Albertowz is one of the adventure junkies whom I stumbled upon in Instagram (@albertowz). When he shared his festival chase schedule for the remaining half of the year, I chose SoCCSKSarGen, the Central Mindanao region, among those in the list. There are thoughts about safety used to linger and having some companions in visiting Mindanao would appease me. Without further thinking, I booked the entry flight to General Santos and the return from Davao right after Cebu Pacific announced its seasonal seat sale.
The Maitum, Sarangani leg is the first of four Central Mindanao adventure series.
Like some of my previous trips, this was also the case wherein I met my travel companions for the first time. Albert was joined by his long-time travelmate, Gracie, who also accepted the terms of Albert’s itinerary – one heck of an uninterrupted trip. And I like that condition to be honest. It was a quiet start and slow conversation among us until we’ve reached and eaten our breakfast in Maitum, Sarangani.
We asked the help of the Tourism Officer in Maitum, Kuya Arlex. He accompanied us like we’re VIPs in our entire day trip to Maitum. Pro-tip guys – have time to reach or to answer a courtesy call from the tourism office of any town or province of your next destination. You’ll get the best information and tips from them.
Anthropomorphic Jars of Maitum
I’ve seen them in National Museum here in Manila but to see these artifacts in the flesh from the actual origin is quite a feat unlocked. These anthropomorphic or human-like burial jars are archeologists’ sweet treasures because these experts found such jars in bulk which translates to these jars being integral to the rich civilization of ancient Filipinos. These outnumbered those Manunggul jars in Tabon Cave in Palawan.
We were also privileged to free sea turtle hatchlings to their natural habitat. But the survival rate for them to become teenage sea turtles is almost 1 over a thousand. If there’s Master Splinter to look over them as they mature.
But the highlight of the Maitum trip is the river tubing activity which was originally unplanned. River tubing is similar to the more popular white water rafting, but the raft for the former, which is basically a lifebuoy, is made for single, no, not that relationship or the lack thereof kind of single. It is meant only for one person. Because the activity poses dangers, it is required to have a guide that maneuver the watercraft in the entire course.
The rise and almost fall of the ever-ready for photo op model
What we liked most about the extreme adventure is the cost. You can actually risk your life for only PhP 200, one-way, for a priceless adrenaline rush. And oops! We did it again.
While we couldn’t get over the satisfaction of river tubing, Archie, the fourth member of the wolf pack was already waiting for us in General Santos. This fellow traveler already made a name in the Instagram community and it’s also my first time to meet him off duty.
So after traveling 120 kilometers from Maitum to General Santos and fresh up rituals, the gang accompanied me in my Bo’s Coffee quest to pose with a barista in a Manny Pacquiao stance. But we failed to find the best balbacuahan in town later. Balbacua is a spicy beef broth with parts such as oxtail, skin and feet similar to a papaitan of Luzon. Eventually, our night was ultimately saved by Tambilawan Kamayan Restaurant with their delicious halo-halo rendition.
We were only left with less than 5 hours to rest and to prepare for our second day – the rest of General Santos city and witwew, Lake Sebu. To be continued.
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