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Get a first-hand experience of the unique culture and tucked-away treasures in this unique traditional T’boli house in Lake Sebu. Here guests can see the renowned T’nalak weaving process. One can also observe the making of beaded accessories and take home some ethnic necklaces and bracelets a well as look through the other T’boli crafts and age-old musical instruments. Distance from the City of Koronadal: Surallah is approximately 30 minutes from the City of Koronadal.
South Cotabato Community Museum
Find a showcase of the province’s historical relics in the South Cotabato Community Museum in Koronadal City. This humble space houses items such as metal wares from indigenous groups and technological artifacts from the early 1900s. There are even a few interesting pieces from famous historical figures such as a pair of boots owned by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, the first Philippine president, and a stone carving made by national hero Jose Rizal. The South Cotabato Community Museum and Rosario “Chat” B. Tantoco Memorial Hall is located at the 3rd Floor of the South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center along Alunan Avenue. The unique richness of the museum’s collection now stands close to 1,000 pieces and continues to grow by year through borrowed and donated artifacts.
Surallah Cultural Landmark
An impressive artwork that aims to give tribute to the T’boli, Muslim and Christian tri-people can be found in Surallah, South Cotabato. Made by acclaimed local artist Kublai Millan, the sculptures portray different cultural facets of the three ethnic groups while also highlighting the town’s local produce. Distance from the City of Koronadal: Surallah is approximately 30 minutes from the City of Koronadal.
Lang Dulay is a National Living Treasure Awardee (Manlilikha ng Bayan) which is a prestigious award given to her in 1998. She started weaving T’nalak at the young age of twelve, and through the years she has developed her skill to produce some of the most sought after T’nalak weavings in the province. After garnering her esteemed award, Lang Dulay opened the Manlilikha ng Bayan Center to focus on the preservation of the art of T’boli textile weaving by training other T’boli weavers in this time-consuming and intricate art, in doing so ensuring that the T’boli weavers continue to dream these magnificent patterns that take shape on the loom.
Paraiso Verde Resort and Water Park
Paraiso Verde Resort and Water Park operates the first and only wave pool in the region. It also features a 400-gallon giant bucket that empties into the wave pool, and a 600-square-meter kiddie pool with smaller buckets and slides. South Cotabato is a landlocked province but with this water park around, you no longer have to travel far just to get your fix of beach fun.
To experience South Cotabato’s impressive lakes at your own leisurely pace one can rent kayak equipment that are available at Lake Sebu and Lake Holon.
To experience the majestic Lake Sebu up close one can make arrangements at any of the local resorts to enjoy a blissful lake cruise. Some resorts amp up the cultural and culinary experience with tour guides and performers who perform tribal dances and chants while guests enjoy a sumptuous buffet meal while they make their way around the lake.
Tupi Fruit Stand
This highway destination favored by locals and tourists who are breezing through town is a great place to find a wide array of fruits and vegetables that are the ultimate when it comes to freshness. Attesting to South Coabato’s agricultural bounty, here you can find all sorts of fruits, from the small to the large and the familiar to the exotic. This definitely makes for a sweet and succulent stopover for guests.
South Cotabato’s highland getaway – Lake Sebu is also a great invitation to try local cuisine aboard a Lake cruise where the gastronomic choices are endless. A must try are the Tilapia dishes that are a staple on most South Cotabato menus.Taste the local fusion-flavored cuisine and experience a culinary affair with signature specialties like chicharon tilapia as well as any other ways this delectable freshwater fish can be cooked-up.
Apareja Buko Halo-Halo
Definitely the local go-to spot for a heat quenching taste of the Philippines’ ultimate dessert, the Halo Halo, this time served in fresh coconut. As they say, if you’re looking for a great place to try something tasty, look for where the locals go. Located along the highway upon entering the City of the Koronadal, this quaint little eatery with the freshest of ingredients is a must-try.
