Marguez Hot and Cold Spring blend into the FOREST.

As the cold wind freely touching my surface like a bar on which birds perch; I smell and caught the last moist gathering together while humbly dripping on the ground. The birds were singing on their cloying tone of voice, feeding me a comfortable feeling while working my way to the verdant forest where I’m going to see the hot and cold spring as it perfectly rhymes to the weather on the day of my visit.

The rainy season is actually here as it brings a cold blast that will send you indoors cooped up just about a place, heaters and high power bills. But don’t allow the cold give you the indoor blues this rainy season. In the mountainside of Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat, there’s a twin pools peacefully located near the forest. They both alike in nature, but they offer different satisfaction to every visitor and travelers. Michael John from the Esperanza Tourism Office, brought me to the only Hot and Cold Spring in Esperanza, where it peacefully situated near the verdant forest.

Children Pool

Upon arriving, I was about to pay an entrance fee that cost around Php 25.00 for an adult, but the guy who supervised and responsible for the entrance fee refused to accept my pay, maybe because Michael told him beforehand that I won’t be paying for the entrance fee, and that’s really an act of kindness. I thought the Resort was managed by a private individual, merely it was under the management of Local Government Unit (LGU) Esperanza according to Michael.

During my visit, there were only few people who enjoyed the cold and hot spring pool. There were exactly three pools, one is for the children, which was a newly constructed pool, and the other two pools are for adults, that exudes a natural cold and hot spring. You’ll acquire the luxury to move around the pool area to find the perfect spot where you can drench yourself and enjoy its natural effect on your body. This place is an ideal for all types of occasions, family, friends and even couples.

The HOT Spring pool
The COLD Spring Pool

The beauty of these natural springs is the temperature gauge settings that adjust to suit you individually no matter how many are present. You may probably ask why? Well, because these springs link up to mystical fresh water streams as it believes by many. The cold spring was said to be from the rich water supply of Ugis Peak, where you can view it from afar.

When you go there, the water is freely come out from the peak without  hesitation, it looks like a crying mountain as the waters flows down. The hot spring was said to be from a mythical story when an area of land moved intensely, the hot spring came out. These were the beliefs of Teduray people who happened to have their comfortable stay just a few beats away from the Resort.

The Resort has enough cottages to accommodate people in a day, they have function room, a grill station, a very clean toilet and you’ll certainly love the place.

Michael told me, that he’ll be taking me to the upper side of the Resort where the well grown trees are located. But before entering the forest, I heard the small stream of waters coming from above, so I asked Michael about it, He said it was used to be a big stream of water that flows down and formed a waterfall, but they have done something to halt the stream of water, and it made me thought where the water really goes.

I saw a small, but dry canyons that used to be a haven of flowing water, well grown trees and the chirping of birds makes me comfortable upon climbing up. The path leading to the upper side of the forest was sludgy, good thing that there were sturdy and big roots of trees where I can hold just to maintain my balance and I won’t fall down.

After a few minutes of trekking, we have finally seen a beautiful and well grown trees with a big hole facing to us, marking a perfect natural carved by nature as it appears to be majestic and enticing. Then an avatar movie scene appeared to be so quick in mind, I now went inside the hole of the tree and of course, I asked Michael to take pictures of me. Deep down the tree, I just felt something strange, maybe because it’s my first time to see a tree that looks exactly like that. We rested there for a few minutes before deciding to go down.

The majestic tree really caught my attention, even up until we went down I just can’t stop asking Michael if there were still trees that looks to be captivating up there and he told me that there were still amazing trees since Esperanza, has a lot of virgin forest. Then a sudden thought came, I might likely go back next time, to commune with those trees.



  • Senior Citizen – Php 20
  • Adult – Php 25
  • Children- Php 15

COTTAGE – Php 100


  • WHOLE- Php 1,500 per day.
  • PORTION- Php 500 per day.

NOTE: Kindly check some of the related travel articles about Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat and its tourist destinations below. 


From General Santos City

Major Airlines are flying to General Santos City almost every day. From General Santos City International Airport, ride a van going to SM for only PHP150 fare. As you reach SM, ride a tricycle going to Bulaong Terminal and  fare is PHP10. From General Santos City’s Bulaong Terminal, ride a nonstop bus (Yellow Bus Line), bound to Marbel (Koronadal City). The travel time is around 1 hour and PHP75 fare. At Koronadal City Yellow Bus Terminal, there is a direct trip going to Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat. The travel time is around 1 hour and PHP 70-80 fare. Ask the Bus conductor to drop you off at Esperanza, Municipal Hall and look for Sir Renato Sambrano at the Tourism Office to help you facilitate your trips. He’ll be giving you a list of tourist destinations that you wish to explore that match the number of days you wish to explore their place. You can contact Sir Renato through these numbers. Landline No. (064) 202- 6375 or Mobile Number: +63 916-324-5520


Cotabato City is closer in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat, comparing the distance from General Santos City. From Cotabato City Airport, ride a cab going to Husky Terminal. From there, look for a husky bus bound to Tacurong City and ask the Bus conductor to drop you off at Esperanza, Municipal Hall and look for Sir Renato Sambrano at the Tourism Office to help you facilitate your trips. He’ll be giving you a list of tourist destinations that you wish to explore that match the  number of days you wish to explore their place. You can contact Sir Renato through these numbers. Landline No. (064) 202- 6375 or Mobile Number: +63 916-324-5520



  • There is an ATM machine in Esperanza, Town Proper if you wish to withdraw some funds.
  • Major mobile networks have signal in the town proper and in Marguez Hot and Cold Spring.
  • Always be kind with local people there and you can constantly ask them for anything if you wish to know them.
  • Always be responsible with your garbages and never leave any garbage anywhere.
  • Please, just enjoy what nature has to offer and always take good care of them.



  • FOOD (Snacks) – Php 100.00
  • TRANSPO (Motorcycle back and forth ) – Php 60.00
  • ENTRANCE FEE – Php 25.00

         TOTAL – Php 185.00


NOTE: This blog post is part of my 10 day solo backpacking in SOCCSKSARGEN. You can as well check some of my travel journey and stories during my 10 days backpacking with the link below. 



  1. 25pesos for wntrance and you get to experience this simple and quiet resort…. very nice!!!
    A must see place I must say! Great for barkada getaway

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