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City of Koronadal
Dakbanwa sang Koronadal
Dakbayan sa Koronadal

The New City Hall of Koronadal.
The New City Hall of Koronadal.
Official Seal
Nickname(s): The Ilonggo City Of Mindanao, The Crown City Of The South
The Sports Mecca of the South
Motto: Kanami Koronadal, Kanami Guid
Map of South Cotabato showing the location of Koronadal City.
Map of South Cotabato showing the location of Koronadal City.
City of Koronadal is located in Philippines
City of Koronadal
City of Koronadal
Location in the Philippines
Coordinates: 6°30′2″N 124°51′6″E / 6.50056°N 124.85167°E / 6.50056; 124.85167Coordinates: 6°30′2″N 124°51′6″E / 6.50056°N 124.85167°E / 6.50056; 124.85167
Country  Philippines
Province South Cotabato
District 2nd District of South Cotabato
Founded August 18, 1947
Cityhood October 8, 2000
Regional Center March 30, 2004
Barangays 27[1]
 • Mayor Peter B. Miguel, MD., FPSO-HNS
 • Representative Atty. Ferdinand L. Hernandez
 • Total 284.25 km2 (109.75 sq mi)
Elevation 100 m (300 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 169,074
 • Density 590/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Demonym Koronadaleños, Marbeleños
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP Code 9506
Income class 1st Class Component City (as of June 30, 2010)
Website Official website

City of Koronadal, popularly known as Marbel, is a 1st class component city in the Philippines. It is the capital of the province of South Cotabato and regional center SOCCSKSARGEN (Region XII).[2] According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 169,074.[3]

Koronadal became a component city of South Cotabato by virtue of Republic Act 8803 dated October 8, 2000.[4] In 2003 and 2005 the city was recognized as "Most Competitive City" in the small-city category, and in 2005 and 2006 as the most business friendly city in Mindanao.[5] Koronadal also hosted several national activities such as the Palarong Pambansa in 1996 with GenSan and solo in 2008, Mindanao Business Forum, and National Schools Press Conference. On June 12, 2009, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo together with Defense Secretary Gibo Teodoro celebrated the 111th Independence Day in the city, which marks a significant and historic event in the history of Koronadal.

Koronadal is one of the cities in Mindanao which its native speakers are Ilonggos, the other being Tacurong. 80% of the Population are Hiligaynon Speakers while 20% are Cebuanos, due to its proximity in GenSan and Davao City, and Ilocanos.[6] Koronadal, together with its big brother GenSan are not sectarian cities thus Christians and Muslims live harmoniously in the city. Today, Koronadal is small bustling city that moves to the progress of all people in South Cotabato.


The settlement of Koronadal and its creation as a municipality by virtue of Executive Order No. #82 dated August 18, 1947 was marked by a rapid initial development, so that when the province of South Cotabato was created under Republic Act No. 4849 on July 18, 1966, it easily became the capital town. In the past, the place was populated by B'laans and Maguindanaos. The word Koronadal is believed to have been derived from two B'laan words- koron or kolon meaning Cogon Grass, and nadal or datal meaning Plain, which aptly described the place to the natives.[7] On the other hand, Marbel, which is another name for the poblacion, is a B'laan term "Marb-El" which means "Murky Waters" referring to a river, now called the Marbel River.

Koronadal used to comprise the area extending from the banks of Buluan Lake to the north to Barangay Polonoling in the municipality of Tupi to the south from Quezon mountain range to the northeast to the municipality of T'Boli to the southeast.

It was on August 18, 1947 when President Manuel Roxas signed the Executive Order creating the municipalities in the entire province of South Cotabato, one of which was Koronadal. The same executive order likewise mandated the official function of the municipal government which began after the qualification and election of the first set of municipal officials.

The municipal government of Koronadal began its official function on January 1, 1948 with an approved Annual Estimated Budget of P30,000.00. The land area of the municipality by then was comparable with the Province of Bata-an embracing the present municipalities of Tampakan, Tupi, Banga, Lake Sebu, Surallah, T'Boli, Sto. Niño, Norala, and Isulan.

Municipal Council Resolution No. 32, Series of 1948 mandated and proclaimed January 10 of each year as the Municipal Town Fiesta commemorating the foundation of Marbel Settlement District of the National Land Settlement.

Koronadal was converted into a component city of South Cotabato, now known as the City of Koronadal by virtue of Republic Act 8803 on October 8, 2000. At present, Koronadal is a fast developing growth center composed of twenty seven (27) barangays including the four (4) zones in the poblacion. Being the capital city of South Cotabato, it is the center of the province in terms of political, cultural and socio-economic activities.

