I was finally able to get to Brgy. Tasiman the last time I went to Lake Sebu. Its a remote barangay perched on the mountains on the northern side of the lake. Tasiman offers a unique view of the lake side town below but few tourists ever venture there, probably for security reasons (the fact that its remote and its in Mindanao is enough to scare most, although I personally think its one of the peaceful places I've been to). Most would be contented in staying at the resorts and visiting the nearby 7 Falls or Lake Seloton.
We followed the snaking road going Tasiman after a hearty lunch in a T'boli home. The road is rough and the stones are loose. Good thing we were on a pickup truck. I could image how bad the road could get during the rainy season while you are riding on a motorcycle (the most common form of transportation there, locally called habal-habal).
Our first stop is Sitio Sepaka, known (well at least locally) for its cool streams. From an obscure fork there is a shaded foot trail leading to the side of a hill.
The trail opens into a small clearing carpeted with carabao grass. A perfect quiet spot for a picnic. From there you can explore the small criss-crossing streams. The water is cold even at midday.
A couple of photos and one cool dip later we were heading to the highest point in Tasiman. A friend knows a T'boli local named Mafil and we headed to his house on top of a hill. He wasn't there at that time but the folks there, hospitable T'bolis that they are, let us in without so much of a complain.
Related post: Finally meeting Ma Fil (Mafil)
From a vantage point on the side of the hill I could make out Lake Sebu below. The lake, which is already about 1000 meters above sea, looks like a small pond from there.
Nearby fire trees are in full bloom. One particular tree had its top densely covered with bright orange-red flowers. The flowers seem to pop out from the green backdrop of the mountain side.
I sat on a rock for a while, savouring the fresh air and the fantastic mountain view. Soon the lure of a quick siesta was overwhelming and I decided there is no reason to resist.
other things I did that day:
how to get to tasiman
- You can hire a motorcycle to take you to Tasiman (and to Sepaka). Transportation back to town is scarce and most folks there just walk to town so its best that you tell your driver to wait for you.
- If you want to stay at Mafil's house (overnight), look for him in Punta Isla resort. His sister Mayang (0918-767-1063) also offers homestay accommodation.