Monday, August 10, 2020


Alindahaw Lakewood Resort is tucked in a serene and clean lakeside of Lakewood Municipality, Zamboanga del Sur, Mindanao, the Philippines.

If this is your first time to hear that there is such a town in the Philippines, let me briefly introduce it to you.

No one exactly knows where it came from or who gave the name “Lakewood.”
Some legends say that it is a name of a military general who first visited the area and called it after his family name “Wood.”

However, another version says that it is the name of a Protestant missionary who brought Christianity to the natives (‘lumad’) in the area living around the lake.

However, until now no one can provide any concrete evidence as to what the origin of the name of this 800-kilometer wide lake really is. The name itself might be significant, or, might not mean anything at all…
Because what is important is what the place can offer and how it is correctly used for all people to see and enjoy with. Additionally, it is important to know how this beautiful place supports the livelihood of the population in the area.

In order to know a little bit more about Lakewood, let’s get to know about who are/were the original settlers of this place. Since I personally know this area, I can tell you about my knowledge about the locals whose indigenous group called the…

Subanen Subanon or Suba’nen (tribe) people are the native settlers of Lakewood since before the coming of the lowlanders (Christians and others coming from other islands of the country). Most Subanens used to live around the lake (danao) and depend on the resources from the lake for their subsistence, such as fish, crabs, fresh water shrimps, among others.
Of course, they also till lands and grow various types of plants including yams, sweet potatoes, rice, corn, vegetables and more. Subanens also raise chicken and pigs.

Subanen people are also very adaptive to other water resources, such as rivers and streams. The word “suba” literally means ‘river’ in Visayan language. For that reason, we call them ‘river people’ in that sense. They are masters in catching fish using line, hook, and sinker attached to a young bamboo pole. They can also catch fish and crabs using bare hands or fishnets and traps (called ‘bantak’).

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