By virtue of Executive Order No. 304 signed by Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Koronadal was named as the Regional political and socio-economic center of SOCCSKSARGEN on March 30, 2004. Regional departments, bureaus and offices were ordered to move from Cotabato City, the former Regional Center of the Region.[8]


Discovering City of Koronadal (and/or Marbel to many) is a very simple thing. Here, vivid tapestry of history is still alive, dating from the occupation of Islamic traders and indigenous peoples up to the settlement of Ilonggo, Ilocano and Tagalog people. Yet modern as it is today, old legends still continue to influence and inspire the existence of this young city. The mutual respect for their respective cultural beliefs has woven the essence of a tri-people (Christian, Muslim & Lumad) cohabiting the area giving way to a rich cultural exchanges peculiar to the City of Koronadal. In fact, it is this diversity of culture in the city that spawns a colorful extravaganza of cultural dances and other art forms.

B'laan culture[edit]

The B'laan tribe is one of the indigenous peoples of the Southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Another tribe called the Maguindanao also inhabits the same area. The two tribes consider themselves to be brothers and sisters. Long ago, an Arab male (ancestral brother) married a B'laan female (ancestral sister) and through this marriage union, Islam infiltrated Southern Mindanao so that when the Spaniards arrived, their attempts to establish Catholicism were unsuccessful in the south. Eventually the B'laan and the Maguindanao became trade partners with the B'laan settling in the mountains and the Maguindanao settling along the coastal areas. From that time until now, the B'laans have been producing rice, vegetables, livestock, and rainforest products. The original religion of the B'laan is Animist. Presently, only 5% of the 8,000 B'laan tribal people are considered to be evangelical.

Christian culture[edit]

The Christian Filipinos make up the great majority (over 70%) of the Southern Philippine population. They are relatively newcomers to the area; the first wave of Christian migrants came in the seventeenth century when the Spaniards sought to populate Zamboanga, Jolo, Dapitan and other areas by encouraging people from Luzon and the Visayas to settle there. In the nineteenth century Spanish policy found considerable success in encouraging migrations to Iligan and Cotabato. The Americans continued this pattern during their colonial administration. In 1913 the American colonial government provided resources for the establishment of agricultural colonies in Mindanao. By the time the Philippine Commonwealth was established, Mindanao had become a veritable frontier. Wave upon wave of migrants poured into the region, chief among them the Cebuanos, Hiligaynons, Ilokanos, Tagalogs, Warays (Leyte-Samar), Pampangos, Aklanons, and Bicolanos. These people did much to clear the virgin areas of Mindanao and open them to extensive agriculture and industry. In time, the economy of the region began to produce part of its promise.

Muslim culture[edit]

The cultural diversity of the region is the result of a large influx of migrants from the north over a long period of the region's history. Found here are three main cultural groups: the early Filipinos who belong to various indigenous tribes living in the highlands and remote areas of Mindanao, the Muslim Filipinos who were early converts to Islam and who regard the region as their traditional homeland, and the Christian Filipinos who founded settlements and communities in the course of their migrations from other parts of the country.

Mr. Dwight De Leon who is a native of Koronadal and currently based in Manila, is the recognized chronicler of Koronadal's Cultural Events. He also promotes the city as a cultural and Eco-tourism destination. He contributes by giving artistic and cultural inputs to Koronadal's Cultural and Historical Society, whose main function is to preserve and promote the city's cherished artistic and cultural tradition since the time the pioneers established their settlements on the vast plain of the city which the locals affectionately call the Valley of Allah. Mr. De Leon took it upon himself to be Koronadal's repository of facts as regards to culture and tradition of this marvelous city in the south.


Climate data for Polomolok, South Cotabato
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 31
Average low °C (°F) 24
Precipitation mm (inches) 80
Source: Weatherbase.com[9]


  • Hinugyaw Koronadal (January 10) - is the festival that marks the foundation anniversary of Koronadal as a municipality. It shows the festive spirit of the people of Koronadal with street dancing and night beer parties in the streets of Koronadal among other worthwhile activities.
  • T'nalak Festival (July 16-18) - a festival that celebrates South Cotabato's T'boli tribe with colorful abaca cloth created and woven by the women from their tribe. It symbolizes the blending of culture, strength and unity of the various ethnic groups living in the province. They have Dayana Civic Parade which highlighted by a float and cheer dance competition. They perform on the streets of the city showcasing native costumes of B'laan, T'boli and other tribal groups in Mindanao.
  • City-hood Charter Anniversary (October 8) - celebrates the city-hood of Koronadal highlighted by "Negosyo Festival" showcasing the vibrancy of business and other economic enterprises in the City of Koronadal; consumers enjoy month-long citywide grand sale as participating business establishments give discounts of up to 70% off their regular prices on goods or services.

