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Region XII South Central Mindanao - Department of Tourism

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									              SOUTH CENTRAL MINDANAO
                                 H I S T O R Y
       The most significant development in the political history of Mindanao was the
organization of six politico-military districts in Mindanao in 1860. The central district
embracing Cotabato included Polloc, Illana Bay as far as the Western coast of Zamboanga at
point Murcielagos and the Southern extremity of Mindanao down to point Glan. The capital of
the government was Cotabato City until 1872 when the city was destroyed by a strong
earthquake, after which the capital was Zamboanga City.
       The Central Mindanao region was created on July 7, 1975 under Presidential Decree
No. 742. Under this decree, Central Mindanao was composed of the provinces of Cotabato,
Sultan Kudarat, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao and the cities of Iligan,
Cotabato and Marawi. The extent of regionalization was further seen in the establishment of
Autonomous Region and Western Mindanaao (Regions XII and IX) by virtue of Presidential
Decree No. 1618.
       On August 1, 1989, Republic Act o. 6734 was signed in law, which provided for the
creation of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The former Regional
Autonomous Government of Central Mindanao has therefore been reverted to an
administrative regions in 1990. Executive Order 429 was also issued on 12 October 1990,
which provided for the reorganization of administrative regions in Mindanao and, in the
case of Region XII, mandated the transfer of regional offices from Cotabato City to
Koronadal City.
        On February 23, 1995, Republic Act 7901 “An act Creating Region XIII to be
known as the Caraga Administrative Region, and for other Purposed’ was enacted. Section 3
of thee said law provided for the transfer of Sultan Kudarat to Region XI following Surigao
del Sur’s transfer from Region XI to the Caraga Region.
      Pursuant to the provisions of the Final Peace Agreement signed between the
Government of the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) on
September 6, 1996, Executive Order No.371 was issued by his Excellency Fidel V. Ramos
on October 2, 1996. EO 371 established a Special Zone and Development (SZOPAD) in
Southern Philippines, which encompassed five regions , including Region XII.
       At the local scene, the municipality of Kidapawan became a city with the enactment of
Republic Act 8500 on March 21, 1998. In the same year, the Province of Sultan Kudarat
was reverted to Region XII by virtue of Republic Act 8744, “An Act Repealing Section 3 of
RA 7901 and to Return the Province of Sultan Kudarat to Region XII and other Purposes”,
which lapsed into law on December 18, pursuant to Article VI, Section 27 (1) of the
constitution.

                                 H I S T O R Y


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       In the year 2000, the status of the two local government units where elevated. The
municipality of Koronadal became a city on August 16, 2000 through Republic Act No. 8803.
On the other hand, the municipality of Tacurong in the Sultan Kudarat became a city on
September 18, 2000 by virtue of Republic Act o. 8805.
       On August 14, 2001, a plebiscite was conducted in the ZSOPAD to determine the
areas that shall comprise the ARMM, pursuant to RA 9054. The cities of Marawi in Region
XII and Isabela in Region IX joined the ARMM. (As a result administrative measure) following
the reconfiguration of ARMM, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo issued Executive Order
No. 36 dated September 19, 2001, which realigned the regions in Mindanao. The province of
Lanao del Norte and Iligan City of Region XII were transferred to Region X. The provinces
of South Cotabato, Saranggani, and the cities of Koronadal and General Santos of Region
XI became part of Region XII. Thus, per EO No. 36 Region XII is now composed of the
provinces of Sultan Kudarat, Saranggani, South Cotabato and Cotabato Province and the cities
of General Santos, Cotabato, Kidapawan, Koronadal, and Tacurong.
       The Region has a total land area of 20,566.26 sq. km, 20 percent of the total Mindanao
land area of 101,587 sq. km. Along the coasts are lowland areas covered with mangroves and
beaches. A chain of inactive volcanoes and low hills occupy the interior. The region belongs to
the fourth climatic which is characterized by having an event distribution of rainfall through out
the year. It is seldom visited by typhoon.
        Tourist spots include Mt. Apo, Lake Sebu, cultural villages, old Mosques and shrines, hot
springs and lakes. There are four feeder airports found in Lebak, Kalamansig, Tacurong City, all
in Sultan Kudarat and Surallah, South Cotabato; one national airport which is found in Cotabato
City and one international airport in General Santos.
        The adventurous travelers probably wish to conquer vast mountain wilderness or
explore the many forest, caves and wildlife reserves. The regions hectares of rubber, palm
plantation, citrus, pineapple, lanzones farms delight with nature’s freshest harvest.
       The artistry of the different ethnic tribes lends richness to local colors. Each tribes has
one way in common, the weaving of versatile tubular cloth called ”malong” and other hand-
woven products, found among the Maguindanaons and T’bolis. Visitors will find unique
souvenir items among them handicrafts, brasswares, beadworks, t’nalak cloth and hand-woven
products. Tribal festival, tour and visit to ethnic villagers provide insight into the everyday lives
of these cultural minorities. ( Source: MTRDP – 2002-2004)


                             COTABATO CITY
                                     H I S T O R Y
        Cotabato City has witnessed more history than any other place in Mindanao. Its
history dates back to the 15th century when Shariff Kabunsuan, an Arab missionary, landed along
the bank of Rio Grande de Mindanao and Introduced Islam to the Natives. Islam is the faith that
moved the early settlers to communal life, and established the Sultanate of Maguindanao with
its golden age ushered in by Sultan Dipatuan Qudarat during the 17th Century, the time when
Cotabato City developed as a capital town of Maguindanao.


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        In the nineteenth century, when Sultan Makakua ruled, roads and wharves were
constructed which gave rise to the birth of modern day Cotabato. However, the then
Municipality of Cotabato was first organized at the later part of 19th century when Spaniards
established a military post at Barangay Tamontaka, one of the earliest Christian settlements.
        On July 1, 1950, the then Municipality of Cotabato was made first class municipality
under Executive Order 466. Nine years later, on June 20, 1959, it was created a charter city by
virtue of Republic Act No. 2364.
       Today, Cotabato City is the seat of two administrative regions: Region XII, and the
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the city currently serves as the center of economic,
education, social, political, cultural and other basic services of South Central Mindanao and
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Geography and Location
        Cotabato City is located on the Northwest of Maguindanao Province. Approximately, it
is 698.9 nautical miles from Manila, the capital city of the Philippines. On the North, the city is
bounded by the Municipality of Sultan Kudarat, with Rio Grande de Mindanao as its boundary;
on the East by the Municipality of Kabuntalan; on the South by the Municipality of Dinaig and on
the West by Illana Bay. Cotabato City has a total land area of 17, 599 hectares.

Climate
       The city’s climate is generally characterized by even distribution of rainfall throughout
the year. Compared to other regions in the Philippines, Cotabato City has the lowest
frequency. The average temperature of Cotabato City is 25.5C.

Population
        The total population of Cotabato City is 163,849 as of 2000 CENSUS, distributed in the
city’s 37 barangays.


                                      ACCESSIBILITY
BY AIR
1.      PHILIPPINE AIRLINES
        2nd Floor Allied Bank Bldg.,
        Gen. S.K. Pendatun Avenue, Cotabato City
        Tel. No. : (064) 421-1212 / 421-7001 Airport : (064) 431-0136 / 431-0138
        Station Manager ; MR. TITO U. LABADAN

                                                                                             REGULAR
      DESTINATION           FLT. NO.     FREQUENCY            ETD              ETA             FARE
     Manila to Cotabato      PR 187          Daily         10:10 AM         11:40 AM        P 5,565.00
     Cotabato to Manila      PR 188          Daily         12:40 NN          2:05 PM          5,581.00


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2.      CEBU PACIFIC
        Cotabato Airport, Awang, D.O.S., Maguindanao
        Tel. No. : (064) 431-0512 / 0514 City Ticketing Office : (064) 421-1206 / 8873
        Station Manager : MR. NOEL T. EBEO

                                                                                                                   REGULAR
      DESTINATION            FLT. NO.          FREQUENCY                    ETD                     ETA              FARE
     Manila to Cotabato           5J 887              Daily               10:10 AM               11:40 AM          P 5,565.00
     Cotabato to Manila           5J 888              Daily               12:40 NN                2:05 PM            5,581.00

3.      SEAIR – SOUTH EAST ASIAN AIRLINES
        c/o Wee Wee Commercial (Authorized Ticket Outlet)
        Sinsuat Avenue, Cotabato City
        Tel. No. : (064) 421-2377 / 421-3788
        Manager : MR. JOHNSON WEE

         Destination                 Flight No.        Frequency                 ETD                      ETA

COTABATO-CEBU                         DG 851             Friday               11:45 am                  1:00 pm

CEBU-COTABATO                         DG 852             Friday                1:30 pm                  2:45 pm

COTABATO to ZAMBOANGA                 DG 956           Mon / Wed               3:10 pm                  4:00 pm
                                      DG 952             Friday                3:10 pm                  4:00 pm

ZAMBOANGA to COTABATO                 DG 955           Mon / Wed              10:35 am                  11:25 am
                                      DG 951             Friday               2:00 pm                   2:50 pm




                                           ACCESSIBILITY
BY SEA
Superferry
Aboitiz Transport System Corp.
National Highway, Salimbao, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao
Tel. No. : (064) 421-4175
Manager : MR. JOEL A. YBAÑEZ
                                           SCHEDULE

                Origin               Departure              Destination                Arrival
                            Day              Time                             Day                Time

              MANILA       Friday           8:45 AM         ILOILO          Saturday         4:00 AM
               ILOILO     Saturday          5:45 AM      ZAMBOANGA          Saturday         7:00 PM
            ZAMBOANGA     Saturday          9:45 PM       COTABATO           Sunday          7:00 AM
             COTABATO      Sunday          11:45 AM      ZAMBOANGA           Sunday          8:00 PM
            ZAMBOANGA      Sunday          10:45 PM       BACOLOD           Monday           1:00 PM
             BACOLOD      Monday            3:45 PM         ILOILO          Monday           8:00 PM
               ILOILO     Monday            9:45 PM        MANILA           Tuesday          5:00 PM


PASSAGE RATES



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                COTABATO – MANILA
                   ACCOMMODATION                          w/ MEALS                    w/out MEALS

                           JET SEATER                       2,300.00                    2,076.00
                          SUPER VALUE                       2,300.00                    2,076.00
                          MEGA VALUE                        2,300.00                    2,076.00
                            TOURIST                         2,450.00                    2,226.00
                         BUSINESS CLASS                     2,550.00                    2,326.00
                             CABIN                          2,750.00                    2,414.00
                    JAPANESE ROOM ( 2 )                     5,100.00                    4,652.00
                     STATE ROOM ( 2 )                       5,700.00                    5,028.00
                     SUITE ROOM ( 2 )                       5,900.00                    5,228.00



Sulpicio Lines
              FROM               DAY          ETD                TO             DAY                ETA

               Manila          Saturday       3:00 pm           Estancia       Sunday         8:00 am
              Estancia          Sunday       11:00 am            Ilo-ilo       Sunday         7:00 pm
               Ilo-ilo          Sunday       10:00 pm          Zamboanga       Monday         11:00 am
             Zamboanga         Monday         8:00 pm           Cotabato       Tuesday        5:00 am
              Cotabato         Tuesday        8:00 pm          Zamboanga      Wednesday       5:00 am
             Zamboanga        Wednesday       4:00 pm            Ilo-ilo      Thursday        6:00 am
               Ilo-ilo        Thursday        9:00 am           Estancia      Thursday        4:00 pm
              Estancia          Friday        9:00 am            Manila         Friday        2:00 pm



                                            ACCESSIBILITY
        DESTINATION                                 ACCOMMODATION                 FARE
        CBO-MNL                                      Suite (room rate 2pax) P 6,260.00 w/ meal
                                                     Cabin with T&B           2,620.00 w/ meal
                                                     Cabin w/o T&B            2,510.00 w/ meal
                                                     Economy                  1,885.00 w/ meal

        CBO-ZAM                                         Matrimonial (2pax)     P 2,880.00 w/ meal
                                                        Suite (room rate 2pax)   1,660.00 w/ meal
                                                        Cabin with T&B           780.00 w/ meal
                                                        Cabin w/o T&B            730.00 w/ meal
                                                        Economy                  535.00 w/o meal

        CBO-ILO                                         Suite (room rate 2pax) P 3,805.00 w/ meal
                                                        Cabin with T&B           1,865.00 w/ meal
                                                        Economy                  1,175.00 w/ meal

BY LAND

WEENA EXPRESS / PEOPLE’S TRANSPORT/ ERIC

Route : Cotabato to Davao
                                             STUDENT/                                          STUDENT/
               REGULAR FARE               SENIOR CITIZEN               REGULAR FARE         SENIOR CITIZEN
                   P 339.00                  P 271.00                      P 293.00                 P 235.00

PU (L300 VAN) – Cotabato City to General Santos City and Koronadal City and vice versa.


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HUSKY TRANSPORT

                           TYPE OF BUS   FREQUENCY          ETD           ETA
                             De Luxe        1st trip      7:00 am       11:00 am
                                            2nd trip      9:00 am       1:00 pm
               3rd 11:30 3:30
              trip am pm


4th trip
1:30 pm
5:30 pm

Air con
5th trip
2:30 pm
6:00 pm

De luxe
Last trip
4:00 pm
8:00 pm


Cotabato City – General Santos City

P 180.00 -      De luxe regular fare      P 190    -   Air con
                Disable/SP/Senior                      Disable/SP/Senior
                Citizen – less 20%                            Citizen – less 20%

FESTIVALS

EVENTS
DATES
VENUE
BRIEF DESCRIPTION


1. Lilang-Lilang Festival
  (Araw ng Cotabato City)




2. Immaculate
   Concepcion




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3.Shariff Kabunsuan
  Festival




4. Eid-el Fitr




5. Eid-ul Addha



June 12 – 25




December 8




December
15-19




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Movable




Movable


Cotabato City




Cotabato City




Cotabato city




Region Wide


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Region Wide


A celebration that has embraced the
Traditions of Phil. Independence Day to
The founding anniversary of the city
(June 20) up to the Araw ng Baranggay.
It is highlighted by Yamang Cotabato Trade Fair, Search for outstanding Cotabateño, sports
event, street parade and Layang-Layang (kite) Festival.

Biggest of the Christian religious activity, this celebration combines the merry atmosphere of
Christmas and the traditional “Pistahan” into a holiday for both the spirit and the body.
Highlight is a Marian Procession.

The grandest festival commemorating the arrival of Mohammad Shariff Kabunsuan, an Arab-
Malay missionary from Johore, Malay Peninsula to propagate Islam in mainland Mindanao.

Highlights include Guinakit Festival (fluvial), Kuyog street dancing and showcase competition,
“Inaul” festival, trade fair, cultural presentations, boat racing, longest “pastil” (native food) and
the “layagan” (crab) race.



A worldwide festival celebration of the end of the one-month fasting period of the Holy Month
of Ramadhan by the Muslim.

” A day of sacrifice or “yaum ul-tashrik” where the Muslim ummah who are capable, are
encouraged to offer “food festivities”, that is why it is called Hariraya Festival.




TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

HISTORICAL

A. TAKUMI BUTAI

Location:       LR Sebastian Compound Malagapas

Description: The shrine is located at L.R. Sebastian Compound, Malagapas. It was named after
Takumi, the Provincial Commander of the Japanese Imperial Army for the Empire Province of
Cotabato during the Second World War. Upon Takumi’s request, part of his ashes were
enshrined in Cotabato City, the place he considered his second home. August, the Japanese all
Souls month ushers Japanese national’s visit in homage to their hero.
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Means of transportation: Jeepney and Tri-cycle

B. TAMONTAKA CHURCH

Location:      Barangay Tamontaka, Cotabato City, one hundred meters from the National
Highway.

Description: Built in 1872 of Spanish Architecture. It is the oldest church in the city and the
relic of the living past.

Means of transportation: Jeepney, Taxi

NATURAL

A. PC HILL

Location:      This hill is basically located in the heart of the city.

Description: A stone fort towering over the city which a height of 90 ft., now houses the
Cotabato City Internal Defense Command. This is Cotabato City famous landmark. This
historic hill served as a watch tower for the natives in their defensive drive to detect and repel
assaults by enemies. From this hill, one can have panoramic view of the city and the Rio
Grande de Mindanao.

Means of transportation: Jeepney, Tri-cycle and Taxi


TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

B. KUTANG BATO CAVE

Location:     It is located at the foot of PC Hill. The cave is reputed to be seven kilometers
       long and of formidable, solid rock. Bagua entrance – cor. Mabini St. / S.K. Pendatun
Ave. – 557 meters Prov’l Capitol Entrance / from the gate of PC Hill - 12 meters Caverna
Español – from the gate of PC Hill – 152 meters.

Description: The only cave in the country that is right in the heart of the city. It’s various
entrances are all within the city and is a rarity that can only be had in the “Heart of Mindanao”.
This cave was also the source of the city’s present name “KUTA” means “FORT” and “WATO”
means “STONE”. Hence, the name “fort of stone” which later on became Cotabato. It’s wall of
white, beige and brownish shade glitters in the dark and echoes a colorful past dating back to
the days when no foreign foot yet trampled upon this land. The cave had given sanctuary to the
natives when the Spaniards tried to convert them into the Castillan faith and has served the
purpose when Filipino guerillas fought the invading force of Japanese Imperial army during the
World War II. When the Japanese firepower proved superior to that of the natives, the cave was
then used as an armory and even a garrison. There are four entrances, namely : the provincial
Capitol Cave, Bagua Cave, Caverna Español and the Kuweba ni Satur.


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Means of Transportation: Jeepney, Taxi and Tri-cycle

C. RIO GRANDE DE MINDANAO

Location: It is along the city wharf about 410 meters from corner Sinsuat Avenue and Quezon
Avenue.

Description: The second largest river in the Philippines and the longest in Mindanao estimated
to be 182 kilometers long and 96 meters wide. Water sports and boat racing are the popular
attractions of the river, usually held to coincide with the Shariff Kabunsuan Festival, Guinakit
Festival of Maguindanao Province, ARMM and the Feast of Peñafrancia.

Means of Transportation: Jeepney, Taxi and Tri-cycle.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

D. TIMAKO HILL

Location:   It is located in the Southwestern part of the city adjacent to the entrance of Rio
Grande de Mindanao.

Description: The hill overlooks the Illana Bay and is protected by Bongo Island. The place
itself is a good resort with its blue waters, sandy white beach, and is ideal for camping, skin
diving, snorkeling, boating, fishing and other water s ports. It also offers nature lovers an ideal
place for trekking, bird/white monkey watching and other leisure activity.

MAN - MADE

A. COTABATO CITY HALL

Location:      It is found in the heart of the city fronting the city plaza.

Description: A century old structure which houses almost all of the city government offices. It
showcases a unique architectural design depicting the Muslim Art.

B. OUR LADY OF LOURDES GROTTO

Location: The Grotto is located along the National Highway at Datu Odin Sinsuat,
Maguindanao.

Description: The Grotto itself is a replica of Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in France. The
compound is equipped with ideal retreat house for recollection and seminars, a mini zoo and
children’s park.

Means of Transportation: Jeepney and Taxi.

C. AUTONOMOUS REGION IN MUSLIM MINDANAO (ARMM) COMPOUND

Location:      Gov. Gutierrez Avenue, Cotabato City
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Description: It houses the office of ARMM Regional Governor, Regional Legislative Assembly
Cultural Center, The Regional Museum and most of the Regional Offices of Region XII and
ARMM. The compound showcases unique blend of modern and Muslim Architecture.

