Cotabato Airport, officially known as Awang Airport, is located in the province of Maguindanao in the Philippines. It serves the population of Cotabato City. It is called Awang Airport due to its location in Barangay Awang in Cotabato’s neighboring town, Datu Odin Sinsuat.
Cotabato Airport serves flights to and from Cebu, Manila and Zamboanga operated by some of the Philippines’ low cost airlines, Cebu Pacific and PAL Express by Philippine Airlines as well as Fil-Asian Airways.
The city of Cotabato is the regional center of the Autonomous Regions of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). It is entirely distinct from the province of Cotabato which is also a destination in the Philippines.
Visiting Cotabato City can be an experience, almost like a step back in time. Here you will find some historic buildings and architectural wonders. Women are still seen wearing elaborate malong wraps dancing with traditional music and making old-style craft such as brass casting and weaving. Cotabato is home to many textile markets where tourists can find finely crafted malong and head pieces in all designs and colors.
When spending your holiday in Cotabato City, here are just a few tourist destinations and activities that should not be missed:
The Grand Mosque – Officially known as the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid, it is the largest mosque in the Philippines. It is located in Barangay Kalanganan in Cotabato City. It was largely funded by the Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, to help the emerging Muslim population in the country. It is considered to be one of the best Islamic architectural masterpieces in the Philippines.
Kutang Bato Cave – Located in the foot of PC Hill, the cave is seven kilometers long. It is the only cave in the country that can be found right in the center of the city. The city is also named after this cave as can be derived from its name where “kuta” means fort and “wato” means stone. Hence, the name “fort of stone” which later became Cotabato. When exploring the cave’s network of chambers, make sure to bring sturdy footwear as the cave floors can be watery. Some chambers are also known to be filled with bats. It has many entrances but it is recommended to enter through the entrance at Barangay Bagua as it is considered to be the safest.
The People’s Palace – The new city hall of the area, it is the new seat of local government. It was given the name “People’s Palace” because it was largely funded by the locals. The building is an interesting mix of modern neo-classical architecture and Moro design.
Inaul Weaving – Inaul is a hand-woven fabric famous in Maguindanao. It used by the locals as a malong, a traditional garment like a tabular skirt, or as a sarong, a strip of fabric that is used to wrap around the lower part of the body. It can be worn both by men and women. Inaul is available in many colors and each color can represent many things. Yellow and orange generally represents royalty while red can mean bravery. Head over to Al Jamela Weaving Center to learn the art of weaving from locals.
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