Medical Facilities[edit]

Health Facilities in Koronadal are also widely distributed to all Marbeleños. There are 3 tertiary hospitals in the city namely, South Cotabato Provincial Hospital located beside the Provincial Capitol, Allah Valley Medical Specialist Center, and The Doctors Clinic and Hospital in Brgy. Zone 4. There is one secondary hospital in the city which is under renovation in preparation for their application as a tertiary level hospital, the Socomedics Medical Center located in Arellano St. The city has its own Health Center but it was recently ravaged by fire; while plans for the construction of a new City Health Center are underway, the City Health Office is temporarily housed in one of the former offices at the Old City Hall. Pharmacies in the city is not a problem; there are a lot around the city.

Shopping Malls[edit]

KCC Mall of Marbel

KCC Mall of Koronadal[edit]

Koronadal Commercial Corporation (KCC) is the first Mall in the city. Located along General Santos Drive, just few meters away from the roundball, KCC gives a wide variety of choices to all Koronadaleños in shopping from food to dry goods. The mall is currently undergoing expansion of its building to accommodate more stores and offer better shopping convenience. A two-storey building for parking space is also provided for the customers.

Gaisano Grand Mall of Koronadal[edit]

'Gaisano Grand Mall of Koronadal also known as GG Marbel is the Third Shopping mall in the city and the largest in terms of area. located at Km 2 beside NDMU-IBED. Gaisano Grand Mall of Korondal is owned by Gaisano Grand, Inc. Gaisano Grand Mall of Koronadal had its soft opening on December 13, 2011. The building of the mall today was formerly the Fit Mart Mall of Marbel. Sa Gaisano Grand Mall, "Everyday is a Savings day."

Ace Centerpoint[edit]

Formerly known as Ace Commercial Plaza,located along Osmeṅa Street beside the Old City Hall, Ace Centerpoint is the second shopping plaza in the city after the then Datu Complex. Apart from the wide choices it offers, Ace Centerpoint is famous to the locals for their dancing staff inside the mall. ACE Centerpoint, "Getting Bigger and Better for you."

Marbel Fit Mart (Osmeña Street Branch)[edit]

Marbel Fitmart is own by FM group of companies.It is located in Osmenia St. beside Ace Centerpoint. It is the first Fit Mart Mall in SOCCSKSARGEN.

Education in Koronadal[edit]

Education in Koronadal is widely distributed to all Koronadaleños. As of for the school year 2009-2010, there are 95 primary and elementary schools in the city, both in public and private schools; while there are 17 secondary schools, both in public and private schools. There are two universities in the city. The Marist Brothers established the first Marist University in SOCCSKSARGEN, the Notre Dame of Marbel University, in 1946. The University of the Philippines Manila has a satellite campus in Koronadal named as the UP Manila - School of Health Sciences Koronadal Campus.

While other colleges are also vibrant in the education business. The list below shows the tertiary level schools present in the city:

  • St. Alexius College
  • Green Valley College Foundation
  • Ramon Magsaysay Memorial College
  • Holy Child College of Information Technology, Inc.
  • Regency Polytechnic College
  • AMA Computer Learning College
  • King's College of Marbel, Inc.
  • SITE Dizon
  • STI College Marbel
  • Goldenstate College Marbel
  • Marbel Institute of Technology College
  • Marvelous College of Technology, Inc.
  • Southern Philippines Technical Institute Inc.
  • SouthPhil Institute of Technology Incorporated

The list below shows some prominent secondary and elementary schools present in the city:

Koronadal is also home to one seminary, the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Seminary or locally known as OLPHS.

Hotels and lodging houses[edit]

  • La Pamela Suites (Sinsuat Street)
  • ELM Mansion
  • Jade Inn
  • Agua Frio Resort Suites
  • Blue Gate Lodge
  • Casa Gemma Hotel
  • Danielle's Pension House
  • EMR Suites (Gensan Drive)
  • Greenstate Suites
  • Isidro Lodge (Alunan Ave)
  • LAX Citi Galleria Inc. Pension House
  • Ramona Plaza Hotel (Gensan Drive)
  • RC Pension House
  • Samahang Nayon Hotel
  • The Farm @ Carpenter Hill (Gensan Drive)
  • FB Hotel and Convention Center

Restaurants and Dining Centers[edit]

