A great way to enhance your Lake Sebu experience would be to skip the lake resorts and stay with one of the locals. An even better way would be to stay with a T'boli family.
I had the chance to visit one such home for lunch last time I was in Lake Sebu. We've worked up an appetite after a scenic dawn in Lake Seloton and an early morning visit to the 7 Falls, practically made a beeline to the house when our friend called that lunch was ready.
The house, made of bamboo floor and walls and cogon grass roof, is nestled on top of a hill over looking the eastern side of the lake. The interior is modest - spartan to be precise. There are no furnitures - typical of such house, but everything is squeaky clean. I love the feel of smooth bamboo floor on my bare feet. Since the floor is elevated several feet from the ground, the house is well ventilated with cool mountain air.
Our lunch consist of broiled fresh tilapia and "paksiw na tilapia" (simmered in vinegar with a lot of spices: garlic, onions, ginger, peppers, etc). Its a deceivingly simple yet overly delightful fare, perfect if you do away with your spoon and fork and eat with your hands.
On one corner of the house near a window huddle a group of T'boli women busily doing beads and other tribal handicrafts. The beads and brassworks are an integral part of a T'boli dress. Girls are taught the craft at a young age, the patterns and designs are often handed down through the generations.
Visitors can try their hands on activities like these. My wife was able to make a couple of earrings which she happily wore the rest of the day.
If you are staying here overnight, you can arrange for a cultural presentation (tribal dances and songs as well as storytelling) after dinner.
The T'boli are indigenous people of Southern Mindanao, particularly the Allah Valley region and some of the coastal towns west of General Santos City. The town of Lake Sebu is one of their ancestral domains.
You may arrange homestay accommodation with Maria "Mayang" Todi (0918-767-1063). Although there are also other locals who offer homestay accommodations in Lake Sebu, Mayang is one of the few T'bolis who offers her home to visitors (most of her guests are foreigners). She charges Php 70.00 (USD 1.50) / pax for an overnight stay. Its advisable to bring a sleeping bag as it can get very cold at night.
Check this out if you want stay with an Ubo family, have a great overlooking view of the lake, and enjoy a cultural performance from one of Lake Sebu's great artists: