Friday, December 10, 2010

Lake Apo | Guinoyoran, Valencia City, Bukidnon, Philippines

Lake Apo of Valencia City, Bukidnon, Philippines :

Lake Apo is a circular rift lake found in Barangay Guinoyoran, Valencia City, Bukidnon province in the Philippines. It is dubbed as cleanest and greenest inland body of water in Northern Mindanao. It has an estimated area of 24 hectares (0.24 square kilometers) reaching to a depth of 26 meters or 80-90 feet.

The name of the lake come from the Filipino term "apo," meaning elder or grandparent. According to legend there was a man living in the mountains who raped his granddaughter and was punished by the mountain deities for his disrespectful act by flooding the area forming the Lake Apo.

Geologically, the lake was formed due to the movement of the Earth's crust, creating a circular-shaped lake atop the mountain floor.

Ground approaching the lake's bank


In 1991, Mt. Pinatubo erupted, and tagged as the most active Volcano in the Philippines today according to the PHIVOLCS. After years from eruption, the crater became a crater lake and now one of the tourists attractions in the Region (Zambales, Pampanga and Tarlac provinces). Please see figure below; (courtesy of Wikipedia)

The Crater Lake of Mt. Pinatubo today.

Little Observation :

Maybe, this Lake Apo is also a Crater of a Volcano which was already erupted many years ago?  Like Mt. Pinatubo after it was erupted?  The crater became a crater lake  after the eruption? If this was due to flooding according to the legend,  or due to movement of earth's crust, why is it that a spring exists? 

Maybe a geologist shall come up with a study of this  circular rift lake. As I have observed in the immediate surrounding in my last visit (this is my second time visited the lake), together with Dr. Almer Alfonso, there are lots of volcanic rocks in the area. The water must be examined if there are sulfuric content.

Anyway, I am just giving my opinion though I am not a geologist, I'm just sharing what I've learned in College about Earthquake Engineering. Just a little sharing of my observation in this site.

Serenity of the place speaks in this photo. View of the verdant hills and lake's bank


Bamboo Raft cottages at Lake Apo 

Lake's Bank

Where they tied the rope anchoring the bamboo raft cottages at the bank trees


Safe Parking Area in a private place.



Technical Data :

Surface area     24 ha (0.24 km2)
Average depth     17 m (55.77 ft)
Max. depth     26 m (85.30 ft)
Surface elevation     640 m (2,099.74 ft)

Travel Guide :
Lake Apo is located approximately 30 kilometers West of the City proper or the Jolibee, where it can easily be accessed by renting a motorcycle for hire or locally called as "habal-habal". The fare rate is approximately at P100-P150 per person. It is located about a kilometer from the Barangay Guinoyoran proper.

Reminder :
1. Seek advise from the expert if you like to swim. Or you must be an expert swimmer.
2. Bring your own food and drinks.
3. Bring life raft if possible.
4. Ask those who already have some "experience" in the area.
5. Lastly, I like the serenity of the place for recollection activity. The place is entirely awesome. The place is also entirely very nice if there are cottages for vacation or break away from work or busy city life.

As of today, the Lake Apo is still unexploited though there are local tourists coming almost every day. The place is well maintained by the Barangay Administrator by maintaining the cleanliness over the entire place. There are designated bins for garbage where tourists should strictly follow where to throw their trash. Then, do not go alone and at night. There are no cottages there for your overnight stay.

Dr. Alfonso, a local executive, dreamed about the development of this tourist spot, Lake Apo, by first develop the road going to and from the spot, but the only problem is always the fund allocation for this beautiful lake of Bukidnon, according to him during our discussion while on our way to this lake, last 2005. So, that was 5 years ago. 

Why not? Fund allocation would be possible, since Lake Apo have been declared as one of the Tourist Spots in Bukidnon by the Department of Tourism, please read here. In their declaration, the spot is ideal for boating and fishing. If the Department of Tourism would like to tap us Bukidnon Bloggers for fresh and updated photos of tourists spots here in Bukidnon, natural or man made, we are very much willing to extend our services, but that would still be negotiable among the panels of Bukidnon Bloggers. 

Last but not the least, if you guys would like to visit the place, bring more than five friends. Go with the group and you must bring along with a group service for comfort and convenience. Be safe, since I've seen 2 suspicious individuals there (with full of tattoes in their arms) during our visit and happened to talk to them, accordingly, they were looking for their friends there and fled right away after a short chat with them.

In this article, there are three things that I'd like to drive at. One is the development of the area since the site is still under develop after 5 years since my last visit here. 2nd is giving you some tips for your safety. Third, think and be smart. So, happy trip and enjoy!!. Tour with guide, that's also another tip for you.

Map of Valencia City, Bukidnon, Philippines
Dedication for the next generation


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Lake Apo, Valencia City, Bukidnon, Philippines
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13 Con Tour Passers by:

  1. I hvnt tried eating in a floating resto yet, hmmm...I'm amazed by your Bukidnon series tlga, dame kong nalalaman na d pa na-feature ng iba. I will consider it on my list of must-go to this year. thnx for sharing! :)

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  2. hi gael. thanks for considering bukidnon in your list. just inform us with your itinerary here. we will inform then the Bukidnon Online just in case. thanks also that you've learned with some of my articles. all i wanted is to share to the world our experience during our travels within and outside bukidnon ....indeed this is our passion, travel and photography...

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  3. Wow. Love it. How much is the floating boat? Thanks for sharing. I will visit here someday.


    Cagayan de Oro Philippines

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  4. @Xang.

    Floating raft is their added facilities to really explore the lake.:-).

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  5. Oh, sorry for that. So how much is the floating raft? Is it for free? :)

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  6. About 100 pesos more or less, Xang.:-).

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  7. thanks for sharing this bukidnon post sir! I remember swimming in Lake Balinsasayao in Dumaguete, lamig ng tubig! makes me want to visit this place. dapat madaanan ko talaga ang Bukidnon!

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  8. This place Ed is the best tourist destination once you visit the central part of bukidnon. :-). I hope the tourism people of Valencia would look into this by allocating a budget for the development of this place especially the road in going there.:-).

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  9. hi,

    may mga cottage ba na pwede mag overnight stay?

    thank you

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  10. Floating resto in a lake, perfect! I wanna experience this one. Sana may lugar where I can go overnight beside the lake.

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  11. doc wends.

    Lets try to talk Dr. Almer Alfonso on this. He has a cottage in there. :-). We will be going there in December for the Barrio Fiesta.

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  12. Iba ba ito sa lake na nakikita from the highway? Or if not, this must be the explanation why there are many volcanic rocks along the highway.

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  13. Ding.

    Yong lake na nakikita natin sa highway is actually not a lake. its a water impounding area to be used in power generation na NAPOCOR. May malaking dam kasi sa may unahan (Camp 1) of Maramag, Bukidnon. Its actually the Pulanqui River. This Lake Apo is located about 30 kilometers from the area.

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