Lake Holon, "Green is not a color but a Destination"

Lake Holon – “Green is Not a Color but a Destination”

July 7, 2014

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LAKE HOLON in Mt. Parker – “Green is Not a Color but a Destination”
Municipality of T’boli, South Cotabato
Island Mindanao, Philippines
May 10 to 11, 2014


A convergence of treasures…Photo credits – Caroline Espejon

Lake Holon also known as Lake Maughan be found at the creater, at the heart of Mt Parker, called Melibengoy locally, is a volcano in T’boli , South Cotabato. It is considered as “The Crown Jewel of South Cotabato.”


Green is Not a Color but a Destination……Photo credits – Caroline Espejon

 Sizing the landscape, the word green has taken on a new meaning, no longer is it simply a color and it is the new hot buzzword on everyone’s lips as what I heard and has become a way of conversations, WOW! “Green” destination with its deep respect for environment/nature and its dedication to eco and tourism.



The enchanting lake mirrors the mountains



It was named after an American pilot who crashed into the volcano while doing mapping and surveying work. Holon was another American who was with Parker when he crashed!

Melibengoy is considered one of the sacred places places of the T’boli tribe!



Almost four and half-hours trekking, hiked to reached the peak of Mt Parker to the view deck area just to catch sight of Lake Holon!


“Charming its way to being the next big thing”

It’s a special place for me as I have experienced a truly memorable and unique summer get-away trip to it.

Municipality of T’boli, South Cotabato

Many people do not know Tboli and how nature’s lover a place it could be. Inside the forceful and green landscape hides a municipality of nature unspoiled; total land area of 91,527 hectares of lush forests, idyllic lakes and foggy mornings.

With rugged terrain, and high slopes atop the mountain ranges, it is home for the many cultural tribes of the lumads of Mindanao’s northern boundary. Located in the hinterlands, on the southwestern portion of the province of South Cotabato.


Journey quick look

May 09, 2014 at 11:00 PM – City of Tagum in Davao del Norte; Davao City Overland Terminal, Digos City in Davao del Sur and General Santos City, Koronadal City to Sitio Kule in Barangay Salacate, Municipality of T’boli, South Cotabato in Soccsksargen – 12:00 PM of May 10, 2014

May 10, 2014 at 1:30 PM – (start of the climb) from Sitio Kule in Barangay Salacate to Mt. Parker view deck area for Lake Holon viewing (5:30 PM); from Mt. Parker view deck trek to Lake Holon (6:30 PM)

May 11, 2014 at 7:30 AM from Lake Holon trek back to Barangay Salacate proper, Municipality of T’boli – 11:30 AM


The people behind the destinations….Photo credits – Olan Fernandez Emboscado

1-Lake Holon at EDGEDAVAO

Here is the ONLINE COPY of EDGE DAVAO newspaper…


Special Thanks to (MinTc) Mindanao Tourism Council led by Jonallier Mana-ay Perez ; (FHM) Friends of Holon and Melibingoy led by Louie Pacardo and The Travel Teller himself Olan Fernandez Emboscado for inviting me to be with this memorable climb and outreach program.