak festival to name a few are very successful because it is anchored on culture” Ferrer said.

“These festivals had taken off from the usual merriment – and these became venues for image making and packaging that speak of the existence and aspirations of their respective people” he said. (source: tupi.gov.ph)

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