Birdwatchers unite and watch out for this tiny city. Here, birds rule, and have taken over a portion of the city.
Sultan Kudarat. The name itself evokes images of royalty. An ancient Muslim sovereign, Sultan Muhamammad Dipatuan Kudarat ruled this area under the Sultanate of Maguindanao, one of several sultanates in the country. One of the greatest leaders of his time, he bravely resisted the Spanish occupation during the colonial period.
South Cotabato is home to the Dreamweavers. Meet women who weave their dreams into a glorious black and red cloth called T’nalak.
When it’s time to get away from it all, those who seek an escapade choose Sarangani Province. Get glorious white sand… Dive into the abyss… See with thousand-year-old relics… Tube down a ferocious river… Hike through a protected rainforest… And that’s just for starters.
There’s a city and another province with the same name, yet Cotabato remains one-of-a-kind. Just like the rest of the country, abundance is the norm: hectares of prime rainforests, an unbelievable amount of endemic species, and of course, cultural diversity.
Celebrated as the “Crown City of the South”, Koronadal City, a valley in between the Roxas and Quezon range is a mix of urban sprawl and country living.
Up for rare eagle sightings? How about viewing unusual wild orchids? Then head for Kidapawan City. Located at the foot of the tallest peak in the Philippines, Mt. Apo, this city is a jump off point to the great outdoors.
The city has two world-famous prized possessions—yellow fin tuna and the world’s most famous boxer, Manny Pacquiao. Their marks are everywhere, from the local eatery serving fresh tuna kinilaw (ceviche) to the tourist spot and home of Manny Pacquiao dubbed as Mansion II. It’s easy to get around in General Santos, just hop on a tricycle.
“Other-wordly” has been used to describe this Cotabato. It’s like a step back in time when Rajah’s and Datu’s ruled. Women still wear the ornate malong (wraps) and traditional music and craft still prevail.
South Central Mindanao. This region is waiting to be explored—from the cool highland lakes of South Cotabato, to the rainforest sanctuaries in Sultan Kudarat, to the impressive white beaches of Sarangani, to the Grand Mosque in Cotabato—the largest in the country. And of course, who can forget General Santos City—the home of the world’s greatest boxer, Manny Pacquiao!