When people mostly the ones from Manila hear the word Cotabato, they automatically associate the city with violence and the previous wars that occurred there but that was way long ago in its past. Cotabato is a city In the Philippines that is situated in Maguindanao Province. If you have managed to get there, the city has a lot to offer to its would be visitors. We will list here some of the notable and interesting places to see and things to do while you are staying there. The locals of Cotabato City are very kind and welcoming. One you’re in the city, just smile and respect the people and the culture and you will have a lovely time.
Photo Credits (Wiki CC): Kutang Bato Cave by MarkoDalisay
Kutang Bato cave is located just right at the heart of the city. It is a beautiful cave that was used by Filipino soldiers during the Second World War. They use the cave to out maneuver the Japanese army that they were fighting. Only four out of the eight entrances are open to its visitors. The cave was also used by the natives during the Spanish times to hide when the Spaniards were trying to convert them into Christians.
Photo Credits (Wiki CC): Rio Grande de Mindanao by ShubertCiencia
This is undeniably the longest river in Mindanao and it is the second longest river in the whole country which is very impressive. The width of the river is estimated to be 96 meters and the length is 182 kilometers. The river is also bustling with activities because they held here various events like boat racing and water sports especially during the festivals.
Photo Credits (Wiki CC): The Grand Mosque by MarkoDalisay
The Grand Mosque is a very magnificent mosque to behold and it is one of the most known landmarks in the city. The mosque was also named and funded partly by the Sultan of Brunei. It has very interesting architecture with its beautiful minarets, white and cream walls, and the pretty yellow domes that tie it all together. An interesting place to see just be sure to be quiet and respectful during praying hours.
Takumi Butai Memorial Shrine was built to commemorate the provincial commander of the Japanese army that was stationed in Cotabato named Takumi Butai and the Japanese soldiers that died in the city during the Second World War. The shrine was built by the Lion’s Cub of Kyoto and the government of Cotabato.
Photo Credits (Wiki CC): Tamontaka Church by Erichmercado
Tamontaka Church – The church was built in 1872 and it is the oldest church in the city of Cotabato, the place also houses relics of the living past and it also has an underground passageway that leads to the catacombs area which is a part of a network of caves that are throughout the city.
Photo Credits (Wiki CC): PC Hill by MarkoDalisay
Pedro Colina (PC Hill) is a fortress made out of stone that towers over the city with a height of 90 feet, the fortress now houses the Cotabato city Internal Defense Command. The fort is also considered as the city’s famous landmark. In the past the fortress has seen some action because the natives used it as a watch tower in their defense against their enemies.
Photo Credits (Wiki CC): Tantawan Park by MarkoDalisay
Tantawan Park is just located at the foot of Pedro Colina Hill and it is one of the most popular places that locals flock to. The park also display the huge golden statue of Sultan Kudarat – one of the past chieftains that has defended their lands against the Spaniards.
Photo Credits (Wiki CC): Old City Hall by MarkoDalisay
The Old City Hall is now a haven of a team of Philippine Marines. It is located in front of the plaza at the city proper. The Old City Hall has a very beautiful Islamic architecture. It also has a museum that showcases wonderful Maguindanaoan Art.