Cotabato City's Old City Hall | Things to do in Cotabato City-Maguindanao
A vintage Malay inspired architectural design structure showcasing a blend of ethnic culture.Cotabato City's Old City Hall located along A. Dorotheo Street and aside from being an information center, the iconic Malay-inspired seat of government of Cotabato City in the past decades is now a museum. It houses some of the city's historical artifacts, pioneer families' heirlooms, and other noteworthy pieces of history like photos and books.
The Visitor's Information Center/Museum is now one of the city's main attractions.
|Address:||A. Dorotheo Street, Cotabato City, Maguindanao|
Cotabateños are richly endowed with skills. This is exemplified through brasswares. Carved and shaped according to the city’s rich culture, they are used as house embellishments and musical instruments.
Inaul is the time-honored art of weaving of the Maguindanao people. In Al Jameelah Weaving Center, the tradition is kept alive by their all-female employ of weavers. Considered one of the most versatile handwoven textile, the inaul can be worn as a malong (tube skirt), turban, blanket, prayer mat, sun shade, shawl, curtain, or picnic mat. The more formal designs are used during weddings and other special occasions. The weaving center displays various designs: the binaludto (rainbow), panigabi (taro), and the rare tie-dyed binaludan, which is also known as ikat among the T'boli and the Cordillera people. The number of days to finish the inaul depends on the difficulty of the design and pattern, but the average is one to three days.
Also known as the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid, the majestic structure was built in 2011 in time for Eidl Fitr. It is the largest and most expensive mosque in the Philippines, generously funded by the Sultan of Brunei from his personal money, as a gift to the emerging Muslim population in the Southern Philippines. Its minarets or towers are 40 meters high, topped with a crescent moon, which is an internationally-recognized symbol of Islam. Around 1,200 worshippers can be accommodated in the spacious building at a single congregation. The mosque does not discriminate, and it's open to all, provided that visitors follow proper attire. Men wear abayas, and women cover their head with a hijab. Outside the mosque, a stall rents out these garments for P20-P50 to guests who need a change of clothing. The best time to visit the mosque is at the break of dawn to watch the sunrise, or the late afternoon to view the sunset. During these times, the white stone walls of the mosque are bathed in a rainbow of colors as the skies change hues. Prayers boom through loudspeakers at certain hours, enveloping the entire place with the words of the faithful.
Getting there and around
A. Dorotheo Street, Cotabato City, MaguindanaoGet directions