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Held every July, the T’nalak Festival coincides with South Cotabato’s Foundation Day. The festival is named after t’nalak, a colorful and intricately woven abaca fabric created and worn by T’boli women. Symbolizing diversity and resilience, the fabric patterns are discerned from their dreams.
There are several jump off points if you’re attending the festival. Book a flight to General Santos via local airlines like Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific since they have daily flights from Manila, Cebu, and Iloilo to the city. From General Santos, take a bus headed to Koronadal City, the festival’s hub.
Philtranco buses travel from Manila to Davao City, passing through the Bicol region in Southern Luzon and Samar and Leyte in the Visayas. The trip takes three days.
From Davao there are buses to Koronadal; travel time is three hours and 45 minutes. There are also buses from Cagayan De Oro City to Koronadal, which takes eight hours.
Super Ferry and Sulpicio Lines have trips to General Santos.
The week-long T’nalak Festival has activities for everyone to enjoy. Event highlights include:
Not to be missed are the following destinations nearby to maximize your stay. Check them out prior to or after the festival:
While you’re here, don’t forget to explore more. There are many things you can do to enjoy your vacation.
For example, the trip won’t be complete without a stopover at the dreamy Lake Sebu. You can sign up for a river cruise or ride a zipline to see the Seven Falls from a different perspective.
If you’re the adventurous type, head to Siok Falls in Koronadal for a heart-stopping river trekking adventure.
Lastly, bring home T’boli products such as bead work accessories, brass ornaments, mats, and baskets. Not only are they great as souvenirs, accessories, or home decors, but also a great reminder of the province’s rich culture.
Enjoyed your stay? You can still extend your holidays and visit these places on your way out of South Cotabato:
Every April, Dagupan City honors its rich milkfish industry by celebrating the Bangus Festival.