Lake Sebu on Top 10 Tourism Gems in the Philippines

The scenic upland town of Lake Sebu in South Cotabato made it to the top ten up and coming tourist destinations in the Philippines, at number 2! Cheers to that!

The effort of the tourism stakeholders in South Cotabato to bring Lake Sebu to the world paid off. Congratulations to everyone who participated in the three-month campaign which ended September 25. Despite earlier antagonisms of some groups and individuals on the inclusion of the place in the list, it was still selected as among the top emerging destinations.

The Top Ten Philippine Gems was revealed yesterday by Isla Lipana & Co.  Here’s the list:
  1. Calaguas Island
  2. Lake Sebu
  3. Tubbataha Reefs and Natural Park
  4. Caramoan Island
  5. Biri Island Rock Formations
  6. Mt. Kanlaon
  7. Danjugan Island
  8. Panglao Island
  9.  Apo Island
  10. Batanes

The search for the Ten Philippine Gems aims to showcase the country’s “good side” to the world, especially [its] many pristine natural sceneries”, the organizer Isla Lipana and Co., member of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Intl said in its website.

“The search for the ten Philippine Gems envisions the upholding of both domestic and foreign tourism that would hopefully encourage business investments,” Atty. Alexander Cabrera, Isla Lipana’s Chairman and Senior Partner, announced in the statement released yesterday.

Lake Sebu was among the 175 destinations listed by the screening committee. The list was later trimmed down to 25. The top 25 were opened to public online voting.

Falls no. 2 of the 7 falls
Lake Sebu, the homeland of the indigenous Tboli and Ubo people, is considered as Central Mindanao’s tourism capital. Major part of the town was proclaimed a Protected Landscape in 1985, and with its three lakes (Lakes Seloton, Lahit and Sebu) it is considered as an important watershed that feeds agricultural lands in South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat.

The serene lake at dusk
It is considered as the heart of Allah Valley Tourism Circuit, having diverse natural wonders from 7 picturesque falls, lakes, and adventure destinations like caves, trekking and birding sites and the highest twin zip lines in Southeast Asia.

What's next? For Lake Sebu, tourism stakeholders from the local government units, private sector and civil society are currently pooling their resources to prepare the communities for the booming tourism. Isla Lipana & Co., on the other hand, pledged to help in the preservation of the sites.

The Philippine Gems project was made possible with the help of the Philippine Tourism and Promotion Board of the Department of Tourism and the University of the Philippines - Asia Institute of Tourism. It is part of the organizers’ corporate social responsibility.

The author of this blog lives just 40 minutes away from this blessed town and considers it as his "other" home.

Namaste! []


  1. congrats to Lake Sebu! I hope to visit it again! :)

    1. yebah! balik ka, Sir. there's a lot to explore in this cool town. :)


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