South Cotabato

Lake Sebu: Living with the T’boli

Posted on September 22, 2011

During my much-anticipated visit to Lake Sebu in South Cotabato, I had the opportunity to experience spending a night in an indigenous home. The T’boli are one of the numerous non-Islamic indigenous peoples – or lumads – in Mindanao. They once occupied a majority of the island, but due to the arrival of Christian migrants from Luzon and Visayas in the early 20th century, as well as sporadic ethno-political conflicts, they have been pushed to highland areas such as theRead More

Getting Fishy in Gensan

Posted on September 19, 2011

Before world boxing champ Manny Pacquiao or Ms. Universe beauty Shamcey Supsup, the southernmost city of General Santos in South Cotabato – “GenSan” for short –has long been known for another world-class export – tuna! Since the international market discovered the abundance of tuna off its coast in the early 1970s, GenSan has been dubbed the “Tuna Capital of the Philippines”. Fishport laborers hauling yellow-fin tuna The best place to appreciate the tuna industry is at the Fishport Complex inRead More