TOURIST FACILITIES

ACCOMMODATION

ESTOSAN GARDEN HOTEL
Gov. Gutierrez Avenue, Cotabato City
Tel No. 421-6777 to 81
Fax No. (064) 421-5488

Type of Rooms                        Rates              Amenities
Single (De Luxe)                   P 1,440.00           Conference Room, Swimming Pool
Suite (Junior De Luxe)               2,160.00           Business Center, Disco, Cable TV
Double (De Luxe)                     1,440.00           Restaurant, Ballroom, Parking Area
Executive Room w/Ref                 3,600.00           Hot and Cold Water
(Electric Fan w/o T&B)                 200.00
Twin (Electric Fan w/T&B)              400.00
Twin (Electric Fan w/o T&B)            300.00

EL CORAZON INN
Makakua Street, Cotabato City
Tel No. 421-3035/421-3240
No. of Rooms: 25

Types of Room                      Rates                Amenities
Single (Aircon)                       P 510.00                  Cable TV
Twin Regular (Aircon)              780.00               24 hr. room service
Double de luxe (Aircon)            840.00
Triple (Aircon)                    900.00               with sala P1,020.00
Suite Room                         900.00
Single (Electric Fan w/T&B) 290.00
Extra Bed                          120.00

PENSIONE RAFAEL
San Isidro Street, Cotabato City
Tel No. 421-2941
No. of Room: 23

Types of Room                        Rates              Amenities
Single (Aircon w/T&B)              P 430.00             Cable TV, Parking Area
Double (Aircon w/T&B w/TV)           600.00             24 hr. room service
Double (Electric fan w/T&B)          250.00             Hot and Cold Water

TOURIST FACILITIES


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Double (Electric fan w/T&B and
        Cable TV)                     600.00
Double (Aircon w/T&B, w/TV)           600.00

EVIES GARDENVILLE
General Luna Street, Cotabato City
Tel No. 421-4223/421-2271
No. of Room: 12

Type of Room                        Rates               Amenities
Single (Aircon)                   P 400.00 Swimming Pool, Restaurant
Double (Aircon)                     500.00      24 hr. room service
Triple w/ Aircon                    650.00
Extra Bed                           100.00

VIOLTAN PENSION HOUSE
Bonifacio Street, Cotabato City
Tel No. 421-7289
No. of Rooms: 17

Type of Room                        Rates                  Amenities
Single (Aircon)                  P 350.00           Restaurant, Parking Area
Matrimonial (Aircon)         500.00
Double/Twin (Aircon)                550.00
Family (Suite Aircon)               1,500.00
Non-aircon room w/ T&B
Sinle                                 300.00
Double                       450.00
Non-aircon w/o T&B
Single                                220.00

PACIFIC HEIGHTS PENSIONE HOUSE
San Vicente Street, Cotabato City
Tel No. 421-5832/421-3483
Tel Fax (064) 421-2249
No. of Rooms: 21
Accredited: Tourism

TOURIST FACILITIES

Type of Room                        Rates                  Amenities
Double                       1,200.00               Restaurant , 24 hr. room
Suite (Twin Bed)                    1,500.00               service, Hat and Cold Water
Suite (Matrimonial Bed)             1,800.00               Parking Area and Cable TV
Suite (Triple Bed)                  1,500.00
Family Suite                        2,000.00
Extra Bed                             200.00
Presidential Suite                  2,500.00


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HOTEL ROMEO
Don Rufino Alonzo Street, Cotabato City
Tel No. 421-1364
No. of Rooms: 10

Type of Room                           Rates                 Amenities
Single (Aircon)                        500.00 Restaurant, 24 hr. room service
Double (Aircon)                        625.00 videoke and conference room
Rooms w/ Double
Deck 6-8 capacity           250.00/pax

HOTEL CASTRO
Sinsuat Avenue, Cotabato City
Tel No. 421-5343
Fax No. (064) 421-7523 up to 24
No. of Rooms: 34

Type of Room                     Rates                 Amenities
Single                           650.00         Restaurant, 24 hr. room service
Double/Twin               830.00        Cold and Hot Water, and
Double Standard                  920.00         Conference Room
Family Room de Luxe
w/ Terrace                       1,020.00       An open air function area at
Single de Luxe w/ Terrace 805.00        the rooftop
Suite Room                       1,980.00
Additional Bed                   150.00
Matrimonial                      810.00
Single Aircon             450.00
Double Aircon                    700.00
Double w/ pull-out bed           700.00

TOURIST FACILITIES

AZALEAS PENSION HOUSE
Sinsuat Ave., Cotabato City
Tel. No. (064) 421-8122

Type of Room                           Rates                 Amenities
Single (Aircon)                        450.00                Coffee Shop
Double (Aircon)                        650.00                Communication Facilities

SARDONYX PENSIONE HOUSE
Gov. Gutierrez Street, Cotabato City
Tel No. 421-1364
No. of Rooms: 10

Type of Room                           Rates                 Amenities
Single (Aircon)                        500.00 Restaurant, 24 hr. room service
Double (Aircon)                        625.00 videoke, and conference room
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Rooms w/ Double Deck
6-8 Capacity                 250.00/pax

EL MANUEL HOTEL
Quezon Avenue, Cotaabto City
Tel No. (064) 421-9883
No. of rooms:

Type of Room                          Rates                Amenities
Presidential Suite                    2,200.00
De luxe                                850.00
Matrimonial                            750.00
Double Accommodation         750.00
Single Accommodation                   600.00
Economy                                250.00/300.00
Late Check Out                         150

DEPARTMENT STORE AND BAZAARS, SHOPPING MALLS

1. SOUTH SEAS COMPLEX                            5. GOOD MARK COMMERCIAL CENTER
   Don Rufino Alonzo St., Cot. City                 Don Rufino Alonzo St., Cot. City
   Tel No. (064) 421-2161                                 Tel No. (064) 421-2751



TOURIST FACILITIES

2. BARTER TRADE CENTER                         6. S-MART
   Gov. Gutierrez Ave.,               Don Rufino Alonzo St.
   Cotabato City                      Cotabato City
   Tel No.                            Tel No. (064) 421-7172

3. SUGNI SUPERSTORE                         7. FILIDIAN BAZAAR
   Bonifacio St., Cot. City Don Rufino Alonzo St.,
   Branch: Sugni Superplaza Cotabato City
   Supermarket Site, Cot. City Tel No. (064) 421-2122
   Tel No. (064) 421-2084

4. COT. COMMERCIAL CENTER 8. RANIS QUALITY HOUSE
   Don Rufino Alonzo St.,          Makakua St.
   Cotabato City                   Cotabato City
  Te No. (064) 421-2480            Tel No. (064) 421-3011

9. TODAY`S COMMERCIAL CENTER                     12. COTABATO SHOPPERS PLAZA
   Don Rufino Alonzo St.,                            Sinsuat Ave., & Don Rufino
   Cotabato City                                     Alonzo St., Cotabato City
                                                     Tel No. (064) 421-2943

10. GREAT EASTERN TRADING                        13. HOP AND SHOP
                                                 19
     Shariff Kabunsuan Blvd.,        Sinsuat Avenue,
     Cotabato City                          Cotabato City
     Tel No. (064) 421-2915                 Tel No. (064) 421-1355

11. HUA HING TRADING/YOSHI ICHI 14. SUPERAMA SUPERSTORE
  Don Rufino Alonzo St.,              Supermarket Site
  Cotabato City                       Cotabato City
  Tel No. (064) 421-2813              Tel No. (064) 421-2109

DINING ENTERTAINMENT

1. LAS HERMANAS RESTAURANT               5. ARMANDO`S STEAK HOUSE
  Sinsuat Ave., Cotabato City   Sinsuat Ave., Cotabato City
  Tel No. 421-1179                      Tel No. 421-5211
  Type of Food: Greaseless Chicken Type of Food: Steak Pecking Duck, Chinese
Cuisine

TOURIST FACILITIES

2. CASA BLANCA                         6. MAMI KING
   Sinsuat Ave., Cotabato City       Don Rufino Alonzo St.,
   Tel No. 421-2126                  Cotabato City
   Type of Food: Steak, Sizzling     Tel No. 421-2663
   Dishes, Grilled Fish                      Type of Food: Chinese Cuisine
                                             Dimsum Hongkong Style, Fastfood

3. SARDONYX PLAZA                             7. CONNIES VIDEOKE
   Sinsuat Ave., Cotabato City              Don Rufino Alonzo St.,
   Tel No. 421-3464/421-2685                      Cotabato City
   Type of Food: Chicken Dishes             Tel No. 421-2331
   Sizzling Steak                                  Type of Food: Chinese Cuisine

4. COTABATO FIESTA                            8. AIRALEEN RESTAURANT
   Circuit Rd., Cotabato City               Sinsuat Ave., Cotabato City
   Tel No. 421-5491                                Tel No. 421-
   Type of Food: Native                            Type of Food: Halal

9. CIRCUIT RESTO                    10. I LOVE SUSHI
  Circuit Road, Cotabato City                  Quezon Ave., Cotabato City
  Tel No. 421-2457                             Tel No. 421-8808
  Type of Food: Chinese and Native Dishes      Type of Food: Japanese Food

EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS

1.       COTABATO CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT
         Shariff Kabunsuan Blvd., Pendatun Street, Cotabato City
         Tel No. 160 / 421-2442

2.       COTABATO FIL-CHINESE VOLUNTEER BRIGADE
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         Quezon Avenue, Cotabato City
         Tel No. 421-3911

3.       COTABATO CITY POLICE STATION
         Gen S.K. Pendatun Avenue, Cotabato City
         Tel No. 166 / 421 -2749

4.       ROSARY HEIGHTS POLICE SUB-STATION
         Sinsuat Avenue, Cotabato City
         Tel No. 421-2782

TOURIST FACILITIES

5.       COTABATO REGIONAL HOSPITAL
         Sinsuat Avenue , Cotabato City
         Tel No. 169 / 421-2340

6.       COTABATO MEDICAL SPECIALIST HOSPITAL
         Quezon Ave., Cotabato City
         Tel No. 421-2339

7.       NOTRE DAME HOSPITAL
         Sinsuat Avenue, Cotabato City
         Tel No. 421-2954

8.       PUERICULTURE CENTER MATERNITY AND CHILDREN HOSPITAL
         Don Rufino Alonzo St., cor. Figueroa St., Cotabato City
         Tel No. 421-2369

LIST OF CONVENTION CENTER

1.       SHARIFF KABUNSUAN CULTURAL                3.CASA BLANCA STEAK HOUSE
         CENTER                                    AND GRILL GARDEN
         ORG Compound                              Sinsuat Ave., Cotabato City
         Gov. Gutierrez Ave., Cotabato City        Tel No. 421-2126
         Capacity: 750 seats                       Equipment/Facilities: 2 Function Roms,
         Equipment/Facilities: Centralized         Garden Room, Sound System, Portable
         Airconditioned, Permanent Stager, Rostrums,      Stage Modules, Tape and Record
Player
         Lecterns, Audio-visual, Room, Spotlight          Rostrum, Lectern, Blackboard and
         Foyer Area for Exhibits.                         Telephone

2.       DepEd-REGIONAL EDUCATION 4.                LAS HERMANAS RESTAURANT
         LEARNING CENTER                                   AND CATERER
         ORG Compound                               Sinsuat Ave., Cotabato City
         Gov. Gutierrez Ave., Cotabato City         Capacity: 500 seats
         Equipment/Facilities: Function Rooms       Equipment/Facilities: Conference/Lecture
         Audio-visuaal Room, Dormitory, Portable    Room, Blackboard, Chairs, Table & Floor
         Stage Modules, Rostrums, Lecterns,         Microphones, Function Rooms, Portable
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Blackboard.                                 Stage.


TOURIST FACILITIES


5.     NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY GYMNASIUM
       Notre Dame Ave., Cotabato City
       Tel No. 421-2643/421-2654
       Capacity: 1000 seats
       Equipment/Facilities: Chairs, Permanent Stage,
       Stage, Sound System, Cooling Equipment,
       Rostrum, Lectern, Blackboard Modules, Sound
       Technician, All rooms Airconditioned.


5.     ESTOSAN GARDEN HOTEL
       Gov. Gutierez Avenue, Cotabato City
       Capacity: 300 to 500 seats
       Equiptment/ Facilities:    Conference Room, Ballroom
       Airconditioned Room, Sound System,
       Telephone

GENERAL SANTOS CITY

HISTORY

       The City of General Santos was officially created on July 81968 by virtue of Republic
Act 5412.

      Its history however, dates back to the 14th century. As a geographic part of Cotabato
Empire, its people intermingled with the B’laans, Manoboos, Tagabilis and Maguindanaos.

         It was known as the Municipality of Makar in 1903 with a sprinkling of 33 inhabitants.
Its vast lands and rich marine resources caught the attention of General Paulino Santos, Sr. in
1938, who was the helping President Manuel L. Quezon shape social justice program to benefit
the Filipino tillers.

       Thus, on February 27, 1939,led by General Paulino Santos, Sr., the first 62 batchers
begun the formidable task of coaxing the virgin land to yield its riches.

        In January 1948, Buayan District became a full pledge municipality as provided by
Republic Act No. 82 with National Land Settlement Administration Hospital Administrator,
Ireneo I . Santiago as its first Mayor. The municipality included Glan Malapatan, Malungon
and Alabel which are now component municipalities of Sarangani Province, and Polomolok,
now a municipality of South Cotabato.

       Congressman Luminog Mangilen of Cotabato Province authored Republic Act No. 1107,
dated June 1954 to rename the place in honor of its great pioneer – General Paulino Santos.
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       The development of General Santos was further given impetus through the rural
development policy of Mayor Pedro Acharon who constructed feeder roads, artesian wells and
promoted agricultural of South Cotabato.

       Cleanliness and beautification became by-word for General Santos when Mayor Jorge
P. Royeca was its mayor. He was also very active in the move to divide Cotabato into two
provinces.

       Economic growth, however gained a very significant leap when Mayor Lucio Velayo
took over. In his incumbency, multi-million agri-based corporations such as DOLE Philippines,
General Milling Corp. and UDAGRI began operating in the area.

        Congressman James L. Chiongbian worked for the approval of Republic Act 5412 on
June 8, 1968 to convert the municipality of General Santos into a city without changing its name.

HISTORY

The city was inaugurated on September 5, 1968 with Hon. Antonio C. Acharon as its first
Mayor. Mayor Acharon led the progress of General Santos from 3rd class to first class city.
Agriculture and fishing industries flourished during his time. This earned a place for General
Santos in the international market and enhanced its demographic growth due to migration.

        The historic EDSA Revolution in February 1986 changed the political history of General
SantosCity. The then Ministry of the Local Government appointed Atty. Dominador Lagare and
OIC City Mayor and later he was replaced by Rosalita T. Nuñez. Antonio S. Munda, grandson
of General Paulino Santos, took over as Acting City Mayor from Rosalita Nuñez who was then
mayoralty candidate. After a couple of month, Mayor Antonio Munda was replaced by Marcelo
Agullana, then City Development Officer of the Local Government, who served as OIC Mayor
for one month.

       In the local elections of 1988, Rosalita Nuñez was elected Mayor of General Santos
City. On its 20th year as a city in 1988, General Santos was declared as a highly urbanized
city. The city firmed up its mark in the international market as an exporter of tropical fruits,
yellow fin tuna, wood, prawn and copra.

        With the assumption of Adelbert Antonio, who won the May 11, 1994 election, the city
continued to develop as a major economic growth center. This was further boosted by the
implementation of the Philippine Assistance Program (PAP) Infra Projects- the new General
Santos City International Airport, Makar Wharf Development, Fish port and the Agro-Processing
Center.

       Indeed, the city to watch in the Southern Philippines today is General Santos City which
is crucial to the BIMP-EAGA because of its huge economic resources and business
opportunities.

BASIC FACTS

TOTAL LAND AREA                       - 53,606 Hectares
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POPULATION                           - 411,822 (as of 2001 census)

NO. OF BARANGAYS                     - 26

CLIMATE                              - Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year and the
                                       area gas never been visited by typhoon.


COMMUNICATION - The city has access to the world via airmail, cargo
                               firms, direct telephone/cellular lines, paging system and
                               the world wide web.

INDUSTRY                             - Agriculture, Fishing.

COTTAGE INDUSTRIES                   - Food Sector, Furniture and Furnishings, Gifts, Toys
                                       and Housewares, Fibers/Garments, Coconut-based
  industries, Mineral and Metal.

MINERAL DEPOSITS                     - Limestone, iron, stand, sulfur, copper, nitrate,
                                       laminate, rutile and guano.

ECO-ADVENTURE                  - Diving, aquasports activities, mountain climbing
ACTIVITIES                            rapeling.


ACCESSIBILITY

       By air - The city’s international airport is serviced by major
                     Airlines to and from Manila, Cebu, Iloilo.

       By sea - The city’s makar wharf is considered one of the best in
                     the country. Boat regularly dock at t he city’s pier
                     from Manila, Iloilo, Davao, Cotabato and Zamboanga.

       By land - the city is accessible by land from any point in
                     Mindanao and the rest of the country.

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES
                                                                      Normal      Destination
     Flight No.    Frequency   ETD              ETA          Fare
MNL-GSC      PR453       Daily              07:00 am     08:45 am     P4,846.00 OW
GSC-MNL PR454            Daily              10:05 am     11:50 am     P9,846.00 RT

AIR PHILIPPINES

Destination   Flight No.             Frequency      ETD      ETA             Fare
MNL-GSC       2P 773 via Ceb         Daily          08:00 am 11:00 am       P 4,708.00 OW
GSC-MNL       2P 774 via Ceb         Daily          11:30 am 14:20 pm        P 9,398.00 RT
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HUSKY TRANSPORT

TYPE OF BUS
FREQUENCY
ETD
ETA

De luxe
1st trip
7:00 am
11:00 am


2nd trip
9:00 am
1:00 pm


3rd trip
11:30 am
3:30 pm


4th trip
1:30 pm
5:30 pm

Air con
5th trip
2:30 pm
6:00 pm

De luxe
Last trip
4:00 pm
8:00 pm


General Santos City - Cotabato City
P 180.00 - De luxe regular fare            P 190 - Air con
              Disable/SP/Senior                    Disable/SP/Senior
              Citizen – less 20%                   Citizen – less 20%

ACCESSIBILITY

SUPER FERRY 15/16
MANILA-ILOILO-GENSAN-DAVAO-GENSAN-CEBU-MANILA


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Origin
Departure
Transit
Time
Destination
Arrival
Port
Time


Day
Time


Day
Time



Manila
Iloilo
Gensan
Davao
Gensan
Cebu

Wed
Thur
Fri
Fri
Sat
Sun

1:45 pm
9:45 am
10:45 am
11:15 pm
10:15 am
1:45 pm

17.5
23
8
8
24.5
22

Iloilo
              26
Gensan
Davao
Gensan
Cebu
Manila

Thur
Fri
Fri
Sat
Sun
Mon

7:30 am
9:00 am
7:00 pm
7:30 am
11:00 am
11:59 am

2.5
2
4.5
3
3
8


FARE:

SUPER FERRY 17/18
MANILA-CEBU-GENSAN-DAVAO-GENSAN-ILOILO-MANILA


Origin
Departure
Transit
Time
Destination
Arrival
Port
Time


Day
Time


Day
                              27
Time



Manila
Cebu
Gensan
Davao
Gensan
Iloilo

Sat
Sun
Mon
Mon
Tue
Wed

9:45 am
9:15 am
11:15 am
11:45 pm
10:45 am
1:45 pm

21
24
8
8
24
19

Cebu
Gensan
Davao
Gensan
Iloilo
Manila

Sun
Mon
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thur

7:00 am
9:30 am
7:30 pm
           28
8:00 am
11:00 am
9:00 am

2.5
2
4.5
3
3
14


FARE:

FESTIVALS

EVENT                 DATE         VENUE                     BRIEF DESCRIPTION

Kalilangan Festival     FeB. 22-27 Oval Plaza                Commemoration of the
                                city’s foundation Lion’s Beach
        in 1939. The week-long affair                                                highlights
GSC the city’s                                               dynamic cultural life, from the
                                        Maguindanaons, B’laans to
        the pioneering settlers from                                       Luzon and Visayas
islands.

Tuna Festival Sept. 1-5       Oval Plaza/                 Celebration of the city’s
                                                          charter anniversary GSC
                                                 Fishport.        Fishing, which is
                                                 60% of the city economy, is
        the essential theme of the       festivity. Its highlights anchor        on the tuna industry
being the       prime fishing product.

Paskuhan sa           Dec. 1-31        Oval Plaza     A month long Christmas
                                              Festival featuring Gensan
                                       Festival Lion’s Beach
                              activities like caroling
                      contest, lantern- making
               competitions, bazaars,
               fireworks displays and more.

Kalaja Outdoor        August 19-21Kalaja,Conel          Eco-tourism festival promoting
                                                        Kalaja Cave Festival GSC
                                                as a destination in Gensan. It
                                                features outdoor trainings and
                                                competitions.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS


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HISTORICAL

GENERAL SANTOS CITY PARK

Location :     Along P. Acharon Blvd.

Description : The exact site where Gen. Paulino Santos, Sr. Landed to act on the
instruction of the late President Manuel L. Quezon to make the area a site for his
Resettlement Project for the landless.

CARLOS P. GARCIA PARK

Location :    At the heart of the city, fronting the City Hall, where the monument of the
General Paulino Santos Stands.

Description : An ideal place for promenaders.


JAPANESE BUNKERS

Location : Located at the 4 Brgy. of GSC namely:.Brgy. Mabuhay, San Isidro, Conel, Buayan,
lined Strategically apart.

Description : These dome shaped cement structures half embedded underground in a 6H
X 8W size are the defense structure of the retreating Japanese during WW II.

GENERAL SANTOS OLD CITY HALL

Location : City Hall Drive GSC

Description: The early seat of the government of General Santos City.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

CULTURAL

MSU MUSEUM

Location :           Tambler MSU, General Santos City
Description : Collection of artifacts and relics of the rich cultural heritage of the place.

GEN. PAULINO SANTOS MUSEUM

Location :      Notre Dame of Dadiangas College, Nat’l. Highway, GSC
Description : Memorabilia of the late founder of the city, Gen. Paulino Santos and his artworks
as well as the pictures of the works of the pioneers in the development of the place can be seen.

BANIG WEAVING


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Location :    Siguel, GSC
Description : The art of colorful Banig Weaving among this Muslim community.

BADJAO COMMUNITY
Location :     Along Bawing
Description : The relocation site of the Badjaos, one of the cultural communities of the
place.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

NATURAL

KALAJA KARST AREA (Kalaja Cave/Malakong Wall)

Location : Conel,General Santos City. Just 15 km ride or P15.00 fare, you’ll be at Kalaja Karst
Area, just a km hike and you’ll be at the cave, add another 2 km and you’ll reach Malakong
Wall. (JOP : est. 14km from the city proper)

Description : The area is surrounded with limestone’s cliffs. It has Kalaja river which irrigates
the low land farm area of the city. During dry season, the river main source of water comes
from a subterranean river named Kalaja Cave (a 207m cave that offers 20m of swimming and a
smooth walk in knee to waist deep running water). The area has an established rock climbing
route at Malakong Wall. The Wall offers beginners and Novice route to would be rock climbers.
It also has many of unexplored routes waiting to be climbed. The place has also many tunnels
left by the retreating Japanese forces during the WWII.

NOPOL HILLS

Location :    Mabuhay, Gen Santos City, about 45mins Jeepney ride from GSC on unpaved
road to Leyson Cattle Ranch. (JOP : est 17 + km from the city proper).

Description : The only land area in the City with 200 hectares or more of tropical forest and
animals especially warty pigs. It is a good place for camping and viewing the city at night time.
The place also offers scenic view of the City. South Cotabato, Sarangani Province and Sarangani
Bay.

