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3 DAYS IN COTABATO CITY + PIGCAWAYAN (PLACES TO VISIT)

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I visited Cotabato Metropolis anticipating nothing. Properly, what I imply is I anticipated it to be a enjoyable trip, however nothing particular. One cause for that was I wished to shock myself, so I didn’t do any analysis; another excuse was that my pal, the individual touring me across the metropolis, didn’t give specifics for our itinerary.

We scheduled to depart at 2 PM, however that didn’t occur. We have been in a position to depart at 5 PM already. And I used to be a bit frightened as we needed to cross by a number of provinces that have been but to be reached by the total advantage of modernization. For some cause, I needed we obtained there earlier. However we arrived late within the night. We reached Pigcawayan at previous 10 PM. However it turned out nice regardless of touring by highways with out the “metropolis lights” vibes.

Pigcawayan is a vibrant municipality a couple of 30-minute trip to Cotabato Metropolis. Upon arrival, we instantly toured their park. And since it was late at evening, we had the park all for ourselves and had “youngsters” enjoyable! After all, I didn’t miss taking some images of myself at their landmark.

Pigcawayan, North Cotabato
After we arrived at my pal’s household property, about 2 kilometers from the municipality’s middle, I instantly pitched my tent. I slept outdoors; that was the plan. And I noticed I felt at house. The place was lovely – numerous bushes and the air was recent.

The next day, I awoke feeling good as I had an excellent evening’s sleep – inside my tent. I instantly took a bathe (whereas others have been nonetheless asleep) as a result of it might be an extended day for our Cotabato Metropolis tour. And I used to be proper.

At round 8 AM, we have been able to depart. A couple of minutes later, after we have been already within the automobile, my pal started discussing our itinerary. And these have been the locations we visited:

First Cease: PC Hill

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PC Hill, Cotabato City
Picture credit score to PeterParker22 through Wikipedia Artistic Commons

Anybody visiting Cotabato Metropolis can’t miss this one, as that is excellent after you cross the bridge, the place you possibly can see the town signage – a landmark that signifies you’re formally within the metropolis. Why is that this spot attracting guests? As a result of apart from the Cotabato Metropolis signal, additionally, you will discover rows of homes in rainbow colours on the again, which make a lovely backdrop to the landmark.

Second Cease: Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque (The Grand Mosque of Cotabato Metropolis)

Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque (The Grand Mosque of Cotabato City)Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque (The Grand Mosque of Cotabato City)

After we arrived at this spot, I used to be already in awe seeing this lovely non secular construction looming earlier than me, shining and shimmering like gold. I noticed an impressive web site earlier than me, paying homage to these middle-east buildings usually seen solely in films.

Certainly, your go to to Cotabato Metropolis wouldn’t be full with out dropping by the Grand Mosque (Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque). It was a uncommon superior alternative for me to go to the largest mosque within the Philippines till surpassed by the newly-constructed Grand Mosque of Marawi.

Third Cease: Baywalk

Baywalk in Cotabato City

Our subsequent cease was the Baywalk. Lovely panorama it was – an extended stretch of a physique of water with a mountain vary serving because the backdrop. I believed it might be much more superior to go to there within the late afternoon when the solar wasn’t excessive above. I loved the place nonetheless, regardless of the solar’s scorching warmth.

The Baywalk is barely about 100 meters from the Grand Mosque of Cotabato, so if you go to Cotabato Metropolis, don’t miss the Baywalk.

Fourth Cease: Timako Beachwalk/Port

Timako Beachfront in Cotabato City

After spending a while on the Baywalk, we proceeded to Timako Beachwalk. It’s a 200-meter (if I’m not mistaken) concrete platform extending out into the ocean. It’s simply beside Timako Hill, which is an attraction in itself.

Tip: When visiting Timako Beachwalk, come in the course of the late afternoon for sundown viewing.

Fifth Cease: Kutawato Burp & View Resto

A mangrove forest in Timako, Cotabato City

After having fun with Timako Beachwalk, it was time for a gastronomic journey. We determined to strive Kutawato Burp & View Resto, situated alongside the highway traversing on the foot of Timako Hill. The restaurant provided us a pleasing panorama of the mangrove forest beneath it. And, to my shock, we noticed some monkeys within the forest – from our vantage within the restaurant. And, after all, the meals was scrumptious (it was my first time consuming sinigang na manok – solely in Cotabato Metropolis!)

We ended our Cotabato Metropolis tour shopping for pasalubong/delicacies alongside the highway on our return to Pigcawayan. I ate a lot, and if I had to decide on the perfect from among the many gadgets I purchased, it might be dudol – it’s much like kalamay – I adore it!)

Dudol - a native delicacy in Cotabato City
Picture credit score: Duoipedia

Belle’s Farm and Resort

After all, my Central Mindanao journey wouldn’t be full with out visiting a preferred vacationer spot in Pigcawayan – Belle’s Farm and Resort (nearly 100 meters from my pal’s property). It’s an inland resort with huge swimming swimming pools for teenagers and adults. It was a variety of enjoyable!

Belle's Farm and Resort in Pigcawayan, North CotabatoBelle's Farm and Resort in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato

Certainly, my go to to Central Mindanao was a memorable and gratifying one worthy of this area on-line for storytelling.

BONUS: I loved the inexperienced rice fields we handed by on our means house.


MeantToGo wish to thank Ramboanga Household for the warmest welcome and for accommodating me throughout my go to to Pigcawayan and Cotabato Metropolis. Particularly, I’d wish to thank Piper Ramboanga, her pal, Jessa, for touring/driving me round. Particular thanks additionally to Tatay Agustin Ramboanga for taking good care of us – for lodging, and meal preparation. Thanks very a lot.

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