Imagine boiling sulfuric mud and waters heated by the underground volcanic vents from the veins of the grand Mt. Apo gushing out to a mini lake and pools. It’s no “Dante’s Peak movie” scene, rather it's a haven for nature's cool and hot baths in the upland forests surrounding Lake Agco.
|No swimming at anytime. Lake Agco!|
Dubbed as the Eden of Kidapawan City in North Cotabato, Lake Agco is home to natural lake of boiling sulfuric mud hot mud and water pools which make it a wonderland of cool weather and hot dips!
It was an unexpected return for me to the place that served as my resting ground before and after I completed my first solo guided climb to Mt. Apo in 2011. This time I was with wacky group of obedient office dudes and dudettes who, on one fateful day, decided to travel to breathe fresher air and get some dose of sun in the uplands of North Cotabato.
Lake Agco is among the destinations sorted for “Dipping in Paradise” as part of the 12thParadise experiences and destinations in South Central Midanano or Region-12.
|To the boiling playground|
|Girls just wanna have mud fun!|
As with the boiling mud, there are plenty of things you can do. You can cool it down and cover your face and body with it for supposed therapeutic effects, you can boil an egg in it or even boil "yours" in it. :-)
For the ladies, the free mud-masking is a rare occasion for a free face-lifting session. Trying as much mud to soak in as much parts of your body isn’t bad at all.
The only resort in the area with rooms is Lake Agco Mahomanoy Mountain Resort which is run by members of Community of Local Agribusiness Partners Multi-Purpose Cooperative. Some of their members serve as mountain guides too if you want to climb Mt. Apo, the country’s tallest peak at 2,954 meters.
|you can't take home the mud...so take advantage.|
|Team Lutak (mud)|
|mud bath, yes.|
|steam bath, anyone?|
|Cottages and rooms are available at Mahomanoy|
Ilomavis, short for Ilocano-Manobo-Visaya, is a converging point for the three tribes that coexist in Lake Agco in harmony. Workers, guides and everybody in the tourism industry in the area are from these three tribes although majority are Manobo.
The surrounding of Lake Agco at the foot of the grand mountain is a sacred home of the Manobo Tribes, considered as the ancestral bearers of the mountains. Respect must always be observed in the area as should be in any place where we come are strangers. That respect could take you places…somewhere far from the chance of getting “yours” boiled. :-)
How to get there:
Kidapawan City is 2 to 3 hours away from Davao City by public bus or van. The same is expected if you’re coming from General Santos City or Cotabato City area.
From the overland terminal, ride a tricycle to the habal-habal (single motorcycle) terminal beside the Iglesia ni Cirsto church. Take the habal-habal bound for Lake Agco . Travel time is 40 minutes. Fare is Php70 per person.
Travel time could be shorter if you’re taking private vehicles.
Entrance fees, cottage and room rates at the resort are in the photo below:
For coffeeholics, during our stay there, the resort was selling Alamid Coffee for Php 120 per 100 grams only!
Trinkets and other collectible memorabilias are available in the resort too.