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Lake Sebu is a Dreamy Getaway in the Philippines

[SPONSORED CONTENT] For those looking to truly connect with the country’s indigenous traditions, this spot provides a window into another world.

Published on Feb 5, 2019

A prime ecotourism destination in the Philippines, Lake Sebu is a quaint highland municipality home to indigenous T’boli and Ubo tribes. The T’bolis, known as the ‘Dreamweavers’, produce the traditional woven cloth called T’nalak, one of the country’s most popular native textiles. 

Witness traditional weavers create designs inspired by their dreams at the Lang Dulay T’nalak Weaving Center. Founded by the late Lang Dulay, a T’boli princess and a National Living Treasure Awardee of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the weaving center is an effort to preserve T’boli textile with the aid of education.

The T’boli School for Living Traditions (SLT) is also a center for cultural preservation where T’boli elders educate and train the younger generation through T’boli native song, dance, art and literature. Founded by Maria “Oyog” Todi, SLT is open to both natives and visitors. It offers homestay to those who want to be exposed to the T’boli culture longer.

For a bit of adrenalin rush, head on to the Lake Sebu Eco-Tourism Park, home of one of the highest and longest zip lines in Asia - the Seven Falls Zipline. The ride provides  scenic views of the Hikong B’Lebel, Hikong Lowig, Hikong K’Fo-I, Hikong Ukol and Hikong Tonok.

If you want to relax and indulge in a sumptuous feast, dine aboard Punta Isla Garden Resort’s famous floating restaurant on Lake Sebu or in one of the native huts along the lake’s shoreline. Try varied tilapia dishes freshly harvested from the lake itself while watching a performance of traditional songs from the restaurant crew. 

Photo credit: Region XII, SOCCSKSARGEN

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