Buluan Lake is a large freshwater lake that covers an area of 61.34 square kilometers. It is the largest lake in Maguindanao and the fourth largest in Mindanao. The lake is home to various species of fish, birds, and plants. It is also a source of irrigation and livelihood for the local people. The lake is ideal for boating, fishing, and birdwatching. Here are some facts about Buluan Lake that you might find interesting:
• Buluan Lake is part of the Allah River Valley, which is a major watershed in Mindanao. The lake is fed by several rivers and streams, such as the Buluan River, the Talayan River, and the Matanog River. The lake drains into the Pulangi River, which flows into the Rio Grande de Mindanao.
• Buluan Lake has a rich biodiversity, with more than 200 species of fish, 18 of which are endemic to the lake. Some of the notable fish species are the musa (a type of carp), the kandar (a type of catfish), and the maranao (a type of goby). The lake also has various species of plants, such as water lilies, lotuses, and hydrangeas. The lake also attracts various species of birds, such as herons, egrets, kingfishers, and eagles.
• Buluan Lake is a cultural and historical treasure for the Maguindanao people, who are one of the largest Muslim groups in the Philippines. The Maguindanao people have a legend that says that their ancestors came from the lake, and that they will return to the lake after death. The Maguindanao people also have a tradition of building torogans, which are wooden houses with intricate carvings and designs. The torogans are usually located near the lake, and they serve as symbols of status and wealth.
• Buluan Lake is also a source of hydroelectric power for some parts of Mindanao. The Pulangi River that flows out of the lake has two power plants that generate a total of 255 megawatts of electricity. The power plants are located in Maramag and Balo-i, and they supply electricity to more than 3 million people in Mindanao.