My friend and I decided to spend the 3rd day of our Cagayan de Oro tour in Valencia, Bukidnon. I was in the same place last year, but I was in Dahilayan for some fun and thrilling activities. I wanted to go to Lake Apo but time didn’t permit me. So this year, I made sure that I will have this lake crossed out on my list. And I DID!!! YAY!!!
According to my good friend, Wikipedia (lol), “Lake Apo is a crater lake in Barangay Guinoyoran in the city of Valencia in Bukidnon province in the Philippines. It was awarded the cleanest inland body of water in Northern Mindanao Region (Region X) in the late 1990s. The name of the lake come from the bisaya term apo, meaning elder or grandparent. According to legend, there was a man living in the mountains who assaulted his granddaughter and was punished by the mountain deities for his disrespectful act by flooding the area forming the Lake Apo.”
Being the only visitor in the lake, the loner in me rejoiced. Gladness was all I felt when I was there, just sitting on the raft in the middle of the placid lake and looking at the green water and hills surrounding me.
Sharing with you the photos of Lake Apo….
It would have been fun to spend a night in this place — rent a kayak, swim, set up a bonfire, watch the sunrise or just commune with nature. Just looking at the undeniable beauty of Lake Apo would make me so occupied.