Koronadal, South Cotabato

Koronadal CityKoronadal is in the southwestern part of the island of Mindanao. A triangle shaped city, it occupies the northwestern part of the province of South Cotabato. As the provincial capital, Koronadal is the center of social, economic, and political activities in South Cotabato, such as government administration, commerce, trade, transportation, communication, and education. Koronadal is in the southwestern part of the island of Mindanao. Koronadal is bounded in the northwest by the Municipality of Tantangan, South Cotabato and the Municipality of Lutayan, Sultan Kudarat in the northeast; on the southwest, by the municipality of Banga and on the southeast, by the Municipalities of Tupi and Tampakan, South Cotabato.

The city is bounded by Roxas Mountain Range on the southwest and Quezon Mountain Range on the northeast. Roxas Mountain Range extends from Barangay Saravia on the southeast to Barangay Morales on the north, cutting through the Barangays of Carpenter Hill, San Isidro, Assumption, Sta.Cruz, Mambucal and Paraiso. Quezon Mountain Range on the other side extends along the Barangays of San Jose, Mabini, Esperanza, Cacub and Topland.

The people in Koronadal City are comprised of the people speaking Hiligaynon language, which comprised of 80% of the population. Twenty percent of the population speaks Cebuano due to its proximity in General Santos City and Davao City. There are also others who speak Tacurong.

Kironadal’s name was believed to have been derived from the two B’laan words koron or kolon meaning cogon grass, and nadal or datal meaning plain which aptly described the place to the natives. Native settlers at that time were the B’laans and some of the Maguindanaos. It was on August 18, 1947 when President Manuel Roxas signed the Executive Order creating the municipalities in the entire province of South Cotabato, one of which was Koronadal. The same order likewise mandated the official function of the municipal government which began after the qualification and election of the first municipal official.

Koronadal was converted into a component city of South Cotabato, now known as the City of Koronadal by virtue of Republic Act 8803 on October 8, 2000. At present, Koronadal is a fast developing growth center composed of 27 barangays including the four zones in the poblacion. Being the capital city of South Cotabato, it is the center of the province in terms of political, cultural and socio-economic activities.

Located amidst a wide expanse of agricultural fields coupled with its proximity to the markets of General Santos City and neighboring towns, this city is an ideal location for businesses ranging from small to large enterprises. It is a good location for a provincial or regional branch. Investing in real estate business maybe a good deal particularly medium-size sudivisions, commercial complexes, and industrial zones. Tourism-related ventures such as hotel and golf course are good bets considering its proximity to the tourism spots of nearby provinces.

The city center has all the amenities of city life—malls, restaurants, and tons of trycicles! It’s the center of trade and education in the region. Move to the outskirts and you’ll find vast tracks of farmland and rainforested mountain ranges. Koronadal is one of the few Hiligaynon-speaking cities in Mindanao, the rest are primarily Cebuano. But don’t be surprised if you hear B’laan, T’boli, Maguindanaon, and the Cebuano language spoken by the locals as the city has quite a diverse population.

The capital of the province and the region, Koronadal is the main trading center and educational hub. There are plenty of restaurants. Sabalai Bistro is an homage to Philippine cuisine while the sleek Cinco Ninas offers an urban ambience. This area, along with the rest of South Cotabato, has a lot of meat—pork, chicken and beef, etc. So you’ll find restaurants like Manny’s Balbacua and Bulalo which serves all parts of cow—fried, boiled or steamed. You can even taste cow skin or bone marrow. And of course, every town in the country has their version of halo-halo, literally “mix-mix.” The dessert is a cool concoction of jellied fruit and beans, flan, milk, and ice cream. In Apareha’s, they serve this in a coconut.

Looking to escape city life within the confines of this city? The hills and mountains that surround the city offer refuge and an adventure. The Suppon Falls and the 70-foot Siok Watefall will surely tickle your fancy. Cadidang Cave within the Roxas mountain range is just a 30-40 minute drive from the city center. Up for a swim? The Paraiso Verde Water Resort has a wave pool and olympic sized swimming pool. If you want to stay in a resort, The Farm at Carpenter Hill, with its spacious and Asian-inspired setting is everyone’s favorite relaxation destination.

The place is accessible by sea and air transport via General Santos City. The city is likewise accessible by land transportation from various points of Mindanao through the National Highways, with General Santos City on the southeastern part, Cotabato City on the northwestern part and Municipality of Mlang on the northern part as its main points of entry.

The approximate travel time from Koronadal by bus or Public Utility Vehicle
(PUV) to the nearby towns and cities are the following:

General Santos City – 1 hour
Tacurong City – 40 minutes
Kidapawan City – 1 hour and 30 minutes
Cotabato City – 2 hours and 30 minutes
Davao City via
General Santos City – 4 hours
Davao City via Makilala – 3 hours

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