Cotabato Province has a lot of natural beauty that should be explored. You can discover an intriguing place to see around every corner, from the natural wonders of breathtaking falls to the ancient churches and mosques.

ABOUT COTABATO

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Cotabato province is strategically placed in the center of Mindanao, on the eastern side of the SOCCSKSARGEN Region. The province, known as the “fruit basket of Mindanao,” relies heavily on agriculture, and its broad plains and rolling terrain make it an ideal place to cultivate a wide range of crops and tropical fruits. The three municipalities of this province also contain the location of the highest peak in the nation. Kidapawan is Cotabato’s capital.

The name Cotabato comes from the Maguindanao term kuta wato from the Malay word “Kota Batu”, which means “stone fort,” and refers to the stone fort that served as Sultan Muhammad Kudarat’s residence in what is now Cotabato City.

LOCATION OF COTABATO

Cotabato is a province in the Philippines that takes up the southern-central portion of Mindanao and is located in the SOCCSKSARGEN area. 

THE 17 MUNICIPALITIES AND 1 CITY IN COTABATO

  1. Alamada
  2. Aleosan
  3. Antipas
  4. Arakan
  5. Banisilan
  6. Carmen
  7. Kabacan
  8. Kidapawan
  9. Libungan
  10. M’lang
  11. Magpet
  12. Makilala
  13. Matalam
  14. Midsayap
  15. Pigcawayan
  16. Pikit
  17. President Roxas
  18. Tulunan

MUST-SEE TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN COTABATO

  1. Al Jamela Weaving Center
  2. Asik-asik Falls
  3. Barter Trade Center
  4. Bokwan Falls
  5. Brassware
  6. Cotabato City Hall
  7. Dulao Falls
  8. Flortam Hot Spring
  9. Kalanganan Bai Walk
  10. Kirungdong Falls
  11. Kusiong Beach
  12. Kutang Bato Caves
  13. Kutawato Cave
  14. London Beach
  15. Mab-bu Falls
  16. Matigol Falls
  17. Nabuns Cave
  18. Nanilungan Falls
  19. New Israel Eco Park
  20. Office of the Regional Governor Complex
  21. People’s Palace
  22. Sang-Ngawan Falls
  23. Sinapangan Falls
  24. South Seas Mall Bai Walk  
  25. Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid ( The Grand Mosque in Cotabato City )
  26. Sultan Kudarat Monument
  27. Tamontaka Church (Church of the Immaculate Concepcion )
  28. Tausavan Falls
  29. The Old and the New City Hall
  30. Timako Hill
  31. Towsuvan Falls
  32. Traankini Spring
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Asik-asik Falls

MUST-TRY FOODS IN COTABATO PROVINCE

  1. Beef Sinina
  2. Coco bread
  3. Dalag rolletes in tomato sauce
  4. Dodol
  5. Kalintubo
  6. Pastil
  7. Sinina
  8. Sininang kambing
  9. Taro chips
  10. Tinagtag
  11. Tinapayan

FESTIVALS IN COTABATO

Kalibongan Festival

  • Location: Kidapawan, Cotabato,
  • Month: August

Kalibongan is a manobo term for the annual Grand Festival held in Kidapawan, Cotabato. Manobos, Bagobos, and other highland tribes from across the province travel to Kidapawan to proudly display their tradition and cultural heritage. The natives celebrate “partying” in their own way, with a traditional horsefight, a “blood compact” peace ceremony, and so on. For the Kalibongan festival, there is a large gathering of Mindanao’s major tribal groups and thanksgiving, as well as a demonstration of horse fighting, street dances, and manobos

THE BEST TIME TO VISIT COTABATO

The months of March, April, May, and August are the ideal times to explore Cotabato Province.