SANSAPAN CAVE FALLS

Location :      Upper Labay, Gen. Santos City, 25 + km from the city proper. (JOP: 18km from
the city proper via Olympog road)

Description : The Falls is very unique as it enters on a vertical hole and drops 12 meters down
to a 20-meter cave. Water from the cave-falls comes from a river gorge, good for canyoneering
adventures.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

OLAER SPRING RESORT


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Location :     A 15 – minute ride from the city

Description : It is free-flowing natural swimming pool. Water flows, bubbles from
the underground huge boulders and streams into varying depths of the connecting areas or
pools for children and adults. Water is believed to be therapeutic and a little lukewarm.

Facilities :dressing room, showers room, picnic huts and tables, wide parking space.


SPRINGFIELD GARDEN RESORT

Location :     Just before Olaer

Description : A very ideal place for picnics and outings. It offers a natural swimming pool.

Facilities :   Convention place, picnic huts, catering services and numerous pools of varying
depths.

RAHAJ BEACH

Location :     20 minutes ride from the city

Description : Black-sandy beach ideal for swimming, boating, fishing, a two-hectares area
planted with coconut and thee mango trees.

Facilities :   Picnic huts, shower rooms, paddled boats, life-saving equipment.


TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

LONDON BEACH RESORT

Location :     25 minutes ride from the city

Description : Artificially covered with white sand   beaches

Facilities :  18 cottages equivalent to 18 rooms, swimming pool, canteen, picnic huts,
Watersports Facilities, sandy volleyball courts.


SOUTH SEA TROPICAL RESORT

Location :     20 minutes ride from the city

Description : Black sandy beaches

Facilities :   Swimming, boating, picnic huts, canteen, various water sports facilities.



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DUPALCO BEACH

Location :     20 minutes ride along Tambler

Description : Black Sandy Beaches

Facilities :   Picnic huts, swimming, boating, fishing


MAHARLIKA BEACH

Location :     20 minutes ride along Barangay Cabo

Description : Black sandy beaches

Facilities :   Natural Spring Pool, water sports, facilities, picnic huts, cottages, and wide
parking space.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

SIGUEL BEACH

Location :     25 minutes    ride from the city

Description : Black sandy beaches

Facilities :   Swimming and boating facilities, paddled boats and picnic huts.

CLO-JECK BEACH RESORT

Location :     25 minutes ride from the city

Description : Black sandy beaches

Facilities :   Picnic huts, paddled   boats

T’BOLI BEACH RESORT

Location :     Just before London Beach

Description : Black sandy beaches
Facilities :   Cottages, two-storey multi-purpose building for the meetings or conference
Wide parking space and some watersports facilities.

FAMILY BEACH RESORT

Location :     Sitio Cabo, Bawing

SOUTH SEA TROPICANA BEACH RESORT
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Location :      Tambler, General Santos City

Rates :

          Cottage single w/ ref             P 700.00
          Cottage double w/ ref        900.00


TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

MANMADE

GSC CHILDREN’S PARK
Location : Pendatun Avenue

Description: Ideal for promenaders

ST. PAUL NOVITIATE PARK

Location :      National Highway

Description : Situated in a very environmental-friendly atmosphere complete with children’s
playground facility

MAKAR WHARF

Location :      Makar

Description : Biggest wharf and the entry point of all passengers and cargo shipping lines. It
makes the city famous for being the biggest and the cleanest wharf in the country today.

GSC FISHPORT

Description : Tagged to be the second largest fish port in the country with international
standard. It includes a 30-meter wharf that can accommodated 2,000 GT reefer carriers, a 500-
metric ton capacity cold storage facility and modern blast freezing equipment, 4,000 sq.
meters for market hall and other services areas to support the area’s thriving fishing industry.

GSC INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Description : The newly built airport considered as one of the best airports in the country due to
the panoramic view of Mount Matutum on its background, a glimpse of the city on one side and
the clear blue waters of Sarangani Bay on the other side. It has an attractive terminal building
with landscape grounds.


TOURIST ATTRACTIONS


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MAYOR A. ACHARON SPORTS COMPLEX

Description : The site of the “ Palarong Pambansa ‘96” and the 1st BIMP-EAGA Friendship
Games” complete with sports facilities with rubberized oval and olympic size swimming pool.
It offers air-conditioned rooms beneath the grandstand which can accommodate 10,000 sports
spectators.

ROAD NETWORK PROJECT

Description : The 180 Kilometer road connecting Sarangani providence to the city is
another attraction. It does not only offer comfort ( due its world-class-standard facility) but the
site is backed by mountain ranges and dominated by low plains a along the costal areas of the
clear blue waters of Sarangani Bay.

GAISANO SHOPPING CENTER

Description : A 5-hectare shopping center complete with facilities and amenities of a shopping
arcade that can be called a city in its town.

VILLA AURORA SWIMMING RESORT

Location :     Just 50-meters away from National Highway near Yellow Bus terminal

Description : A very conducive place for outings.

Facilities :   Swimming pool for children & adults, picnic huts, canteen & parking space.

GENSAN GARDEN CENTER

Location :     At the right side of the oval plaza

Description : Different species of orchids, ornamental and indigenous plants of the area are
found and are available for sale

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

FREEDOM PARK ( the Oval Plaza)

Description : Located right at the heart of the city, very ideal for early morning joggers, bikers,
volley ball and soccer players and other sports enthusiasts. Also ideal for afternoon and
evening stroll.

GENERAL SANTOS CITY HALL

Description : The seat of the City government and a tourist spot in its self. It lies at the very
heart of the city with well-landscaped lawns fronting the Carlos P. Garcia Park.

TOURIST FACILITIES


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       ACCOMMODATION

       HOTELS

        EAST ASIA ROYALE HOTEL
        National Highway, General Santos City
Tel No. : (083) 552-4119 to 23 / 553-4129 Fax (083) 553-4129
Classification : Standard – Accredited by DOT
No. of Rooms : 104
Manager : Mr. Romeo Bartolome & Jean Manawis

Room Rates :

Standard Room
        2 double beds)         P       1,850 + +
De Luxe Room
        (king-sized bed, sofa bed) 2,200 + +
Suite                                         2,950 + +
Extra Bed                                       400
10% government tax and 10% service charge
all rooms are air-conditioned, fully carpeted and are equipped with cable TV, NDD/DD and a
hot and cold bath
Airport transfers

FAMILY COUNTRY HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER
Mateo Road, Lagao, General Santos City
Tel No. : 552-8895 / 552-8897
Classification : Standard
No. of Rooms : 69
Manager : Mr. Adriano Colingan

Room Rates

Presidential Suite    P       1,950.00         Additional Bed/Person P 200.00

                     Single      Double            Triple
Regular room    P 590.00      P 710.00           P 840.00
Standard room 930.00 1,050.00
DeLuxe room      1,150.00 1,350.00                  1,200.00 (Matrimonial)


TOURIST FACILITIES

Facilities :    Fully equipped suite rooms, numerous function rooms, open garden, function
space, restaurant, coffee shops, disco, swimming pool, live band nightly, rent-a-car service,
airport shuttle service, parking space.

PHELA GRANDE HOTEL
Magsaysay Avenue, General Santos City
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Tel No.        : 552-2950 / 2940 / 4925
Classification : Economy – Accredited by DOT
Manager        : Ms. Helen Amadeo – Anderson

Room Rates

Single       P        854.00      Family Room            P 1,708.00
Matrimonial Room 1,159.00         Family Room (3 pax)       1,952.00
Matrimonial DeLuxe1,464.00 Family Room (5 pax)       2,196.00
Twin Bed DeLuxe      1,464.00     Presidential Suite           2,196.00

Facilities :    Fully carpeted suite rooms, bath tub, V, Ref & US Domestic satellite, function
rooms, Chinese restaurant cuisine, disco, coffee shop, PABX telephone system in every room,
tour and travel agency, rent-a-car service, dance and fitness center. Airport shuttle service.

        SYDNEY HOTEL
        Corner Pendatun & Pioneer Avenue, General Santos City
Tel No.        : 552-5479 to 81
Classification : Standard – Accredited by DOT
No. of Rooms : 48
Manager        : Ms. Nila Dimaguilu

Room Rates

Standard Room (Matrimonial)          P 1,340.00
Standard Room (Twin Bed)               1,340.00
Family Room                            1,672.00
Superior Room                          1,793.00
Executive Room                         1,995.00
Extra Bed                                300.00
Extra Person                             100.00


TOURIST FACILITIES


Facilities : Fully carpeted suite rooms with bath tub, Cable TV, Ref & Teel., Convention
Room Function Rooms Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Bar, Rent-a-car service, elevator


HOTEL DOLORES
Santiago Boulevard, General Santos City
Tel No.        : (083) 301-5792 / 552-7128 / Fax 552-4139
Classification : Economy - Accredited by DOT
No. of Rooms : 35
        Manager      : Mr. Rodrigo Rivera, Sr.

       Room Rates


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Single                           P 675.00
Matrimonial                         900.00
Twin Room                           960.00
Family Room                1,200.00
Extra Bed                           100.00
Extra Person                         50.00

Facilities :   Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Souvenir Shop, Laundry Service.


ANCHOR HOTEL
Santiago Boulevard, General Santos City
Tel No.        : (083) 552-4660 Fax 552-4575
Classification : Economy - Accredited by DOT
        Manager      : Mr. Rodrigo Rivera, Sr.

Room Rates

Single (Superior Room)        P 850.00
Matrimonial (Superior Room) 1,050.00
Twin (Superior Room)           1,050.00
Executive Suite                1,600.00

TOURIST FACILITIES



Facilities/Amenities: Coffee Shop, restaurant, boardroom airport transfer, souvenir shop, fully
air-conditioned rooms, hot and cold shower, piped-in-music, telephone, Rent-a-car service on
call banquet service, cable TV, mini-bar, room service, safety deposit box, facsimile, IDD/NDD,
secretarial service and elevator.

LA TIERRA DEL SUR
National Highway, General Santos City
Tel No.        : (083) 552-4500 / 301-5707 Fax 552-2802
No. of Rooms : 30
Classification : Standard
Manager        : Ms. Teresa Belonia-Polintan

Room Rates

Single Standard Room         P       630.00
Double Regular                       650.00
Suite Matrimonial                    850.00
Standard Double Room                750.00




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Facilities :   Fully air-conditioned rooms with cable TV, hot and cold bath, piped-in-music,
Banquet & function rooms, restaurant, coffee shop, bar, Kusina Filipino, laser disk & videoke
entertainment, swimming pool, ballroom & discotheque, airport shuttle service.

TOURIST FACILITIES


MATUTUM HOTEL
Archaron Boulevard, General Santos City
Tel No.        : (083) 552-4901 / 301-8097
Classification : Economy
No of Rooms : 45
Manager        : Engr. Felix Enojado

Room Rates

Single Ordinary (w/out aircon)                   P 230.00
Single Standard (w/ aircon)                 452.00
Single DeLuxe Room                          632.00
Double Room                                 570.00
Suite Room                                         950.00

Facilities :   Carpeted Rooms, Function Rooms, Restaurant, and Disco.

PIETROS HOTEL AND RESTAURANT
        National Highway, General Santos City
        Tel No.      : (083)552-4333 / 3602 / 3543 / 7218 / 7221
No of Rooms : 42
Classification : Economy
Manager        : Mr. Piedro Niere

Room Rates

Economy Single                            P 400.00
Economy Double                                     500.00
Double Standard                                    550.00
Suite                                              850.00
Presidential Suite                              1,000.00

Facilities :   Cable Equipped Rooms, Restaurant.

TOURIST FACILITIES

HOTEL FILIPINO
Santiago Boulevard, General Santos City
Tel No.        : (083) 554-7088 / 554-7089
No of Rooms : 21
Classification : Tourist Inn
Contact Person : Mr. Wilfredo Tan
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Room Rates

Single Standard Room                                  P 650.00
Double Room                                         850.00
Matrimonial                                                 900.00
Famliy Room                                      1,200.00
Presidential                                             1,500.00


INNS, LODGING AND PENSION HOUSES


        T’BOLI HOTEL
        National Highway, General Santos City
        Tel No.      : (083) 553-2313 / 553-3042
No of Rooms : 22
Classification : Tourist Inn
Manager        : Mr. Orlando Mirabueno

Room Rates

Single (Standard Room)                         P 510.00
Single DeLuxe Room                          610.00
Double De Luxe                                      850.00
Executive Suite                                  1,100.00

Facilities :  Restaurant for 300 pax, video projection system, function room area for 50 pax,
hot and cold baths, generator.

TOURIST FACILITES


CAMPBRIDGE FARM RESORT
Neñez St., Purok Malakas, General Santos City
Tel No.        : (083) 552-5373
No of Rooms : 19
Classification : Economy

       Room Rates

Single Standard Room                P         400.00
       Single Economy                                  300.00
       Double standard                                 500.00
       Double De Luxe                                  700.00
       Suite Room                                      980.00

Facilities : Fully air-conditioned suite rooms with water bed, restaurant, coffee shop, bar,
swimming pool, wide parking space for guest’s vehicles.
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       MICHAEL’S INN
       Acharon Blvd., General Santos City
Tel No.      : (083) 553-5983 / Fax 552-8273
No. of Rooms : 35

Room Rates

Single, non-aircon                            P 180.00
Double                                          230.00
Double (2 pax)                                  360.00
Double (4 pax)                                  430.00
Family room                                     560.00
Additional Bed                                  100.00


TOURIST FACILITIES

LEA’S PENSION HOUSE
Corner Clariza and Rambutan Sts., General Santos City
Tel No.       : (083) 552-3721
No. of Rooms : 36

Room Rates

Single room (non-aircon)                      P 300.00
        Single w/ Cable TV                      350.00
        Single Aircon w/ Cable TV               450.00
        Single DeLuxe                                      500.00
        Single Suite (aircon/Cable TV)                     600.00
        Single Suite (Cable TV & Ref)                      650.00
        Double room (aircon w/ Cable TV)          550.00
        Executive Suite                                    700.00

DADIANGAS LODGE
Pioneer Avenue, General Santos City
Tel No.      : (083) 552-4876 / 2712
No of Rooms : 29

LONDON BEACH RESORT
Tambler, General Santos City
No of Rooms : 18

       Room Rates :

       Matrimonial Fan                               P 660.00
       Matrimonial Aircon                         880.00


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SHANGHAI RESTAURANT & LODGING HOUSE
J. Catolco Ave., General Santos City
Tel No.       : (083) 552-3972
No of Rooms : 15

GEM’S PENSION HOUSE
Magsaysay Avenue, General Santos City
Tel No.     : (083) 552-4797
No of Rooms : 15

TOURIST FACILITIES

ELEONA’S PENSION HOUSE
A. Ramos Street (former Lapu-lapu)
Tel. No.     : (083) 553-8776
No. of rooms : 33

Room Rates

Single Standard Room                                  P 325.00
Single DeLuxe Room                                475.00
Double Non-aircon                                 375.00
Double Standard                                          475.00
Double De Luxe                                           575.00
Twin Bed                                                 700.00
Family Room                                    1,100.00

OCEAN ROAD HOUSE
Makar, General Santos City
Tel No.      : (083) 552-8801
No of Rooms : 20

MEDO’S PENSION HOUSE
Salvani Street, Morales Subd., General Santos City
Tel No.         : (083) 552-6622
No of Rooms : 12

CONSTAR LODGE
Veterans Street, General Santos City
Tel No.       : (083) 552-2214
No of Rooms : 33

       CONCRETE LODGE
       Pioneer Avenue, General Santos City
       Tel. No.            : (083) 552-4876
       Contact Person      : MR. ALVIN LU

       Room Rates :


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     Regular Room w/ ceiling fan         P 175.00 / head
     Room w/ Aircon                               350.00
     Room w/ aircon (2 pax)                       450.00

TOURIST FACILITIES

     CITIFRONT LODGE
     Pioneer Avenue, General Santos City
     Tel. No.            : (083) 301-8937
     Contact Person      : MS. EVELYN CONGSON

     Room Rates :

     Single Room (Ordinary)              P 195.00
     Twin Bed                              450.00
     Matrimonial                           375.00

     JEDS HAVEN
     Rambutan St., General Santos City
     Tel. No.             : (083) 301-0282
     Contact Person       : MS. JENNY DIZON NONO

     Room Rates :

     Single Standard                     P    480.00
     Double Standard                         545.00

     JOANNS PENSION HOUSE
     Camias St., General Santos City
     Tel. No.             : (083) 552-2320
     Contact Person       : MS. LIZA PASCUA

     Room Rates :

     Single Fan                          P    200.00
     Double Fan                              280.00

     JOHNZEN PENSION HOUSE
     Yumang St., General Santos City
     Tel. No.             : (083) 552-2118/ 3013159
     Contact Person       : MS. AMY Y. BABAC

     Room Rates :

     Single Standard (Non-aircon) P   375.00    Twin Bed            P   600.00
     Single DeLuxe (Class A)                500.00    Matrimonial                650.00
     Single DeLuxe (Class B)                475.00

TOURIST FACILITIES
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     KING’S VALLEY INN
     Aparente St., Purok Malaks, General Santos City
     Tel. No.             : (083) 301-0261
     Contact Person       : MR. RODOLFO AYUBAN

     Room Rates :

     Standard Rooms                   P    570.00
     VIP with Jacuzzi                     795.00
     Executive Rooms                      620.00

     ROSARIO’S PENSION HOUSE
     Camaia St., General Santos City
     Tel. No.             : (083) 301-0355/301-3360
     Contact Person       : MR. ARMANDO MAPALO

     Room Rates :

     Single Standard w/ aircon        P    395.00
     Double Standard                                495.00

     VINCE PENSION HOUSE
     Magsaysay Avenue, General Santos City
     Tel. No.           : (083) 301-7538
     Contact Person     : MR. ABDUL GAPOR ANUK

     Room Rates :

     Single Standard w/out aircon P 220.00    Double Economy            P 490.00
     Single Economy w/ aircon       380.00    Double DeLuxe               580.00
     Single DeLuxe                         420.00   Executive                      900.00
     Matrimonial                           440.00

     ZABALA LODGE
     Magsaysay Avenue, General Santos City
     Tel. No.           : (083) 302-0952
     Contact Person     : MR. FRUCTOSO ZABALA

     Room Rates

     Single Bed                       P 150.00         Double (2 pax)         P 350.00
     Single Bed (2 pax)                 200.00

TOURIST FACILITIES


DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT


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       CASA LUISA RESTAURANT, INC.
       J. Catolico Street, General Santos City
       Tel No.        : (083) 552-4430
       Specialty      : Native / Chinese, Panga Buntot

       RYAN’S RESTAURANT & LECHON HOUSE
       Saging Grande Hotel, Gen. Santos City
Specialty    : Chinese cuisine

SUNBURST FRIED CHICKEN
Pendatun Avenue, Gen. Santos City
Specialty   : Filipino, American and other International cuisines

GRAND INIHAW
National Highway, Gen. Santos City
Specialty    : Filipino, American and other cuisines.

