Friday, October 26, 2012

A COLLECTION OF SMALL CREATURES MET ON THE ROAD

According to the experts, there are more than a million species of insects. Some are harmful and others are beneficial. As a part of nature's ecosystem, insect play a very important role in environment. Insects helps produce life.They are of great help to humans and plants as well. Imagine this world without insect. Plants are the main source of food for most animals. They are the reason why most of us and other animals live. But since they are stationary living things, insect helps them to reproduce in the process called pollination. Of course, there's wind and other factors of pollination but insect plays very large factor in this process. How can we produce beautiful flowers without insects? Its hard, Isn't it? Some insects also are destined to be on the lowest part of food chain which are beneficial to other forms of species. Although some insect are beneficial, there are also lot of them that are harmful to other forms of species especially humans. Mosquitoes, cockroaches and flies are some that were identified to be harmful. They can cause diseases to plants, animals and humans too. But despite of their harmfulness, they are still part of nature.

Monday, October 22, 2012

LAKE SEBU: A TREASURE OF SOUTH COTABATO

Within the Alah Valley of South Cotabato there lies the beautiful and bountiful town of Lake Sebu. Named after the town, Lake Sebu is considered a treasure of the province for this place is gifted with abundant natural resources. Aside from tourism, Lake Sebu is the main source of livelihood for the locals. Tilapia are the main product they get from the lake. This is also one of the bodies of water that supply water to South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat provinces for irrigation and domestic consumption. Before being establish as a municipality, Lake Sebu is only a part of Surallah. Because of its rich resources and growing number of villagers around the lake, this barangay was formed into an independent municipality. Most dwellers here are the T'bolis and the Ubo's which are natives of Lake Sebu.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

BE AMAZE OF THE BEAUTY OF SEVEN FALLS

Once a dream, now a reality. Today, I've witness another amazing and jaw-dropping artwork of Mother Nature here in southern part of Mindanao, The SEVEN FALLS. Seven Falls, a series of  7 majestic waterfalls with varying sizes and height, is located at the town of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato province. Locals of the area, the T'bolis, gave each waterfalls a nickname. The 1st waterfalls was named "Hikong Alu" a T'boli word meaning "the passage". The 2nd waterfalls is " Hikong Bente" means the immeasurable. The 3rd waterfalls is "Hikong B'lebed" means the zigzag. 4th waterfalls is "Hikong Lowig" means booth. 5th waterfalls is "Hikong Kefo-l" means wildflower. 6th waterfalls is "Hikong Ukol" means the short one. The 7th and the last waterfalls is the "Hikong Tonok" means soil.

THE PASSAGE
From the town proper of Lake Sebu, it will only take you about 20 mins to be in the Seven Falls. As you climb your way to the place you can take a snap shot of the 2nd waterfalls from the top. You can also observe and take pictures of the wild monkeys along the road. Before you can enter the 1st falls, you have to pay 20 Php as entrance fee. But the amount of entrance fee is nothing compared with what you are about to experience inside. You can actually go directly to the 2nd falls via different road aside from the main entrance but it's very hard to ignore the 1st amazing falls. Hikong Alu or the passage is the largest of the seven. Water from a river on top artfully fall from a 35 ft height making trembling sound as it hits the bottom. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

RESOURCES RICH TOWN OF BULUAN

This is Buluan Town in Maguindanao Province. My first time to be here in this story-filled town. Buluan is a Muslim town. Christians here have been converted into Muslims too. The town's name  became familiar during the time of Maguindanao Massacre. This is the place of origin of the controversial Governor , Ismael Mangudadatu, whose First Lady (because he has a 2nd and 3rd ladies) was killed together with 56 others. And the main reason is politics. Because of that incidence back way November 2009, violence was being associated with the town of Buluan. Many people, especially from Luzon areas, are afraid to set foot on this land. Although there's a little bit nervous I decided to explore this town just to know what they say about Buluan and prove that this town is really the kind of place which they think of.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

ARTWORKS OF MINDANAO'S FAMOUS ARTIST

Have you been to the City of Tagum lately? If yes, for sure you have visited the newly constructed city hall in Brgy. Apokon. The city of Tagum constructed an ambitious project, a futuristic architectural design city hall. Although the structure is not totally finished, you can say that it is one of the most beautiful city hall ever built in the Philippines. It is a 4-storey building with a unique design surrounded with sculptures made by Mindanao's famous artist, Kublai Ponce Millan. Kublai is the most known artist in Mindanao. The Philippines eagle and freedom statue in Davao's city hall, Risen Lord at the Christ the King parish in Tagum, The huge sculpture of durian that welcomes visitors in Davao's airport are some of his masterpiece. Kublai is not just an ordinary artist. Aside from sculpture, he also involves in photography and painting. And one thing unique in him is his ability to turn garbage into artistic pieces. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

REMEMBERING JESSE

Election 2013 is fast approaching. It will be less than seven months to go. Although election fever in the country started several months or a year ago, the start of the filing of candidacy made it intense. So many "pakulo" or gimmicks were observed on the filing of candidacy itself. There were politician (mostly trapos) have their paid supporters to accompany them in just mere filing of candidacy. Some have even the complete drum and lyre corps going to Comelec office just like a parade in a festival. One candidate even walk with bare feet as a superstitious belief, hehe, unfortunately his line up didn't bite up his gimmick. But the point here is that if they have already spent a large sum of money in the filing of candidacy how much more in the campaign period. As we all know the logic of these politicians, "the more you spend, the more you gain" is very dangerous. The more they spend in the elections, the more they get or steal from the money of the people. I salute this group ANTI-EPAL CAMPAIGN MOVEMENT, for revealing wrong doings of shameless politicians. Shameless because they are using the people's money just to advertise their names. They shamelessly put their names on the projects that are supposedly owned by the people. School buildings, waiting sheds, bridges, overpasses and even public toilets are filled with politicians names.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

UNPLANNED VISIT IN SULTAN KUDARAT

My itinerary does not include Isulan, the capital of Sultan Kudarat, fortunately, there's no other way going to our destination but through this town. We were heading then to Lake Sebu to conduct an ocular inspection on the proposed venue for an upcoming meaningful event at the same time to explore other possible places. After the orientation of newly recruited job seekers, we departed Kidapawan City at around 2 o'clock in the afternoon bound for Lake Sebu. Its my first time to travel on that part of the area and I have also heard some negative impressions on the road we were about to travel. So, we solicited some advise for the most appropriate and safest way possible. We were told to meet Louie, a middle manager in Tacurong City, who will guide us to Lake Sebu.

After passing through the towns of Makilala, Tulunan, Datu Paglas  and Pres Quirino, we finally reached the city of Tacurong at around 4 pm. We waited for him at the Jolibee Tacurong beacuse this is the most familiar venue for "eye-balling". After few minutes, Louie arrived. As we travel, we heard a lot of stories regarding the area he handles. He handles Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao Provinces. Although there are so many good things to do and place to go in the area, most of his stories were about violence (insurgencies). He recalled how their clients were unable to go home after a meeting because they were caught in a crossfire between MILF and government forces. But after all the negative stories, Sultan Kudarat is still beautiful province to explore. Sadly, I don't have much time to stay on this place.

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