“Breadbasket of the South

            South Cotabato is becoming one of the fastest growing provinces in the Philippines and is home to the ethnic group, T’boli. It has a microclimate which makes it a whole lot of fun to go around. Marbel or Koronadal, the provincial Capitol of South Cotabato can get quite warm. Lake Sebu, on the other hand, has been described as “Little Baguio.” It’s nice and chilly, and a good place for a breath of fresh, cool air.

 

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GETTING THERE
By Land: General Santos City Airport are also available for the 45-minute drive to Koronadal City, South Cotabato

By Water: Transit to South Cotabato from flights arriving in Davao and General Santos City can then be made by land aboard buses that ply the Davao to General Santos route (3 hours travel time) in transit to Koronadal City (45 minutes travel time) at the Ecoland Bus Terminal in Davao City and the Bulaong Bus Terminal in General Santos City. Taxis at the General Santos City Airport are also available for the 30-minute drive to Tupi, South Cotabato.

 

GETTING AROUND
Buses and vans are the main mode of transportationg that travels to South Cotabato's different cities. Travel within municipalities is through public utility tricycles and motorcycles.

 

LANGUAGES SPOKEN
  • Cebuano
  • Hiligaynon
  • Tagalog
  • English

 

MUST SEES!

  • Mt. Matutum
  • Mt. Parker Ranges 
  • Lake Maughan
  • Lake Sebu
  • Lake Sebu Church 
  • Lake Seloton
  • Ta'Henatal 
  • Punta Isla Resort 
  • T'boli Museum 
  • T'boli Tribe Lake Sebu
  • Lake Holon
  • Mt. Melibingoy
LET’S GO TRY
  • Balbakwa - Dish made from beef knuckles, or knees or tail and skin. 
  • Kinilaw 
  • Laswa - vegetable soup that makes use of any available vegetables.

 

LET'S GO EXPLORE & EXPERIENCE

  • Learn the intricate art of weaving dreams into the rich tapestry of the T’nalak from the T’Bolis.
  • Stay in a home of a T’boli family and learn about their lakeside lifestyle and ancient culture.
  • Go to Seven Falls for a winning view.

 

LET'S GO TO FESTIVALS & EVENTS

  • Helobung Festival – (held every 9th to 11th of November - celebrates the foundation anniversary of the municipality of Lake Sebu)
  • Linggong Matutum – (held every every March 13 to 20 - In celebration of the declaration of Mt. Matutum as protected landscape.)
  • Kasadyahan Festival - (held every September 1 to 11 - A convergence of various ethnic and cultural dances featuring Tupi as the province’s flower, fruit and vegetable basket and a town where various cultures abode.)

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

  • South Cotabato is a melting pot of people coming from different regions and tribes. There are over 20 different dialects spoken in the province and most of the South Cotabateños are multilingual, able to communicate in Hiligaynon and/or Cebuano, as well as in both Tagalog and English.
  • Lake Sebu's twin zippline is considered as the highest in Southeast Asia at 200 meters from the ground. The first zip line is 740 meters long and will leave you suspended for 35 seconds.

 

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
To experience the T’boli culture in full, visit South Cotabato in July during the Tinalak Festival, which celebrates the woven cloth produced by the tribe, or in November, during the Helobong (or Lemlunay) Festival, which highlights the art, culture, and tribal games of the T’boli people.


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