I visited Cotabato Metropolis anticipating nothing. Effectively, what I imply is I anticipated it to be a enjoyable trip, however nothing particular. One cause for that was I needed to shock myself, so I didn’t do any analysis; another excuse was that my buddy, the particular person 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 had been capable of go away at 5 PM already. And I used to be a bit apprehensive as we needed to cross by a number of provinces that had been but to be reached by the complete good thing about modernization. For some cause, I needed we obtained there earlier. However we arrived late within the night. We reached Pigcawayan at previous 10 PM. Nevertheless it turned out advantageous regardless of touring by means of highways with out the “metropolis lights” vibes.
Pigcawayan is a vibrant municipality a couple of 30-minute experience 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 “kids” enjoyable! After all, I didn’t miss taking some photographs of myself at their landmark.
After we arrived at my buddy’s household property, about 2 kilometers from the municipality’s heart, I instantly pitched my tent. I slept exterior; that was the plan. And I spotted I felt at residence. The place was stunning – plenty of timber and the air was recent.
The next day, I awakened feeling good as I had a superb evening’s sleep – inside my tent. I instantly took a bathe (whereas others had been nonetheless asleep) as a result of it might be a protracted day for our Cotabato Metropolis tour. And I used to be proper.
At round 8 AM, we had been able to depart. A couple of minutes later, once we had been already within the automotive, my buddy started discussing our itinerary. And these had been the locations we visited:
First Cease: PC Hill
Anybody visiting Cotabato Metropolis can not miss this one, as that is excellent after you cross the bridge, the place you possibly can see town signage – a landmark that signifies you might be 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 good looking backdrop to the landmark.
Second Cease: Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque (The Grand Mosque of Cotabato Metropolis)
After we arrived at this spot, I used to be already in awe seeing this stunning spiritual 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 typically seen solely in motion pictures.
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 most important mosque within the Philippines till surpassed by the newly-constructed Grand Mosque of Marawi.
Third Cease: Baywalk
Our subsequent cease was the Baywalk. Lovely panorama it was – a protracted 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 simply 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
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 throughout the late afternoon for sundown viewing.
Fifth Cease: Kutawato Burp & View Resto
After having fun with Timako Beachwalk, it was time for a gastronomic journey. We determined to attempt Kutawato Burp & View Resto, positioned alongside the highway traversing on the foot of Timako Hill. The restaurant supplied 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, in fact, 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 loads, and if I had to decide on the perfect from among the many objects I purchased, it might be dudol – it’s just like kalamay – I like it!)
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 buddy’s property). It’s an inland resort with massive swimming swimming pools for teenagers and adults. It was quite a lot of enjoyable!
Certainly, my go to to Central Mindanao was a memorable and fulfilling one worthy of this house on-line for storytelling.
BONUS: I loved the inexperienced rice fields we handed by on our means residence.
MeantToGo want to thank Ramboanga Household for the warmest welcome and for accommodating me throughout my go to to Pigcawayan and Cotabato Metropolis. Particularly, I’d prefer to thank Piper Ramboanga, her buddy, Jessa, for touring/driving me round. Particular thanks additionally to Tatay Agustin Ramboanga for caring for us – for lodging, and meal preparation. Thanks very a lot.