Matalam on Mindanao

5 Oct
Matalam is a very small town (village) around thirty minutes ride from Kidapawan and about five hours bus ride from Davao City.

Matalam is a very small town (village) around thirty minutes ride from Kidapawan and about five hours bus ride from Davao City.

Let me start this article by saying that this is not a recommendation to visit this area. This is a personal view based on visiting that area for the last few years. It is also very important to say that I have always travelled the five hours by bus and NEVER had a problem. I have been to Matalam and have never had any problems at all. The only problem being a white guy here is that there is nowhere to hide.

Matalam is a very small town (village) around thirty minutes ride from Kidapawan and about five hours bus ride from Davao City. This is not an area that many tourists will ever visit. The place is just not set up to deal with foreign visitors. There are no proper restaurants and shops. There are no bars to be found (Muslim area) and no tall buildings or supermarkets that cater for anything but the basics. But it is a joy to visit.

Situated in Cotabato it is a beautiful peaceful city that does not react to modern day life. The people are exceptionally friendly and the mayor enjoys wide appeal with his constant fiestas and shows. He encourages talent competitions that bring in thousands of others from neighbouring villages and he also is liberated to hold Miss Gay competitions that bring enormous fun crowds to this city.

You note my confusion on town, city or village. I still don’t know as it depends on whom you ask.

This is a place where the bus passes through on the way to Cotabato City, but it is a place that has grown in my heart over the years. It is not a place that I expect I can live for too long, nor is it a place to spend a vacation either. It is a place where the true Filipino joy and smiles can be seen. It is a place that does not have the “give me” attitude, nor does it have signs of jealousy over money. It is a very happy place.

What the Mayor says on his website

Located at the heart of North Cotabato, Matalam accounts for the province’s big supply of agricultural products and also known to be a first class municipality. A place where people live in harmony, working hand in hand to attain a sustainable agro-industrial and commercial zone. Placing first in our priority is the satisfaction of our people, thus the municipal government makes it to a point that in addressing its dreams, the entire community becomes stakeholders and that accountability and transparency are promoted to ensure a clean, harmonious and innovating local government.

 

Come and discover why this municipality beckons you to visit and love it as your home. Enjoy your tour!

 

Sponsored by Jeff Harvie Migration Agent at Down Under Visa.

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