My cousin, Ellen Mae Chang and I are having our summer vacation to one of our relatives in Marbel (Koronadal City), South Cotabato one summer and part of itinerary was going to Lake Sebu.
Everyone going to Lake Sebu are advised to have a quick drop by visit to Surallah. Though it doesn’t offer much, but a short stop is worth a number of instagrammable shots and I swear you won’t regret it.
Surallah or formally known as the Municipality of Surallah, is a fast-growing, first-class agri-industrial municipality of South Cotabato. Located in the upper Allah valley, its high elevation and presence of several waterways, provides the land excellent drainage that made it very conducive for farming. It is currently a proud food basket of the province – among its products were pineapple, banana and coconut and it is also the top producer of rice and corn.
It’s tag line – Land of the Dreamweaver, refers to the local tribe of T’boli, inhabiting the area and are famous not only for their dream-inspired and spirit infused T’nalak weavings, but also for their embroidery, brass casting and other crafts. T’nalak weaving is an artform perfected over decades of practice by T’boli women, and only a handful of master weavers can be considered true ‘dream weavers’, the works of whom are highly valued.
How to Get There
Surallah is only 30 minutes away from Koronadal City, South Cotabato. Bus is available every 30 minutes which will cost you Php 28.00/pax via Yellow Bus Liner. However, if you’re coming from General Santos City, you’re travel time would be approximately an hour and 30 minutes. If you’re going to Lake Sebu, Surallah will surely your stopover where you are to bound to ride another bus going to your destination.
Luckily, Ellen and I were traveling on board a private car so it is much more convenient for us to drop by their famous landmark before heading our way to Lake Sebu.
Allah Valley Airport located in Allah Valley serves the general area of Surallah. The airport is classified by the Air Transportation Office as a secondary airport, or a minor commercial domestic airport. However today, there are no commercial flights in this airport because of its obsolete facilities. So, if you’re coming from outside Mindanao and planning to get here by air, might as well book your flight to General Santos City.
Famous Attraction: Tri- People Cultural Landmark
An impressive artwork that aims to give tribute to the Tri-People namely the T’bolis, Muslims and Christians peacefully living together in Surallah, South Cotabato. Made by acclaimed local artist Kublai Millan, the sculptures depict the diverse cultural facets of the three ethnic groups while also highlighting the town’s local produce.