Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Cotabato : City of Kidapawan, the Seat of Mount Apo

Kidapawan, the city hailed as “A Spring in the Highland”, comes from the words “tida” which means spring and “pawan” meaning highland. The city is found at the bottom of the majestic Mt. Apo, the country’s tallest mountain making it a great spot and first-rate tourist attraction.
Kidapawan is situated at the southeastern section of Cotabato province, placed in the middle of three other major cities of Davao, Cotabato,General Santos and Koronadal city.

Its first settlers were predominantly Manobos. The influx of Christian settlers from Luzon and the Visayas has resulted in the evolution of the word Tidapawan to Kidapawan.Strategically located at the foot of Mount Apo, the Philippines' tallest peak at 10,311 feet above sea level, Kidapawan City bustles with renewed energy as it opens its doors to the world. Mount Apo and its other scenic attractions make the province of Cotabato a potential world-class tourist destination.

Kidapawan City plays a pivotal role in the economic development of the province and its adjacent areas. It is the commercial and trading center of six adjoining municipalities. It also boasts of agricultural productivity that can provide a strong base for much-required industries. -
[Cotabato Province Website]
I was really in a state of jolt with a locked jaw when I first saw the City Hall of Kidapawan because of its structure and the architectural facade. I felt like I was in the compound of Washington D.C. in United States. By a quick glance with the structure, the designer probably patterned it from the WDC.It is indeed an amazing structure with a grandiose architectural design. I can expressed it in two words, I'm impressed!
The dome mounted at the center of the building is a classic example wherein part of the building is called as Rotunda. The facade with architectural mouldings on edges of the window jambs adds its beauty with a good combination of wall paintings.

The city has a clean environment with 6 lanes National Road. During this travel, I have companies with me, my colleagues. After we have had our lunch from "eat-all-you-can" restaurant at P100 pesos, we then headed to the City Hall to take some photos with this grandiose architecturally designed legislative building.
As I've gleaned around the surroundings, I observed that the cleanliness of the streets were satisfactorily maintained.  

And before we left the place, I also took a shot of this uniquely designed medium rise building (6 storey building) and stands alone in this City. Kidapawan City in going to Davao City,  will take you only 2 hours and 30 minutes taking an aircon van (for faster travel) at a fare rate of 120-150 pesos. Straight to SM Davao as their terminal.

Kidapawan City: Sites and Locations (c/o City Tourism)
   •    Landmark river park – boundary Kidapawan and Makilala
   •    Kidapawan City Plaza – Kidapawan City town proper
   •    Mt. Apo National Park
   •    Timpupu Festival (fruit festival)
   •    Lake Agco Eco-park
        -   Mahomanoy Resort
        -   Hot springs
        -   Swimming Pools
        -   Health SPA and Jacuzzi
        -   Pamaas Tribal Center
        -   Lake Agco
   •    Agricultural Tourism
        -   Villarico Mangosteen Farm and Processing facility
        -   Braveheart Goat Farm
        -   Banana Plantation

Makilala Municipality:
   •    New Israel Eco-park
   •    Mt. Apo National Park
   •    Batasan Falls and Hot springs
   •    Malasila Fruit stand

Magpet Municipality:
   •    Tausuvan Falls, Bongolanon
   •    Mt. Apo National Park
   •    Adventure Falls
   •    Cave exploration
   •    Tahiti Festival

For Inquiries:

Office of the Governor
Public Affairs Assistance Tourism and Sports Development Division
Amas, Kidapawan City
Telefax: 064 278 7053
Email: pgopaatsdd@gmail.com

Office of the City Mayor
City Investment and Tourism Office
Kidapawan City Tourism Office

Office of the Mayor
Municipal Tourism Office
Poblacion, Magpet

Office of the Mayor
Municipal Tourism Office
Poblacion, Makilalala

You might like also the previous stops to have a glance of other places:

[This is my 9th STOP of My Cotabato Travel Chronicles] 

You might like the other STOPS of My Cotabato Travel Chronicles
2nd Stop : Cotabato : Cross-roads and Intersection
8th Stop  : Cotabato  : Cotabato : Best Road Construction Method

18 Con Tour Passers by:

  1. Looks like a great place. I love the architecture. So beautiful.

  2. Thanks sir Spencer. I love also your site. very neat and clean.

  3. i wanna try their hot springs... and oh, i'm intrigued with the Adventure Falls... anu kaya makikita dun? thanks for sharing po! :)

  4. it's actually a nice place.
    dito po ako lumaki..:-)

  5. Mervz. Meron nga eh. nagulat nga nung nag check ako sa tourism nila. Official kasi ang travel namin nun. Try mo mervz.:-).

  6. Jayryan09.

    Maganda ang lugar. maluwang ang highway. Malinis. At dazzling city na rin. That means maraming investors sa place.:-).

  7. been there...been there..climbed the Apo also.. ;D

  8. @Doc Gagay

    ganda daw talaga ng mount apo doctor. Ganda rin ng Kidapawan.

  9. wow.. taga-south cotabato lang ako pero di ko pa napupuntahan ung Kidapawan City.. tnx to this post!

  10. nadaanan ko ang kidapawan kahapon during my travel from Kabacan, pero i was not able to drop by..maybe next time...

  11. @Nanardxz

    Maganda rin ang Kidapawan City. Comprehensive talaga and Land Use Plan.:-).

  12. @Joel

    You should drop by next time. Hindi ko lang siya napasok to explore its interior.

  13. okay pud ilang city hall da. pero mas, "wow, unsa na?" ang sa Ipil :)

  14. ive met 2 locals in different instances. sana nga makavisit din ako sa cotabato!

  15. @Estan.

    I'm supposed to be re-assigned in Ipil in Zamboanga in 1992 to renovate a bank's branch but I declined. Then months later, the place was terrorized.

  16. @Chyng.

    Walang kakaba-kaba ang Cotabato. Nakapunta ka na nga ng Tawi-tawi, Zamboanga and Basilan. Sana makapunta rin dun.

  17. hi thanks for this nice article from my hometown! :)

    I miss Kidapawan.

  18. @Marco

    I admired your hometown, the Kidapawan City. It is a very nice city.


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