This trip is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with my venturous friends. It woudn’t have been possible without the people who helped us as these places are known to be risky for tourists.


HOW TO GET THERE SAFELY? Fly from Manila to General Santos City then head to the bus terminal leading to Koronadal City. Ask for a connecting bus to Sultan Kudarat’s capital which is Isulan. Otherwise, you may begin your itinerary with South Cotabato’s Lake Sebu in the morning (see my related post), then take a van to Surallah in the afternoon and explore the area, lastly ride a trike or van to Isulan and look for a local hostel within the city. You may Also stay overnight at Lake Sebu: NSOCCSKSARGENM: Lake Sebu and the T’boli Tribe



You will notice that Mindanao has a strong cultural significance as depicted in every park or rotonda.

Take note that there aren’t much modern restaurants in Sultan Kudarat but you can find a number of grilled meat along the streets of the city center. Very unusual in Luzon, they stick them on banana shoot/trunk like this in most parts of Visayas and Mindanao.


NSOCCSKSARGENM stands for our DIY trip: North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Saranggani, General Santos and Maguindanao. See my other posts on every province in these links: NSOCCSKSARGENM: NORTH COTABATO’s Asik-Asik Falls

The province was named after the courageous Muslim hero who conquered many parts of the Philippines from the Spaniards. He is considered as the greatest Sultan of Maguindanao and most powerful person in Mindanao during his time. Sultan Muhammad Dipatuan Kudarat lived between 1581-1671. He died at 90 out of old age. He was declared as a national hero under the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos.

The 7th sultan of Maguindanao, Sultan Muhammad Kudarat’s legacy is honored in every part of the province. Visit the provincial capitol and check out its grand and gold interior. 👑

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“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”

-Mark Twain