Provinces

South Cotabato Province

Written by Patrick

ABOUT

South Cotabato, officially the Province of South Cotabato, is a province in the Philippines located in the SOCCSKSARGEN Region in Mindanao. Its capital is Koronadal City. Known as the “ Land of the Dreamweavers”, South Cotabato is home to the T’boli tribe, known for their weaving art that bases its patterns on their dreams. Lakes, waterfalls, vast plantations and well-preserved tradition, South Cotabato opens the doors to the picturesque southern region of Mindanao.

LOCATION

South Cotabato

Coordinates: 6°10′N 125°00′E

FAST FACTS

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

Province:
South Cotabato
Location:
6°10′N 125°00′E | View Map
Year Founded:
1966
Capital:
Koronadal
Area:
3,935.95 km2 (1,519.68 sq mi)
Population:
975,500
Density:
230/km2 (600/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
Cities & Towns:
1 Independent city, 1 Component city, 10 Towns (Municipalities)
Demonym(s):
South Cotabateño/a
Elevation:
(Mount Matutum) 2,286 m (7,500 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
9500–9513
Area code:
+63 -(083)-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):
65% Roman Catholic, 22% other Christina denominations, 6% Islam
Language(s):
Hiligaynon, Cebuano, Maguindanao, Tboli, Blaan, Kapampangan, English
Known For:
T’boli tribe
Major Industries:
Agriculture (pineapple, papaya, asparagus, corn, coffee, banana, cut-flowers), Handicraft (weaving)
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
July, November
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON

CLIMATE

The climate in this province belongs to the fourth type of climate, that is rainfall is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year. The average number of rainy days for the year 2004 is recorded between 122 and 180 days with the months of May, June, July, August, and October having the most occurrence.

Air humidity generally follows closely the rainfall pattern. Humidity is highest during the period of June to October with 88% being recorded at the Tupi seed farm. The months of February and April have the lowest air humidity recorded at about 72%.

Maximum daytime temperature throughout the province is in the range of 36 to 38 °C (97 to 100 °F), falling to 23 to 32 °C (73 to 90 °F) during the night depending on the elevation. The hottest period is January to April while July to December being the coolest.

South Cotabato enjoys a mild, pleasant climate with no pronounced dry or wet season, and is practically typhoon-free.

Visit South Cotabato in July during the Tinalak Festival, which celebrates the woven cloth produced by the tribe, or in November, during the Helobong (or Lemlunay) Festival, which highlights the art, culture, and tribal games of the T’boli people.

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

South Cotabato Province Map

The South Cotabato province is divided into 10 Municipalities, 1 Independent City, and 1 Component City:

  • Banga
  • General Santos
  • Koronadal
  • Lake Sebu
  • Norala
  • Polomolok
  • Santo Niño
  • Surallah
  • T’Boli
  • Tampakan
  • Tantangan
  • Tupi
 

ISLANDS

None

POINTS OF INTEREST

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

  • Abseking Waterfalls
  • Bunga Spring
  • General Santos City Fish Port Complex
  • General Santos Tuna Festival
  • Kalaja Cave
  • Kalaja Face
  • Kalaja River
  • KCC Mall
  • Klaja Ecopark
  • Lake Holon
  • Lake Sebu 7 Falls
  • Linan Tarsier Conservation Sanctuary
  • Malakong Gorge
  • Manny Pacquiao Adventure Tour
  • Mariano’s Blooming Agri-Tourism Park
  • Monte Cielo Resort
  • Mt. Matutum
  • Mt. Parker (also known as Mt. Melibengoy)
  • Nopol Hills
  • Plaza Heneral Santos
  • Queen Tuna Park
  • Sanchez Peak
  • SM City General Santos
  • T’boli Museum
  • T’boli Settlement
  • T’Daan Kini Falls
  • Taal Falls
 

If you plan to visit the Province of South Cotabato, you can use the following sites to determine the best places to stay:

FESTIVALS

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

  • Lum’Alay Festival (Tampakan) – January 3
  • Hinublag Festival (Sto. Niño)- January 11-18
  • Kulitangtang Festival (Tantangan) – January 27
  • Pasundayag Festival (Banga)- Last week of February to 1st week of March
  • Kamayadan Festival (Norala) – March 1-10
  • Seslong Festival (T’Boli) – March 5-16
  • Linggo ng Matutum (Tupi) – March 13-20
  • T’nalak Festival (Koronadal City) – July
  • Lemlunay Festival (Lake Sebu) – September
  • Kasadyahan Festival (Tupi) – September 1-11
  • Flom’lok Festival (Polomolok) – September 2-16
  • Kariton Festival – October
  • Helobung Festival (Lake Sebu) – November 9-11
  • Lembohung Festival (Surallah) – December

FAQs

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

Where in the Philippines is South Cotabato located?
South Cotabato is located on the southern section of central Mindanao.

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

What is the Capital of South Cotabato?
The capital of South Cotabato is Koronadal.

What is South Cotabato famous or known for?
South Cotabato is famous or known for T’boli tribe.

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

  • Plane | 2 hours | $54-$400
  • Car ferry to Cagayan de Oro | 34 hours | $16-$34 + Bus to Gen. Santos | 8 hours | $8-$14

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How many islands are in South Cotabato?
There are NO islands in the South Cotabato province.

What does South 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 South Cotabato?
South Cotabato is generally safe for locals and tourists.

Is the climate in South Cotabato the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in South Cotabato is considered tropical with significant rainfall throughout 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 of 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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