MATUTUM HOTEL AND RESTAURANT
Matutum Hotel, Gen. Santos City
Specialty    : Chinese Cuisines

PIETROS RESTAURANT
Pietros Hotel , Gen. Santos City
Specialty      : Steaks

FERNANDO’S STEAK HOUSE
Hoteel Sansu, Gen. Santos City
Specialty     : Steaks

SHANGHAI RESTAURANT
Santiago Blvd., Gen. Santos City
Tel No.      : (083) 552-3792
Specialty    : Chinese Foods


TOURIST FACILITIES

CAPITOL RESTAURANT
P. Acharon Blvd., Gen. Santos City
Tel No.       : (083) 552-2301
Specialty     : Chinese Foods

NEW CALPIN RESTAURANT
P. Acharon Blvd., Gen. Santos City
Tel No.       : (083) 552-2252
Specialty     : Chinese cuisine

MANOKAN SA NEGROS
Pioneer Avenue, General Santos City
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Tel No.       :   (083) 552-5992
Specialty     :   Chicken Barbecue

MI-MOSHO-BE JAPANESE RESTAURANT & SUSHI BAR
J. Catolico Ave., Lagao, General Santos City
Tel No.       : (083) 552-2035
Specialty     : Japanese Food

JO-AN’S RESTAURANT AND BAKESHOP
P. Acharon Blvd., Gen. Santos City
Tel No.       : (083) 552-2312
Specialty     : Filipino and other international cuisines

757 INN RESTAURANT
J. Catolico Ave., Lagao, General Santos City
       Tel No.        : (083) 552-2623 / 4969
Specialty     : Chinese Cuisines

AVC DIMSUMS RESTAURANT
Gaisano Complex, General Santos City
Tel No.     : (083) 552-5024
Specialty   : Chinese Cuisines

BARRIO GAISANO
Gaisano Complex, General Santos City
Tel No.     : (083) 552-2355 / 2211 / 6684 / 6685
Specialty   : Various cuisines


TOURIST FACILITIES


PUROK MANOKAN BARANGAY SAN MIGUEL
Gaisano Complex, General Santos City
Specialty   : Barbecue

CHIQUENHAUSE RESTAURANT
Magsaysay Ave., Gen. Santos City
Tel No.     : (083) 552-2542
Specialty   : Fried Chicken

JOLLIBEE
Gaisano Complex, General Santos City
Specialty   : Fast Food

CARMELA RESTAURANT
Kimball Plaza, Gen. Santos City
Specialty     : Chinese Cuisines


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TROPICS GOURMET
Quirino Ave., Gen. Santos City
Tel No.       : (083) 552-2355
Specialty     : Ihaw-ihaw

GOLDEN PETER PAN & PASTRY SHOP
Pioneer Avenue, General Santos City
Specialty    : Fast Food and Cakes

ALOK NI TIBONG MANOK AT IHAW-IHAW
J. Catolico Ave., Lagao, General Santos City
Specialty     : Ihaw-ihaw

KAMAYAN SA TAGPUAN
J. Catolico Ave., Lagao, General Santos City
       Tel No.        : (083) 552-4635

NR LECHON MANOK
Laurel East Ave., Gen. Santos City
Tel No.      : (083) 552-2365
Specialty    : Lechon Manok

JAM’S IHAWAN                                       NADIS IHAW-IHAW
I. Santiago Blvd., Gen. Santos City I. Santiago Blvd., Gen. Santos City

TOURIST FACILITIES


SHAKEY’S PIZZA
Santiago Blvd., Gen Santos City
Specialty     : Pizza Pie

DRAGON PALACE RESTAURANT                                HEIGHTS CHICKEN HOUSE
National Highway, Lagao, Gen. Santos CityJ.B. Aparente Ave., Gen.
                                  Santos City
Tel No.: (083) 552-3223                          Tel No.: (083) 553-3241


NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT

NIGHT SHIFT BAR                                     PRE-DERANG-DERANG
J. Catolico Ave, General Santos City         Corner Bayabas, Nat’l
                                       Highway
Tel. No: (083) 552-5270                             General Santos City

PRE-DERANG-DERANG                           MAMAGAY RESTOBAR
Corner Bayabas, Nat’l Highway               I Santiago Blvd.
General Santos City                         General Santos City


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MAMAGAY RESTOBAR                              BABES RESTO BAR
I Santiago Blvd.                              East Asia Hotel Complex
General Santos City                   J. Catolico Ave, General Santos City

BABES RESTO BAR                               SOL COFFEE SHOP
East Asia Hotel Complex                       East Asia Hotel Complex
General Santos City                   J. Catolico Ave, General Santos City

SOL COFFEE SHOP                              BRIAN JAY
East Asia Hotel Complex                      Osmeña Street, General Santos City
J. Catolicco Ave., Generasl Santos City
Tel # 552-5270

      OVERTIME DISCO                                ZIRCON DISCO
P.Acharon Blvd., General Santos City         Phela Grande Hotel, General Santos
                            City

       MONT CARLO BALLROOM                      ZED PIZZA
Tierra Verde Hotel                        Roxas East Ave., General Santos City
       National Highway, General Santos City
       Tel # 552-4500

TRANSPORTATION

       LAND:

YELLOW BUS LINE, INC.                            REGEL KENT TAXI SERVICES
National Highway, General Santos City     P. Acharon Blvd., General
                                   Santos City
Tel No. : (083) 552-2148                  Tel . No. : (083) 552-2711

      AVIS TAXI & Rent-a-Car Services         D’NEMJ Rent-a-Car Services
Angkalian Bldg., National Highway      Family Country
                                       Homes,General Santos City
      Tel. No. : (083) 552-5973 / 6225        Tel. No. : (083) 552-3068 / 8898

EAGA Rent-a-Car Services                     DEL REY TAXI
Rivera St., Lagao, Gen. Santos City          General Santos City
Tel. No. : (083) 552-3470                    Tel. No. : (083) 552-7676

DOLLAR Rent-a-Car Services                         WALING-WALING Taxi Services
757 Restaurant, Lagao, Gen. Santos City      Sampaguita St., Gen. Santos
                                   City
Tel. No. : (083) 552-3212/4969               Tel. No.: (083) 552-4283

KABILA TRANSPORT SEEVICES                    ALEXANDY TAXI & Taxi Services
3rd Barrio, Lagao, General Santos City       Purok Malakas, Gen. Santos
                                    City


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Tel. No. : (083) 552-3309                         Tel. No.:(083) 552-3297/
                                                  9945/3106

                TIERRA VERDE Rent-a-Car Services
                National Highway, General Santos City
    Tel. No. : (083) 552-4500/2240

               BOMTOWN TAXI & Rent-a-Car Services
               National Highway, General Santos City
   Tel. No. : (083) 552-8891/8892

TOURIST FACILITIES

SEA (SHIPPING LINES)

       ABOITIZ TRANSPORT SYSTEM
Makar Wharf,, Gen. Santos City
Tel. No. : (083)552-4921 / 4962/4717/3537

LORENZO SHIPPING CORPORATION
Makar Wharf, Gen. Santos City
Tel. No. : (083) 552-1415/4458/4036/4236

       M/V LORCON LUZON & LORCON MINDANAO
       Direct General Santos City – Manila sailing weekly.

       PACIFIC PRINCESS – Manila - Iloilo - Zamboanga – GenSan Weekly

WG & A SUPERFERRY                   NEGROS NAVIGATION
DAVAO GSC ILOILO-MANILA             Makar Wharf, General Santos City
weekly                              Telefax # (083) 380-3554
                                           National Highway, Labangal, GSC
       Tel. No. : (083) 553-5974    Fax No. : (083) 552-5973

SULPICIO LINES, INC.               WILLIAM LINES
Makar Wharf , GSC                  Makar Wharf , General Santos City
Tel. No.: (083) 552-2181/5242/2304 Tel. No.: (083) 552-4461 / 3120 / 3301

       EPA Shipping Lines LINES SM MABUHAY SHIPPING AGENCY
Makar Wharf, GSC                  Makar Wharf, General Santos City
Bitung, Indonesia Route,                 Bitung Indonesia Route
Tel. No.: (083) 380-3591/552-2200 Tel. No. : (083) 552-2995 / 552-7664

       EAGA AGRO MARINE                   PUTRI SHIPPING AGENCY
Makar Wharf , GSC                   Makar Wharf, General Santos City
Bitung Indonesia Route                    Bitung, Indonesia Route
Tel. No. : (083 553-4552 / 552-9824

MAESRK – FILIPINAS, INC.            SOLID SHIPPING LINES
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c/o DOLE PHILS. Calampung, GSC Makar wharf , Gen Santos City
Tel. No. : (083) 552-2676      Tel. No. : (083) 552-4688 / 4589 /4986


TOURIST FACILITIES

AIR

       PHILIPPINE AIRLINES
National Highway, General Santos City       Tel. No. : (083) 552-5282

       AIR PHILIPPINES
       General Santos City International Airport, Gen. Santos City

SHOPPING

        GAISANO CENTER                                  RAKYAT TRADING
J Catolico Ave., Gen Santos City            Magsaysay Ave. Gen Santos
                                    City
Tel # 552-3355 / 2211 / 6684        (       House of Batik)

HALEEIUS MALL                                      HOUSE OF RAMIE
Pendatun Avenue, Gen Santos City            Santiago Blvd., GSC

AAB GARMENTS                                     MARANAO COMPLEX
Pendatun Avenue, Tel # 552-2882             Cagampang St. Public Market
       Native products Malong, Batiks, etc.

               CONLU DEPARTMENT STORE
               Pioneer Ave., Gen Santos City
               Tel # 552-3481 Native Products


SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES

      MATUTUM BOWLING LANES                   GSC TENNIS COURT
De Vera Street, Gen. Santos City Tel. No. : (083) 552-2921 / 4234

DOVER LANES                                DANCE & FITNESS CENTER
Santiago Blvd., Gen Santos City     Phela Grande Hotel
Tel. No. : (083) 552-3625           Magsaysaay Ave, Gen Santos City
                                           Tel. No. : (083) 552-4230 / 4925

MUSCLE CAMP & FITNESS CENTER
National Highway, General Santos City
Tel. No. : (083) 552-5013

MAYOR A. ACHARON SPORTS COMPLEX
Calumpang, General Santos City
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LAGAO COCKPIT                      LID WINA DRIVING RANGE
National Highway GSC               Santiago Blvd., General Santos City

TOURIST FACILITIES

TOURISM ASSOCIATIONS

CITY TOURISM, CULTURAL PROMOTIONS & DEVELOPMENT OFFICE
General Santos City Hall, General Santos City   Tel. No. : (083) 553-9678
      Tourism Officer: Ms. Coralynn G. Espinosa

       GENERAL SANTOS CITY TOURISM BOARD
       President: Mr. Richard Torrato
       c/o GYPSY Travel & Tour – SAF 1 Bldg., Magsaysay St., Gen. Santos City

TRAVEL AND TOUR AGENCIES

MEILIH TRAVEL & TOURS                       GYPSY TRAVEL & TOURS
Phela Grande Hotel,          SAF 1 Bldg., Magsaaysay St. GSC
Atis – Magsaysay St., Gen. Santos City Tel. # (083)301-2930/301-2836/554-
                                            2118
       Tel. No. : (083) 552-4220 / 552-2950 / 552-4925

       PTN TOURS AND TRAVEL                       GENSAN TRAVEL PLUS INT’L.
Tierra Verde Hotel,         Magsaysay Ave., General Santos City
National Highway, Gen. Santos City Tel. No.: (083) 553-2185 / 554-6536
       Tel. No.: (083) 552-7685 / 552-8758        Manager – Ms Emily Uy

RECREATIONAL

       JOVER BOWLING LANES                    MATUTUM BOWLING LANES
Santiago Blvd., Gen. Santos City National Highway, GSC

       GENSAN SUPERLANES                         LIDWINA’S DRIVING RANGE
       National Highway, GSC              Santiago Blvd., GSC

ANCHOR DRIVING RANGE                      MR. BIG SHOT BADMINTON COURT
    National Highway, GSC                       National Highway, GSC

       ABI’S BADMINTON COURT            NKAT BADMINTON COURT
Santiago Blvd., GSC        National Highway, GSC

OVAL BASKETBALL COURT                     ACHARON SPORTS COMPLEX
Oval Plaza, GSC                           Brgy. Calumpang, GSC

DACERA SWIMMING POOL                      OVAL SOCCER GROUND
GSC-Mabuhay Road, GSC              Oval Plaza


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GSC TENNIS COURT                             LAGAO TENNIS COURT

KORONADAL CITY

HISTORY

       The city of Koronadal used to be a small town teeming with immigrants from many parts
of Visayas and Luzon, mostly Ilongo and Ilocano. But prior to their coming, the colorful history
of Maguindanoans and B’laans already flourished even before Koronadal blossomed into a town.
The B’laans moved into the highlands overlooking a vast plain cogon grass and murky waters
which they literally called “kalen” (cogon) “datal” (plain). The natives also called the murky
water as “marb-el.

        After long years of hardwork, creativity and ingenuity, City of Koronadal is now
celebrating the glory and greatness of its success. Its conversion to a component city in 2000 is a
tangible result of its commitment to excellence. It is religiously guided by its vision to become
the leading agri-industrial center in region XII and a mission to promote a God-loving and
progressive community.

        With colorful lights glowing in the distant silhouettes, City of Koronadal is no more a
vast plain of cogon grass swamped in murky waters. Now the Administrative Center of Region
XII, each day adds up a new light of growth, business and eco-tourism is this part of the country.

         In 2003, Koronadal’s winning edges led to its recognition from the prestigious and highly
respected Asian Institute of Management as the country’s Most Competitive Small-sized City, a
much coveted title contested by 25 small cities in the Philippines. Koronadal bested other small
cities in credible standards like low cost of doing business and broad market base, proximity to
other growth centers, competent workforce, vibrant tourism sector, strong supporting
environment and very responsive and very responsive local government.

       The city’s strategic location in South Cotabato gives it an advantage in catering to
commercial, agricultural, residential and industrial investments. It has an absolute inland access
to major points in Mindanao with a road network of 565.79 kms. Daily flights of PAL, AirPhil
and Cebu Pacific and regular sailing of WG&A, Negros Navigation and Sulpicio Lines via
General Santo City lead on the way to City of Koronadal.

        The rise of commerce and trade in this young city is taking aggressive movements with a
host of modern information and communication facilities, infrastructures, educational, banking
and lending institutions, very accessible transportation facilities, stable peace and order

HISTORY

condition, tourism industry, fat investment incentives and a very supportive local government
unit in the background. With so much people from all over the region flocking in the city being
the newly declared Administrative Seat of Region XII, these opportunities give a satisfactory
return of investments.


LOCATION
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         Covering a total land area of 27,700 hectares, City of Koronadal constitutes 8.41% of the
total land area of the province of South Cotabato. It is the Southwestern part of Mindanao, the
country’s second largest island. It occupies the Southwestern part of South Cotabato.

POPULATION :          133,786 (200 census)


CLIMATE

        Koronadal is a typhoon free city. March to June are hot and dry while rains abound from
July to October. November to February are pleasantly cool and dry. Highlands around the city
dop to about 15 ºC.


LANGUAGE AND DIALECTS

       Hiligaynon is the most widely spoken dialect. Cebuano and Ilocano also compose the
conversation of people in the city. Maguindanaon, Maranao and B’laan dialects are significant.
Tagalog and English are officially used for business correspondence and transactions.

ACCESSIBILITY

AIR:

GEN. SANTOS CITY AIRPORT
Gen. Santos – Manila - Daily Flight
Gen. Santos – Cebu - Daily Flight

SEA:

MANILA TO GENSAN
Superferry (via Iloilo-Davao)
NEGROS NAVIGATION (Via Iloilo-Zamboanga)

LAND:

YELLOW BUS LINE INC.
Gen. Santos Drive, Marbel

Services :     Air-conditioned Bus, deluxe (non-stop)
               Stationary and one stop (Digos), Gen. Santos City

Davao City
Route : Gen. Santos - Marbel – Tacurong via Tantangan & vice versa
Maarbel-Gen. Santos-Malungon via Digos-Davao City
Davao City- Digos – Malungon – Gen. Santos City - Tacurong



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FESTIVALS

EVENT          DATE           VENUE                         BRIEF DESCRIPTION

Hinugyaw sa December          Koronadal City         Nightly celebrations of carols,
                                                     dances and
Pascua    16-23                                      Christmas carols.

Hinugyaw Festival January     3-10 Koronadal city A week long festival of merry-
                                                    making, drum-beats, beer
                                            festivals, street dancing, side
                                            walk bargain shops, fun fare
                                    and trade       exhibits.

Charter Aniversary    October 8       Koronadal City           A celebration of the
                                                      cityhood of Koronadal, a
                                               weeklong celebration of
                                      nightly fest, beer festival,
                               concerts, street dancing and
                       mardi gras, side walk bargain
                       shops, fun fare and trade
               exhibits

Patronal Fiesta June 13       Koronadal City       A celebration of the feast of
                                            St. Anthony de Padua, patron
                                    saint of the Diocese of
                              Koronadal.


TOURIST ATTRACTION

NATURAL

SUPPON FALLS

Location : Brgy. San Jose, Koronadal City

Description : A 20-ft high bulk of cascading water. It takes one-hour hiking from the base of
       the mountain to reach the falls.

SIOK FALLS

Location : Brgy. Mabini, Koronadal City

Description : A majestic 40-ft high waterfalls. It takes approximately two hours hiking to finally
get the thrill of a cold plunge in this water fall.

CABILLON FALLS


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Location : Brgy. Cacub, Koronadal City

Description :A waterfalls with awesome serenity that ends up at a base where one can take a cold
swim.

CADIDANG CAVES

Location : Brgy. San Jose, Koronadal City

Description : Tell an age-old legend of the indigenous people’s settlement in Koronadal. Great
stone pendants hang like icicles while columns and cones of stalagmites rise from its floor.
Slender, dark tunnels lead to its three connected chambers.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

MAN-MADE

EL GAWEL RESORT AND WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Location :     Barangay Saravia

Description: A protected forest reservation ideal for family excursions and swimming in the
natural spring pools, cascading waterfalls and a variety of wildlife.

ROUND BALL

Location :     City Proper

Description : A landmark built in 1941 as a memorial salute to Koronadal’s settlement founder
Gen. Paulino Santos.

NOTRE DAME OF MARBEL UNIVERSITY LIBRARY

Location :     Alunan Avenue, Koronadal City

Description : the largest library in South Central Mindanao with an on-line library
       automation system for circulation, cataloging and inventory.

ACCOMMODATIONS

       MARVELLA PLAZA HOTEL
       Gen. Santos Drive, Marbel
       Tel. No. (083) 228-2327 Fax 228-2063
       Manager : Mr. Victoriano Sy
       No. of Rooms : 54
       Standard Room : 22

       Room Rates
        Standard
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       Single                             P 789.60
       Double                         989.48
         Superior
       Single                                 997.00
       Double                        1,184.00
       Matrimonial                          1,521.00
       Jr. Suite                            1,659.00
       Executive Suite                      1,837.00
       Family Room 3 Beds            1,500.00
       Tasaday Room                         2,431.00
       Extra Bed                              350.00

       Facilities : Restaurant, conference rooms, disco, business center

       CASA GEMMA
       Gen. Santos Drive, cor Aquino St., Koronadal City
       Tel. No. (083) 228-2310 / 228-3161
       Manager        : Ms. Lora Uy
       No. of Rooms : 10


TOURIST FACILITIES

       Room Rates

       Single Aircon         P       550.00            Extra Person P 100.00
       Twin Room                              650.00          Extra Bed      150.00
       Matrimonial                            650.00
       Suite Aircon                  900.00
       Family Suite                       1,000.00

       Facilities: Coffee shop, conference room, convention hall, disco,   restaurant, car rental
upon request.

       RAMONA PLAZA HOTEL
       O.C. Building, Gen. Santos Drive
       Koronadal City
       Tel. No. (083) 228-3248 / 228-3285 Fax # 228-3390
       Manager         : Mr. Delfin del Rosario
       No. of Rooms : 40

       Room Rates

       Single Room                        P 605.00        Extra Bed     P 150.00
       Double                          770.00      Extra Person    100.00
       Double De luxe                         935.00
       Matrimonial                            715.00
       Junior Suite                         1,000.00
       Family Deluxe                        1,500.00
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       Family Suite                          1,550.00
       Family Room                    1,200.00

       Facilities/Amenities : Restaurant, coffee shop, function/meeting rooms,   cable TV, hot
and cold shower, Tel.


TOURIST FACILITIES

       LELITA’S LODGE
       Arellano Street, Koronadal
       Tel. No. (083) 228-2471
       Manager : Mrs Lelita Basilio

       Room Rates

       Single (Non-aircon-Common CR)                P 250
       Single (aircon)                                450
       Double (aircon)                                      500

       Green Valley PENSION HOUSE
       Arellano street, National Highway, Koronadal
       Tel. No. (083) 228-4033 / 228-2949
       No. of Rooms : 23
       Manager         : Luz Sustiguer

       Room Rates:

       Single (aircon)                           P 450.00
       Double Bed Convertible                        550.00
       Family                               1,000.00
       Single (Non-aircon w/o CR)           150.00/head
       Room (w/o CR)                                 100/head

       MARIZ PENSION HOUSE
       Tel No. 228-2310 / 228-3162

                      Room Rates

       Single Room                             P 350.00/head
       Single (4person/room)                       700.00/head
       Double Room                          350.00/head
       Matrimonial Room                            350.00/head

TOURIST FACILITIES

REM CHING RESORT
Guanzon Subdivision, Brgy. Morales, Koronadal City
Tel. No. (083) 228-5887/228-2742
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No. of rooms :
Manager: Mr. Edwin Romero

             Room Rates
Aircon rooms w/ cable TV and CR (2pax)       P 500.00
Extra person                                            150.00

AGRICULTURAL TRAINING INSTITUTE
Brgy. San Felipe, Tantangan, Koronadal City
Tel No. (083) 229-1023

               Room Rates
Dormitory Type (w/ 2 double bed & common CR)                P 150.00/head
Male Facilitator (5pax)                                              150.00/head
Female Facilitator (4pax)                                     150.00/head
Session Hall (maximum of 150 participants)                   2,500.00/day
Abraham Hall (45 pax w/ free flowing coffee                  1,000.00/day
               and backdraft - airconditioned)

KALAYAAN CENTER SPDA COMPOUND
Alunan Avenue, Koronadal City
Tel No. (083) 228-2471

               Room Rates
15 cottages (2-3 pax)               P     250.00    Economy (10 pax)     P 1,500.00
2 air conditioned room (4-8 pax)        1,500.00    VIP (2-5 pax)          1,000.00

JENNY’S INN
General Santos Drive, Koronadal City
Tel No. (083) 228-2742
Manager: Ms. Jenny Dizon

               Room Rates
Single occupancy (aircon w/ TV)  P        800.00
Single (aircon w/out TV) P 650.00

TOURIST FACILITIES

GREEN WOODS RETREAT HOUSE AND CONVENTION CENTER
Brgy. Morales, Koronadal City
Tel No. (083) 228-9233
Manager : Engr. Romeo Sustiguer

Room Rates :

2 Dormitory type (25 pax) w/ cable TV               P 170.00/head
   Aircon, bath/CR hot & cold shower
1 double (pax w/ cable TV, aircon, bath                 400.00/170.00/head
   CR w/ hot & cold shower
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Eduardo’s Lodge
Datu Piang St., Koronadal City
Tel. No. (083) 228-3425

Room Rates :

Single room w/ CR                       P 250.00
Single room w/ CR 7 Double Bed P 270.00
Single room w/out CR                      200.00
Single room w/out CR                      260.00
Single Bed w/ CR (air conditioned) 430.00
Extra Person                               80.00

LELITA’s LODGE and RESTO
Arellano St., Koronadal City

Room Rates :

Single aircon                     P 450.00
Double aircon                       500.00
Non-Aircon-common CR 7 electric fan (single occupancy) 250.00

VILLA PRINCESSITA
Jabido Compound, Arellano St., Koronadal City

Room Rates :

30 Single (air conditioned rooms w/ cable TV, bath/toilet) P 375.00
Additional Person                                                               150.00
30 Double (air conditioned rooms w/ cable TV, bath/toilet) 450.00
Additional Person      150.00

TOURIST FACILITIES

ISIDRO’S LODGE
Alunan Avenue, Koronadal City
Tel. No.  :   (083) 228-6144

Room Rates :

5 Ordinary rooms w/ single bed, bathroom 7 electric fan     P 450.00
2 Ordinary rooms w/ single bed, TV & air conditioned                   450.00
1 double bed air conditioned w/ CR 7 cable TV                          550.00
Additional Person                                                               80.00/head

                             BOWLING CENTER
                             General Santos Drive, Marbel
BANKS
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ALLIED BANK                      BANK OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLAND
EQUITABLE PCI BANK               METRO BANK
BPI FAMILY BANK                  PHIL BANK OF COMMUNICATION
PHILBANK                         RURAL BANK OF KORONADAL
MERCHANT BANK                    RCBC
UNITED COCONUT PLANTERS BANK
LAND BANK OF THE PHILIPPINES – ELAN BLDG
LAND BANK OF THE PHILIPPINES – MORALES BRANCH
PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK – MORROW BRANCH
PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK – GEN SAN DRIVE BRANCH
DEVELOPMENT BANK OF THE PHILIPPINES

COMMUNICATION FACILITIES

RADIO/TV                   DXMX               DXGS
DXKI                       DXDO               Channel 13
DXKR                       DXXB                     DXDX
DXKP                       DXRE               Channel 4

TOURIST FACILITIES


SHOPPING CENTERS

STA. CRUZ MISSION                             FIT MART DEPARTMENT STORE
Public Market, Koronadal City                 ACE CENTERPOINT

KCC SHOPPING CENTER                          FIT MART MALL
General Santos Drive, Koronadal City   General Santos Drive, Koronadal City


NEWSPAPERS/MAGAZINES

NEWSPAPERS / MAGAZINES            MINDANAO BULLETIN

SOUTHERN REVIEW                        SOUTHERN STAR

SARANGANI JOURNAL                DADIANGAS TIMES


DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT

NEW CAPITOL RESTAURANT                 J RESTAURANT
Roxas St., Koronadal                         Alunan venue, Marbel
Specialty : Chinese dishes

CASA GEMMA DISCO AND RESTAURANT
General Santos Drive, Koronadal
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SARANGANI PROVINCE

HISTORY


       Since pre-Spanish times, Sarangani has been occupied by indigenous tribes and Muslim
groups whose heritage and culture have survived to date. Administered as part of the Cotabato
Empire during the American period, the area was incorporated in 1966 into the province of South
Cotabato.

