What to do in Estares Lake Resort?


Estares Lake Resort is the first resort I visited in Lake Sebu way back 8 years ago. I was ask by an NGO to give a talk on using the T’boli’s folklore in teaching science and math. It was a quick trip. I took the bus from Davao to Marbel around 4AM (I think) and arrived at the resort around 10AM just in time for the lecture.

The resort was so simple then. But when I had the opportunity to visit the place last year, I was happy of the improvements I saw. They removed the souvenir shop and made the area a viewing and listening deck. They refurbished the rooms, added four additional rooms and dorm type accommodations, and a cute kids park. They still have the floating restaurant and the logo is still a big tilapia (but they changed the color) however the restaurant was way better compared to 8 years ago. The food was still amazing. Afterall, Estares was the first resort in Lake Sebu established in 1992. Continue reading “What to do in Estares Lake Resort?”

What does Monte Cielo Resort offers?

The next time I’m visiting Lake Sebu, I will definitely go back to Monte Cielo Resort.

Let me qualify that statement.

We arrived at Monte Cielo Resort a little after 9:00PM since the supposedly short lecture on online marketing in another resort went from short to eternity since most of the team members were very enthusiastic in sharing their stories.

We were all too tired to really take in the look of the place so Miss Mayette Sy, a former flight attendant and the owner of the resort, graciously ushered us to our rooms. The boys were together in one room while Leah of www.13thwitch.com and Mommy Verna of www.woman-elanvital.com were ushered to another one. And since most of us were Internet junkies who required a lot of electrical sockets for our “tools-of-trade,” we immediately scoured the whole house for it. Luckily, I was able to find one for my phone.

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Tour packages in Punta Isla Lake Resort

Punta Isla

Punta Isla is perhaps the most popular resort in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato for many possible reasons. One is that, its infrastructure is built beautifully. The garden provides small nooks where children can play hide and seek. It also has an open restaurant for walk-in costumers aside from those who are staying with them. Their restaurant boasts the most number of tilapia recipes in their menu. And speaking of billeting with them, they also offer a reasonable accommodation package with prices ranging from 950/night ($22) good for to people to 2,000/night ($46.50) good for 18 people.

Punta Isla also offers catering services, garden wedding packages, baptismal and birthday reception venue, seminar and conferences venue, and other occasions your family wishes to celebrate. It also boasts its floating restaurant with a giant tilapia on its roof, boating, and kayaking. If you wish to go swimming, the resort has a swimming pool too.

Considering that it is very accessible, people will immediately think of Punta Isla when they want to spend summer vacation in Lake Sebu. But aside from that, I believe that Punta Isla is a one-stop shop for travellers since it also offers guided tours for their guests.

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Landscape Photography and Sunrise Garden Lake Resort


Sunrise Garden Lake Resort should be in your itinerary when you visit Lake Sebu specially if you are a landscape photographer. It offers a beautiful sunrise and an opportunity to commune with nature. The resort is not visually busy and provides a perfect marriage of land and water.

Logistically, you can say that Sunrise Garden Lake Resort is far from the center because it is already part of Barangay Lake Seloton but if you ask me, I would rather stay here than in one of those resorts that are always fully booked and/or always crowded because of an open restaurant. Let’s just say that if I decide to travel to an urban area, then I expect to be in a crowded and noisy place. But if I want to have a laid back vacation, then this resort will always be part of my choices.

It offers room accommodations for a very reasonable price ranging from 650/night ($15) to 1,800/night ($42) with complimentary breakfast of delicious tilapia recipes, wifi, and hot and cold shower. Guests are also allowed to use the swimming pool during their stay. You may also choose to be in one of the typical hotel room type of accommodation or you can rent your own cottage.

Since it is a little too far from the Poblacion, the resort offers transportation services as well as boodle fights and wedding packages. If you want to bring out the inner diva in you, they also have karaoke.

But most importantly, the view is so magical that it becomes a wonderful subject for landscape photography. All you need is a 10-22mm lens and you’re good to go. I don’t have that kind of lens so I just used my good old 70-200mm for the photos published at www.behance.net/djsumaylo. Don’t forget to click the “like” button!

For bookings and reservations, please contact Ms. Arriane Somido at +63936-416-9344 and at +63917-556-7763 or you may email them at sunrise.lakeresort@gmail.com. You may also check their website at www.sunrisegardenlakeresort.com.

How to get there?

From Davao City, you take a bus ride to General Santos City (3 hours).
From General Santos City, you may take a bus or van going to Marbel (1 hour).
From Marbel, you have an option to take the direct route to Lake Sebu by van (1.5 hours).
You may also take the longer route option that is dropping off at Surallah from Marbel (30 minutes) and take a bus or van to Lake Sebu (1 hour).

*All prices are in Philippine Pesos unless stated otherwise.
*Rates may change without prior notice.

What can Mountain Lake Eco Resort offers?

Mountain Eco Park

Located at Brgy. Bacdulong, Mountain Lake Eco Resort is a quite recluse from the urban life and even the Poblacion life in Lake Sebu.

Funded by ICTUS Premier Co-operative, Mountain Lake Eco Resort tries to live by its marketing tag which is “Celebrating Life with Nature.” First, it is the only solar powered resort in Lake Sebu with free wifi. The resort also allows you to explore the islets and lagoons around the area through various activities like the lake cruise, which also doubles as their floating restaurant, boating, and kayaking.

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Pope Francis visits the Philippines


“Please know that Jesus never lets you down.” – Pope Francis

These flowers are for all the Catholics in the country celebrating the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis. He is currently holding mass at Tacloban Airport. The moment Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the Philippines last year, he immediately said he wanted to visit Leyte. According to him, “I have no words to say to you but the Lord has words for all of you.”

Viva Papa Francesco!