After our day tour at Lake Sebu and its Seven Falls, we headed to our first mountain the next day.
Traveling from T'Boli municipal hall to JOP was already a pure challenge, it was about an hour of habal habal ride along around 40+ kilometers (just a pure guess) from T'boli municipal hall to Lake Holon registration area in Brgy. Salacafe.
The registration area in Brgy. Salacafe was a replica of an old house used by the locals before. It is a Small hut, its roof is made of dried grass while the flooring is made of bamboo and its wall were made of woven bamboo strips (lahak). Our guide mentioned that hikers can use the house if they opted to stay overnight.
Lake Holon along its nearby mountains is a sacred place to its locals thus a complete respect must be observed by its visitors.
We had our last stop before descending to the lake at this open, small field were you can find giant bamboos and an overlooking view of the lake. According to our guide, it will take 30 mins to reach the lake from here, well we all know that any guide's 30mins is possibly doubled when dealing with our pace.
That Surreal Beauty of Lake Holon (Lake Maughan)
It was a descent alright, very slippery since the local tourism installed cemented path which were now mostly covered with moss.
When we reached the Lake, I was in complete awe. The place was so surreal, it was a complete beauty, I cannot imagine that the lake was indeed a crater. The water was so quite, the trees, the surroundings was Peaceful. It was a perfect place for meditation or simply hide from the busy life in the city.
I was lost of words when describing my experience in Lake Holon.
Although our itinerary was to reach the highest peak of Mt. Melibengoy (a different trail is needed thus bypassing the lake) we opted to go straight to the lake instead, our reward for the long trip
Mesmerized by the enchanting beauty of Lake Holon, I had a great time and a memory to treasure forever.