Kidapawan's Lake Agco

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Experience the beauty of nature, lake Agco is now one of the tourist spot in the Philippines in Mindanao it is said to be the Kidapawan’s hidden Eden where Mount Apo is also located. It is full mystery, adventure and excitement, experience also the hot spring and cold spring of the resort where in you can relax and enjoy the place with nature. walk trough and hike in-in the water falls, steam bath mud pits and also the cool and amazing steaming and boiling water of Mount Apo.

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Lake Agco is really awesome. Seeing a small pond of murky but boiling water and felt the hot steam, I was quite scared of going near the lake. It was all natural! I smell sulfur all around; steam and hot water bursting from the ground. Though little bit terrified upon realizing that I was standing at one of the outlet of the volcano, Mount Apo, I still felt excited that time. A small resort was built near Lake Agco. A chilling cold swimming pool is just beside the large “hot bath tub.”

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Koronadal city, South Cotabato, Philippines

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Southh Cotabato, 7 falls
Southh Cotabato, 7 falls
The province of South Cotabato may not be the most obvious place to consider for a vacation,

but for anyone looking for something out of the ordinary it is worth giving it a chance, the unique atmosphere, the exceptional landmarks and exotic attractions may surprise you.

If appreciation of natural beauty and exploration are what you look for in a holiday, a trip through South Cotabato might just be your ultimate excursion, an exciting and very challenging way to experience the most diverse and fruitful landscapes in Mindanao.

South Cotabato, a landlocked province is often named as the Land of Bounty is a real eco-tourism hub of Mindanao, it has refreshing, cool springs, majestic waterfalls, beautiful lakes and forests, rugged mountains with mysterious caves and mighty rivers. Also named as the promised land, South Cotabato has a few well-known outdoor attractions, rich biodiversity and many picturesque locations, like Lake Sebu which is the heartland of the T'boli people and the surrounding forest, enabling visitors to commune with nature and enjoy the fascinating bird life. Wild fauna and flora endemic to South Cotabato can be found in Lake Holon, also named lake Maughan, an idyllic, water-filled crater of the dormant volcano Mount Parker. This volcano is believed to have been named after an American pilot who crashed at the slopes of the volcano.

South Cotabato, Del Rio resort
South Cotabato, Del Rio resort
If you are interested in local culture you could make a daytrip to one of the mountain tribes, the T'boli. A colorful tribe and one of the few of remaining tribal groups in Mindanao.

A visit to the T’boli Tribal House in T’boli, the Lake Sebu Museum and the Cultural Village is a unique opportunity to understand the soul of the people South Cotabato and a great way to explore this region in a nutshell. The B'laan are another indigenous group found that live in South Cotabato. Unlike the other indigenous cultural communities who tended to cluster in a particular area, the B'laans are scattered in pockets all over the province. This tribal group still believe and practice their indigenous customs and rituals, they are a tribal society with a distinct culture and language. Just like the T’boli this group is also well known for their embroidered costumes and jewelery made from brass.

South Cotabato, B'laan group
South Cotabato, B'laan group
The B´laans can be found in Polomolok, the name of the place was derived from the B’laan word "Flomlok’ which means hunting grounds, for its abundance of wild life. Like any other city in the Philippines Polomolok has it´s own festival, the Flomlok festival, celebrated in September. The people of Polomolok celebrate by showcasing the local products and a mix of social and cultural activities. One of the main tourist attractions in Polomolok is the Salkak Cave, a place where nature lovers can enjoy the cool springs and the fresh mountain breeze outside and the thrilling adventure of caving.

South Cotabato, Durian Garden
South Cotabato, Durian Garden
Durian Garden is a local resort in Polomolok and one of the main agri-tourism destination of the South. It is well known for the best Durian fruit in many different varieties in South Cotabato. The garden is also abundant with rambutan and lanzones and has many durian trees and beautiful exotic flowers that can only be found there.


At the boundary of Koronadal city lies the Del Rio Splash Resort, an all inclusive family vacation getaway where both children and adults can enjoy their stay. It is a unique spot in South Cotabato, it has a swimming pool with slides for adults and children, pool cottages, a restaurant pavilion and much more to cater to your needs.

South Cotabato, Del Rio Splash resort
South Cotabato, Del Rio Splash resort
In short, South Cotabato offers a fantastic vacation for everyone who wants to go somewhere out of the ordinary and would like to combine nature, culture, heritage and relaxation.

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SMI Art Camp unveils skills of local young artists

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Koronadal City (12 November) -- With her art work "Green Road for Development," Marjorie Jorillo of Holy Cross of Kiblawan went home the Grand Champion of the 1st SMI Art Camp on 27-30 October 2009 at Del Rio Splash Resort in Koronadal City.

The SMI Art Camp is a capability-building initiative that aims to contribute to the holistic development of the young people through art and to engage them in our country's cultural preservation and development.

At the Art Camp, the 50 student-artists from 25 high schools in Malungon, Kiblawan, Tampakan and Columbio, the towns directly hosting the Tampakan project, received training from top visual artists from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Arts Association of the Philippines (AAP), led by AAP President Salvador Convocar.

Acrylic and water color conceptual artist Robert Deniega appreciated how SMI takes care of the children. According to him, a visual art creates thousands of messages in a frame. He is happy to see a recording of everything the student artists' learned about sustainable mining during the Art Camp.

There were four categories in the Art Camp competition – Sustainable Development, Dreams for Progress, Environment, and Community. The category winners' work will be featured in the 2010 Calendar of SMI, thus the 1st SMI Art Camp being dubbed as "Project Calendar."

"The Art Camp enhances the artistic and creative abilities and skills of the student artists, which is consistent with SMI's thrusts in relation to cultural preservation and development," said SMI Stakeholder Engagement and Partnership Superintendent Bella Lechonsito. (SMI/PIA 12) [top]


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A Crown City

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A Crown City

Korona (crown) exactly fits the name of a city which came to be known as Koronadal. City of Koronadal is a sprawling community at the foothills of the surroundings Roxas and Quezon mountain ranges that gives a perfect illusion of a crown jewel set at the bed of a landlocked crater.

Uniquely Koronadal

City of Koronadal is a fertile valley which is locked by the mountainous spines of the Roxas and Quezon mountains ranges that rise to 874 meters above sea level. This city situated in the norteastern part of the South Cotabato and lies in the heart of the region XII in Central Mindanao.

Experience Korondal's natural beauty and enjoy the marvel of its lush rainforest in the highlands surrounding it. Encounter the majesty of waterfalls and caves that gives a really stunning experience.

Even more, indulge in the city's rich culture which is truly a fascinating treasure. Quaint traditional villages thrive even with the fast bustling business centers in the city. Garden resorts, canopy walks, mountain hikes, food festivals, trade fairs and evening parties, relaxation recreation and excitement.

Welcome to City of Koronadal and enjoy the familiar warmth of Filipino culutre, adventure and nature that is uniquely Koronadal.

Invest in Koronadal

+Why Invest in Koronadal+
In 2003, Koronadal's winning edges led to its recognition from the prestigious and highly respected Asian Institute of Management as the country's Most Competitive Small-sized City, a much coveted title contested by 25 small citites in the Philippines. Koronadal bested other small cities in credible standards like low cost of doing business and broad market base, proxinity to other growth centers, competent workforce, vibrant tourism sectors, strong supporting environment and very responsive local govenrment.


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City Goals

  • Productive People in a Healthy City
  • Quality Infrastructure for Development
  • Environment – Friendly Koronadal
  • Benchmark of Excellence in Public Service
  • Good People, Quality Living

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