'It's free, it's cool, it's Maguindanao's blue lagoon, a summer destination

Breaking News • Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:14 AM  •  3,745   0
By Valerie Ann Lambo/The Mindanao Cross
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free, cool, blue, the emerging tourists' spot of Maguindanao - blue lagoon
free, cool, blue, the emerging tourists' spot of Maguindanao - blue lagoon
COTABATO CITY – If you are still trying to figure out where to spend the remaining days of summer, why don’t you hit Datu Odin Sinsuat Maguindanao?

About 20 minutes from Cotabato City, in Brgy. Margues, there exists a lagoon with crystal-clear and serene waters that has become a tourist attraction. 

Discovered long time ago, "Blue Lagoon" is named after the heavily hued water that tries to fill the brim of the pond.

Residents said the water flows into Tamontaka River and comes from the high lands of Labungan (DOS) and North Upi. The lagoon is a clear aquamarine color. It looks “Photoshopped”; it reminds you of the movie "Blue Lagoon."

The waters are so crystal-clear that you can see the waterbed even at the deepest part. 

Generally, most people swim in the area where the water's shade ranges from aquamarine to blue; where it is a darker blue, it means the water is already deep for approximately about 6-10 feet.

The shallow part is safe enough even for children. 

Muslima Alamansa, 40, who lived near the lagoon since birth, described the lagoon as “God’s beautiful masterpiece, of majestic beauty and wonders." 

“When tourists visit the lagoon, they always tell they have fallen in love with its beauty. And they come back once in a while,” Alamansa said. 

Visitors from neighboring towns mostly flock to the Blue Lagoon during summer time and weekends where families and friends go for a swim and picnic. 

Alamansa, a vegetable farmer, considers the place an iconic tourist destination in Maguindanao and feels strongly about the protection and preservation of the place. 

"This place is free for anyone who wants relaxation and good time. Thus, we are encouraging them to take good care of it. This is not ours, this came from nature," she said. 

Residents here are deeply involved in protecting the lagoon which has now gained popularity as more tourists come. 

After visiting the majestic lagoon, a visitor told The Mindanao Cross that seeing something majestic almost always leaves people speechless, even breathless.

That is exactly how you feel the instant you lay your sights on Blue Lagoon.

The experience is utterly difficult to translate into words when none of it ever suffices to describe its beauty and splendor. 

The presence of tourists is probably the next best indication that the Blue Lagoon has huge potential and is a viable tourism spot that could spark real economic growth in a town that is sluggish, lethargic, but full of potential. (VALERIE ANN LAMBO)
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