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.
The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well.
Bring A to B adapter(s).
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.
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CITIES & TOWNS
The South Cotabato province is divided into 10 Municipalities, 1 Independent City, and 1 Component City:
POINTS OF INTEREST
The following is a list of points of interest relating to the South Cotabato province:
If you plan to visit the Province of South Cotabato, you can use the following sites to determine the best places to stay:
The following is a list of festivals celebrated in South Cotabato throughout the year:
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
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…
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