Provinces

Sultan Kudarat Province

Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Sultan Kudarat is a province in the Philippines located in the SOCCSKSARGEN Region in Mindanao. Its capital is Isulan. Muhammad Dipatuan Kudarat (1581–1671) was the 7th Sultan of Maguindanao from 1619 to 1671. During his reign, he successfully fought off Spanish invasions and hindered the spread of Roman Catholicism in the island of Mindanao much like the other Muslim rulers of the southern Philippine archipelago.

LOCATION

Sultan Kudarat

Coordinates: 6°33′N 124°17′E

FAST FACTS

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

Province:
Sultan Kudarat
Location:
6°33′N 124°17′E | View Map
Year Founded:
1973
Capital:
Isulan
Area:
5,298.34 km2 (2,045.70 sq mi)
Population:
854,100
Density:
150/km2 (400/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
Cities & Towns:
1 Component city, 11 Towns (Municipalities)
Demonym(s):
Sultan Kudarateño/a
Elevation:
(Mount Balugo) 1,135 m (3,724 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
9800–9811
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):
The four major religious groups in Sultan Kudarat are Roman Catholicism (55.99%), Islam (29.48%), Evangelical (7.20%), and Iglesia Ni Cristo (2.26%).
Language(s):
Hiligaynon, Karay-a, Maguindanao, Ilocano, Cebuano, Blaan, Teduray, Dulangan Manobo, English
Known For:
Philippine’s most powerful sultan
Major Industries:
Agriculture (rice, corn, coconut, coffee, banana, mangoe, durian, and African palm), Fishing, Handicraft, Mining (copper, gold, and silver)
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
November, March, February
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Airport(s):
Kalamansig Airport | Kenram Airport | Lambayong Airstrip | Lebak Airstrip | Milbuk Airstrip | President Quirino Airstrip
Seaport(s):
Lebak Port | San Roque Port
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON
Website:
None

CLIMATE

The climate in this province is a tropical climate. The average yearly temperature is 26.0 °C (78.8 °F), and the average monthly temperature ranges from 22.0 °C (71.6 °F) in January to 28.5 °C (83.3 °F) in July, similar to that of Southern Taiwan. Precipitation is abundant throughout the year; the rainiest month is August while the driest month is April. November to February are the coldest months.  

The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Sultan Kudarat for general outdoor tourist activities is from late November to late March, with a peak score in the second week of February.

The most appropriate clothing for 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

Sultan Kudarat Province Map

The Sultan Kudarat province is divided into 11 Municipalities and 1 Component City:

  • Bagumbayan
  • Columbio
  • Esperanza
  • Isulan
  • Kalamansig
  • Lambayong (Mariano Marcos)
  • Lebak
  • Lutayan
  • Palimbang
  • President Quirino
  • Senator Ninoy Aquino
  • Tacurong
 

ISLANDS

There is 1 outlying island surrounding the mainland of Sultan Kudarat which is under the jurisdiction of the province.

  • Donauang Island
 

POINTS OF INTEREST

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

  • Alidama Island
  • Baras Bird Sanctuary
  • Genalin Park & Zoo Rescue Center
  • Katunggan Coastal Eco Park
  • Lake Buluan
  • Marguez Hot and Cold Spring
  • Midpandan Falls
  • Nalum Falls
  • Pitot Cave
  • Sultan Kudarat Provincial Capitol
  • Tenubak Falls

FESTIVALS

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

  • Timpuyog (Lambayong) – February
  • Sulok (Senator Ninoy Aquino) – February
  • Salagaan (Kalamansig) – July
  • Kastifun (Columbio) – August
  • Kapeonan (Lebak) – August
  • Hamungaya (Isulan) – August 30
  • Talakudong (Tacurong City) – September
  • Kanduli (Lutayan) – October 12
  • Kalimudan (whole province) – November
  • Bansadayaw (Bagumbayan) – November
  • Hinabyog (Esperanza) – 2nd week of November
  • Kalilang (Palimbang) – November 11
  • Sambuyawan (President Quirino) – 3rd week of November

FAQs

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Sultan Kudarat province.

Where in the Philippines is Sultan Kudarat located?
Sultan Kudarat is located on southwestern part of Mindanao.

Is Sultan Kudarat a city or province?
Sultan Kudarat is a province.

What is the Capital of Sultan Kudarat?
The capital of Sultan Kudarat is Isulan.

What is Sultan Kudarat famous or known for?
Sultan Kudarat is famous or known for Philippine’s most powerful sultan.

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

  • Plane to Cotabato | 1.5 hours | $56-$170 + Taxi to Sultan Kudarat | .5 hours | $6-$9
  • Plane to Gen. Santos | 2 hours | $54-$400 + Bus to Isulan | $4
  • Car ferry to Cagayan de Oro | 34 hours | Bus to Isulan | 6 hours | $7-$14

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How many islands are in Sultan Kudarat?
There is 1 island in the Sultan Kudarat province.

What does Sultan Kudarat mean?
Sultan Kudarat is named after Muslim ruler and national hero, Sultan Muhammad Dipatuan Kudarat.

How Safe is Traveling in Sultan Kudarat?
Sultan Kudarat may be safe for locals but not really for tourists due to violent clashes between the government and rebel groups.

Is the climate in Sultan Kudarat the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Sultan Kudarat province 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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