Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Road Trip: Bukidnon, Cotabato and Maguindanao


In one work-related travel, I, together with three officemates, embarked on a long road trip and crisscrossed the provinces of Bukidnon, Cotabato and Maguindanao in just one day. Since we need to transact some official business in the Municipal Trial Court of Midsayap and Registry of Deeds in Kidapawan, we departed from Malaybalay City at around 4 in the morning. On board our office’s Toyota Hilux, we traversed the Sayre Highway while it was still dark.

We arrived in Damulog at the crack of dawn. Damulog is Bukidnon’s last town in going south and from there we passed the Bukidnon-Cotabato Boundary and crossed over to Carmen, which is already part of Cotabato.   In this early morn, Carmen town proper was still and quiet and the daybreak gave us a glimpse of its grand Municipal Hall as we passed through.

Municipal Hall of Carmen, Cotabato


We also passed over the Rio Grande de Mindanao through the bridge which connects the town of Carmen to Kabacan. 


Rio Grande de Mindanao is the the second largest river in the Philippines, next only  to the Cagayan River of Luzon.


The colorful tricycles of Kabacan

We arrived in Kabacan with growling stomachs so we entered the first decent-looking eatery we found along the way: Kusina Kabacan. The “nilagang baka” was a bit greasy, but it’s hot and filling enough to satisfy our tummies.




Kabacan Terminal Complex

After breakfast, we headed west to and passed through some parts of Datu Montawal and Pagalungan (towns of Maguindanao), then Pikit and Aleosan before reaching Midsayap. The highway road is generally well-paved except for some pot holes along the strectch of Datu Montawal to Pikit. After our transaction was done at the Municipal Trial Court of Midsayap, we checked out the town proper just to get a glimpse of the place (read my Midsayap post HERE).

Municipal Hall of Pikit, Cotabato

Municipal Hall of Midsayap, Cotabato

With our curiosity satisfied, we headed back to Kabacan, passed by the Matalam Rotunda and arrived at the Cotabato Provincial Capitol Compound in Amas, Kidapawan City an hour before noon. I observed that the complex occupies a large area and is fully fenced. We proceeded directly to the Registry of Deeds office where our transaction was finished just before lunch break. 

Approaching the Rotunda in Matalam, Cotabato

The Capitol Building of Cotabato Province

Outside the Capitol Complex, right across the highway road, is Sariling Atin Restaurant where we ate a heavy lunch just before heading back home to Bukidnon (read my Sariling Atin post HERE).

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