IN TRANSIT FROM LAKE SEBU TO MIDSAYAP IN NORTH COTABATO



It was around 1130am when we returned to the terminal after our Lake Sebu Seven Falls adventure.  Koronadal [more known as Marbel to the locals] bound vans are scheduled to leave every 30 minutes so with half an hour to spare, hubby had a quick soup while I had my coffee paired with binangkal [sesame seed balls]. 



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I can’t believe we just passed 4 provinces in Mindanao namely South Kotabato - Sultan Kudarat - Maguindanao - North Cotabato with a fare of about P275 per head and a total travel time of 6 hours.

Finally, a little after 6pm we were settled in our room.  Our Cotabato host-friend suggested Hotel Angelo and we availed of their P900 room with breakfast for two.  While hubby was out looking for a place for dinner, I stretched my tired body… It has been a jam-packed day and in as much as I wanted to check the town also, I opted to rest.  I thought hunger was disregarded by the weary muscles but as soon as I saw hubby’s take home food, I jumped out of bed and consumed a plate of Cotabato’s version of pinakbet with lechon as the main dish. 

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On our next day, while waiting for our host-friend for our Alamada trip, we had an early walk at the Town Hall and the Plaza.  All of a sudden a loud siren or alarm startled our stroll… We proceeded pretending to be okay, I know and I believe it’s a safe place.  We then found out that it was a 7am town alarm.. Whew! I never knew that such practice still exists.

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Travel Date: June 2013
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