Who would have thought I could explore Lake Lanao, in a speedboat?
Yes, a speedboat, in the lake, in the middle of the landlocked mystical city of Marawi.
The scene was breathtaking. The skies were clear and the waters sparkling in its own wonder. We sailed the lake with tilapias – they were fat and as long as a 12 inch ruler. I wonder how or what they are fed. Just let your imagination run wild on this. Water lilies were scattered all throughout the lake which looked really depressing from a distance as they resemble a heap of garbage, reminding me of Baguio City – a beautiful city now tampered by consumerism.
In the middle of the lake were two islands – East Balut and West Balut . The former is an inhabited island. The latter now uninhabited housed empty bunkers and a relic of what could be a house or a mosque. We spent a good ten minutes there curiously interviewing the frolicking kids who were not really interested in us but the water. They came from across the mainland town of Ganasi with their bancas.
I took pictures of the city from the lake. I took pictures of the clouds, the waters, the land nearby, the lilies, the fishermen. I took pictures of everything to chronicle a beauty that cannot be captured alone with words.
But I am not a good photographer.
Lake Lanao is indeed a beauty, a beauty, that hides in its depth, a long collective struggle and shared memory of a nation that identifies itself with the depths, the mystery, and infallibility of the Lake.
I really wish that peace will once and for all embrace this land and its people. I have been to many places in the Philippines and all I can say is that Marawi City, especially the areas where the Mindanao State University campus is located, is beautiful.
If you want to know where we stayed and what we ate. Please click on the link below.