Lake Sebu’s Monte Cielo Resort


After organizing and hosting several big events, I am crying out for rest. I want to go on a retreat. I long to go back to Lake Sebu’s Monte Cielo Resort where my body can be reinvigorated, my mind can be renewed, my heart will be refreshed and my soul can be revitalized.

Monte Cielo is not a lake side resort but it offers a spectacular view.

Photo Credits: Edna Omega Garces)

I long to relax in this cool and quiet mountain haven.

Enjoy their overnight accommodations at reasonable rates.

I long to rejuvenate with delectable food fresh from the source.

Monte Cielo Resort's Organic Breakfast

I long to don the T’nalak outfit and revisit the heritage of the T’boli tribe.

I long to feast in the beauty of nature and appreciate the simple things in life.

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A retreat is not possible right now but I hope to go back to Monte Cielo Resort before the year is over.

We are looking forward to another retreat in Monte Cielo Resort!

Location: Purok Pag-asa, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

|For inquiries and reservations please contact Mayette 09179230957|

Times of Refreshing at Lemlunay Dive Resort


About a year ago, I won a prize from the the blogoversary contest of  www.gensantos.com: an overnight stay for two at Lemlunay. Lemlunay Dive Resort in Tinoto, Maasim, Sarangani Province is the Home of South Point Divers.

My crazy schedule and multifarious commitments stopped me from availing the prize. During a session with SOX bloggers at Little Dubai, I was prodded by Sir Avel Manansala that it is high time to claim the prize.

I won! I won!

When the opportune time came, I seized the moment. I coordinated with the beautiful and vibrant Michelle Solon who made sure that her staff in GO Sarangani Travel and Tours will provide the much needed assistance. Since friends from DBC were coming with us to Lemlunay for a treat and a staff meeting, Geraldine Oville and Carla Geane Fernando facilitated the group’s reservation. Michelle’s staff were very accommodating, providing us with all the necessary information.

Lemlunay, for the B’laan and T’Boli, refers to “the good place one goes to in the afterlife”

Paul and I decided to bring with us our little girl, Duday, since kids below 12 years old are free. Together with Auntie Susan in the first trip, we looked forward to times of refreshing in the much-talked about destination.  It was about 5:00pm when we arrived at Lemlunay. To my delight, Sir Avel Manansala was there with Marz Fernandez Bendol and Sir Marthin Millado!

Sunset at Lemlunay

The efficient staff welcomed us and directed us to our rooms. Immediately after settling our bags, we went around the area.  Sunset at Lemlunay was a treat!

Duday with the Blue Turtle that holds the key to Ocean View Room #16

Just a few minutes after, Ninang Pastora Edna Garces and Ninong Dr. Felix Garces arrived. They decided to celebrate a memorable anniversary there. After dinner, we had another treat,  a romantic moonlight!

Romantic Moonlight at Lemlunay

My Piao and I gave in to Duday’s persistent request to try Lemlunay’s Infinity Pool by night. The experience did not disappoint our little girl. She was delighted!

The team from DBC arrived before midnight. We had our brainstorming session until 2:30 am. With only a few hours of sleep, Piao and I decided to wake up and get going at 5:30 am to catch the magnificent sunrise. Our little girl tagged along, excited to have another round of pool experience.

"Times of Refreshing, here in Your Presence. There's no greater blessing than being with You. My soul is restored, my mind is renewed. There's no greater joy, Lord, than being with You."

"Thank You, Lord. I just want to thank You, Lord. Thank You, Lord!"

Refreshed!

Duday by the Infinity Pool

We explored the area and took advantage of the great view. What is a trip to a new place without loads of photographs to document the experience?

Duday and I at Lemlunay

Lemlunay is a refreshing place despite the humidity. It is a great place to savor gastronomic treats.

Special Burger that will make you crave for more! Delicioso!

Breakfast at Lemlunay

By the Pool Side Rooms with Auntie Susan, Ate Judith, Honey and Duday

Duday loves Honey! Honey loves Duday!

Thank you, Sir Bing Cariño, for the conical hat (Non La) from Vietnam!

Auntie Susan: Vietnamese?

This Lemlunay experience helped my husband and I realize the value of mini-vacations and fresh perspectives. While there, we were so fired up in planning our next escapades. We decided to be intentional in exploring new destinations. We wanted to be more aggressive in launching new adventures. We will stretch ourselves some more!

I will never be the same again!

Lemlunay is also where fresh insights were discussed and the theme for DBC’s 48th Anniversary was conceptualized. The theme, thanks to the wisdom from God, was put together through the brilliance of Honey Arreglado and key people in the DBC leadership. I have realized that the theme is not just applicable for the anniversary celebration but is so appropriate for my personal declaration.

Yes, it was in Lemlunay when I first took hold of the lines: Leaping Forward, Leading Change.  The Lemlunay treat was availed at the appointed time by the Lord. He engineered the circumstances and has beautifully woven the details. The days that ensued after the overnight experience were simply amazing! Now, I am convinced that times of refreshing can do a lot of wonders!

We are definitely coming back!