       On May 11, 1992 following a series of legislative procedures including the signing of an
Act by former President Corazon C. Aquino, a plebiscite has confirmed the separation of the
former third district of South Cotabato to a province known as Sarangani Province. Sarangani
province was named after Sarangani Bay. The name itself is legendary ---it is about
Saranganing, an adventurous son of a Sangil family from the coast of Celebes off Indonesia. His
voyages often brought him to the Sultanate of Buayan (now Gen. Santos City), the stronghold of
Maguindanaons. His outstanding character impressed the people that they named the bay after
him.
       Sarangani is the country’s 76th province, Mindanao’s 23rd and the Region XII’s 4th. It
was created after a plebiscite held in May 11, 1992 through Republic Act No. 7228 authored by
Rep. James L. Chiongbian and was approved into law on March 16, 1992.

      The province has seven (7) municipalities; namely: - Alabel, Glan, Kiamba, Maasim,
Maitum, Malapatan and Malungon.

       The province is bounded by Sultan Kudarat in the West, South Cotabato in the North,
Davao del Sur in the East and Celebes in the South. Between the Eastern and Western parts of
the province is General Santos.

       Composed mostly of agricultural lands from the Spanish times to the American
colonization, the district was the lowest in terms of growth and development. This can be
blamed to the neglect over a long period of time.

       It was only after its creation that the place started to stir from its hibernation with the
construction of roads and bridges connecting the barangays with surrounding municipalities the
Sarangani’s growth started to perk-up. Adding to the province’s development is the linking of

HISTORY

Sarangani Towns to General Santos City with opening of world class roads which run through
the six coats of its seven municipalities. With this vast highway projects, Sarangani is
strategically placed at the crossroads of “booming” areas of SOCKSARGEN (South Cotabato –
Sultan Kudarat – Sarangani – General Santos). SOCKSARGEN play a vital role in the
development and promotion of EAST ASEAN Growth Area (EAGA).

       The province is well known for its cultural heritage. The place is highly endowed with
nature’s blessings.


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        Sarangani offers wide opportunities for tourism and service industry development. It has
coastline of approximately 230 kilometers. Its coastal towns are lined with idyllic white sand
and beaches and pristine clear waters. It has gained the popularity for its fantastic diving
grounds.

        The province has many wide and fertile lands that easily make it an outstanding
agricultural and service area. Hidden beneath the rolling terrain of its mountainous meadows are
rich deposits of marble, gold, limestone and guano. Its vast forest is rich in timber and other
forest products. It has also big swamplands developed for prawn and fishpond products.

HISTORY

BASIC FACTS

CAPITAL                              - Alabel

TOTAL LAND AREA                      - 4,100.42 sq. kms.,

TOTAL COASTLINE                - 230 kms. White sand beaches and man grove forest. The
coastline possesses rich fishing grounds and areas suitable for fishpond.

CLIMATE                              - Weather is mild and pleasant and free from typhoons.

POPULATION                           - 410,622

MAJOR PRODUCTS - Coconut, corn, rice, sugarcane, mago, banana, and other high value
crops of exotic fruits

NATURAL RESOURCES - Gold, iron, ore, copper, nickel, marble, phosphate, gypsum, coal,
guano, limestone, fishing grounds and agricultural lands.

TRANSPORTATION - Sarangani is accessible by plane or boat from Manila and Cebu to
General Santos City and by bus from Davao City.

COMMUNICATION - Local telephone lines are connected in the towns of Abel and
Malungon. Public calling offices provide log distance telephone services in the town of Maitum
and Kiamba. Cellular phones are widely used in Alabel, Malungon, Maasim and Glan.

ECO-ADVENTURE                - Diving snorkeling, aqua sports activities
  ACTIVITIES.

ACCESSIBILITY

       By Land
       Bus – It takes one ride from General Santos City to Maitum passing Maasim and
Kiamba, buses from the city are with 15 – minutre intervals. After a travel of about 2 and ½
hours on world class roads built under the Philippine Assistance Program (PAP), prepare
yourself for a very fascinating scene, a paradise in which people are longing to be in.


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Jeepney –Rub elbows with the local on the famous Filipino commuter               vehicle.


By Sea
         Motorized outrigger (for island hopping)


FESTIVALS


EVENT           DATE           VENUE                       BRIEF DESCRIPTION


 Foundation Anniversary Nov. 28 Alabel Sarangani        Foundation Anniversary
                          of the Province of Sarangani.


 Lubi-Lubi Festival Nov. 25           Glan, Sarangani         A festival showing various
                                                      uses of the coconut tree and
                                              its products through dances
                                      and street revelry.


 Binuyugan              May 22-27     Maitum, Sarangani Festivity of Thanksgiving
 Festival                             Province


 Kasadyaan Festival            Sept. 10      Alabel, Sarangani     A gaiety celebration
                                                            showcasing talents,
                                                    products, artworks and
                                                    culture.


TOURST ATTRACTIONS


NATURAL

GUMASA BEACH

Location :      Glan, Sarangani

Description : A long stretch of powdery white sand beaches with alluring beauty of paradise,
              Bountiful fresh coconut fruits and open grassland.

SOUTH POINT DIVE SPOTS

Location : 200 m from the highway of Maasim, Sarangani Province


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Description : A dive site which is more than 200 ft deep and stretches to kilometers and
       kilometers of wall shores corals, Stingray, Manta, turtles, wrasses and schools of
       tuna and barracuda are just but a few of the beauties that can be enjoyed with
              while diving.

KAPATAN-LAGO DIVE SPOTS

Location : Glan, Sarangani

Description : A dive site just near the shorelines and beside an aquaculture farm for Sergeant
fish.

NALUS FALLS

Location : Kiamba, Sarangani, less than a km from the highway

Description : Huge boulders of granite giving to a number of water falls, ideal for scrambling,
       bouldering and rappelling.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

PINOL CAVE

Location :     Brgy. Pinol, Maitum, Sarangani

Description : Formerly known as Ayub Cave, where a unique assemblage of archaeological
find (human faces and figures in earthenware medium) that depicts Sarangani’s cultural wealth
was excavated in this cave in 1991.

BAT SANCTUARY

Location :     Brgy. Pinol, Maitum, Sarangani

Description : Situates hundreds of thousands of giant golden crowned flying fox bats.


HISTORICAL

TAMPAT SHRINE

Location :     Brgy. Tampat, Maasim, Sarangani

Description : Situates the majestic shrine of the subordinate ruling Sultanates of Maguindanao.
The oldest tomb of this place dates back to the earlier years of our ancestors.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

MAN-MADE


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CAPITOL PARK

Location :     Capitol Compound, Alabel

Description : Stands at the center of the 26-hectare lot dotted with other buildings that house
practically all offices of line agencies of the government. It has a huge sports complex, an
Olympic-size swimming pool, gymnasium, and tourism village, among others.

ISLA PARILLA RESORT

Location :     Natioal Highway, Alabel

Description : A man-made island just a kilometer away from the Capitol Park. The resort offers
mouth-watering cuisines of Sergeant fish, Diana or Pompano just taken from the fish pen.

SARANGANI GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB

Location : Pula-tana, Malungon, Sarangani

Description : A 9-hole club with complete amenities. The area is surrounded with mangoes,
hardwood trees and miniature lakes.

CENTURY-OLD HOUSES

Location: Glan, Sarangani

Description : Rows of several ancestral houses built mostly in the early part of 1900’s, with
high balconies, canopies and walls of “kalados” and concrete step boards leading to wide
wooden staircases. Some of them bear stunning collections of precious antiques and oriental sets
right in the living room.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

SOCIO-CULTURAL

KALON-BARAK SKYLINE

Location : Malungon, Sarangani

Description : The site of eco-cultural tourism approximately 750 ft above sea level. It is
comparable to Tagaytay City, a viewing point of Mt. Apo, Mt. Matutum, Sarangani Bay and
Davao Golf at one. It is known for its cold climate, the habitat of Sarangani tarsiers and
holds 3 villages of B’laan tribe. It is the tribes’ last stronghold during the Japanese
occupation.

TOURIST FACILITIES


ACCOMMODATION
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     JOYCE INN
          Poblacion Glan
          Contact Person : Mr. & Mrs. Jovelito Gagarian
          Room Rates :                P 200/room
          No. of Rooms :       2

     CONSUELO LODGE
         Poblacion Glad

     REXEM LODGE
         Poblacion Kiamba
         Contact Person : Mr. Ricardo Agustillo
         No. of Rooms :
         Room Rates :         P 65.00(single)

     PLAZA VIEW
          Poblacion Kiamba
          Contact Person : Dra. Peralta
          No. of Rooms : 6
          Room Rates :          P 65.00 (single)

     MAITUM SNACK HAUZ
          Poblacion Maitum
          Contact Person :
          Room Rates :            P 100/room

     NABOR LADGING HOUSE
         Poblacion Maitum
         Contact Person : Mrs. Caridad Nabor
         No. of Rooms : 4
         Room Rates :        P 50/night


TOURIST FACILITIES

     KASFALA HALL
          Capitol Compound, Abel
          For visiting officials/guest upon approval of thee Governor’s office


BEACH RESORTS

     REYES BEACH RESORT
          Gumasa, Glan
          Contact Person : Mr. Omit Tangaro
          No. of Rooms :       6
          Room Rates :         P 150/room


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      BDC BEACH RESORT
           Tango, Glan
           Contact Person :       Mrs. Barcilisa Jugarap
           No. of Rooms :         6
           Room Rates :           P 150/room

      BELANDAANG BEACH RESORT
           Sumbang Point, Brgy. Taluyan


      VICTORIA BEACH RESORT
           Tango, Glan

      ALEGADO BEACH RESORT
          Glan Padidu, Glan

      CELEBES BEACH RESORT
           Tuluya, Glan

TOURIST FACILITIES

      LADOL BEACH
      Ladol, Poblacion Glan
      Contact Person :     Mr. Prudencio Suan
      No. of Rooms :       10
      Room Rates :                P 50-100 / cottage

KAWAS BEACH
    Ladol, Poblacion Glan
    Contact Person :
    No. of Rooms :       20
    Room Rates :                  P 75-100/ccottage

ABLOG BEACH
    Suli, Kiamba
    Contact Person:        Mr. Juanito S. Chua
    No. of Rooms

TUCA BEACH
     Poblacion Kiamba
     Contact Person :      Mr. Yahia Salem
     No. of Rooms :

ARIZALETA BEACH
     Kablacan, Maasim
     Contact Person :      Mrs. Arizaleta
     No. of Rooms

4ML BEACH
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       Siguel, Maasim
       Contact Person :
       No. of Rooms :

COLON BEACH
    Colon, Maasim
    Contact Person :        DECS National High School
    No. of Rooms


TOURIST FACILITIES

YABES BEACH
     Mabay, Maitum
     Contact Person :       Mrs. Mae V. Mendoza
     No. of Rooms :
     Room Rates :                  P 30-50/cottage

RUDES BEACH
     Mabay, Maitum
     Contact Person :       Mrs. Filipina del Rosario
     No. of Rooms :
     Room Rates                    P 20/cottage

DARAGA BEACH
    Tuyan, Malapatan

SONGCOY BEACH
    Poblacion, Malapatan

BAZAAN BEACH RESORT (BDC)
Tango, Glan, Sarangani
       Contact Person : Baasing Duplico Jugaraap
       Room Rates :

       3 Room Capacity    P 160 inclusive of entrance free common toilet and bath
       Picnic Huts        P 80
Entrance Fee       5.00/day tour
Overnight          10.00
Conference Room    500.00/day cap. 100 pax
4 rooms                   4 pax capacity
5 rooms                   3 pax capacity
Services                  Canteen, food catering (per order)


TOURIST FACILITIES

INLAND RESORT


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      ISLA PARILLA                              NALUS FALLS
      Kawas, Alabel                      Nalus, Kimba
      Contact Person : Mr. Marfin Tan    Contact Person : Mr. Danilo Angeles
      No. of Rooms :       14            No. of Rooms :
      Room Rates : P 1,000 per room



DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT

      JOSE EMILIO BAR/RESTAURANT
           Poblacion, Glan
           Contact Person : Mr. & Mrs. Roderick Alegado
           No. of Rooms

      JALLY’S RESTAURANT
           Poblacion, Glan
           Contact Person :       Mrs. Tessie Yap

      GLADECO RESTAURANT
          Poblacion, Kiamba
          Contact Person :  Mr. Ely Wong

      CASA LINDA
           Poblacion, Kiamba
           Contact Person :       Merlind Marcelo

      JUDITH CARENDERIA
           Poblacion , Kiamba
           Contact Person :       Mrs. Nero

      DONNA’S FASTFOOD
          Poblacion, Maitum
          Contact Person :        Mrs. Aida R. Mendoza


TOURIST FACILITIES

      JOYJOY FASTFOOD
           Poblacion, Maitum
           Contact Person :       Mrs. Perla Ampodia

       VELIN’S EATERY
              Poblacion, Maitum
              Contact Person :    Mrs. Avelina R. Caasi
Poblacion, Maitum
              Contact Person :    Ms. Hazel Mendoza

      RAY’S FASTFOOD
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            Poblacion, Maitum
            Contact Person :       Mrs. Mae V. Mendoza
A & J KITCHENETTE
            Poblacion, Maitum
            Contact Person :       Mrs. Orlanda Purisima

RENT-A-CAR

GOTRASCO WINYAN
         Poblacion,Glan
         Contact Person :          Dr. Jose Tranquillo Ruiz

       MKM RENT-A-CAR SERVICES
           Poblacion, Kiamba
           Contact Person :  Mr. Marcial Marcelo

       KM RENT A CAR
            Poblacion, Maitum
            Contact Person :       Mr. Arnold Mendoza

       KM TRANSPORT
           Poblacion, Maitum
           Contact Person :        Mr. Arnold Mendoza



TOURIST FACILTIES

       JIREH TRANSPORT
             Poblacion, Maitum
             Contact Person :      Mr. Limuel N. Gacula



CONVENTION/SEMINAR FACILITIES

CASA LINDA                                HAZEL’S DINNER
Poblacion, Kiamba                         Poblacion, Maitum
Contact Person :Mr. Marlind Marcelo       Contact Person : Maitum Government

RICK’S PLACE                              MC CINDY’S
Poblacion, Kiamba                         Poblacion, Maitum
Contact Person : Engr. Jose Pimentel      Contact Person : Ms. Gliceria Dungca

ISLA PARILLA                              MALALAG SOCIAL HALL
Ladol, Alabel                             Poblacion, Maitum
Contact Person :                          Contact Person :Mrs. Marcelina R. del Carmen

REGIONAL TRAINING CENTER MUNICIPAL TRAINING CENTER
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Capitol Compound                        Poblacion, Malungon
Abel, Sarangani                         Contact Person :    Malungon Government

ST. ANTHONY SEMINAR HALL DEPEd SOCIAL HALL
Poblacion, Kiamba             Poblacion, Kiamba

TOURIST FACILITIES

FINANCIAL INSTITUTION

      UCPB RURAL BANK                            RURAL BANK OF KIAMBA
      Poblacion, Glan                            Poblacion, Kiamba

      ALABEL RURAL BANK                          RURAL BAK OF DARBCI
      Poblacion, Alabel                          Poblacion, Maitum

      POLOMOLOK RURAL BANK                       MINDANAO DEV’T. BANK
      Poblacion, Alabel                          Poblacion, Malungon

      LAND BANK OF THE PHILIPPINES
      Capitol Complex, Alabel


TELECOMUNICATION FACILITIES

PINOY PHONE               TELECOM                     PT & T
Poblacion, Glan           Poblaacion, Glan            Poblacion, Malungon

RCPI/BAYANTEL             PILTEL
Poblacion, Kiamba         Poblacion ,   Maasim

BAYANTEL                  RECON
Poblacion, Maitum         Poblacion, Maitum


POLICE STATIONS

      REACT                             PROVINCIAL PNP HEADQUARTER
      Poblacion, Maitum                 Kawas, Alabel

      GLAN                       ALABEL PNP STATION
      Poblacion, Glan                Poblacion, Alabel

TOURIST FACILITIES



SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES


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MUNICIPAL GYMNASIUM                  BARANGAY GYMNASIUM
Poblacion, Maasim                    Banate, Malungon

TENNIS COURT                         MUNICIPAL GYMNASIUM
Poblacion, Glan                      Poblacion, Maitum

MUNICIPAL GYMNASIUM                  CULTURAL CENTER & GYMNASIUM
Poblacion, Alabel                    Capitol Compund Alabel
                                     Sarangani Province

KIAMBA SPORTS COMPLEX                SPORTS COMPLEX
Poblacion, Kiamba                    Capitol Compound Alabel
                                     DECS/ Provincial Govt. of Sarangani

MUNICIPAL GYMNASIUM                  BARANGAY GYMNASIUM
Poblacion, Malungon                  Malandag, Malungon

SARANGANI GOLFCOURSE & COUNTRY CLUB
Pulutana, Malungon


COMMUNICATION FACILITIES

      Telephone Station              :        None
      AM Radio Station               :        None
      FM Radio Station               :        None
      Local Dialies                  :        None
      Messengerial                   :        None
      Post Office                    :        None
      Mobile Telephone Sites         :        7


TOURIST FACILITIES

LANGUAGE AND DIALECTS

      Cebuano                        :        49%
      Tagalog                        :        4%
      English                                 :      2%
      Others                         :        55%

TOURISM-ORIENTED AGENCIES / ORGANIZATIONS

      PROVINCIAL TOURISM OFFICE
      Provincial Capitol
      Alabel, Sarangani Province
      Tel No. (083) 508-2172 (083) 508-5231
      Provincial Tourism Officer : MS. APRIL MARJORIE P. RUDES
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       SARANGANI PROVINCE TOURISM COUNCIL
       c/o Provincial Tourism Office


SULTAN KUDARAT PROVINCE


HISTORY


        SULTAN KUDARAT was made an independent province on November 22, 1973 by
virtue of Presidential Decree No. 341.

        The province was part of the former Empire Province of Cotabato presently covered by
three provinces namely: Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao and Cotabato. Being one of the largest
and the richest province in the country, there was a necessity to divide the former Province of
Cotabato into smaller units. Its potentials have not been fully developed due to the magnitude of
the task of the provincial government. Besides, the trouble that have long plagued the area need
to be resolved and many conflicting political, social and economic interest limited the progress
of the province. There was an immediate need to promote stability and accelerate the
development in the area. As a result of the division, Sultan Kudarat province came into
existence.

       The name of the province was derived from a Muslim ruler, the late Sultan Mohammad
Dipatuan Kudarat of the Sultanate of Maguindanao, who reigned from 1625 to 1671 A.D. He
was a virtual leader who embodied the idea of basic unity, oneness, and freedom among the
diverse people scattered throughout his Sultanate. He was considered as one of the national
heroes of the Republic of the Philippines not only because of his patriotic exploit in repelling
Spanish domination. For his honor, the province was named after him.

GEOGRAPHY / AREA AND LOCATION

       Sultan Kudarat is located in the South –Western part of the island of Mindanao. It is
bounded on the North by its sister provinces of Maguindanao and Cotabato; on the South by
the provinces of South Cotabato and Sarangani; on East by Davao del Sur; and on the
West by the Celebes Sea.

       The Municipality of Isulan is the capital town of the province which is approximately
88 kilometers from Cotabato City; 174 kilometers from Davao City and 103 kilometers from
Gen. Santos City.

        The province is strategically in the BIMP-EAGA region. Its costal areas and towns are
directly facing Australia and the three major ASEAN growth partners (Malaysia, Indonesia
and Brunei), making it a potential backdoor of t he Philippines to these countries.


