Tri- People Monument | Surallah Cultural Landmark

Postcards from South Cotabato #1
TRI-PEOPLE MONUMENT in Surallah, South Cotabato

The Surallah Cultural Landmark also called the Tri-People Monument is the province's newest attraction. An artwork by acclaimed Mindanao sculpture Kublai Ponce Millan, the landmark was unveiled last March 15, 2011. It gives tribute to the tri-people living in the area - the T'bolis, Muslims and the Christian settlers. It also highlights Surallah's local produce.
The Tri-People Monument is located at a rotunda where the national highway crosses in the heart of Poblacion Surallah, South Cotabato. (Click image to enlarge)
At the center of  this landmark is a towering 60-feet high 2-string indigenous T'boli musical instrument called Hegalong surrounded by huge elongated leaves of endemic bulb plant called Bohung. Around the Bohung are two giant drums called T'nonggong, gigantic sculpted human figures of T'bolis, Muslims and Christians playing musical instruments, dancing and smiling while others holding local produce - grains, vegetables, fish and fruits. 
"Tukiba" is a Hiligaynon/Ilonggo word which means "to discover". Tukiba Surallah! A first-class municipality in the province of South Cotabato where majority of the people speaks Hiligaynon. Aside from the Tri-People Monument, the people of Surallah also boasts of its LGU's achievements in its clean & green program and in organic farming.
The POSTCARDS FROM SOUTH COTABATO Series are single-photo journal entries that will give you ideas on what to see and experience in the Province of South Cotabato. It showcases the best of South Cotabato - from food, destinations, to tourist attractions in South Cotabato, adventures and the people.
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