  • 2Gals Pizza Restaurant (Bonifacio Street)
  • Alex Pata (Gensan Drive)
  • Anbee's Burger (Alunan Ave)
  • Arpochi Seafoods (Jaycees Ave)
  • Asian Tongue eat-all-you-can (Gensan Drive)
  • Barney's Baby Bop Place (Gensan Drive)
  • Basillo's (Based Basil) Pasta & Resto (Del Pilar St.)
  • Bigmac 22 (Alunan Ave)
  • Blugre Coffee (Gensan Drive)
  • BJ's Lechon Manok (Abad Santos St & Gensan Drive)
  • B-Walk - the B-walk (Barbeque Walk) is a street that houses almost 25 BBQ stands every night. it show the Pure Filipino culture on how to eat street foods. (Osmeña St)
  • Calda Pizza (Gensan Drive)
  • Casa Gemma Hotel & Restaurant (Gensan Drive)
  • Casa Ramona Restaurant (Gensan Drive)
  • Celema's Place (Alunan Ave)
  • Chowking (KCC Mall)
  • Cinco Niñas Filipino Restaurant (Gensan Drive)
  • Dimsum Diner (Aquino St)
  • Disyang Lechon Manok
  • Dunkin' Donuts (Gensan Drive)
  • EMR Center (Gensan Drive)
  • Figeroa Highlands Restobar (overlooking Koronadal)
  • Food Harbor (Osmeña St)
  • Jollibee (KCC Mall and Gensan Drive)
  • Lambat sa Ciudad Resto & Music Bar (Gensan Drive)
  • Lantaw Marbel Picnic Groove & Resto-Grill (overlooking Koronadal)
  • Mamma Maria's Pizzeria (Alunan Ave)
  • Mandarin Tea Garden (Ace Centerpoint)
  • Mang Inasal (Ace Centerpoint & Gaisano Grand)
  • Mang Gorio Bahay Kainan (Abad Santos St Cor Confesor St)
  • McGrille KTV & Dance Bar (Gensan Drive)
  • Minute Burger (Many Branches)
  • Nadies Chicken House (Judge Alba St)
  • Paparonni's BBQ (Alunan Ave)
  • Patti's Grill & Seafood Restaurant (Gensan Drive)
  • Sa Balai Bistro (Abad Santos St)
  • Sharvankiosk Cuisine-Best in Outlandish Cuisine (Sinsuat St.)
  • Sheila's Park Family Resto & KTV (Balmores St)
  • Terraza Español BBQ and Lechon (Judge Alba St)
  • The Farm @ Carpenter Hill (Gensan Drive)
  • The Farm Coffee Bar (Ace Centerpoint)
  • Tia Nina Pizza & Pasta (Ace Centerpoint)
  • Trisha's Burger (Alunan Ave)
  • U3 Alamig Cafe (Alunan Ave)

Resorts, Historical Landmarks, Natural and Man-made Tourist Spots[edit]

  • The Farm @ Carpenter Hill
  • Paraiso Verde And Water Park (Mindanao's Biggest Water park)
  • Agua Frio Resort & Hotel
  • Cresta Del Rio Splash Resort
  • Bedrock Gardens Resort & Convention Hall
  • El Gawel Zoo & Resort
  • Rem Ching Resort
  • Saravia Falls
  • Mambucal Hot Spring
  • Supon Falls
  • South Cotabato Community Museum & Tantoco Memorial Showcase
  • Filipino - Japanese Memorial Shrine
  • Rizal Park
  • Jose Rizal Monument (located in Rizal Park)
  • South Cotabato Sports Complex
  • South Cotabato Gymnasium & Cultural Center
  • South Cotabato Productivity Center (ProTech Center)
  • Notre Dame of Marbel University Library & Museum (largest Library in Mindanao)
  • St. Anthony Parish (Christ the King Cathedral)
  • Siok Falls

Banking Institutions[edit]


Koronadal City is politically subdivided into twenty-seven barangays.

  • Assumption (Bulol)
  • Avanceña (Bo. 3)
  • Cacub
  • Caloocan
  • Carpenter Hill
  • Concepcion (Bo. 6)
  • Esperanza
  • General Paulino Santos (Bo. 1) (Urban)
  • Mabini
  • Magsaysay
  • Mambucal
  • Morales (Urban)
  • Namnama
  • New Pangasinan (Bo. 4)
  • Paraiso
  • Rotonda
  • San Isidro
  • San Jose (Bo. 5)
  • San Roque
  • Santa Cruz (Urban)
  • Santo Niño (Bo. 2) (Urban)
  • Saravia (Bo. 8)
  • Topland (Bo. 7) (Aka Zulueta)
  • Zone I (Pob.) (Urban)
  • Zone II (Pob.) (Urban)
  • Zone III (Pob.) (Urban)
  • Zone IV (Pob.) (Urban)

Notable people from Koronadal[edit]

Sister cities[edit]


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