Approximately 12km away from city proper lies a tranquil and serene Lake Apo at Guinoroyan, Valencia, Bukidnon
The Lake Apo got it’s name from which it located at — the Sitio Lake Apo and is approximately 24 hectares and 83ft. in depth and has been dubbed as being the cleanest landlocked body of water in Northern Mindanao.
We got there at dark as we got into road trouble along the way.

 Remember that feeling when you know your mom has been shopping for Christmas gifts but you never get to find those wrapped up presents anywhere in the house? And your mom always telling you to wait for Christmas?— it’s that feeling! Knowing that you’re staring out on a dark horizon only to see the shapes of trees and slopes but too dark to make out the details. And was told to wait for the morning to see how beautiful the lake is lit up by the sun.
But oh well! Our gracious host, Dr. Alfonso offered us some green tea sweetened with honey at the porch with orchestrating crickets sounds behind us. The rest house was nearly pitched dark with a few  lamps romantically lighting up a few corners. The house is actually solar-powered and is constructed that natural light would just come in to illuminate the place. But during the night, lamps are lit to conserve the solar power for other consumption or use — in our case, recharging our cameras and cellular phones! LOL!

As promised, the view of the lake and the display of red and orange hues in the sky come sunrise was a breath taker. 

From the dark sky, the sun lit up and shows the faintest blue sky above us. It is one of my best-to-visit-place and to experience the sunrise at Lake Apo.

Sunlight also lifted the curtain and showed us the landscape and rest house at The Timeless Place Lake Apo. I am at my element surrounded in greens and woods, and water — I just loved my stay here. Even the little nooks and crannies well fitted the place and it seemed as if it has been standing there over centuries already. 

The rest house is well cared and tended after for. There were little somethings that you can find around the house that fits in the homey, country home  feeling it gives.
Dr. Alfonso has been nature’s good friend as he continually cares for the preservation of the lake through proper farming and surrounding area management practices. He envisions it as taking care of it not only for today but also for the future generations.
Lake Apo is one place where time seems to stand still. People get to enjoy both beauty and grace of the Mother Nature and spend time with family, colleagues and friends. This is a little bit of heaven in Valencia Bukidnon.
+  Don’t forget to bring your swimsuits for a swim at the pool or lake
 Bring your trekking shoes too for a short 2-3hour trek up the highest point surrounding Lake Apo
 It is best to carry your waterproof cameras, they are kayaks, canoes, jet ski for water sports activities too!^^
 Charge your gadgets full before heading out to the Alfonso rest house, it will save you the worry of not being able to document your stay there
 Cellular network signals may be a bit weak, so make sure you take care of important contacts before your trip.

“When we are present in each moment, 
the past gently rolls up behind us 
and the future slowly unravels before us.” 
 – Rev Richard Levy

  • Ganda talaga ng place Lai. Parang ang sarap to run naked in the morning and jump into the lake (joke hehe!).

  • @ Andrew: Ahahahahaha.. I ask to go skinny dipping when we get there.. Pero wlang pumayag eh..super dilim kasi when we arrived.. Na.unahan sa takot! Ahahahaha.. By the morning we were so awestruck sa ganda ng place nawala na ung crazy daredevil thoughts.. =P

  • wow! great sunrise photos! i really, really love them. sayang, i didn't know of the place when i went to bukidnon before. i only went to the monastery. sayang naman.

  • breath taker nga ang sunrise! Sarap mag trekking at mag tsaa! hehe.. It would be new for me..

  • I love that last photo! The way the water reflected the mountain and the sky, it's just so beautiful.

  • Oo, super nice and ganda ng morning dun Gladys, Mitch, & Gay

  • Anonymous

    I'm extremely impressed…with the pictures you took and the beauty of what Lake Apo can offer more particularly at sunrise. Apparently, there's no better time to experience this paradise than during the first ray of sunlight however our group won't be able to spend the night over (we will be travelling on a very tight schedule). Will my group be welcome in the resort as early as 5 am? Will they serve breakfast for us? We should be leaving shortly before or after lunch so we can visit other places of interest in Bukidnon. Do you have the contact details of the resort?

  • Thanks! You have to call or make reservations early. Guest usually provides their own provisions by which the care taker can prepare. You can send in an email to me so I can forward you the contact details. Hope you get to visit and enjoy the Timeless Place!

  • Anonymous

    Hi, I'm interested to visit lake apo and would like to know the contact info. You can email me the details through:

    Hope to hear from you.


  • Anonymous

    Good day, I would like to visit Lake Apo, can I be forwarded the contact details?, hope to hear to you, thanks!

  • i miss this lake.we had several field trips there in college because its near my school cmu.wish i had a camera already back then.di pa kasi uso digicam noon hahaha