Cotabato

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Cotabato, formerly but still colloquially known as North Cotabato (Amihanang Cotabato; Maguindanaon: Pangutaran Kutawatu, Ilocano: Amianan nga Cotabato), is a landlocked province in the Philippines.wikipedia
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Cotabato City

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Cotabato derives its name from the Maguindanao word kuta wato (from Malay - "Kota Batu"), meaning "stone fort", referring to the stone fort which served as the seat of Sultan Muhammad Kudarat in what is now Cotabato City (which the province derives its name from). The district of Cotabato was formed in 1860, covering the areas of what is now Cotabato, Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat provinces with its capital at Tamontaka.
Cotabato City is distinct from and should not be confused with the province of Cotabato.

Maguindanao language

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Cotabato derives its name from the Maguindanao word kuta wato (from Malay - "Kota Batu"), meaning "stone fort", referring to the stone fort which served as the seat of Sultan Muhammad Kudarat in what is now Cotabato City (which the province derives its name from). Cotabato, formerly but still colloquially known as North Cotabato (Amihanang Cotabato; Maguindanaon: Pangutaran Kutawatu, Ilocano: Amianan nga Cotabato), is a landlocked province in the Philippines.
It is also spoken by sizable minorities in different parts of Mindanao such as the cities of Zamboanga, Davao, and General Santos, and the provinces of North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, Sarangani, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, as well as Metro Manila.

Bangsamoro

Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim MindanaoBangsamoro Autonomous RegionBARMM
While the province itself is politically located in the Mindanao region of Soccsksargen, some of its barangays are under the jurisdiction of the nearby Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. By the aftermath of the plebiscite to form the autonomous administrative region of Bangsamoro in February 2019, 63 barangays from Cotabato's western municipalities, all of which inhabited mostly by Muslim natives, opted to join the newly-formed region. The issue was partially resolved when the second part of the plebiscite was conducted on 6 February 2019, when 63 barangay from the towns of Pigkawayan, Libungan, Midsayap, Aleosan, Carmen, Banisilan and Pikit opted to join the new administrative autonomous region of Bangsamoro after the results of the region's formation plebiscite were confirmed three days later on 9 February.
Lanao and Cotabato in particular saw an influx of migrants from Luzon and Visayas.

Maguindanao

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The district of Cotabato was formed in 1860, covering the areas of what is now Cotabato, Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat provinces with its capital at Tamontaka. It is bounded on the north by the provinces of Lanao del Sur and Bukidnon, on the east by Davao City and Davao del Norte, on the west by Maguindanao and on the southeast by Sultan Kudarat and Davao del Sur.
It borders Lanao del Sur to the north, Cotabato to the east, Sultan Kudarat to the south, and the Illana Bay to the west.

Provinces of the Philippines

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Cotabato, formerly but still colloquially known as North Cotabato (Amihanang Cotabato; Maguindanaon: Pangutaran Kutawatu, Ilocano: Amianan nga Cotabato), is a landlocked province in the Philippines.

Sultan Kudarat

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The district of Cotabato was formed in 1860, covering the areas of what is now Cotabato, Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat provinces with its capital at Tamontaka. It is bounded on the north by the provinces of Lanao del Sur and Bukidnon, on the east by Davao City and Davao del Norte, on the west by Maguindanao and on the southeast by Sultan Kudarat and Davao del Sur.
Sultan Kudarat was part of the former empire province of Cotabato, until its creation as an independent province (along with Maguindanao and North Cotabato) on November 22, 1973, through ''Presidential Decree No.

Lanao del Sur

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It is bounded on the north by the provinces of Lanao del Sur and Bukidnon, on the east by Davao City and Davao del Norte, on the west by Maguindanao and on the southeast by Sultan Kudarat and Davao del Sur.
The capital is the city of Marawi, and it borders Lanao del Norte to the north, Bukidnon to the east, and Maguindanao and Cotabato to the south.

2019 Bangsamoro autonomy plebiscite

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By the aftermath of the plebiscite to form the autonomous administrative region of Bangsamoro in February 2019, 63 barangays from Cotabato's western municipalities, all of which inhabited mostly by Muslim natives, opted to join the newly-formed region. The issue was partially resolved when the second part of the plebiscite was conducted on 6 February 2019, when 63 barangay from the towns of Pigkawayan, Libungan, Midsayap, Aleosan, Carmen, Banisilan and Pikit opted to join the new administrative autonomous region of Bangsamoro after the results of the region's formation plebiscite were confirmed three days later on 9 February.
The second part was held on February 6 to potentially expand the BARMM; with voters from six municipalities in Lanao del Norte and 67 barangays in Cotabato province voting for or against their localities' inclusion to the BARMM.