HISTORY


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POLITICAL SUBDIVISION

       Sultan Kudarat is now under the administrative supervision of Region XII. It is
composed of eleven (11) municipalities and one (1) component city namely; Bagumbayan,
Colombio, Esperanza, Isulan, Kalamansig, Lebak, Lutayan, Lambayong, Palimbang,
President Quirino, Senator Ninoy Aquino and the City of Tacurong

        As of 2001, the province has a total of 248 barangays. The municipality of Palimbang
has the most number with 39, followed by Lebak with 27, Lambayong with 26 while the
municipality Lutayan has the least of the barangays with 11.

LAND AREA

       The approximate land area of the province as of December 31, 2001 is 468,704.5223
hectares (assessed) for roughly 4,687.0452 square kilometers.

       Of the eleven (11) municipalities, Colombio has the largest with 960.0328 square
kilometers or 20.48% of the provincial total land area while Lutayan has the smallest with
78.7897 square kilometers or 1.68 %.

TOPOGRAPHY

       Generally, the province has a flat and rolling terrain. The wide plains are mostly
located in mainland covering the municipalities of Isulan, Esperanza, Tacurong City,
Lambayong, Pres. Quirino and Lutayan. Other plains are situated in the coastal town of
Lebak and Palimbang. The rich agricultural areas are found between mountain ranges
notably in the Kulaman and Allah Valleys.

        It has considerable irregular length of coastline which stretches along the
municipalities of Lebak, Kalamansig and Palimbang facing the Celebes Sea where bangus fry,
tuna fish and other marine product abound.


HISTORY

CLIMATE

         Sultan Kudarat falls under the type B of climate characterized by rain showers or
evenly distributed rainfall throughout the year providing sufficient soil moisture for
agricultural production. The period of December to January is relatively wet while February
is relatively dry. Heavy rainfall normally starts from March to November.

POPULATION

       The province has a total population of 510,151 as of 2000 CENSUS.


ACCESSIBILITY


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LAND

        Buses , jeeps and air-conditioned vans primarily constitute the means of transportation
in the province. Tricycles and motorized pedicabs ply the municipal streets while in the
remote barangays, there are motorcycles locally known as “Skylab” for hire. There are also
jeepneys plying from Lebak and Kalamansig to the capital town of Isulan, passing the
municipalities of Senator Ninoy Aquino and Bagumbayan, and also jeepneys plying to Cotabato
City via Upi, Maguindanao.

AIR

       Accessible via Cotabato City and General Santos City airports.


SEA

       M/V Amerlyn plies the route Cotabato City to Kalamansig and vice versa for three (3)
hours. Launches and other motorized bancas are used in ferrying commuters and goods from
the coastal towns of Lebak and Kalamansig to Cotabato City and vise-versa and from Palimbang
to Kiamba in South Cotabato.

FESTIVAL

       EVENT          DATE           VENUE                   BRIEF DESCRIPTION


Kalimudan     Festival        November 21-22       S.K Prov.A celebration for a
                                                     bountiful harvest where the
                                                     different tribal groups in the
                                             province gather. Activities
                                      include street dancing
                              parade, horsefight, trade fair
                      and sports competition. The
              festival highlights the
       foundation anniversary of the
       province.


Kanduli Festival      October        10              S.K Prov.Lutayan     -A merry making
                                                            with food festival and street
                                                     dancing parade.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS


Bagumbayan            :       Pitot Cave
                                     Bamban Falls


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Columbio                    :      Columbio Hot and Cold Spring
                                   Sinapulan Cold Spring
                                   Datablao Cave

Esperanza                   :      Mambucal Hot Spring

Isulan                      :      Lagandang Hot/Sulphur Spring

Kalamansig                  :      Sulfuric Hot Spring
                                   White Sand Beaches
                                   Burial Urns

Lambayong                   :      LAMRIS Dam

Lebak                       :      Nuling Hot Spring

Lutayan                     :      Lake Buluan

Palimbang                   :      Alidama Island
                                   Seven Lakes

Senator Ninoy Aquino        :      Nati Spring
                                   Kipulao Falls
                                   Paradise Cave
                                   Burial Urns

TOURIST FACILITIES

ACCOMODATION

DIAMOND A’S HOTEL
Isulan, Sultan Kudarat
Contact Person : Ms. Concepcion Aler
Contact No. : (064) 201-3896

Type of Rooms                      Rates                 Amenities
Standard                        P 500.00
VIP                               800.00

CRISTINA HOTEL
Isulan, Sultan Kudarat
Contact Person : Ms. Josephine Letrero
Contact No.     : (064) 201-3659

Type of Rooms                      Rates                 Amenities

Single (w/out TV)               P 450.00
Single (w/ TV)                    500.00
Non Air conditioned rooms
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Single                               250.00
Double                      350.00

SULTANATE LODGE
Isulan, sultan Kudarat
Contact Person : Ms. Crecencia Labrador
Contact No.      : (064) 201-3406

Type of Rooms                        Rates         Amenities

Single                         P 375.00
Double                    475.00
Non Air conditioned rooms
Single                    175.00
Double                    275.00

TOURIST FACILITIES

STAR LODGE
Isulan, Sultan Kudarat
Contact Person : Mr. Riogelio Cabanlit
Contact No.     : (064) 201-4936
Single rooms : P 400.00

LEECAR PENSION HOUSE
Isulan, Sultan Kudarat
Contact Person : Mr. Ramon Aristoza
Contact No.     : (064) 201-4458

Type of Rooms                        Rates         Amenities

Single                         P 450.00
Double                    550.00
Twin                             600.00
Suite room                       850.00
Non Air conditioned rooms
Single                    250.00

KAPITBAHAY LODGE
Lebak, Sultan Kudarat

RAMIREZ LODGE
Lebak, Sultan Kudarat

ERMITANIO LODGING HOUSE
Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat

EARL LODGING HOUSE
Kulaman, Sultan Kudarat
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Contact Person : Mr. Domingo Edio

ARRIANE LODGING HOUSE
Kulaman, Sultan Kudarat
Contact Person : Mr. Arturo Paderio


TOURIST FACILITIES

RESTAURANTS

SEAFOODS
Isulan, Sultan Kudarat
Contact Person : Atty. Aurelio Freires
Contact No.      : (064) 201-3212

MAURINGS KAMAYAN
Isulan, Sultan Kudarat
Contact Person : Mr. Romeo Pernato
Contact No.      : (064) 201-4855

ENRICO’S
Isulan, sultan Kudarat
Contact Person : Ms. Arielyn Mendoza
Contact No.      : (064) 201-4997

B-J’s
Isulan, Sultan Kudarat
Contact Person : Mr. Jun Garcia
Contact No.      : (064) 201-3642

CRYSTAL CITY
Isulan, Sultan Kudarat
Contact Person : Ms. Grace Ledesma
Contact No.      : (064) 201-4572

YES PLACE
Isulan, Sultan Kudarat
Contact Person : Mr. Ricky Dayon
Contact No.      : (064) 201-4744

JOHN & MAR RESTO
Isulan, Sultan Kudarat
Contact Person : Ms. Ruja Distor


TOURIST FACILITIES



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FORTUNE PLACE
Isulan, Sultan Kudarat
Contact Person : Mr. Randolf Medina
Contact No.      : (064) 201-4932

CASTILLO’S PLACE
Isulan, Sultan Kudarat
Contact Person : Mr. Placido Castillo

AMPULYER KITCHENETTE
Kulaman, Sultan Kudarat

KIDAPAWAN

HISTORY



       Kidapawan City was created by virtue of Republic Act No. 8500 signed by then President
Fidel V. Ramos on February 12, 1998, making it a Component City of the Province of Cotabato.
Despite opposition from certain quarters, the people overwhelmingly ratified the said Act on
March 21, 1998 during a plebiscite conducted for the purpose.

      Originally named a district of Pikit in 1942, Kidapawan was later declared a separate
Municipality by virtue of Executive Order No. 82 issued by then President Manuel A. Roxas on
August 18, 1947 – thereby becoming the fourth town of the then Empire Province of Cotabato,
which was then composed of the municipalities of Cotabato (now Cotabato City), Dulawan (later
named Datu Piang) and Midsayap. It covered a total land area of 273,262 hectares. Later, four
municipalities, namely : Magpet, Matalam, Mlang and Pres. Roxas were created out of
Kidapawan, thus diminishing its area to 33,926.4 hectares.

         Prior to its conversation to a municipality, five appointed District Mayors had served
Kidapawan. The first Datu Siawan Ingkal, tribal chieftain of the Manobos who headed the
Civilian Emergency Administration when World War II broke out. He was then followed by
Felimon Blanco, Ceferino Villnueva, Jacinto Paclibar, and Alfonso Angeles, Sr., who became
the first elected mayor of the municipality.

       Kidapawan became the provincial capital of North Cotabato pursuant to Presidential
Decree No. 341 dated 22 November 1973, with the provincial seat of government located in one
of Kidapawan’s barangays, Amas. Later Batas Pambansa No. 660 dated 19 December 1983
renamed the province of North Cotabato just plain Cotabato. By the time it became the
province’s capital, Kidapawan had already 40 barangays under its geopolitical jurisdiction.

         The name Kidapawan was derived from two Ubo-Manobo words “Tida”, meaning
“spring”, and “Pawan”, meaning “highland”, hence Tidapawan, “Spring in the Highland”. Its
first settlers were the tribal Manobos. The influx of Christian settlers from Luzon and the
Visayas has resulted in the evolution of the word Tidapawan to Kidapawan.

HISTORY
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Geographical Features

         Kidapawan City is geographically located at the southern part of Cotabato Province. It is
traverse by the Davao-Cotabato national highway, and is midway between the cities of Davao
and Cotabato. It spans an area of about 33,926.4 ha. Of flat to rugged to hilly and mountainous
terrain. The City’s southwestern and northwestern portions are generally flat.

Climate

        Located outside the typhoon belt, the city is blessed with favorable climate characterized
by wet and dry seasons. The coldest time of the year is between December and January, and the
hottest months are during April and May.


Population :   101,205 as of 2000 census.


Location

      Southeastern portion of Catabato Province; located almost midway between the cities of
Davao and Cotabato at a distance of 110 and 120 km.

ACCESSIBILITY


There are two (2) point of entries :   Cotabato City and Davao City

By land

From Cotabato City to Kidapawan :

Bus Companies :        WEENA Express and People’s Transport

Bus Station     :      Don Rufino Alonzo St. and Jose Lim St., Cotabato City

Schedule        :      First trip: 4:00 a.m., 30 minutes interval for airconditioned bus and 5
                       minutes interval for deluxe bus
Travel Time     :      2.5-3 hours

Fare            :      P 271.20 (aircon bus)
                       P 249.10 (deluxe bus)

From Davao City to Kidapawan : same bus companies, schedule and rates, stationed at Ecoland
                          Bus Terminal, Ecoland, Davao City, travel time is 2 hours


FESTIVAL
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       EVENT           DATE             VENUE                BRIEF DESCRIPTION

City Foundation Anniversary Feb. 7-12         Kidapawan City A week-
                                              long celebration highlighted
                                     by the search for “Mutya ng
                             Kidapawan”, agro-industrial
                     trade fair, horse fight and the
             city’s abundant harvest and
       Mardigrass.

Allaw Ta Apo Sandawa          April 7          Kidapawan City        A gathering of all
                                                      highland tribes in honor of Mt. Apo,
                                               the country’s highest mountain
                                        which they considered sacred.

Fruit Festival  movable fromJuly-August Kidapawan City A festival where
                                        Kidapawan takes its fruit growing
                               industry to the streets. Activities
                       include cultural shows, parade and
               exhibit of local fruit products, street
       dancing competition, and lectures
       on fruit preparation processes.

Kanyong Kawayan Festival 3rd wk of Dec Kidapawan City                A city
                                wide contest which feature
                       the firing of bamboo canons
              using empty milk cans as
      projectiles. The canon that
      can fire the farthest wins
      the contest.

Mt. Apo Octotrek              2nd wk of Oct        Kidapawan City             A trek to the
                                    country’s highest peak during
                                    semestral break.


TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

NATURAL

MT. APO

Location :       Kidapawan City

Description: The Philippines’ highest peak and home to the almost extinct Philippine Eagle; a
majestic mountain surrounded by moss-covered century-old-trees, captivating flora and fauna,
sulfur craters and massive boulders. It is one of the most-visited summer respite of local and
foreign tourists, occupying a total land area of 72,769 hectares of rainforest.
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LAKE VENADO

Location:      Mt. Apo

Description: A hidden lake among the mountain ranges at an elevation of 7,200 feet above sea
level. Its crystal waters mirror the twin peak of Mt. Apo.

LAKE AGKO

Location:       Brgy. Ilomavis

Description: A steaming blue lake where hot and cold spring converge at an elevation of 4,200
feet above sea level. It is five kilometers away from the jump-off point of Barangay Ilomavis.

MARBLE FALLS & HOTSPRING

Location: Brgy. Ilomavis

Description:   A hidden twin falls about 60-70 feet high surrounded by hot springs.

MAWIG FALLS

Location:      Barangay Balabag

Description:   It is the source of the crystal clear Matingao River.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

KANSAL FALLS

Location: Mt. Apo

Description : The source of Kidapawan city’s best tasting potable water.

PANIQUI CAVE & WATERFALLS

Location:      Brgy. Balabag

Description : It has a crystal clear waterfalls and cold springs with natural pool that is
surrounded by mountain ridges and blessed with natural cave.

MANDARANGAN GEOLOGICAL SITE

Location: Mt. Apo Natural Park

Description : A major educational tourism site known to the locals as “Gamay nga Bulkan”
(little volcano).


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MAN-MADE

FRUIT FARMS AND ORCHARDS

Location: Kidapawan City

Description : Vast plantations of exotic tropical fruits like durian, mangosteen, mango,
lanzones, marang, rambutan and bananas.

GATELAND SWIMMING POOL RESORT

Location:       Lanao, Kidapawan City
Description : It has 2 units of swimming pool w/ an area of more or less 1-2 has. Sorrounded
with fruit trees and other farm plantation

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

NIC’S RIVER VIEW RESORT

Location:      Poblacion, Kidapawan City

Description: It has 2 units of swimming pool w/ an area of more or less 2 has. Planted with
fruit trees such as magosteen, rambutan coconut, etc.

TOURIST FACILITIES

ACCOMMODATION

AJ HI-TIME HOTEL AND RESTAURANT
Plaridel St., Kidapawan City
Tel No. (064) 288-1811 / 288-1475

22 fully airconditioned rooms        P 650.00 – 600.00 / room
complete amenities, with multiple function rooms; continental and Filipino dishes

SILVER SPOON LODGE
Old PC Barracks, Sudapin, Kidapawan City
Tel No. (064) 228-1299

11 Fully-airconditioned rooms       P 500.00 – 600.00/ room
Complete amenities; Chinese and Filipino cuisine

JBL LODGE
Daang Maharlika, Kidapawan City
Tel No. (064) 288-5002

5 fully airconditioned rooms         P 500.00 / room

SPOTTSWOOD METHODIST CENTER
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Singao, Kidapawan City
Tel No. (064) 288-5121 / 288-5362

17 fully (aircon & non-aircon)           P 450.00 – 550.00 / room
Dormitory-type accommodations; conference halls – free-of-charge for live-in seminars


TOURIST FACILITIES

AJD GARDEN PADS
Quinco St., Kidapawan City
Tel No. (064) 288-4781

5 fully airconditioned rooms      P 180.00 – 435.00 / room
2 dormitory-type accommodations with function rooms

MANG OMING LODGE
Quezon Boulevard, Kidapawan City
Tel No. (064) 288-1420

8 fully airconditioned rooms                P 400.00 – 500.00 / room
14 non-airconditioned rooms                 P 250.00 - 300.00 / room

JAYAG PENSION HOUSE
Quirino St., Kidapawan City
Tel No. (064) 288-1514

7 fully airconditioned rooms                P 450.00 – 500.00 / room
10 non-airconditioned rooms                 P 150.00 – 250.00 / room

GUADALUPE FORMATION CENTER
Balindog, Kidapawan City
Tel No. (064) 288-1776
Convention halls; dormitory type quarters for live-in seminars

RBM SEAFOODS GARDEN RESTAURANT & MOTOR BAY INN
Daang Maharlika, Kidapawan City
Tel No. (064) 288-4560
Seafoods and Chinese cuisine

FAJZ CAFÉ
Jose Abad Santos St., Kidapawan City
Tel No. (064) 288-1609
Chinese and Filipino Cuisine jazz bar; live band; function rooms

TOURIST FACILITIES

PEPER BIRD RESTAURANT
Lanao, Kidapawan City
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Tel No. (064) 288-1609
Swimming pool; conference room; Chinese & Filipino cuisine

DAWN’ CAFÉ
Jose Abad Santos St., Kidapawan City
Tel No. (064) 288-1835
Chinese & Filipino dishes, cakes, pastries & native delicacies

ENRAC’S FAMILY RESTO BAR
Quezon Blvd., Kidapawan City
Tel No. (064) 288-1214
Chinese & Filipino cuisine with KTV

JOLLIBEE
Quezon Blvd., corner Roxas St.
Kidapawan City

BOYAKS LECHON HOUSE
Quezon Blvd., Kidapawan City
Tel No. (064) 278-4012
Grilled chicken and fastfood

VILLA MANUEL RESTAURANT
Quezon Blvd., Kidapawan City
Filipino & Chinese cuisine

JULO’S PLACE & RESTO BAR
Quezon Blvd., Kidapawan City
Tel No. (064) 278-3040
Filipino & Continental cuisine with KTV

DON RAFAEL CHINESE RESTAURANT & BAKESHOP
Dayao St., Kidapawan City
Tel No. (064) 288-4560
Chinese cuisine, cakes and bread

TOURIST FACILITIES

JP SWIMMING RESORT & RESTAURANT
Indangan
Kidapawan City

JARDIN TROPICANA RESTAURANT
Lanao, Kidapawan City
Tel No. (064) 288-1609
Filipino & Continental cuisine, fastfood with KTV

PARKS KEBABS & RESTAURANT
Quezon Blvd., Kidapawan City
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Filipino & Chinese cuisine & live bands

BOB’S RESTAURANT
Quezon Blvd., Kidapawan City
Chinese & Filipino cuisine

BOYD SIMON’S PIZZA HAUZ
Quezon Blvd., Kidapawan City
Tel No. (064) 288-5222
Pizza, Filipino cuisine and live band

MARTINEZ SWIMMING RESORT
Mua-an, Kidapawan City

SUGNI FASTFOOD
Quezon Blvd., Kidapawan City
Tel. No. (064) 278-4243

BRB FASTFOOD
Jose Abad Santos St., Kidapawan City
Tel No. (064) 288-5287

LADY CHAMP BURGER & FASTFOOD
Quezon Blvd., Kidapawan City
Tel No. (064) 288-5153


TOURIST FACILITIES

JERVOSO’S PLACE
Quezon Blvd., Kidapawan City
Tel No. (064) 288-1233
Native chicken barbecue & fastfood

PEP’S COUNTY BAR & RESTAURANT
Balindog, Kidapawan City
Chinese & Filipino Cuisine

SURVIVE FASTFOOD
Quezon Blvd.,
Kidapawan City

AKL FASTFOOD
Dayao St., Kidapawan City

FOODCRAFT FASTFOOD
Dayao St., Kidapawan City
Tel No. (064) 288-1840


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COMMUNICATION

METRO KIDAPAWAN TELEPHONE CORPORATION
MKTC Bldg., Kidapawan City
Tel No. (064) 288-1500 Fax No. (064) 288-1569

NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION COMMISSION
City Hall Complex, Kidapawan City
Tel No. (064) 288-5348

RCPI/BAYANTEL
Marasigan Bldg., Datu Ingkal St., Kidapawan City
Tel No. (064) 288-1734


TOURIST FACILITIES

SMART KIDAPAWAN WIRELESS CENTER
KHAS Bldg., Quezon Blvd., Kidapawan City
Tel No. (064) 278-4099

PHILIPPINE TELEPHONE & TELEGRAPH
Marasigan Bldg., Datu Ingkal St., Kidapawan City
Tel nO. (064) 288-1223

RADIO/TV BROADCASTING STATIONS

NOTRE DAME BROADCASTING CORPORATION
(DXND – AM; DXDM – FM)
Tel No. (064) 288-1558

MANILA BROADCASTING COMPANY
(Radyo Natin – DXYY)
Tel No. (064) 288-4311

CANDELARIA ANDOLANA BROADCASTING SYSTEM
(Charm Radio – DXCA)
Tel No. (064) 288-1698

CABLE STATION

KIDAPAWAN CABLE TV                        MAKILALA CABLE TV
Tel No (064) 288-1540                          Tel No. (064) 288-5259

MAILING/ COURIER SERVICES

PHILIPPINE POSTAL CORPORATION             JRS BUSINESS CORPORATION
Quirino Drive, Kidapawan City                   Quezon Blvd., Kidapawan City
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Tel No. (064) 288-1388                             Tel No. (064) 288-173

LBC EXPRESS, INC.                           FASTPAK AIR EXPRESS CORP
KHAS Bldg., Quezon Blvd.,                        Quezon Blvd., Kidapawan City
Kidapawan City                                   Tel No. (064) 288-4748
Tel No. (064) 288-1806

TOURIST FACILITIES

LIBCAP SUPER EXPRESS                 DHL EXPRESS
Quezon Blvd., Kidapawan City              Marasigan Bldg., Datu Ingkal St.
Tel No. (064) 288-3003                    Kidapawan City
                                          Tel No. (064) 288-1295


BANKING INSTITUTIONS

Allied Bank Corporation                            Equitable PCI Bank
Tel No. (064) 288-1833/288-1413                    Tel No. (064) 288-1678/288-1689

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation        Philippine Bank of Communications
Tel No. (064) 288-1572/2885297                             Tel No. (064) 288-5296/288-5297

Development Bank of the Philippines                Land Bank of the Philippines
Tel No. (064) 288-1373/288-372                     Tel No. (064) 288-1303/288-5118

Philippine National Bank                           Metro Bank
Tel No. (064) 288-1324/288-5008                    Tel No. (064)288-1324

United Coconut Planters Bank
Tel No. (064) 288-1421/288-1787

COTABATO PTOVINCE

HISTORY

        The original Cotabato Province known as the Empire of Cotabato used to be the
largest in the country in terms of land area until November 22, 1973 or P.D. 341 which created
the new provinces of Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao. Earlier, South Cotabato was
segregated, and what was then North Cotabato was renamed Cotabato under Batas
Pambansa 660 on December 19, 1983. The word “Cotabato” is derived from the
Maguindanaon “Kutawato” or “Stone Fort”.

