Saturday, October 2, 2010

Mount Apo Annual Trek Starts

The trek to the country’s highest peak is on, a local tourism official said Friday.

“All is set for the opening of the country’s highest peak, Mt. Apo, for the annual October trek,” Marife Pame, Kidapawan City tourism officer, said.

“It is expected to draw local and foreign mountain climbers,” she said.

As this developed, the tourism office has opened six trails to the mountain top.

These trails with available climbing guides are located in the towns of Magpet, Makilala, and the city of Kidapawan.

Closed for climbers for over a year, those who want to reach the peak would have to undergo a series of orientations and training.

“Our priority is the safety of the climbers and the preservation of the peak’s flora and fauna,” Pame said, adding that previous treks led to destruction of the environment.

“Some climbers have shown no concern for whatever is left after the journey... cans, plastics, among others, that could affect the flora and fauna,” Pame said, adding “months ago when volunteers trekked the mountain and gathered litters, garbage and destructive things left by previous climbers.”

According to Pame, each trail is guarded by forest guards to ensure that no illegal trekkers can climb the peak without undergoing proper orientations and briefings as to the do’s and don’ts while on top of the mountain.

Pame said Civilian Volunteer Organization (CVO) members will be stationed at the baseline and in Lake Venado to guarantee the safety of the climbers.

An identification card bearing the signature of respective tourism officers in Makilala, Magpet and Kidapawan will be issued to the climbers for recognition and to avoid delays when passing the various trails up to the mountain.

“We are doing this for accounting and proper recording and make sure that climbers are properly oriented before allowing them to climb Mount Apo,” Pame said.

Pame also warned illegal climbers passing the trails in Davao del Sur from trekking the mountain and will pass the MMK trails in going down that a penalty of P500 awaits them.

“If they could not pay, we will not allow them to go down the mountain using our trails. They must use the trails in areas which they use as entry point in reaching the peak,” Pame explained.

She said successful trekkers will be given certificates of climb as proof that they really conquered the country’s highest peak during the October trek.

To date, some 300 trekkers coming from various towns in North Cotabato and neighboring provinces of Bukidnon, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, and Davao del Sur, including some foreigners, have already registered to join the October climb.

Mount Apo normally hosts up to 5,000 people every scheduled climb.

Pame advised those who are interested to participate in the historic and annual trek to get in touch with the tourism offices of Kidapawan City, Magpet and Makilala towns

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Mount Apo

Mount Apo is a volcanic mountain which is located between the provinces of Davao del Sur and North Cotabato in Mindanao in the Philippines. The tallest mountain in the Philippines, it has five different types of forest inhabited by hundreds of different endemic animal species, and has been declared a national park. One unique species that can be found in the forests of Mt. Apo is the Philippine eagle or monkey-eating eagle.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Elnora Hassan - Pilipinas Got Talent

Timpupo Festival

The Timpupo Fruit Festival is a celebration of a good and bountiful harvest. It is celebrated in Kidapawan City every month of August. Kidapawan City is located in the highlands of the Province of Cotabato. Aptly, the city is called a "Spring in the Highlands" - from the words "tida" and "pawan" which mean spring and highland respectively.The City of Kidapawan is also called the City of Fruits. Corollary to this, one of the highlights of the Timpupo Festival is the collection of various kinds of fruits lined on Quezon Boulevard which is free for hearty consumption by all people. Some of these exotic fruits are durian, mangosteen, banana, rambutan, lanzones, marang , guavas and more.The first significant activity of the festival is the Fruit Float Parade. Different floats roam around the city decorated with different fruits of various sizes and colors. The festival is also accompanied with different activities like dancing competitions, games, an agri trade fair, and cultural shows. Part of the celebrations are the Miss Fruity Gay Beauty Contest, Mount Apo Race and a wall climbing competition. Thousands of people join in the celebration of Timpupo Festival.The Kidapawan Fruit Festival (Timpupo Festival) has now been given a new name - The Tiendapawan Fiesta - a more exciting and must see festival which incorporates additional activities that makes Kidapawan City an unforgettable travel destination. Kidapawan City has become a tourist spot in the Mindanao Region because of the Timpupo Festival celebrations.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Welcome to Kidapawan City!

Kidapawan City is a 1st class city in the province of Cotabato, Philippines per Department of Finance Order No. 20-2005. It is the capital city of North Cotabato. It is a favorite tourist destination in the late October to December and in the summer, where thousands of tourist climb the majestic Mt. Apo, the country's highest peak. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 101,205 people in 20,393 households. Estimates indicate that as of 2005, the population has reached 120,210.

Kidapawan, the city hailed as “A Spring in the Highland”, comes from the words “tida” which means spring and “pawan” meaning highland. The city is found at the bottom of the majestic Mt. Apo, the country’s tallest mountain making it a great spot and first-rate tourist attraction. Kidapawan is situated at the southeastern section of Cotabato province, placed in the middle of three other major cities of Davao, Cotabato,General Santos and koronadal city.

Its first settlers were predominantly Manobos. The influx of Christian settlers from Luzon and the Visayas has resulted in the evolution of the word Tidapawan to Kidapawan.

Strategically located at the foot of Mount Apo, the Philippines' tallest peak at 10,311 feet above sea level, Kidapawan City bustles with renewed energy as it opens its doors to the world. Mount Apo and its other scenic attractions make the province of Cotabato a potential world-class tourist destination.

Kidapawan City plays a pivotal role in the economic development of the province and its adjacent areas. It is the commercial and trading center of six adjoining municipalities. It also boasts of agricultural productivity that can provide a strong base for much-required industries.

Kidapawan City was legally created by virtue of Republic Act. No. 8500, signed by then President Fidel V. Ramos on February 12, 1998, making it the first component city of North Cotabato Province. The people overwhelming ratified the said Act on March 21, 1998 during a plebiscite conducted for the purpose.

Originally named a district of Pikit in 1942, In 1942 the Japanese Imperial forces entered in Kidapawan, In 1945 defenders of the Filipino soldiers and guerrillas taken in Kidapawan fought the battles attack by the Japanese Imperial forces beginning the World War II, Kidapawan was later declared a separate municipality by virtue of Executive Order No. 82 issued by then President Manuel Roxas on August 18, 1947 – thereby becoming the fourth town of the then Empire Province of Cotabato, composed previously of the municipalities of Cotabato (now Cotabato City), Dulawan (later named Datu Piang) and Midsayap.

Created along with the city were the 12 original barangays, namely: Birada, Ginatilan, Indangan, Linangcob, Luvimin, Manongol, Marbel, Mateo, Meohao, Mua-an, Perez, and Sibawan. From the original land area of 273, 262 hectares, Kidapawan retained only 34,007.20 hectares when four municipalities were created from it namely: Magpet (June 22, 1963, R.A. 3721), Matalam (Dec. 29, 1961, E.O. 461), M’lang (Aug. 3, 1951, E.O. 462) and President Roxas (May 8, 1967, R.A. 4869).

Prior to its conversion to a municipality, five appointed District Mayors had served Kidapawan. The first was Datu Siawan Ingkal, tribal chieftain of the Manobos, who headed the Civilian Emergency Administration when World War II broke out. He was followed by Felimon Blanco, Ceferino Villanueva, Jacinto Paclibar, and Alfonso Angeles Sr., who became the first elected mayor of the municipality.

Kidapawan became the provincial capital of North Cotabato pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 341 dated 22 November 1973, with the provincial seat of government located in Amas. Later, Batas Pambansa No. 660 dated 19 December 1983 renamed the Province of North Cotabato just plain Cotabato. By the time it became the province’s capital, Kidapawan had already 40 barangays under its geopolitical jurisdiction