Lake Lanao National Park is a stunning beauty which transformed over millions of years. Lake Lanao is considered one of the 17 ancient lakes of the world which give a total lure all itself. This region of the Philippines is untouched and set back in time as if the world stood still. Taking a vacation here is not the norm but those that do find themselves lost in the beauty of it all.
Lake Lanao is located on the southernmost part of the Philippines on the island of Mindanao. Located in the province of Lanao del Sur it is 102 kilometers south of Cagayan de Oro and 37 kilometers south of Illi ...
Lake Lanao has a massive watershed of just over 147,000 hectares with a land mass equivalent area of 354.60 square kilometers. The normal depth of the lake is 60 meters with some parts being as deep as 112 meters. This lake is the largest in Mindanao Island and the 2nd largest in the Philippines. Lake Lanao never existed millions of years ago. The lake was created by the collapse of a massive volcano which imploded creating a huge indent, or reverse crater. Today the massive lake is now formed by the collapse of this total area.
Historically Lake Lanao is considered one of the 17 ancient la ...
In a land where tourism is largely unheard of, I ask myself, "Is journeying to Lanao del Sur worth braving the unknown?"
We may be familiar with the dance called singkil, or images of minarets and women in veils. We easily associate the titles sultan and datu, or names like Abdul and Sittie, with the words Muslim or Lanao.
And then there's conflict, chaos, and bizarre customs. The complex entanglements we know most about Lanao, especially the southern half of it, Lanao del Sur.
With all of the unpleasant stories around, what could the beautiful ones be, the ones that are left barely u ...