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Region 12 - Central Mindanao

Region 12 Philippines, North Cotobato, South Cotobato, Sarangani, Sultan KudaratCentral Mindanao is known in history as the site where the Muslim faith was introduced. It is composed of North Cotobato, South Cotobato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani.

North Cotobato

North Cotobato is a province with diverse, ethnic groups. It is a wildlife haven with places such as New Israel, known for its tame monkeys, Pisan Cave, which has a variety of bats and snakes, and Flortam Hot Spring, dubbed the 'Fountain of Youth' for its healing powers. Kidapawan City and Magpet are the starting points for climbers of Mt. Apo. Remnants of an old Spanish fort can be found in Pikit.

South Cotobato

South Cotobato is the home province of the T'boli tribe, who are known for their colorful costumes, intricate beadwork, woven baskets, and traditional brass ornaments. Lake Sebu, which is surrounded by rolling hills and waterfalls, is the site of the Lemlunay Cultural Festival every last week of November, and Lake Maughan is the source of 5 big rivers, and is abundant with flora and fauna, including the rare Tigris Butterfly. Mt. Matutum, located in the countryside, is a haven for climbers and trekkers. Waterfalls include Lumabat, Lumakot, Matamos and Narcon.


Sarangani's main attraction is the Sarangani Island which consists of blue lagoons, white sand beaches and tropical rain forest. Other beaches include Siguel and Gumasa, which has been compared to Boracay for its powdery, white sand. Another natural site is the Ayub Caves, where prehistoric pottery were discovered. Tampat is the site of a shrine and ancient tombs of the ruling Sultanates of Maguindanao.

Sultan Kudarat

Sultan Kudarat, named after the great ruler of Mindanao and Sulu during the 17th Century, is a big producer of food, especially fruits and vegetables. The people consists of Maguindanoans, Tirurays, Hiligaynons, Ilocanos and Cebuanos. Natural attractions include Marquez and Columbio Hot Springs, Lebak Caves, Buluan Lake, and Lebak and Kalamansig Beaches. The Waling-Waling Orchid can also be found in Sultan Kudarat.

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Region 1 - Ilocos | Region 2 - Cagayan Valley | Cordillera Administrative Region |
Region 3 - Central Luzon | National Capital Region | Region 4 - Southern Tagalog |
Region 5 - Bicol | Region 6 - Western Visayas | Region 7 - Central Visayas |
Region 8 - Eastern Visayas | Region 9 - Western Mindanao | Region 10 - Northern Mindanao | Region 11 - Southern Mindanao | Region 12 - Central Mindanao | Region 13 - Caraga | Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

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