Balot Island is located in Kalamansig in Sultan Kudarat Province. Balot Island, also known as Donauang Island and Balut Island, is a sparsely inhabited island facing the Celebes Sea. The island boasts of fresh sea breeze, calm turquoise waters, pristine white sand beaches, satisfying every real beach lover’s dream. Balot is one of the six islets in Barangay Paril in Kalamansig and is part of the Paril-Sangay Marine Protected Area. To get to Balut Island, hire the daily boat from Kalamansig for P40 to Barangay Paril. The one-hour boat ride from the poblacion to Balut Island offers a breathtaking view of the coastal villages of the town where rock formations and cliffs abound with greeneries. The town is about four hours away from Cotabato City, the closest urban center. Continue reading
The Sultan Kudarat Monument in Makati is located at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Manila. This statue of Sultan Kudarat was created by Jose M. Mendoza in 1973. Muhammad Dipatuan Kudarat was the Sultan of Mindanao during the first half of the 17th century. He united the Muslims of Lanao, Cotabato, Davao, Sulu, Zamboanga and North Borneo, and resisted bitterly the Spanish Invasion of his domain. He was a fearless fighter and Filipino hero in defense of Islamic faith and Philippine liberty. Kudarat died around 1650. Muhammad Dipatuan Kudarat was sultan of Mindanao during the first half of the 17th century. Brave, wise and benevolent, he was the greatest and strongest Mindanao sultan that ever lived. He united the muslims of Lanao, Cotabato, Davao, Sulu, Zamboanga and North Borneo and resisted bitterly the Spanish Continue reading
The Bagumbayan Festival in is held in the municipality of Bagumbayan in Sultan Kudarat. When the Christian settlers in Bagumbayan had already stabilized their farming status and begun reaping the fruits of their labor, foremost that came into their minds was the offering of thanks for such blessings from almighty God. They did this in the form of Harvest Festival starting with religious prayers and highlighted with merrymaking festivities where the cultures and traditions of their places of origin were practiced and observed. Year after year, such kind of festivity had evolved with enhancements because Muslims and indigenous communities were able to learn and accept each others’ beliefs and traditions. Continue reading
Baras Bird Sanctuary is the most visited tourist site in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat. Located by the Banga River, the sanctuary is a two-hectare patch of riverside forest home to over 20,000 egrets and herons. Unlike other bird sanctuaries, its avian residents are easy to observe and photograph, as flocks of them roost as close as 20 to 30 meters away from the walkway. The birds hunt for food, particularly fishes, in Liguasan marsh, Lake Buluan and Lake Sebu. Liguasan and Lake Buluan straddle part of North Cotabato and Maguindanao while Lake Sebu is in South Cotabato. The birds were also monitored as hunting food in the remote coastal town of Lebak in Sultan Kudarat. The best time to witness the birds in massive flight are early morning and just before sunset. Only 10-15 visitors are allowed to tour at any given time. The Sanctuary Continue reading
Lake Buluan is a lake located in Lutayan, Sultan Kudarat province on the the island of Mindanao. With an estimated surface area of 61 square kilometers, it is the third largest lake in Mindanao, after Lake Lanao and Lake Mainit. It has an average elevation of 4.5 meters. Lake Buluan is sandwiched between the provinces of Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat. The lake falls under the political jurisdiction of the municipalities of Buluan of Maguindanao and President Quirino and Lutayan in Sultan Kudarat. The lake actually consists of adjoining marshy basins of the Pulangi, Maanoy, Buluan, Alah rivers, which are all tributaries of the Mindanao River. Continue reading
Tumingay Lake is located in Sultan Kudarat province of the Philippines. It is an 11 hectare body of water nested on the group of hills which preserve its virginity and natural sceneries. Tumingay is surrounded by naturally growing trees and groups of Islands of water lilies, the lake offers a very comforting breathtaking.
Lake Balut is located in Sultan Kudarat about two kilometers away from the Cotabato Malabang National Highway. The lake has an area of 11 hectares, with a naturally grown tilapia, catfish and other freshwater creatures. To the west of Lake Balut is the Tapayan Communical Irrigation System.
Tombs of Sultan Kudarat and Datu Mastura are located in Sultan Kudarat. The tomb of Sultan Kudarat, one of the most highly hailed Maguindanao heroes and from whom the name of the municipality derived, and is located in the heart of the municipality. His eminence manifested the strong will up the early Maguindanaon for self-determination devoid of any foreign influences and also the tomb of Datu Mastura, another Maguindanao figure who contributed much of the evolvement of the present Maguindanao.
For beach bums looking for an idyllic retreat to unwind, Santiak beach is the place to go. This privately owned resort is open to accommodate tourists who want to enjoy the beach all to themselves. Its just a 10-minute boat ride from the wharf. The fine white sand of Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat, clear blue water and the lush backdrop beginning to gain reputation as a perfect setting for prenuptial photo sessions among the locals and couples from the nearby towns. You can chose to rent a boat to explore the other white sand beach near the area or you can just enjoy the cold breeze by the shore with a fresh buko juice picked just for you.
Situated at Barangay Limulan, Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat is a magnificent water falls so named after the barangay itself. Some water from nearby creeks and streams flow and circulate here creating a wonderful site of falling waters. An adventurer who came over to this falls has her to say: “For nature-lovers, this is one spot you never want to miss visiting when you are in Kalamansig. The trail on the way to the falls is already a leisure worth recounting. It’s a 10-minute drive from the town proper and another 20-minute trek full of adventure. You will have to cross Limulan river on foot adding thrill to your hiking experience. If hiking is not your style, horseback riding might just sound interesting, as local folks of the place offer a ride to the falls for your comfort. The refreshing view of Limulan falls bids a Continue reading