Lake Holon is the crater lake of Mt. Parker, locally known as Mt. Melibingoy in the province of South Cotabato. Considered one of Mindanao’s prized gem, Lake Holon is sacred to the indigenous T’boli tribes.
In an article for Rappler, Louie Lapat, a government employee in Tagum City, noted that “nothing prepares you for the wonders of this mystifying lake – making it a perfect venue to finish a book, do some soul-searching, bond with family and friends, or to just find peace with yourself.”
The journey to the lake involves a 3-4 hour hike under a forested canopy of abundant biological diversity of the place, endearing those who loves nature for the very life of it. The challenging Hunter’s Trail that starts Sitio Kulé meanwhile summons those who likes their dose of extra challenge before being treated to the wonderful sight of the lake.
Indeed, whether you are for the view, the feel or for the achievement, Lake Holon has a little bit of something for you in store.
HOW TO GET THERE
There are regular daily flights to General Santos from Manila and Cebu. From General Santos, take a one hour bus to Koronadal. At Koronadal, take a 45 minute van ride to the town of T’boli. Drop by the Municipal Tourism Office for registration, arrangement for guides, porters and transportation and other information. From T’boli, a one-hour motorcycle ride (habal-habal) will take you to either Sitio Kulé or Nabol, both in Barangay Salacafe.
DID YOU KNOW?
- The name Mt. Parker is taken from an American General, Frank Parker, who spotted the mountain and claimed to have “discovered” it during a flight he piloted in 1934. The crater lake on the other hand is also called Lake Maughan, after another American who was with Parker when he crashed.
- Mt. Melibengoy last erupted in 1641, which is believed to cause the formation of the crater lake
- Gear up! Make sure you come prepared. Visit our Outdoor Gear section to know what you need to bring.
- Safety first! For outdoor safety tips and reminders, visit our article on Outdoor Safety.
- Always remember to Leave No Trace (LNT). For more responsible outdoor practices, visit our Leave No Trace (LNT) article.
“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” – Greg Child