Pasalubong Ideas: SOCCSKSARGEN REGION

Home to the “Pambansang Kamao ng Pilipinas,” Sen. Manny Pacquiao, where the Philippines’ second longest river flows through, Region XII caters not only numerous adventure trails to follow, but also rich culture overflowingly seen in every person in all places in the region. The region is composed of 5 provinces namely: South Cotabato; Cotabato Province; Sultan Kudarat; Saranggani; and General Santos City.

While news about insurgencies spread through the whole island of Mindanao, which may have affected the coming of tourists to the region, still there are a whole lot of adventures that are surely worth the shot to step into. To mention, the White Water Rafting in the Rivers of Maitum, Saranggani, the numerous majestic waterfalls of South Cotabato which you can get a majestic view from above by ziplines. Not to mention the nature trekking on the Sky Gardens and Highlands in Saranggani. 

Of course, a Pinoy adventurer always brings with him the memories he got from his adventures. Hence, we give you these amazing pasalubongs you can bring home with you from your travels in SOCCSKSARGEN Region.

 

SOUTH COTABATO  T’nalak Fabrics and T’boli Bead Works

Recognized nationwide as one of the best weavers in the country, the T’boli’s thrive in the province of South Cotabato and produce the best crafts in accessories and fabrics. Necklaces, emblems and bracelets made from natural resources are hung on most of the souvenir shops in the area. Also, fabrics that are finely woven by the natives are also available and make perfect souvenirs for your families back home.

Accessories handmade by T’boli’s, an ethnic group in South Cotabato
Woven fabrics with exotic designs; Photo from Jobelle Abao, explorelakesebuviajeras.wordpress.com

COTABATO PROVINCE Fresh Fruits 

Fresh fruits and produce can be bought in most of the stalls in marketplaces in the province. From apples, oranges, grapes to pineapples, pomelo, durian, and more. It’s just a matter of how much you can carry.

SULTAN KUDARAT Seafood 

The best seafood houses are in Sultan Kudarat, wherein most of the population live in fishing industries. Crabs, shrimps, milk fish, tuna, anything under the sea, you can find them here at very affordable prices.

SARANGGANI Shrimps and Milkfish

The Philippines’ National Fish, Bangus, thrive in the waters of Saranggani. These are cultured and bred to perfection and most of the fishing companies export these to other countries in Southeast Asia.

GENERAL SANTOS CITY Kablon Farm Products

Kablon Farms produce naturally made products like natural fruit juice, coconut sugar, etc. These are among the finest pasalubongs to bring home after tours in the mansions of the Pacquiao’s.

Coffee, dried fruits and other farm products produced by Kablon in Gen San; Photo from abs-cbn.news.ph

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