Tacurong

To view some 20,000 birds, travel to Barangay Baras. Here, you’ll find the Lapay or Black-crowned heron and five different species of egret in a one-hectare portion of the barangay. The birds seem like they operate a day and night shift. To observe hundreds of Black-crowned herons in flight, come in the early morning as they take flight. Egrets hang out in the area during the day.  These migratory birds are quite new to the area, arriving in 1996. There were only four birds documented in the early 1990’s, and every year, the population grew. The herons and egrets can be found year round, day and night. They make a good start for the novice birdwatcher, and there’s no need for special equipment.  The area itself is very new to tourism and it’s a good idea to call the City Tourism Office first. They can give you a guide and an itinerary.

Although Tacurong is a small city compared to the vast areas of the towns surrounding it, it’s the largest in population.  With about 80,000 residents, this city is the most populated in the province and is the financial and educational hub of the province. There are several universities here including Notre Dame of Tacurong. Visit the Notre Dame of Tacurong College Museum in Sullivan Hall and learn about the history of the area.

Another interesting experience is seeing the second largest silo in Asia. Essentially a rice drier, it was the largest silo when it was built in the 1980’s.  It’s 11-storeys tall and has the capacity to mill thousands of kilos of rice per day.

For relaxation and to observe the daily lives of the locals, hang out in Magsaysay Park.