Monte Cielo

Friendly farm-like lodgings amidst airy mountaintop gardens with a view of Lake Sebu

Monte Cielo is a small, privately owned lodge renting out cheerful, farm-like rooms set amidst airy organic gardens overlooking South Cotabato’s Lake Sebu.


  • Purim, Pagasa, Poblacion, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
    Photo by Betty Tianco
  • Perched on top of a slope just outside the main basin of Lake Sebu; overlooking some of the lake’s smaller pools
  • Accessible via private vehicle or rented van or motorbike; within driving distance of Lake Sebu’s attractions, including the Seven Falls, the COWHED (Cooperative of Women in Health and Development)  shop, the SIKAT (School of Indigenous Knowledge and Tradition) grounds, and the lake proper

Ideal for:

  • Independent travelers and backpackers looking for a charming, off-the-beaten-path refuge in the southern regions of the country
  • Large groups looking for comfortable dorm-type accommodations and a friendly atmosphere
  • Smaller groups and solo travelers looking for peace, quiet, and a refreshingly down-to-earth, back-to-basics retreat


  • Small private farm with rooms and buildings fitted out for use by travelers and guests
  • Colorful, eclectic buildings made of wood and native design elements such as bamboo and capiz windows
    Photo by Betty Tianco
  • Airy organic gardens with lots of flowering plants, herbs, and vegetables, set with picnic tables overlooking the lake


  • Four different lodging areas with a range of simple beds and bathroom cubicles
  • Rooms include:
    • ABQ Room, a room located above an open air pavilion where guests take their meals
    • Le Chapel, a colorful standalone building with a peaked roof and airy multi-bed rooms
    • Tatay’s Room, a refurbished room with a balcony located in the main house
      Photo by Betty Tianco
    • Dormitory Room, a multi-bed room within the main house


  • Shared dining area located in an open pavilion overlooking the lake
  • Option to avail of meals, particularly set breakfast and lunch buffets
  • Open gardens with picnic tables overlooking the lake
  • Multipurpose shed with nipa roofing and benches for conferences or meetings
  • Open tree house