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Pamanahong Papel

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SOCCSKSARGEN (pronounced [sokˈsardʒɛn]) is a region of the Philippines, located in central Mindanao, and is officially designated as Region XII. The name is an acronym that stands for the region's four provinces and one of its cities: South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Saranganiand General Santos City. The region is more formally known by its older name Central Mindanao. The regional center is Koronadal City located in the province of South Cotabato. Cotabato City, though geographically within the boundaries of the province of Maguindanao, itself is part of SOCCSKSARGEN, and is independent of that province. Maguindanao province is, in fact, a part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) which has its seat in Cotabato City. SOCCSKSARGEN and the province of Maguindanao were once part of the original Cotabato province. In the 1930’s President Manuel Quezon deemed portions of this area a wild forest and pushed for resettlement in the provinces of Sarangani and South Cotabato. Homesteaders from Luzon and Mindanao arrived here carving vast tracks of farmland. The original groups that lived and toiled the land, the T’boli, Maguindanaon, Ubo, Blit, Blaan still live in the area although populations are not as large compared to the Hiligaynon, Cebuano and Ilocanos who have resettled the area in the early 1900’s and now call it home. Today, you’ll see vast haciendas with plantations of rubber, pineapple, and other fruits. This is the place to go for some durian and mangosteen. Learn about the lineage of Rajah’s in Cotabato, the seat of the 500-year old Maguindaaon sultanate. Mindanao is the only place in the country that follows this age-old system. South Central Mindanao unravels with a history and culture that spans thousands of years. Check out Maitum and see 2,000-year old anthropomorphic terra cotta jars that you won’t find anywhere else in Southeast Asia. See dreamweavers at work in Lake Sebu and discover why they only use black and red threads....