Durian Garden carries a menu full of sumptuous food that is highlighted with assorted durian inspired delicacies made of the pungent yet heavenly fruit known as the “king of fruits.” Even those who aren’t fond of the fruit would love their durian pie, which took a lot of experiments before getting the recipe right. For a pie that’s made almost entirely of durian pulp, it is devoid of the fruit’s pungent smell. It has just the right amount of sweetness and a velvety texture while still preserving that distinct flavor. Other must-try delights are the durian ice cream and durian float. Doc Romero, the owner of Durian Garden has become such an expert on durian that he even invented a durian opener, a simple yet clever devise that allows you to open the fruit without having to risk hurting your hands.
Another thriving family-owned business in South Cotabato is the Blooming Petals flower farm. In a month, it produces up to 15,000 dozens of chrysanthemums, 2,500 dozens of anthuriums and 2,000 dozens of roses which are delivered to other cities in Mindanao and Metro Manila. Blooming Petals has a total of 20 hectares of flower plantations in different locations. It currently grows 18 varieties of chrysanthemums and six varieties of anthuriums.
a Filipino family owned and managed corporation provides its clients with the choice to bring home the best with its long list of delicious products such as juices, jams, jellies, marmalades, preserves, tablea and spices.
Dole Philippines Pineapple Plantation
Proof that South Cotabato is a sound and stable location for business is the long-term presence of Dole Philippines Inc since 1963. Dole has one of the largest pineapple plantations in the world with its undulating fields of more than 18,000 hectares that reaches to the foot of the majestic Mt. Matutum. Dole Philippines exports an array of fruit products to the international market.
Durian Garden atbp.
Successfully merging tourism, agri-business and biodiversity is the Durian Garden in the town of Polomolok. The expansive garden has seven varieties of durian trees, a wide assortment of ornamental plants, some of which are endemic to the Philippines, a butterfly garden,the first of its kind in the province, that maintains seven species of butterflies, and a mini zoo.The zoo is another unique attraction that features exotic birds such as peacock, ostrich, cassowary, parakeet and a couple of talking mynas. The best part of the garden, however, is the organically grown durian. The fruits are fully ripened on the tree before they are harvested, yielding sweet, full-flavored durian.
Linan Forest Park/Linan Tarsier Conservation Sanctuary
Living on the eastern side of South Cotabato are communities of the indigenous group, the B’laan, who are, likewise, guardians of another treasure: the tarsier. Known in the B’laan vernacular as Mal, this smallest of primates was first reported to be seen in the forests of Mt. Matutum, South Cotabato’s hightest peak, back in 2007. Since then, documenting the tarsier population has been ongoing but early estimates say it could be bigger than the tarsier population in the island of Bohol, where the primate is an icon. In one village in South Cotabato alone, 19 tarsier habitats have been identified so far. Tarsiers are territorial creatures so there are usually only a couple of them living in one habitat. Specifically, the Tarsiers can be found in Barangay Linan, Tupi which has been turned into the Linan Tarsier Conservation Sanctuary, efforts are also underway to create the Tarsier Trail which will allow guests to view the Tarsiers from a safe distance without disturbing them. In the Linan Forrest Park one can experience trekking, camping and sightseeing at Linan’s series of waterfalls.
Located in Barangay Lamlahak in Lake Sebu, Sitio Kanko which is located at around 1000 meters above sea level is a great spot for bird watching enthusiasts. Here one can sight endemic bird species including sightings of the Philippine Eagle.
Towering 2,286 meters above sea level, this dormant volcano is the landmark of the South Cotabato, Sarangani, and General Santos City growth area, it is also the home of the national bird the Philippine Eagle and the world renowned smallest primate –the Philippine Tarsier
Dare to ride the gravity-defying extreme eco-adventure that is the Seven Falls Zipline experience with inspiring views of Lake Sebu’s picturesque waterfalls. One of the highest in South East Asia at 180 meters (600ft) high, has 740 meters (40 seconds travel) as its first leg and 420 meters (20 seconds travel) as its second leg. One will experience the spectacular view of 4 of the 7 falls canopy, snaking river system and lush forest while zipping through the lines.
Nature enthusiasts looking for river trekking adventure in the City of Koronadal will definitely find Siok Falls to be a great eco-adventure destination. At a height of of 40 feet, Koronadal’s hidden treasure showcases sight-seeing opportunities with nature at its best.