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Koronadal City
Component City
City of Koronadal
New City Hall of Koronadal
New City Hall of Koronadal
Official seal of Koronadal City
Nickname(s): Marbel
"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 with Koronadal City highlighted
Map of South Cotabato with Koronadal City highlighted
Koronadal is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 6°30′N 124°51′E / 6.5°N 124.85°E / 6.5; 124.85Coordinates: 6°30′N 124°51′E / 6.5°N 124.85°E / 6.5; 124.85
Country Philippines
Region Soccsksargen (Region XII)
Province South Cotabato
District 2nd District of South Cotabato
Founded August 18, 1947
Cityhood October 8, 2000
Barangays 27[1]
 • Mayor Peter B. Miguel
 • Representative Ferdinand L. Hernandez
 • Total 277.00 km2 (106.95 sq mi)
Elevation 100 m (300 ft)
Population (2015 census)[4]
 • Total 174,942
 • Density 630/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
 • Languages Hiligaynon, Filipino, English
Demonym(s) Koronadaleños, Marbeleños
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 9506
Dialing code +63 (0)83
Income class 3rd Class[5]
Website koronadal.gov.ph

Koronadal, officially the City of Koronadal (Hiligaynon: Dakbanwa/Syudad sang Koronadal; Filipino: Lungsod ng Koronadal) and popularly known as Marbel, is a 3rd-class component city in the Philippines. It is the capital of the province of South Cotabato and regional administrative center of Soccsksargen (Region XII).[6] According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 174,942.[4]

Koronadal became a component city of South Cotabato by virtue of Republic Act 8803 dated October 8, 2000.[7] 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.[7] Koronadal also hosted an international activity called Pyesta Kolon Datal: Koronadal International Folkloric Festival in coordination with Conseil international des organisations de festivals de folklore et d'arts traditionnels or International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Art (CIOFF) on August 10 to 18, 2015[8] and several national activities such as the Palarong Pambansa in 1996 with General Santos and solo in 2007, 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 City is one of the cities in Mindanao whose citizens are Hiligaynon speakers. 95% of the city's population is from the Hiligaynon ethnic group from the Visayas, the other city is Tacurong in Sultan Kudarat.[7]


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'laan people 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.[9] 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.[6]


Koronadal City is politically subdivided into twenty-seven barangays.[1]

  • 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)
  • Zone I (Pob.) (urban)
  • Zone II (Pob.) (urban)
  • Zone III (Pob.) (urban)
  • Zone IV (Pob.) (urban)
  • Zulueta (Bo. 7)


Population census
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1960 32,437 —    
1970 54,413 +5.30%
1975 62,764 +2.90%
1980 80,566 +5.12%
1990 108,708 +3.04%
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1995 118,231 +1.59%
2000 133,786 +2.69%
2007 149,622 +1.55%
2010 158,273 +2.07%
2015 174,942 +1.92%
Source: National Statistics Office[4][10][11]


B'laan culture[edit]

The B'laan people are 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.

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.


  • The Farm @ Carpenter Hill
  • Paraiso Verde And Water Park (Mindanao's Biggest Water park)
  • El Gawel Zoo
  • Saravia Falls
  • Mambucal Hot Spring
  • Supon Falls
  • South Cotabato Community Museum & Tantoco Memorial Showcase
  • Filipino - Japanese Memorial Shrine
  • Rizal Park and Jose Rizal Monument
  • 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


T'nalak Festival
  • 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.

Shopping Malls[edit]

KCC Mall of Marbel on its former Appearance, the mall has undergone Renovation
KCC Mall of Marbel
Koronadal Commercial Corporation 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
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 was formerly the Fit Mart Mall of Marbel.
Ace Centerpoint
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.
CityMall Koronadal City
CityMall (Philippines) is an upcoming shooping center in Koronadal. After its construction it will be the fourth mall in the city, The Mall is located in Gensan Drive near Dr. Arturo Pingoy Medical Center, CityMall is owned by the INJAP's Double Dragon Properties Inc.

Medical facilities[edit]

Health Facilities in Koronadal are also widely distributed to all Marbeleños. Below is the list of the hospitals located in the City of Koronadal.

  • South Cotabato Provincial Hospital (Aguinaldo Street, South Cotabato Government Compound, City of Koronadal)
  • Dr. Arturo P. Pingoy Medical Center formerly known as the Doctors Clinic and Hospital Inc. (Gensan Drive, City of Koronadal)
  • Allah Valley Medical Specialists Center (National Highway, Zone III, City of Koronadal)
  • SOCOMEDICS Medical Hospital (Judge Alba Circumferential Road, Arellano, City of Koronadal)


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:

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
  • ACLC College of Marbel
  • 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:

  • Philippine Science High School SOCCSKSARGEN Region Campus
  • St Alexius College Integrated School Department
  • Notre Dame of Marbel University - Integrated Basic Education Department
  • Koronadal National Comprehensive High School
  • Notre Dame - Siena School of Marbel
  • Koronadal Southern Elementary School (Chinese School)
  • King's College of Marbel, Inc.

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

Notable people from Koronadal[edit]

Sister cities[edit]


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