Provinces

Cotabato Province

Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Cotabato, formerly but still colloquially known as North Cotabato, is a landlocked province in the Philippines. Its capital is Kidapawan. Cotabato derives its name from the Maguindanao word kuta wato (from Malay – “Kota Batu”), meaning “stone fort”, referring to the stone fort which served as the seat of Sultan Muhammad Kudarat in what is now Cotabato City (which the province derives its name from).

LOCATION

Cotabato

Coordinates: 7°12′N 124°51′E

FAST FACTS

The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.

Province:
Cotabato
Location:
7°12′N 124°51′E View Map
Year Founded:
1914 or 1973
Capital:
Kidapawan
Area:
9,008.90 km2 (3,478.36 sq mi)
Population:
1,490,700
Density:
150/km2 (400/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
Cities & Towns:
1 Component city 17 Municipalities
Demonym(s):
Cotabateño/a
Elevation:
(Mount Apo) 2,954 m (9,692 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
9400–9417
Area code:
+63-(064)-XXX-XXXX
Electricity:
Standard voltage is 220V.
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well.
Bring A to B adapter(s).
Currency:
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
First Class
Religion(s):
51.2% Roman Catholic, 26% Muslim
Language(s):
Hiligaynon, Cebuano, Maguindanao, Iranun, Dulangan, Manobo, Obo, Tagabawa, TboliIlianen, Ilocano, English
Known For:
Mindanao’s food basket
Major Industries:
Agriculture (sugarcane, coconut, coffee), Fishing, Livestock, Manufacturing (rubber)
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
April, March, May
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Airport(s):
Seaport(s):
None
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON

CLIMATE

The climate in this province is tropical. Cotabato City has a significant amount of rainfall during the year. The average annual temperature is 27.5 °C in Cotabato City. The rainfall here averages 2194 mm.

If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Cotabato, the hottest months are April, March, and then May. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early April where highs are regularly around 92.9°F (33.8°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 74.1°F (23.4°C) at night.

The most appropriate clothing in this province is casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

CITIES & TOWNS

The Cotabato provinceis divided into 17 Municipalities, 1 City:

  • Alamada
  • Aleosan
  • Antipas
  • Arakan
  • Banisilan
  • Carmen
  • Kabacan
  • Kidapawan
  • Libungan
  • M’lang
  • Magpet
  • Makilala
  • Matalam
  • Midsayap
  • Pigcawayan
  • Pikit
  • President Roxas
  • Tulunan
 

ISLANDS

None

POINTS OF INTEREST

The following is a list of points of interest relating to the Cotabato province:

  • Kusiong Beach
  • Kutang Bato Caves
  • Kutawato Cave
  • Lake Sebu
  • Mab-bu Falls
  • Matigol Falls
  • Nabuns Cave
  • Nanilungan Falls
  • New Israel Eco Park
  • Robinson’s Department Store
  • Sang-Ngawan Falls
  • Sinapangan Falls
  • South Seas Mall Bai Walk  
  • Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid (The Grand Mosque in Cotabato City)
  • Tamontaka Church
  • Tausavan Falls
  • Tausuvan FallsAC
  • Timako Hill
  • Towsuvan Falls
  • Traankini Spring

FESTIVALS

The following is a list of festivals celebrated in Cotabato throughout the year:

  • Kalivungan Festival (August) – Kidapawan City

FAQs

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Cotabato province.

Where in the Philippines is Cotabato located?
Cotabato is located in the central part of Mindanao in the SOCCSKSARGEN Region.

Is Cotabato a city or province?
Cotabato is a province.

What is the Capital of Cotabato?
The capital of Cotabato is Kidapawan.

What is Cotabato famous or known for?
Cotabato is known for the largest mosque in the country and as Mindanao’s food basket.

How do I get to Cotabato?
There are several ways to get to Cotabato, the most common being from Manila:

  • Plane | 1.75 hours | $50-$170
  • You can fly to an alternate airport (Davao, Sultan Kudarat, General Santos or Kidapawan), and then take a bus to Cotabato. Travel time will be longer though.

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How many islands are in Cotabato?
There are NO islands in Cotabato. The province is landlocked.

What does Cotabato mean?
Cotabato came from the local term kuta wato (from Malay – “Kota Batu”), meaning “stone fort”, referring to the stone fort which served as the seat of Sultan Muhammad Kudarat.

How Safe is Traveling in Cotabato?
Cotabato is generally safe for locals and tourists.

Is the climate the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Cotabato is considered tropical with significant of rainfall during the year.

To learn more about the various climate types in the Philippines, and for a Climate Map, click the link below …

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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