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Kidapawan City is a 2nd class city in the province of Cotabato, Philippines. It is the capital city of 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 show that as of 2005, the population has reached 120,000.

Land Area

340.07 km²


Kidapawan is a city in the 2nd district of the Province of North Cotobato in Central Mindanao (Region XII).

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, and General Santos.

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.


Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Tagalog, Ilocano, Boholano, Ilocano, Manobo, Maranao, Maguindanaon, Tausog, and Iranon are spoken. Cebuano and tagalog is widely spoken especially in the city proper. English is taught in schools where it has been a medium of instruction.


Located outside the typhoon belt, the city is blessed with a favorable climate characterized by wet and dry seasons. The coldest time of the year is between December and January, and the hottest months are during the months of April and May.


Cutflower has become a good source of livelihood among Cotabatenos, especially those residing in Kidapawan City, who have organized a cooperative on cutflower marketing and production. Roses, anthuriums, and orchids which are conveniently grown locally are highly promising and profitable businesses and sources of livelihood. Even at large scale production, ornamentals and forest tree seedlings have become a high-selling business.

Ramie plantation in Kidapawan can be a future boom to the local textile industry. Cotabato is primarily an agricultural area (50% of total land area devoted to agri-production) with major crops that include rubber, grains, sugarcane, and exotic fruits like durian, rambutan, mango, banana, lanzones and mangosteen.

The tourism industry has greatly been improved. Its local tourism council has been recognized and named as the most outstanding torism council in the Philippines from year 1996 to 1999. Kidapawan Tourism Council has then become one of the Philippine Department of Tourism Hall of Famers. Thousands of people come to Kidapawan to climb the Philippines' tallest peak, Mt. Apo at 10,000 feet above sea level.

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Date  Title  Action
21 Mar 2008  Mt. Apo Natural Park  View
05 Mar 2008  Kidapawan City History  View
05 Mar 2008  Product History: Fresh fruits of Kidapawan  View
22 Oct 2007  General Information on Region XII  View
03 Oct 2007  Guide to Banana Producers  View
16 Oct 2010  Special Events: October and November  View
28 Jul 2007  Calendar of Events  View
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