A melting pot of culture and religion, Koronadal, South Cotabato is an interesting city to explore and discover. With over 170,000 inhabitants, this city is a large urban area open to many adventures and opportunities for experience.
Koronadal is home to not only Christian Filipinos but also indigenous tribes and a mix of Muslim inhabitants, as well. In this city, they have developed a culture and a celebration of this heritage and diversity.
With not only culture beating in its heart, tourism plays an active role in keeping this small, underrated city alive. With over fifteen tourists attractions to look forward to in Koronadal, you have no problem in finding something to do.
From Mindanao’s largest waterpark down to natural attractions such has hot springs and waterfalls, Koronadal is one of Mindanao’s hidden treasures. And if you visit in specific times of the year, you might be able to witness their different festivals celebrating significant moments in their history.
In January, they celebrate the Hinugyaw Festival that commemorates their foundation as a municipality. The festivities include street dancing and beer parties at night. If your trip happens to be during this time, you might (should) join the fun! In July, on the other hand, Koronadal celebrates the indigenous people of Cotabato during the T’nalak Festival — it celebrates the acceptance of different cultures and as well as diversity in their city.
Festivities include the people wearing colorful abaca (hemp) cloth, woven by the women from the T’boli tribe, and various entertainment in the streets with performers wearing the traditional attire of the B’laan, T’boli, and other indigenous tribes in Mindanao.
Aside from that, however, Koronadal has its own little meadow for fun. Well, it’s not really ‘little’ at all, known as the largest waterpark in Mindanao, the Paraiso Verde and Water Park has a wave pool for everyone to enjoy! You can also stay there in one of their cabanas. And of course, this place is not only for those who like to swim recreationally; Paraiso is home to a freestyle, 25-meter lap pool where swimmers can get some exercise.
Oh, and after enjoying a day in the water park, why not visit the zoo? Yes, Koronadal has a zoo. You can visit this zoo, see all the animals and feel that you’re in a farm. Way better than seeing the animals locked up in cages.
Fear not, Nature-lovers! If you’re one to enjoy the simple and natural pleasures in life, Koronadal’s got you covered. It is home to three waterfalls and one hot spring. You can choose one… or you know, maybe go to all four? Saravia Falls, Supon Falls, and Siok Falls are popular places to be if you want to swim with the cascading waters nearby. It’s a wonder of nature, for sure. And if you just want to relax, visit the Mambukal Hot Springs where you can soak in high temperature waters and just melt your problems away.
Truly, Koronadal is a great place to explore and escape from reality.
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