        Cotabato province at present has a total area of 6,958.72 s.km. or 29.5% of the total
land area of Region XII. Cotabato lies strategically in the central portion of Mindanao.
Kidapawan City, the capital city is located in the Eastern slopes of the highest peak of the
country, the Mt. Apo.



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         Cotabato has a distinct character resulting from varying culture, dialects, trait and ways
of life as indicated by its unique blend of people. Today, about 80% of the population are
Christian migrants from the Visayas and Luzon. The cultural communities predominated by
Muslims and Manobo highlanders comprise the remaining 20%.

       Its attractive terrain and varied cultural climate, added to its alienable lands,
(51.59%) or 358,970 have continued to draw settlers who embark on farming or business
entrepreneurship.

       Half of the province’s total land area is forest land. This includes timberlands, animal
sanctuaries, national parks and forest reserves.

       Mineral resources especially white clay to ceramics production abound in the
Municipalities of Magpet, Makilala, M’lang, Pres. Roxas, Pikit and Banisilan. Non-metallic
resources such as limestone, sand and gravel, an ideal material for construction are also
abundant.

       Despite its being an inland province, Cotabato manages to make up with two
freshwater lakes and two largest marshes which teem with aquatic life-these are the
Liguasan and Libungan marshes.


HISTORY

        Power sources include the Lake Lanao-Agus River Hydro-Electric Power Complex with
1,000mw potential and the Cotabato and Agusan River Basin with 1,605 and 991mw potential
respectively. The Mt. Apo Geothermal plant provides additional power supply for the entire
province.

        Agriculture, forestry and fishery are still the dominant industries in Cotabato Province as
reflected in employment statistics, social and personal services, wholesale and retail follow.

       Popular crops include rice, corn , rubber, coconut, sugarcane, coffee, banana ,
vegetables, fruit trees and root crops. Coconut production with 22,571 has lead over rubber
production covering 29,833.50 has.

       With the Investment Incentives Act or RA 5186, the growth of Cotabato industry has
greatly boasted. A number of processing plants sprouted; Feeds Manufacturing and Rubber
processing in Kidapawan City, Municipalities of Makilala, and M’lang, the Aleosan and
the Natural Essence Processing in Kamarahan President Roxas..

         At present, Cotabato Province is a prime focus of rubber industry with its 27
processing plants producing pale creep 2x brown, crumb, air dried sheets. The rubber industry
in Cotabato promises as a manufacturing ventures and could generate further economic
activities and improve the coffers of the province. Fruit production leading to fruit processing
complements the advancements in the local rubber industry. Leading in production of exotic
fruits such as Durian, Lanzones, Rambotan, Marang, Jackfruit and many more. Cotabato
could as well process these and lead in the export of canned fruits. Ramie plantations in


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Pres. Roxas and Kidapawan, can be future boom to the local textile industry which has yet to be
established.

       Other industries that are beginning to gain importance and demand expansion are the
cassava starch industry, rattan products manufacturing, wood and furniture manufacturing,
(using Philippine Mahogany and Lauan) Buri furniture manufacturing, bamboo craft and
handicraft industries.

HISTORY

        Cutflower has become a good source of livelihood among Cotabateños, especially those
residing Kidapawan City, who have organized a cooperative on cutflower marketing and
production. Roses, Anthuriums and Orchids which are conveniently grown locally are
highly promising and profitable business and source of livelihood. Even the large-scale
production of ornamentals and forest tree seedlings has become a high selling business in the
province.


GEOGRAPHY / AREA AND LOCATION

The province lies on the Eastern part of Region XII and is strategically located in the central part
of Mindanao. It is bounded on the North by the provinces of Lanao del Sur and Bukidnon, on the
East by Davao City, Southeast by Davao del Sur, and Maguindanao on the West, and Sultan
Kudarat on the Southwest.

CLIMATE

The climate is cool and humid. There are no typhoons but rainfall is frequent, the plains of
Cotabato also lie between long mountain ranges, which are source of cool breezes.

POPULATION

       The population is 857,438 as of 2000 CENSUS.

ACCESSIBILITY

By Air:        Air Philippines        - Daily flights from Manila to Davao City.

               Cebu Facific           - Daily flights from Manila to Cotabato City and Davao
                                        City Airport.

               PAL                    - Daily flights from Manila to Cotabato City.

By Sea:        SuperFerry             - Leaves Manila every Friday evening and arrives at Polloc
                                        Port at Monday morning.

               Sulpicio Lines - Leaves Manila every Saturday afternoon and arrives at
                                      Pooloc port at Tuesday morning.


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By Land:       From Cotabato City to Cotabato Province

Bus Companies:        Weena Express & People’s Transport
Bus Station:          Don Rufino Alonzo St., Cotabato City
Schedule:             First Trip: 4:00 am, 30 minutes interval with airconditioned bus & 5 min.
                      Interval for deluxe bus.

Travel Time: 2.5 to 3 hrs.             Fare: P 271.20 – Aircon Bus
                                             P 249.10 – De luxe Bus

Bus Companies:        Weena Express , People’s Transport & Tacurong Express (Davao-
Makilala
                      Going to Tacurong City)

FESTIVALS

       EVENT          DATE             VENUE                  BRIEF DESCRIPTION

Halad sa Sto. Niño    every 3rd        Midsayap        An annual fiesta celebration in honor of
                      Sun of Jan                       Patron Saint Sr. Sto. Niño characterized by
                                                       street dancing and a parade-cum-Mardi
                                                       Grass.

Paka’at Kal’lo         Holy Week       Magpet                 A thanksgiving feast of the
indigenous tribes Festival                                                  in celebration of a
bountiful harvest.

Hinugyaw sa           Sept. 1      Capitol Complex A Foundation Day celebration of Cotabato
Cotabato                           Amas, Kid. City Province highlighted by boisterous merry-
                                                   making of colorful costumes and rhythmic-
                                                   ethnic dances of street revelers, beauty
                                                   pageant, battle of the bands, agro industrial
                                                   fair, open mountain bike challenge.

Provincial EXPO      Oct. 8-14 Capitol Complex       Display and exhibition of agricultural and
                               Amas, Kid. City       industrial products, ornamental and bonsai
                                                     plants, travel and tourism products, product
                                              demos, art exhibits, etc.

Kadagayaan            Dec. 7           Alamada         A Patronal fiesta highlighting street dancing
Festival                                                      parade competition.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

NATURAL

FORT PIKIT


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Location:      Approximately 1 km from the National Highway and the main back-drop of the
               Pikit Municipal hall

Description:   One of the remnants of an Old Spanish Fort in Mindanao.

NEW ISRAEL

Location:       Situated on the periphery of Mt. Apo National Park at an elevation of 1,600
               feet above sea level.

Description: A barangay in Makilala which is well known for its numerous monkeys.
This mountain village is home to a religious sect called the “Moncadista”. The place is famous
for tamed monkeys.

FLORTAM HOT SPRING

Location:      5 kilometers from the national highway, Makilala, Cotabato

Description:   A major tourist attraction and dubbed as “Fountain of Youth” because of its
               healing power, thus, popular among old folks who have arthritis and rheumatism.

SINAPANGAN WATERFALLS

Location :     Brgy. Sinapangan, Libungan

Description : A 10-15 meter high falls which is part of the Mt. Akir-akir watershed areas.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

DULAO WATERFALLS

Location :     Upper Dado, Alamada

Description: It is approximately 100 meters drop of water and has a natural pool at the end of
the drop of the water.

SANG’NGAWAN FALLS

Location :     Batasan-Biangan, Makilala

Description : A hot spring blessed with 2 natural pools.

TOWSUVAN FALLS

Location:      Foothills of Mt. Apo in the town of Magpet

Description: Crystal-clear water that offer a cool respite to a trek through lush forests, with
more or less 20-30 meters drop of water with a natural pool. Its temperature reached up to 6
degrees celcius at night.
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KIRONGDONG FALLS & RAINFOREST

Location:       Kinarum, Magpet

Description:    More or less 70-80 mtrs drop of water surrounded by mountain ranges and cliffs.

MAB’BU FALLS & RAINFOREST

Location:       Manobo, Magpet

Description: More or less 400 ft high waterfalls and blessed with bed of flowers and century
Cinnamon and Almaciga trees in the surroundings.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

NANILUNGAN FALLS

Location:       Gambudes, Arakan

Description: A 50 mtrs in height and 90 degrees drop. Spotted forest and beautiful formations
rocks could also be found in the vicinity.

EPOL RIVER

Location:       Gambudes, Arakan

Description:    3-km cascading river that offers an exciting trek through a series of riverpools and
6 waterfalls.

MATIGOL FALLS AND CAVE

Location:       Datu Ladayon, Arakan

Description: A 100-meter in height of cascading waterfalls and a cave could also be found
beside the falls.

LAKE LUNINGNING

Location:       Ganatan, Arakan

Description: An estimated area of 4 has. with 30 meters depth of clear water, hence it has an
underground spring that provides the lake and sustain even during good season.

LILIONGAN CAVE

Location:       Liliongan, Carmen



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Description: A natural cave with beautiful stalactite & stalagmites formations inside
underground creek & thick layer of guano could also be found inside.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

KITU-BAO CAVE

Location:      Bao, Alamada

Description: It has one entrance but 3 exit points, underground water, swallow birds, bats and
other unknown insects could be found inside the cave.

NABUNS CAVE

Location:      Ganbudes, Arakan

Description:   A fantastic tunnel-like cave with beautiful century old golden stalagmites &
stalactites.

GAEMS CAVE

Location:      Gambudes, Arakan

Description:   A church-like shaped cave with an area of 900 square meters and 10 meters in
height.

FEEL CAVE AND COLD SPRING

Location:      Salasang, Arakan

Description: A fantastic tunnel-like cave with a beautiful century old with golden stalagmites
& stalactites.

CAVE AND TINANAN RIVER

Location:      Sto. Niño, Arakan

Description:   It consists of 6 springs, 2 rivers, 2 caves which are unexplored.

TOURIST TTRACTIONS

CAVE & PARK VIEW

Location:    Kinawayan, Arakan (boundaries of three provinces namely: N. Cotabato, Davao
City & Bukidnon).

Description:   An ideal place to view the Mt. Sinaka and whole Arakan Valley Complex.

MT. AKIR-AKIR
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Location:      Sinapangan, Libungan

Description:   It has a beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding municipalities.

MT. OPAO

Location:      Bao, Alamada, specifically between the boundaries of Alamada & Banisilan

Description:   It is blessed with natural grown trees and source of cold spring water.

MANMADE

LE REVE RESORT

Location:      National Highway, Makilala, Cotabato.

Description:   An inland resort equipped with cottages, a restaurant, three (3) swimming pools
               with free flowing spring water from the foot of Mt. Apo.

MERIAM VILLE

Location:      Poblacion 5, Midsayap

Description:   Standard sized swimming pool with a natural clear water source.


TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

DOTON SWIMMING POOL RESORT

Location:      Poblacion 5, Midsayap

Description:   2 units of swimming pool, and surrounded by beautiful flowers and several fruit
trees.

SAPANG BATO RESORT

Location:      Grebona, Libungan

Description:   Natural flowing circle shaped pool and has a top view of cascading mountains.

ECO-RESORT CENTER

Location:      Dimapacu, Libungan

Description:   A cool place perfect for relaxing and swimming on its crystal clear water.

NIC’S RIVERVIEW RESORT
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Location:      Poblacion, Kidapawan City

Description: It has two unit of swimming pool w/ an area of more or les 2 has. Planted with
fruit trees such as magosteen, rambutan, coconut, etc.

SKYLINE HERITAGE

Location:      Green Hills, President Roxas

Description:   It is blessed with 3 units of swimming pool which is surrounded by mountain
ridges.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

GRACE TROPICAL RESORT

Location:      Pangao-an, Magpet

Description:   A 3-hectare. orchard.

SANG’NGAWAN HOTSPRING RESORT

Location:      Batasan Biangan, Makilala

Description:   A hot spring which is blessed with 2 natural pools.

NEW ISRAEL ECO-TOURISM PARK & MINI ZOO

Location:      New Israel, Makilala

Description:   It is surrounded by mountain ridges and blessed with natural grown trees and wild
animals.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

MANOBO TRIBAL VILLAGE

Location:      Manobo, Magpet

Description:   It is one of the entry point to Mt. Apo via Lake Venado.

DALLAG TRIBAL VILLAGE

Location:      Manobo, Magpet

Description: It has an area of 400 has. and nestled at about 4,00 above sea level and it is
inhabited with indigenous Manobo tribes.


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BIRDS SANCTUARY

Location:      Tuael, Pres Roxas

Description:   Situated at the single hill and blessed with more than a thousands species of birds.

FOREST WILDLIFE PARK, PHIL. EAGLE, CENTURY AGE TREE

Location:      Salasang, Arakan

Description: An estimated 500 has of forest nestled with old trees and wild animals such as
Philippine Eagle, Kalaw.


TOURIST FACILITIES


ACCOMMODATION

HILL PARK INN RESTAURANT
National Highway, Midsayap, Cotabato
Tel No. (064) 299-6088
Manager :       MS. MAUREEN G. CACABELOS
Classification: ECONOMY - Accredited by DOT
No. of Rooms : 15

Room Rates

Double                        P       700.00
Twin                                  900.00
Deluxe                             1,500.00
Family Suite                       1,900.00
Extra Bed                             200.00
Extra Person                          100.00

DON BOSCO DIOCESAN YOUTH CENTER
Batasan, Makilala, Cotabato
Contact Person : MS. MA. HELENITA R. GAMELA
Contact No.      : c/o Mr. Ritchelle Fuentes
                    Acting Provincial Tourism Officer
                    (064) 278-7053
Services offered: Lodging and catering
No. of cottages: 6
Existing Facilities: campsite, conference hall


TOURIST FACILITIES

INNS, LODGING AND PENSION HOUSES
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02 INN PENSION HOUSE                          BUDGET HOTEL
Midsayap, Cotabato                                Kabacan, Cotabato

4 R Travellers Inn                                    LYRIC LODGING HOUSE
Midsayap, Cotabato                                    Kabacan, Cotabato

PIONEER LODGE 1 & II                                  HI-WAY VIEW HOTEL
Midsayap, Cotabato                                    Kabacan, Cotabato

SPY LODGING HOUSE                                     IRENE LODGE
Mlang, Cotabato                                       Makilala, Cotabato

CHAVEZ LODGING HOUSE                                  COUNTRY LODGE
Antipas, Cotabato                                     Makilala, Cotabato

PELONIA LODGING HOUSE                                 50M LODGING HOUSE
Arakan, Cotabato                                      Banisilan, Cotabato

STAR LODGING HOUSE                            RASGO’S APARTMENT
Pikit, Cotabato                                   Pres. Roxas, Cotabato

HOMESTAY SERVICES

MANCERA HOMESTAY                              KAGAWAD CASIRI HOMESTAY
Pikit, Cotabato                               Brgy. San Miguel, Arakan, Cotabato

GUEST HOUSE AND TRAINING CENTERS

CFCST Guest House             BRGY. GAMBUDES TRAINING CENTER
Arakan, Cotabato Brgy.             Gambudes, Arakan, Cotabato

University of Southern Mindanao               ATI-USM TRAINING CENTER
(USM) Guest House                             Kabacan, Cotabato
USM Compound, Kabacan, Cotabato


SOUTH COTABATO

HISTORY

       Centuries ago, the area that would be South Cotabato was sparsely inhabited by Malay
Pioneers which later evolved into various ethnic groupings that still exist in the province today.

        Settlers who would lay the foundation of what would become a progressive province,
started trouping down in 1914. The significant thrust occurred during the term of President
Quezon in the late 30’s. The first of the waves of settlers that time was led by Gen Paulino
Santos, the man whose undaunted pioneering spirit inspired thousands. After World War II, the
final exodus of settlers from Luzon and the Visayas poured in to the virgin land of promise.
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        In the early 60’s, as population, trade and industries grew in this Southern part of
Cotabato, a clamor for local self-governance arose. Thus, on July 18, 1966, South Cotabato was
finally formed as an independent province raring its own development.

        In only three decades since its provincehood, South Cotabato has already surpassed
dozens of province established half a century ahead in almost every aspect of development. In
a short span, it became one of the leading provinces in Mindanao. What it got to show today is
a vivid result of human synergy and the richness of its resources.

        On May 11, 1992, South Cotabato gave birth to a new province (Sarangani) signaling
her coming of age. This is a new challenge, and South Cotabateños, with their indomitable
spirit, proved more than able to keep with the demands of times.


BRIEF DESCRIPTION :

        South Cotabato is generally flat, dotted with some hills, and surrounded by mountain
ranges which makes it a typhoon free area. It is located in the southernmost part of Mindanao,
bounded by sultan Kudarat in the North and West, in the East by Davao del Sur and in the South
by the city of General Santos and the province of Sarangani. It lies at a latitude of about 6*15”
north and about 125* longitude.

BASIC FACTS



CAPITAL                              - Koronadal City

POPULATION                           - 690,728 (2000 census)

TOTAL LAND AREA                              - 3,706 sq. km.

TERRITORIAL COMPOSITION              - 1 city, 10 municipalities, 2 political district and 200
                                       barangays

CLIMATE         - Mild and suit-tropical, a typhoon free province where rainfall is evenly
distributed throughout the year, while air humidity generally follows the rainfall pattern. The
months from March to June are considered the hottest while December and January are the
coolest.

COMMUNICATIONS               - Communication in the province is provided by one local landline
company and two national telephone service providers. Mobile communication is provided by 3
national corporations. Telegram services are also available in the area.

TRIBE                                - T’boli, Maguindanaons

ECO-ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES - Mountain climbing/trekking, rapelling, wall climbing,
spelunking
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ACCESSIBILITY


By Air:         PAL    - Daily flights from Manila to Gensan City and back

                Air Phil - Daily flights from Manila, Cebu and Ilo-ilo to Gensan City and vice-
                               versa

By Land:       Yellow Bus Lines, Holidays, and STM maintain bus routes from Davao City to
Koronadal via Gensan City (4hrs.). Husky and Unity Trans buses ply Gensan to Koronadal route
for 1hour. Rural Transit serves the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Tacurong City (7-8hrs.).
Tacurong is mere 30 minutes by van to Koronadal. Rates are from PhP100-130 (Davao-GSC),
PhP30-50 (GSC-Koronadal) and PhP336-350 (CDO-Tacurong) and PhP25-35 (Tacurong City-
Koronadal).


                From Koronadal, one can take the Yellow Bus Lines or Van plying the Surallah
                route (20 minutes), then take the public jeep to Lake Sebu (25 minutes). Van
                rentals are available in daily rate basis.


By Sea:           Supper Ferry (WG&A) Leaves Manila every Monday and Saturday to GSC
          via Ilo-ilo

Negros Navigation (NN) – departs from Manila to GSC every Monday via
                            Iloilo and Zamboanga

                Sulpicio Lines – sails from Manila to GSC every Tuesday via Iloilo and
                                             Zamboanga; and from Cebu to GSC every Friday



FESTIVALS


EVENT           DATE          VENUE                         BRIEF DESCRIPTION

Hinublag        Every 3rd     Sto. Niño Mun. Plaza      This is an activity during emancipation
Festival        friday of                            anniversary of the Municipality of Sto.
Niño.
                January                                     Highlight of the festival is the street
dancing
                                                     Competition in honor of their patron Sr.
                                                     Sto. Niño.

Tantangan       January       Tantangan Mun.            Was taken fron the word Kulitangtangan


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   Festival      25-27                Plaza          a ring of a bell when there was a gathering
                                                     along the lake during the early time.
                                                     Celebrated       every 27th day of January.
                                                     eaturing street dancing, Kangkanin festival
                                                     and ball games.


Tampakan       January                Tampakan Mun.              An annual celebration which
falls every
Anniversary      16-20               Plaza           3rd Friday of the month of January. There
Fiesta                                               are several activities lined up during fiesta
                                                     like street dancing, Culinary Arts
                                                     competition and the Mutya ng Tampakan.

Banga          March          Banga Mun.                 A unique fiesta celebration that features
Anniversary     1-4                Plaza             indigenous games along the municipal
plaza
Fiesta                                               participated in by the 22 barangays. Known
                                                     For its beauty contest

Seslong        March          T’boli Mun.               Seslong is a T’boli tongue which means-
Festival        5-16            Plaza                Gather Together in a certain place for a
                                                     Various “socio-cultural heritage”.

FESTIVALS

EVENT          DATE           VENUE                         BRIEF DESCRIPTION

Kamayadan March               Norala Mun.            This word is coined from an ilongo term
Festival         6-10              Plaza      “MAYAD” which means “GOOD” it is                   a
       Street dancing festival which recognizes the varied cultures and traditions of the people
of Norala as they influenced by the Filipino brothers and sisters. It is also the venue of
expressing ones “Kamayadan” or “Kabutihan”.

