Photo credits: http://www.southcotabato.gov.ph/


T’nalak (Tinalak)  Festival is a festival which commemorates    the foundation anniversary of South Cotabato. T’nalak Festival happened  every month of July in   Koronadal City the capital of South Cotabato.

The name of the festival was derived from t’nalak, a colorful abaca cloth created and woven by the women of the province’s T’boli tribe. The T’nalak fabric serves as the festival icon because it symbolizes the blending of culture, strength, and unity of the various ethnic groups living in the province.

This 2016 marks the  50th Foundation Anniversary of South Cotabato.


  • Air. There are daily flights from Manila to General Santos City.
  • Land. From General Santos City, you can rent a taxi to go to Koronadal City, the capital of South Cotabato.



July 10

  • 4pm – Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration ( Festival of Songs and Praises, Releasing of Lighted Balloons, Fireworks Display), South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center
  • 6pm – Ceremonial Lighting: Spectacular Lights Display, Alunan Avenue
  • 6:30pm – Ceremonial Opening: T’nalak Food Garden, Front of South Cotabato Sports Complex
  • 7:30 – Ceremonial Opening: Tinalak Strip, Alunan Avenue
  • 8pm Ceremonial Opening: Agri-fair/Bahay Kubo, Plants and Products Display, Front of Provincial Capitol
  • 8pm Ceremonial Opening: South Cotabato Regional Industrial, technology and Trade Expo

July 11

  • 7:30 am – Civic Military and Thematic Parade (Float and Most Festive Parade) ,Main Streets within the City of Koronadal
  • 9am – T’nalak Festival Opening Ceremonies ( Clean and Green Awarding Ceremonies; Mass Dance Competition; Dinagyang Champion 2016 Dance Showdown), South Cotabato Sports Complex
  • 12nn – T’nalak Luncheon, South Cotabato Gymnasium, and Cultural Center
  • 1pm – 1st judging bahay Kubo Competition, Alunan Avenue

July 12

  • 7pm -4th Musical Pop Solo Voice Competition, South Cotabato Gymnasium, and Cultural Center

July 13

  • 7pm – LGBT Freedom Night Celebration (Search for the Amazing Queen of the South; Voice and Act of the South Grand Finals), South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center

July 14

  • 2pm – Mindanao Wide All-Star Cheerdance Competition, South Cotabato Gymnasium, and Cultural Center
  • 5:pm ADUSAY (Awit, Dula, Sayaw) Competition, In front of provincial Capitol

July 15

  • 2pm Hip Hop and team ballroom Competition, South Cotabato Gymnasium, and Cultural center

July 16

  • 8-5 Motorcross Day 1; Practical Shooting Competition, Paraiso Gold Course, City of Koronadal
  • 7pm – Mutya ng South Cotabato 2016, South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center

July 17

  • 12am 42K Marathon/ 4am-21K marathon/ 5:30 – 5K Tinalak Fun race , Start/FinishIn Front of Old City Hall, general Santos Drive
  • 8am-5pm Motorcross (Day 2), Paraiso Golf Course, City of Koronadal
  • 7Pm- The Governor’s T’nalak Charity Ball,  The Farm at Carpenter Hill

July 18

  • 6:30 am – T’nalak Festival Tri-People Grand Parade (Madam Be’Lan; Kadsagayan A Lalan , Kasadyahan sa Kapatagan), Main Streets within the City of Koronadal
  • 9am Foundation Anniversary program (Street Dancing Competition), South Cotabato Sports Complex
  • 12nn Anniversary Luncheon (Awarding of Most Outstanding MSME), South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural center
  • 12 nn – Lechonan sa Bahay Kubo and  Final Judging – Bahay Kubo Competition, Front of Provincial Capitol
  • 6 Pm – T’nalak Street party and Golden Celebration, Alunan Avenue
  • 10 Pm –Fireworks Display, Alunan Avenue
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Default Comments (9)


  1. I’ve never been to South Cotabato and it’s my first time to hear about the T’nalak Festival. Thanks for sharing about it.

  2. The farthest I have been in Mindanao is in Surigao Del Norte because my dad is from that province. I have yet to see the beautiful provinces in the Philippines.

  3. I have never been to South Cotabato. I hope someday. I want to explore more of our beautiful country. I LOVED watching festival as well while growing up. I always watched if there is a parade during the fiesta. This makes me even more missed my native country.

  4. Now I really like the concept of your blog. Aside from sharing travel experiences, you also share advance schedules and activities that can be done in a certain place. I’ll surely bookmark your site so that when I plan to visit a certain place, I know what to do and what to prepare then. Those who are planning to go there on this 50th celebration of T’nalak can still prep since they still have a month to do it. Only if I have no business to work on here, I’ll definitely give a try of going to places.

  5. Love the festivals all over the world, but sad to say, well…maybe…Great schedules and activities for this festival.

  6. Truth be told, I have not yet had the pleasure of witnessing this festival, so it is very interesting to read about it in your post.

  7. I love those traditional costumes. they are vibramt and beautiful!

  8. This is my “woe” as I have not been to a lot of places in the Philippines. Hopefully in the following months my family could plan out a trip locally

  9. This schedule is very helpful especially those who are heading in that place, a nice thing and events for them to witness and explore.

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