Keep Lake Sebu and Surroundings Pristine
Lake Sebu, also called the Land of the Dreamweavers, is a 1st class municipality in the province of South Cotabato. It is home to some indigenous tribes including the T’bolis, who are known for their weaving skills. This tradition has been passed down from one generation to another, including a pattern that the elders have received in their dreams.
The municipality is named after its beautiful lake surrounded by thick rainforests and rolling hills. The lake is approximately 345 hectares large and is used for tilapia fishing and recently, for ecotourism.
To help make the tourism of Lake Sebu more sustainable, ILOVE Foundation has partnered with the loving organization, the Lake Sebu Indigenous Women Weavers Association, Inc. (LASIWWAI). This loving organization empowers women, promotes the culture of the T’bolis and seeks to protect the amazing environment of their community.
LASIWWAI has been selected through ILOVE’s 'Quest for Love' in 2018, its quest for Loving Organizations where eight partners for change bested 128 other applicants from different parts of the country.
Together, we have identified key areas of improvement in the tourism of Lake Sebu. Our goal is to transform what they have now into something more eco-friendly, sustainable, and profitable for the tribe and other locals.
Currently, many locals who live on top of the surrounding hills do not earn enough for a decent living. This is why our plan is to build a deck and a small café on the hilltop where tourists can have a magnificent view of Lake Sebu. The café would be run by the locals, providing them a more sustainable income.
The funds raised through this campaign would be used for the construction of the deck and café. Part of it would be spent on other livelihood projects of LASIWWAI which include training locals for tour guiding, construction of their traditional huts where tourists will be staying, sustaining the traditional weaving practice, and empowering the men to find purpose and passion in their jobs.
Help ILOVE Foundation and LASIWWAI preserve the beauty of Lake Sebu and provide a sustainable livelihood for its locals. Support this campaign by clicking the Give Now button. Don’t forget to share this with your friends and family. Plan a trip with them to experience the beauty of Lake Sebu together!