Soccsksargen

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While the province itself is politically located in the Mindanao region of Soccsksargen, some of its barangays are under the jurisdiction of the nearby Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.
The name is an acronym that stands for the region's four provinces and 1 city (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos).

Davao del Sur

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It is bounded on the north by the provinces of Lanao del Sur and Bukidnon, on the east by Davao City and Davao del Norte, on the west by Maguindanao and on the southeast by Sultan Kudarat and Davao del Sur.
The province is bordered by Davao City to the north, Davao Occidental to the south and Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato and Sarangani to the west.

Sultanate of Maguindanao

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Modern historians have pointed to the Cotabato delta as the medieval location of Toupo, the successor of the Maguindanao/Cotabato Sultanate.
The sultanate was usually centered in the valley of Cotabato.

Mount Apo

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Cotabato stretches from the east at Mount Apo, which separates it from Davao, to the Piapayungan Range on its boundary with Lanao in the west.
With an elevation of 2954 m above sea level, it is the highest mountain in the Philippine Archipelago and is located between Davao City and Davao del Sur province in Region XI and Cotabato in Region XII.

Mindanao

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While the province itself is politically located in the Mindanao region of Soccsksargen, some of its barangays are under the jurisdiction of the nearby Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.
A series of volcanic mountains is located within the vicinity of Lake Lanao forming a broad arc through the Lanao del Sur, Cotabato and Bukidnon provinces.

Sayre Highway

Sayre National Highway
The Cotabato via Kabacan - Maramag - Kibawe, Bukidnon Sayre Highway meanwhile serves as its link to the Cagayan de Oro-Iligan City Corridor.
It traverses the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon and North Cotabato.

Sharif Kabungsuwan

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Islam was introduced in this part of the country in the later part of 15th century by Sharif Mohammed Kabungsuwan, an Arabo-Malay Muslim warrior-missionary.
The sultanate was usually centered in the valley of Cotabato.

Moro Province

The coming of the Americans ushered in the creation of the Moro Province on July 15, 1903, through ''Act No.

Cotabato (historical province)

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The former province of Cotabato was once the largest in the Philippines.
It was dissolved on 1973, comprising what are now the provinces of Cotabato (North), South Cotabato, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, and Sarangani.

Kris

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The guerrillas used the traditional Moro Kampilan, Barong and Kris swords.
It has also been incorporated into the historical flags of the Sultanate of Sulu, as well as the emblem of the Cotabato Province.

Cities of the Philippines

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Cotabato comprises 17 municipalities and one city.
Voters of the city therefore were still not eligible to vote in the provincial elections of either Maguindanao or North Cotabato and therefore remained independent from any province.

Visayans

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The first Visayan settlers reached the town of Pikit in 1913, and since then, Christian migrants have moved and lived in Cotabato, cohabitating the province with the local indigenous groups.

Pulangi River

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Between these highlands is the basin of the Pulangi River or Rio Grande de Mindanao, the second longest in the Philippines at 373 km, which rises in Bukidnon and flows south to Maguindanao and Illana Bay. Among its major natural assets are Mt. Apo, the country's highest peak at 2954 m above sea level, the Pulangi River which is a major contributor to Mindanao's irrigation system and hydro-electric energy, and the vast Liguasan Marsh which not only supplies a bounty of freshwater fish and organic fertilizer but considered as a possible source as well of natural gas.
It will join the Pulangi River in the boundary of Bukidnon and Cotabato province.

Legislative districts of Cotabato

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The Legislative Districts of Cotabato are the representations of the province of Cotabato in the various national legislatures of the Philippines.

Midsayap, Cotabato

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The issue was partially resolved when the second part of the plebiscite was conducted on 6 February 2019, when 63 barangay from the towns of Pigkawayan, Libungan, Midsayap, Aleosan, Carmen, Banisilan and Pikit opted to join the new administrative autonomous region of Bangsamoro after the results of the region's formation plebiscite were confirmed three days later on 9 February.
Public Utility Vans also serve routes to and from the cities of Davao City, Cotabato, Cagayan de Oro, Tacurong-Isulan, Koronadal and General Santos.

Kidapawan

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Cotabato now comprises the capital city of Kidapawan and 17 municipalities.
Kidapawan became the provincial capital of Cotabato Province pursuant to Presidential Decree No.

Liguasan Marsh

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Among its major natural assets are Mt. Apo, the country's highest peak at 2954 m above sea level, the Pulangi River which is a major contributor to Mindanao's irrigation system and hydro-electric energy, and the vast Liguasan Marsh which not only supplies a bounty of freshwater fish and organic fertilizer but considered as a possible source as well of natural gas.
The marsh covers an area of around 2,200 sqkm spanning the provinces of Cotabato, Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat.