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Cotabato City, officially the City of Cotabato, is a City in the Philippines located in Mindanao, Philippines. According to the, it has a population of.Cotabato City is the regional center of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) but the city is administratively part of the Soccsksargen region, which is composed of the provinces of South Cotabato, (North) Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and Sarangani, as well as the highly urbanized city of General Santos. For geographical, statistical and legislative purposes, it is grouped with the province of Maguindanao but still does not belong to the ARMM.Cotabato City is distinct from and should not be confused with the province of Cotabato.HistoryThe name Cotabato was derived from the Maguindanao word kuta wato and the Malay Bruneian word of Kota Batu, or City of Stone; kota mean city or fortress, and batu mean rock or stone.Cotabato City had witnessed more history than any other place in Mindanao. Its history dates back to the 15th century when Shariff Kabunsuan, a Johore-born missionary of Malay and Arab descent, landed along the banks of the Rio Grande de Mindanao and introduced Islam to the natives. Islam was the faith that moved the early settlers to communal life, and to establish the Sultanate of Maguindanao with its golden age ushered in by Sultan Dipatuan Qudarat during the 17th century the time when Cotabato City developed as the capital town of Maguindanao.Add Cotabato City and other destinations to your itinerary using our Philippines travel itinerary planner, and learn about what to see, what to do, and where to stay.
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Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid (The Grand Mosque in Cotabato City)
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New Israel Eco Park
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Kutang Bato Caves
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Barter Trade Center
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