T’nalak        July      South Cotabato Sports      An annual celebration during foundation
Festival        14-18    Complex/South Cot.Anniversary of the province. There are
                         Gymnasium & Cultural    several activities line-up during festival and
                         Center, Koronadal City  one of the highlights are the street dancing
                                                 competition of the different tribes in the
                                                 community.

Polomolok      September    Polomolok                   A celebration of harvest holiday, a land
Anniversary      9-11 Mun. Plaza              of pines……. known of its culinary arts
Fiesta                                                competition in tart and candies delicacy.

Kasadyahan     October        Tupi Municipal                Celebration featuring street dancing
and
Festival          1-2                 Plaza          other various ethnic dances.


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Helubong       November       Lake Sebu        A celebration of thanksgiving because of
Festival          9-11        Mun. Plaza a good harvest and abundance of crops it is also a
        celebration of songs & dances where there is unending happiness as they played their
musical instruments. They also dance aping the movements of the animals thriving in the area
like the monkeys, snakes, crocodiles, and birds.

Pasundayan     November   Surallah             An annual celebration which aims to promote
Festival        20-26Mun. Plaza              and develop its tradition, arts and culture to foster
                                             unity of the different ethnical tribes.


TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

NATURAL

Mt. Matutum

Location :     Boundaries of the Municipality of Tupi, Tampakan and Polomolok in South
               Cotobato Province, and Malungon in Sarangani Province.

Description : Towering at 2,286 Meters Above Sea Level, it stands as the landmark of the
SOCSKSARGEN area and probably the only conical shaped volcano in the Vis-Min area.
Pure dense forest and water falls abounds at the foot of this volcano.

        There are 3 established trails: Glandang Trail is the shortest, Lemblesong Trail is the
oldest and it offers water falls and gorges. The first 2 trails offer backtracking while the 3rd
which is Ulolandan offers a 3 day traverse from Landan, Polomolok to Kablon, Tupi. Jump Off
Point: Tupi Side: est. distance from GSC 32 + Km.

Mt. Parker Ranges     and Lake Maughan

Location :     T’boli, South Cotabato

Description : The older version of the now popular eco-tourism destination in Luzon, Mt.
Pinatubo. Its peak known as Asamblak peak stands tall at 1,750 m ASL and holds a mossy
campsite. Overlooking is the Maughan Lake at 300 m below. It is the crater lake of Mt. Parker
and is estimated to be 300 ha wide.

         Two popular trails exist the Salakafe Trail which goes directly to the lake via 4 to 5
hrs of smooth trail where one could savor the coolness and serenity of Lake Maughan, and
        the San Jose Trail at GenSan City. This trail is strenuous and goes directly to Asamblak
Peak where      one could not go any further and can only view the Lake at the tree viewing
deck of the peak. (Jump off point : 35 + Km from GSC proper.


TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Lake Sebu


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Location :    Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
              (Jump-off-point : 96 + km from Gen. Santos City)

Description : Consists of islets and a large body of water (365ha) surrounded by rolling hills
and mountains. Fishponds abound and migratory birds roam. The lake is home to the T’bolis, a
highland tribe who has its roots in South Cotabato. Tourist can see T’bolis fishing on their
wooden canoe and costume during market day. For the adventurers, one can take a hike going to
the Traangkini River or take a dip at Falls #2 of the 7 lonon river-falls.


Salkak Caves 1 & 2

Location :    Landan, Polomolok, South Cotabato. Reachable by 4x4 vehicle or an hour hike
              from the barangay of Landan (JOP: est. 32 Km from GSC)

Description : A 222-M cave, that offers a 25-M of squeeze, a 100-M duck walk as one enters a
very tight passage. It has also a 30-M vertical pit and a chamber with an open pit above.

SEVEN FALLS IN LAKE SEBU

Location : Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

Description : Some of these falls are of more than 100 feet in height and its ideal for swimming.
The first 3 falls can be reached in a day’s walk. The Lonon Falls which is the largest, pours
thousand of cubic meters of water to a natural pool.

MAMBUCAL SPRING

Location      : Barangay Mambucal

Description   : It has hot sulfuric water that is reputedly to be medicinal.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

SIOK WATERFALLS

Location      : Accessible only by breaking 30 minutes from Barangay Siok.

Description   : A 70 feet falls that provides a challenge for mountaineering enthusiasts.

CULTURAL

T’BOLI CULTURAL COMMUNITY

Location      : West of Lake Sebu

Description : A number of minorities live in the mountains of Lake Sebu.. Among them
are the Tasaday’s cave dwelling people who have live in isolation in high caves (4,800 ft.
above sea level) in a primary rainforest area.
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      West of Lake Sebu is the T’boli settlement. T’bolis are famous for their colorful
costumes, intricate beadwork, beautiful woven baskets and traditional brass ornaments.


STA CRUZ MISSION SCHOOL

Location      : Lake Sebu

Description : A non government organization which aims to provide quality and relevant
formal and non-formal education that will develop productive and self-reliant community
members (indigenous people, i.e. T’boli, Manobo, B’laans, Kalagans and Maguindanaons) thru a
comprehensive education program which channel to the community its triad functions in
instructions, research and extension.




TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

MAN MADE

ABIERA FARMS

Location      : Palkan, South Cotabato, 20 minutes ride from the city

Description   : Collection of ground and serial orchids as well as indigenous flowers are
                found.

KALSANGI

Location      : Kalsangi, Polomolok

Description : The site of the DOLE Philippines (DOLEFIL) Clubhouse, it is laid out
beautifully lay the foot of Mt. Matutum. It includes the housing projects of DOLEFIL
executives, a school, restaurant, swimming pool, golf course and guest house. It is also a
jump-off point for climbing Mt. Matutum.

Note:
Appointment with the personnel Manager of DOLEFIL should be done prior to visit to
Kalsangi

WILDLIFE SANCTUARY AND ZOO

Location      : Barangay Sarabia

Description   : This Protected area is home to rare species of flora and fauna


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T’BOLI MUSEUM

Location : Lake Sebu

Description : It houses historical, archaelogical and ethno-cultural collections including crafts
               and novelty items.

TOURIST FACILITIES

ACCOMMODATION

GONO LEMOBUNG (Tourism Lodge)
Lake Sebu
No of Rooms : 9

Room Rates:
Ordinary Room Capacity of 5-6 pax with T/B                 P 100.00/head
Private Room Capacity of 4 pax                               500.00

Facilities :   Conference/Seminar Hall, service food

HILLSIDE VIEW PARK
Purok Pag-asa, Poblacion, Lake Sebu
General Manager       :     Mr. Cris Estares
Resident Manager      :     Mrs. Mary Ann Estares
Tel No. c/o PT&T Vodex      (064) 885-4432     Cell : 0918-4502747
No of Rooms :        15

Room Rates (New Building)

5 twin rooms w/ T/B                        P 600/room/day
5 native cottages w/ own T/B Single          300/cottage/day
4 double rooms max of 5 pax w/ T/B           400/room

Facilities :   Conference/Seminar Hall for 70-100 pax: Videoke
               Food (package rate) = P225/day inclusive of 3 meals and 2 snacks, lodge and
               seminar venue


TOURIST FACILITIES

ARTACHO LODGE
Purok Pag-asa, Poblacion, Lake Sebu
Manager              : Mr. Edgar Artacho
No. of Rooms         : 16

Room Rates:

Matrimonial w/ T/B                  P 200.00
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Family                           500.00
Dormitory                         50.00/head
Cottage along lake small         100.00/day
                                 100.00/night
                     big         300.00/day
                                 500.00/night

Facilities : Seminar Hall Capacity : 150-200 persons
Swimming Pool : 25.00/day
                   30.00/night
Boating            200.00/trip

PUNTA ISLA LAKE RESORT & Restaurant
Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
Manager       : Ms. Dahlia Bandidas / Russel Salvana
No of Rooms : 9
Contact No. : 0915-9885175

Facilities offered
Seminar Hall
T’boli Hall                              50-100 persons
Helubong Hall                            30-50 Persons
Room Dormitory Type w/ common T/B         P 75/head
Room for 2 persons single w/ T/B            400.00
Room for 8 persons with T/B                 600.00
Room for 4 persons with T/B                 600.00


TOURIST FACILITIES

Additional Beddings
Boating around the lake for 15 persons
Children’s swimming pool
Boat Rowing
Children’s Playground
Decks along the lake
Weaving Center/Loom Weaving (T’nalak)

MOUNTAIN LOG RESORT & Restaurant
Lake Sebu
No of Rooms : 8
Contact No. : 09187022394
Manager      : Jose Sanches

ESTARES RESORT & Restaurant
Lake Sebu
Manager      : Mr. Joy Estares
Contact No. : 0910-6045498


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AMENITIES & SERVICES OFFERED

Room Rates :

Kenaban Twin (8 pax)                   P 400.00           Extra Bed                       P
100.00
Kenaban Single Bed (4 pax)         300.00          Extra Person                       100.00
Cottage with CR (4 pax)            250.00          Session Hall (1 day 50-100 pax)   1,000.00
Dormitory type                     400.00          Sesson Hall (1 day 25-30 pax)      500.00
                                                   Boating (45 mins)                  350.00

Catering                                    Zaldos Cafe
Seminars and Conferences                    DDD & IDD Access
Lake Shore Cottage                          Disco Lights and Sound
Lake Boating                                Video - K
Children Playground                         Standby Genset
Hook & Eye Fishing                          Souvenir Shop

Tonex Resort
Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

Room Rates :

4 Private Cottages w/ CR           P 600.00       Additional Person – No Charge
1 Dormitory Type w/ separate CR for males & females      P 70.00/head
Function Hall                      5,000.00 per day
Pavillion/Seminar Hall                    2,500.00 per day

3 Inn Drive
Tupi, South Cotabato
Tel. no. (083) 228-2742

Air conditioned (Single rooms w/ CR )                     P 715.00
Air conditioned (Single rooms w/ CR & Cable TV)             825.00

ROMERO DURIAN and RESORT
Awas lulit, Polomolok
South Cotabato

Room Rates :

2 Matrimonial air conditioned w/ TV and Hot & Cold Shower (4pax)        P 800.00
2 Matrimonial air conditioned w/ TV and Hot & Cold Shower (2pax)
Extra Person                                                             150.00

HISTORY

      The place which later became the city of Tacurong was once barangay of the
municipality of Buluan of then Empire Province of Cotabato. The place was originally called
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“Pamansang”, after a creek that follows from South to North of the area. In the 1940’s the place
became the way station of the 19-C Survey Team due to its strategic location and suitability for
the purpose of the surveys team. During those years, the place also became a stop over to the
different points of Cotabato Province.

       The name “Pamansang” was changed to “Talakudong” , the Maguindanaon term for
head covering which was worn by most of the early settlers and the people of the area. How the
place came to be associated with the head covering cannot be ascertained. Eventually, the name
was later shortened/changed to Tacurong. It can only be deduced that the present name
Tacurong must have originated from the word “Talakudong”.

      Tacurong was separated from its mother town of Buluan and was created a municipality
by Executive Order Number 462 signed by the late President Elpidio Quirino on August 03,
1951. The city is composed of mostly Ilongo settlers from the province of Iloilo.

       Tacurong then had an estimated area of 40,000 hectares comprising 14 barangays.
When Tantangan, a barangay of Tacurong was created into municipality in 1961, the Southern
portions of Tacurong were separated. The area was further reduced when Pres. Quirino created
into municipality on November 22, 1973 taking with it some of the Eastern portions. Tacurong
now has a total land area of 5,340 hectares, the smallest in land area among the 12 municipalities
that compose the new province of Sultan Kudarat, created on November 22, 1973 by
Presidential Decree No. 341. Although Isulan became the province capital, Tacurong
remained as the perimeter town.

        After 49 years of existence as a municipality, Tacurong became the first component city
of the Province of Sultan Kudarat through the effort of Hon. Angelo O. Montilla, the
Congressman of the Lone District of Sultan Kudarat by virtue of house bill No. 6497 duly
approved and signed by His Excellency President Joseph E. Estrada through Republic Act 8805
“An Act Converting the Municipality of Tacurong into component city of the province of Sultan
Kudarat to be known as the “ City of Tacurong” on August 16, 2000 and duly confirmed by the
“Tacurongnons” on a plebiscite held on September 18, 2000.

TACURONG CITY

HISTORY

The city of Tacurong is presently composed of 20 barangays most of which are agricultural-
based. Barangay Poblacion is the seat of the city government and center of most of the
economic, cultural and political activities of the city. Although most of the barangays are
agricultural - based, some barangays that are adjacent to Barangay Poblacion are already
becoming commercial, residential and industrial centers.

GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION

The city of Tacurong is located at the geographical coordinates 6 degrees 41 minutes and
42.583 seconds latitude, 124 degrees, 40 minutes and 29.818 seconds longitude. It is bounded
by the municipalities of Lambayong, to the North, Isulan to the West; Pres. Quirino to the
East; and by Tantangan of South Cotabato province to the South


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POPULATION

       As of 2000 census the city of Tacurong has a total population of 76,424, of which,
76,325 or 99.87 % is household population. This indicates an addition of 6,602 persons to
the population enumerated by the census in 1995 which was 69,822. This puts the geometric
growth rate of the population between 1995 and 2000 at 1.93 percent annually.

CLIMATE

        The climate falls under fourth type which is characterized by even distribution of
rainfall. The average temperature ranges from 27.36 to 27.56 degrees Celsius. Relative
humidity averages to 80 degrees.

TOTAL LAND AREA

           153.40 Square Kilometers.

NO. OF BARANGAYS

      Twenty (20) barangays (Poblacion, New Lagao, Baras, Buenaflor, Calcan, Demetrio,
Ledesma, FJC Montilla, Griño, Kalandagan, Lancheta, New Carmen, New Isabela, New Passi,
Raja Muda, San Antonio, San Emmanuel, San Pablo, San Rafael, Tina and Upper Katungal)

                                           ACCESSIBILITY


By air :

           Manila to General Santos City
           Manila to Cotabato City

           Means of transportation : PAL, Air Phil and Cebu Pacific

By land :

           General Santos City to Tacurong - 92kms
           Cotabato City to Tacurong -        96kms

      Means of transportation :         Bus (Grand Transit, Yellow Bus Line, Rural Transit,
Tacurong                                      Express, Husky), vans and jeepneys

By sea

           Manila to Iloilo City to General Santos City
           Manila to Iloilo City to Zamboanga to Cotabato City

           Means of transportation : Boat (WG & A, Negros Navigation and Sulpicio Lines)

                                            FESTIVALS
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       EVENT           DATE            VENUE               BRIEF DESCRIPTION


Talakudong             Sept. 18        Tacurong City       It is a historical and cultural
Festival                                                   spectacle chiefly performed in street
                                                           dancing and rituals accompanied
                                                           with exotic and native sounds of
                                                           bamboo drums, kulintang and gong.
                                                           The     festival    highlights    the
foundation                                                        anniversary of the City of
Tacurong.

Inugyunay              Dec. 23         Tacurong City       A month-long merriment filled with
Festival                                                   a series of activities highlighting
                                                                  light-a- tree contest and
fireworks                                                                 display.

                                   TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

MAN-MADE


Baras Bird Sanctuary

Location :     Purok San Francisco, Barangay Baras, Tacurong City
Description:   A natural habitat to thousands of black crowned night Herons and cattle Egrets.

African Oil Palm Plantations

Location:      Barangays of EJC Montilla, Griño and New Passi, Tacurong City
Description:   Vast plantations of palm oil, the city’s major product.

Southern Philippine Grains Complex

Location:      Tacurong City
Description:   The biggest grains facility in Asia

                                 TOURIST FACILITIES
ACCOMMODATION
BELDENT STAR HOTEL
Ledesma Extention, Tacurong City
Contact person: Phebe Pande
Tel No. (064) 200-3698
No. of rooms: 22

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Room rates
Single room                        P 580.00
Double room                          850.00
Twin room                            990.00
Family room                          990.00
Junior Executive                   1,500.00
Suite room                         2,000.00
HIGH WAY LODGE
National highway, Tacurong City
Manager : Macario Parcon
Tel No. (064) 200-6085
No. of rooms : 14
Room Rates
Single room (aircon)                 P 400.00          Single (Non-aircon)        P 250.00
Double room (aircon)                   600.00
CITY LODGE
3rd Block Negrillo Subdivision, Tacurong City
Manager : Cheryl Palomo
Tel No. (064) 200-3053
No. of rooms : 23
Room Rates
Single room                          P 480.00          Single room (Non-aircon)     P 300.00
Double room                            580.00          Double room (Non-aircon)       350.00
Family room                            650.00

                              TOURIST FACILITIES
GARVINS PENSION HOUSE
EJC Montilla, Tacurong City
Manager : Gary Vincent Tamaño
No. of rooms : 8
Room Rates
Single room                          P 550.00         Single room (Non-aircon)    P 250.00
Double room                            650.00
ESPINOSA PENSION HOUSE
Magsaysay Ave., Tacurong City
Manager : Mrs. Zeny Espinosa
Tel No. (064) 200-5399
No. of rooms : 3
Room Rates
Single room                          P 350.00         Double room                 P 400.00

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TWIN LODGE
Valdez Subdivision, Tacurong City
Manager : Mrs. Lina Sustiguer
Tel No. (064) 384-1847
No. of rooms : 29
Room Rates
Triple room (aircon)                  P 500.00     Triple room (Non-aircon)      P 350.00
Matrimonial room (aircon)               500.00     Matrimonial room (Non-aircon)   350.00
Extra Bed                                50.00
EDPAR TRADERS INN
Valdez Subdivision, Tacurong City
Manager : Mr. Eduardo Parreño
Tel No. (064) 200-3591
Room Rates
Double room (aircon)                  P 500.00     Double room (Non-airocn)     P 350.00
Family room (aircon)                    750.00

                             TOURIST FACILITIES
EDJIN LODGE
Acasia Street, Tacurong City
Manager : Mrs. Jinah Quano
Tel No. (064) 200-5001
No of rooms : 22
Room Rates
Single room   (aircon)                P 450.00     Single room (non-aircon) P 290.00
Double room   (aircon)                  450.00     Double room (Non-aircon) 350.00
Twin room     (aircon)                  550.00
Family room   (aircon)                  650.00
ORION RESORT
Casuga Subdivision, Tacurong City
Manager : Mr. Jaime Casuga
Tel No. (064) 200-4140

RESTAURANTS
MAMA’S LOVE                                 CHINKY’S IHAW-IHAW
National Highway, Tacurong City             Ledesma Extension, Tacurong City
Contact person: Mr. Rogelio Vallejo         Contact person: Vilma Espejo
Tel No. (064) 200-4274                      Tel No. (064) 200-4085
JIM’S PLACE II                              VEJR HITO FARM
Magsaysay Ave., Tacurong City               Exit Road, Brgy Calean, Tacurong City
Contact person: Usan Uy                     Contact person: Robert Bachar

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Tel No. (064) 200-4623
PAYAG NI IGME                     FOODSTUFF
National Highway, Tacurong City   Lapu-lapu St., Tacurong City
Contact person: Christopher Uy    Contact person: Mary Chris Tuvilla
Tel No. (064) 200-4888            Tel. No. (064) 200-5698

                           TOURIST FACILITIES
JULSON BAKESHOP                   BJ’S LECHON MANOK
Magsaysay Ave., Tacurong City     Lapu-lapu st. Tacurong City
Contact person: Grace Ledesma     Contact person:
Tel No. (064) 200-4016            Tel No. (064) 200-4170
JOLIBEE                           MR. DONUT GARDEN GRILL & RESTO BAR
FOODSTUFF                         ROADSIDE IHAW-IHAW
SUNNY GLOW PIZZA HOUSE            JIM’S PLACE I & II
MAMA’S LOVE RENDESVOUS            MASHEE FOOD PLAZA
MAMA’S CAKES & PATRIES            FORTUNE’S PLACE
PAYAG NI MANG IGME                ALEX PATA & PRIME EATERY
NANDING BAR-B-Q                   DUNKIN DONUTS
LITA’S BACHOY & HALO-HALO         JULSON’S BAKE SHOP 7 EATERY
LA TALAGA KITCHENETTE             KINI ROGER’S CHICKEN HOUSE
BJ’S LECHON MANOK                 5 R’S RESTAURANT
NENITA’S BURGER HOUSE             TRISHA’S BURGER HOUSE
CHINKY’S EATERY                   SUNDOWN GRILLS
MARLIT’S SPECIAL BATCHOY          JOY’S HALO-HALO
YES BAR-B-Q SPECIAL               ADIONG’S KTV

BANKING SERVICES AVAILABLE

             ALLIED BANK CORPORATION
             DAVAO COOPERATIVE BANK
             DEVELOPMENT BANK OF THE PHILIPPINES
             EQUITABLE PCI BANK
             FAR EAST BANK AND TRUST COMPANY / BPI
             LAND BANK OF THE PHILIPPINES
             METROPOLITAN BANK AND TRUST COMPANY
             PENINSULA BANK (RURAL BANK OF TUPI)
             RIZAL COMMERCIAL BANKING CORPORATION (RCBC)
             RURAL BANK OF TACURONG
             RURAL BANK OF PRESIDENT QUIRINO
             NETWORK BANK
             BPI FAMILY BANK

                           TOURIST FACILITIES
AVAILABLE COMMUNICATION SERVICES
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Through Telephone/Cellphone Services
PLDT                                 SKTSI
TELOF-TELECOM (DOTC)                 PT&T
BAYANTEL                             SMART
GLOBE

Through Internet Service Provider:
MOZCOM                               I-TECH (VISUAL A)
NDTC (FAPENET)

Through Mail, Freight 7 Handling Services
POSTAL SERVICES, LBC, JRS                    LIBCAP, ABOITIZ


Through Television, Cable TV & AM/FM Radio Station
ULCASI (SULTAN KUDARAT CABLE)
STAR Cable
TV 13 ( Local TV Station)
RADIO NATIN (MBN)




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