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5 Days Southern Mindanao - South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao,North Cotabato & Davao City

I have planned this travel for almost a year, and I want this travel more memorable. At first, I was nervous about stepping on this province because of the negative side I heard in the news, but I conquered it and became more robust.

Iloilo to General Santos

Iloilo has a direct flight to General Santos with a cheap fare compared to connecting flights in Manila as I am based in Iloilo City.
It took 1 hour and 30 minutes to pass by at Negros Island, Cebu, and Bohol. 

General Santos Airport to City Center   

I thought that the time was so fast it's been a while since I traveled to General Santos back in 2014. Now the airport is more accessible because there is a Tourism accredited shuttle van going to the City center and cheaper fare than a taxi. 


I decided to stay in General Santos City overnight and continue my journey the next day. I remained in Dayon Suite. 

General Santos to Lake Sebu via Marbel and Surallah  

Surallah Bound Bus

I was so excited to have a Zipline in Lake Cebu as my first time to do it in my whole life. Commuting is more fun and takes about 4 hours, including waiting time. Upon arrival at Lake Sebu terminal, I hired an Habal- Habal to go to the jump-off point of 7 falls and took less than 30 minutes. It was cold weather on the way and made me get my jacket. I've visited the Falls, House of LANG DULAY & Lake Cebu Museum.

Lake Sebu to  Isulan,Sultan Kudarat   

We arrived at the Isulan bus terminal around 3:30pm and look a bus bound to Pink Mosque. The people there told me not to go there now because it's not safe at night I got their point, so I decided to stay in Sultan Kudarat for a night and woke early morning to catch the 2nd trip to Maguindanao.

Isulan Sultan Kudarat to Pink Mosque,Ampatuan, Maguidanao

Pastel- A Muslim Food
The Bus left Isulan around 6:30am because of the delay from General Santos. After an hour of rides, I know that I am already in Datu-Saudi Maguindao because of the pink streetlights and buildings. Ate Joham treated me a 5 piece of Pastel (Muslim food) for breakfast, and I can say that the food was so good. I met Ate Joham in the terminal of Isulan, and she left beside the mosque. 

Pink Mosque to Grand Mosque, North Cotabato   

After an hour of staying in the Pink Mosque, I headed to Cotabato City and took about 1 hour via Van. From the Crossing Tamontaka Bobong, I rode a habal-habal to the Grand Mosque and took about 20 minutes. 

Cotabato City to Asik-Asik Falls 

Libungan is one of the jump-off points going to Asik-Asik Falls in Alamada. Going to Libungan will take a 1-hour bus ride from Cotabato City. I arrived at the terminal around 11:30am and ate my lunch. It's hard to decide because the fare is too pricey. I negotiated the habal-habal driver and ended up with 750 pesos instead of 1000 round trip. After 2 hours bumpy ride, we finally arrived in the Brgy. Dado in Alamada, I thought It was the last journey going there, but I needed to walk downhill for almost 1200 steps to see the Majestic Falls of Asik-Asik.

Asik-Asik Falls to Davao City  

It was 5pm when I arrived in Midsayap and took a van bound for Davao City.  It was going dark when the driver decided to leave and take a stopover in Kidapawan for Dinner. The rainfall was too intense when I arrived in SM City Davao, and my friend picked me up and stayed in their place. 


  1. Worth it 5 days vacation ever. This is an awesome travel i ever wanted. I hope that I will given a chance to do this. Nice post keep it up PR Lakwatsero.


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