Stalking the most beautiful places in the Philippines

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Monday, December 6, 2010

#96 Wild Lilies

If I said you could be surrounded by flowers in Lake Sebu, you probably wouldn't expect something quite like this.

On the way to see the renowned waterfalls of Lake Sebu in South Cotabato, we pulled-over to admire a large patch of water lilies growing in the wild. These lilies are a signature of this mountain-top lake town and had been here as far as the locals can remember. While planning this trip, we had to contend with the generally negative reputation South Cotabato had among those we consulted. It didn't help that several countries had raised "do-not-travel-to alerts" singling out this province. But nothing could be further from the truth. While it's true you still have to be prudent when traveling some place new, South Cotabato had been unfairly maligned. The people are gentle and respectful, and we've never felt uncomfortable anywhere we went, day or night. We're glad we made the trip and two thumbs up to those planning one. Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: High on a ridge overlooking the lake, we hauled-out our longest lenses to better appreciate life on its fringes. Long lenses need sturdy tripods for optimum sharpness. And unless the sun is directly overhead, a polarizer will tame the reflections bouncing-off the lily pads, help saturate their color and reveal minute details.)

Where in the world is the Lake Sebu in South Cotabato?
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