Most of the time, people would fear just by hearing the place Cotobato. This may be for the reason that the name itself is usually tied to conflicts in the area making the people feel unsafe and uncomfortable. Well, guess what? That may be true, but a lot of things changed in place most especially when they started having the T’nalak Festival way back in the year 1999.

South Cotabato has been a province for decades, and yet, they first did not have the reason to come up with an event to celebrate the actual founding anniversary of the province. It was only in the year 1989 when the locals of Cotabato found an amazing reason to celebrate; they intertwined it with the award given to late Lang Dulay, a local of Lake Sebu, as a National Living Treasure due to her work as a T’nalak weaver. Through this awarding event, the big and extravagant festival was born, the T’nalak Festival. The current festival T’nalak has two primary objectives. First, if to of course celebrate the founding anniversary of the province, and the second is to honor the rich cultural heritage of T’nalak.

T’nalak is the ultimate emblem that represents the province. It is a fabric made with abaca and is being used for weaving of the T’boli women. In fact, the pattern of designs that they make use of is said to be coming from their dreams, making them also known as the “dreamweavers.” The awarded late Lang Dulay has been one of the best weavers in their town which led to her being awarded as the Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan or the National Living Treasure Award by former President Ramos.


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.


What makes this festival unique? Being held at the Koronadal City, tourists would for sure enjoy this festival as they indulge in the colorful and vibrant theme celebration. The highlights of the event usually happen on the last day, where they have the Tri-People Grand Parade. This was called a Tri-People because it represents the three cultures of the province, the indigenous, the Visayan, and the Muslims. The main streets of the city turn into a huge performing stage with the vibrant color of red anywhere.

They also have the most anticipated Street-Dancing Showdown. This street dancing showdown is not merely consist of simple dancing choreography. Each presentation contains a traditional story of the province through the use of songs, dramas, and of course, dance steps. Additionally, they also have the Bahay Kubo competition whereas groups would compete to come up with the best Filipino designed home. They make use of bamboos and locally produced materials which represent the livelihood of each town or group. Thus, promoting the entire Filipino culture and traditions.

Much has been said about the festival, and yet these words will not exactly encapsulate what the festival is all about. Why? It needs your actual presence to experience the beauty and richness of the Cotabato culture and traditions. Indeed, the T’nalak festival is a must visit occasion.


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.

Stay tuned for the 2018 Festival Schedule


Schedule of Events
July 12-18, 2017

July 12, Wednesday
5 PM Onwards
Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration, South Cot. Gymnasium & Cultural Center
Releasing of Lighted Balloons and Fireworks Display, South Cot. Sports Complex

6 PM Onwards
Ceremonial Opening/Lighting:
Lights On Trees, Alunan Avenue
Tnalak Food Garden (Tourism Council), In front of South Cot. Sports Complex
Tnalak Strip, Alunan Avenue
Agri-Fair, Bahay-Kubo, Plants & Product Display, In Front of Provincial Capitol/Dahlia & Waling-Waling Street
EXPO 2017, ProTech Center

July 13, Thursday
6 AM Onwards
Civic-Military Parade & Thematic Parade (Float and Most Festive Contingent Competition) , Main Streets: City of Koronadal

9 AM
Tnalak Festival Opening Ceremonies (Mass Dance Competition,Clean & Green Awarding) , South Cotabato Sports Complex

12 NN
Tnalak Luncheon, South Cot. Gym & Cultural Center
1 PM
1st Judging-Bahay Kubo Competition, In front of Provincial Capitol

7 PM
LGBT Freedom Night Celebration (Search for the Amazing Queen of the South 2017, ) ,Amazing Show Stars Grand Fin), South Cot. Gym & Cultural Center

July 14, Friday

2 PM
Mindanao Wide T’nalak All-Star Cheerdance Competition, South Cotabato Gym & Cultural Center

7 PM
Bombo Radyo Doble Kara, South Cotabato Gym & Cultural Center

July 15, Saturday

8 AM Onwards
Motocross, Brgy. Paraiso, City of Koronadal

4 PM Onwards
Tnalak Fun Run With Live Band & Zumba, Alunan Avenue/Main Streets within the City of Koronadal

7 PM
Musical Pop Solo Voice Competition, South Cotabato Gymnasium & Cultural Center
July 16, Sunday

8 AM Onwards
Motocross, Brgy. Paraiso, City of Koronadal

2 PM
ADUSAY (Awit, Dula at Sayaw) Competition, In front of South Cotabato Sports Complex
7 PM
Mutya nga South Cotabato, South Cot. Gym & Cultural Center

July 17, Monday

2 PM
HipHop Mega Crew Competition, South Cot. Gym & Cultural Center
7 PM
The Governor’s Tnalak Charity Ball, The Farm at Carpenter Hill

July 18, Tuesday

6 AM
Tnalak Festival Tri-People Grand Parade, Main Streets within the City of Koronadal
Madal Be’Lan
Kadsagayan A Lalan
Kasadyahan Sa Kapatagan
9 AM
Foundation Anniversary Program, South Cot. Sports Complex
Street Dancing Showdown
12 NN
Anniversary Luncheon, South Cot. Gym & Cultural Center
Final Judging-Bahay Kubo Competiton, In front of Provincial Capitol

6 PM Onwards
Tnalak Street Party ,Alunan Avenue

10 PM
Fireworks Display,Alunan Avenue


June 27
8 AM Onwards
Inter-LGU Basketball & Volleyball Tournament, Provincial Capitol Covered Court/SCGCC

June 30-July 2
8 AM Onwards
Badminton Tournament, South Cotabato Sports Complex

July 1-2
8 AM Onwards
Swimming Competition, South Cotabato Sports Complex

July 1-18
9 AM Onwards
iSouthCotabato Exhibit, KCC Mall of Marbel

July 1-18
#TakeMeToTnalak2017(1-Minute Video Contest)
Facebook: Provincial Government of South Cotabato

July 5-12
Production Technology Trainings

July 12
8 AM Onwards
Farmers Field Day/Culinary & Pinaka Contest
Provincial Scion Grove, Nursery, Research and Demo Farm, Barangay Reyes, Municipality of Banga

July 8
7 PM Onwards
LGBT Amazing Show Stars Elimination Night, In Front of South Cot. Sports Complex

July 8-18
6 PM Onwards
Tnalak Food Garden, Alunan Avenue

July 9-16
Tnalak Couture Display, KCC Mall of Marbel

July 12-18
6 PM Onwards
Tnalak Strip, Alunan Avenue

July 15
Brigada Battle of the Bands, Alunan Avenue

8 AM Onwards
EXPO 2017 ProTech Center

July 1-31
Fun Rides and Games

July 8-18
Trade Fair and Exhibit
Crafters Village
Food Court and Music Garden

July 10-11
Techno Seminar

July 12
SMERA Seminars

July 12 – 18
Trade Pavilion Best Booth Set Up Design Contest

July 13
DTI Seminar

July 14
Pre-Employment Counseling
University of the Philippines Lecture Series

July 15
Skills Competition

July 16
Mobile Passport Appointment Scheduling

July 17
Skills Competition
Job Fair

July 18
Skills Competition

July 29
Passport Actual Processing


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.


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  1. I am from koronadal city, south cotabato..
    ..Once youll visit and witness the t nalak festival here.. You will surely be amazed.. I Promise!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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

  10. 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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