Things to remember when traveling to South Cotabato

  • Keep in mind that South Cotabate├▒os are a curious and friendly bunch, more than happy to share with visitors, local stories and smiles.
  • When traveling, dress in light, breathable clothing appropriate for the weather, in the hot months temperatures can average from 25'C to 32'C. A hat and some sunscreen will come in handy.
  • During the rainy months from June to December don't forget to bring along some gear to keep you dry, comfy and shielded from the rain.
  • Comfortable and durable footwear is best since sightseeing in the province will involve some walking. But the walk to get to the views you'll see will certainly be worth it.
  • Get ready to catch a ride on a jeepney, tricycle, or "sky-lab" - a motorcycle with extended seating. These are interesting forms of transport that are commonly used throughout the province. Don't forget to bring some loose change as well.
  • When traveling to distant tourism sights, pack some water in handy containers, but then again, the water of a fresh coonut handed out in the nut, husk and all, is a provincial thirst quencher served up almost everywhere.
  • Casual clothing is acceptable inside churches and business offices. Dining establishments and hotels don't require any certain dress attire, but shorts and slippers are deemed a tad bit inappropriate.
  • One must sample the gastronomic variety available in the province. Delicacies, specialties and flavor-full cuisines are part and parcel o local menus.
  • Hiligaynon/Ilonggo is most widely spoken next to Filipino/Tagalog and Cebuano while English is the language of business. Getting to know some of the local phrases may get you by.
  • When shopping in a public market, it's absolutely  fine to haggle for the cheapest price, you never know maybe even just a friendly smile can bag you that deal.
  • Last but definitely not the least, don't forget your camera and make sure your batteries are charged, you'll need it.
By Zhaun Barry E. Agabe, Tourism Officer & Creative Director of T'nalak Magazine 2010
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