Kabacan, Cotabato is a first class municipality in the province of Cotabato, Philippines. Its extraordinary uniqueness provides great experience to its inhabitants, from its agricultural endeavor to its overall economic activity, from the diversity of its inhabitants to the unity they exert so as to give meaningful improvements in the locality, and many to mention things that this municipality is proud of. I’ve been living in Kabacan for over two decades – no chance to leave here for a long period of time – and I observed the dramatic and fast improvement of this municipality. I’ve been so glad when I heard some people, who had departed this town and hadn’t stay for a long period of time here, saying that their hometown have changed a lot as they came back here. People are so pleased to appreciate the efforts of some of our government officials who run and have a great concern for the welfare of the people in this municipality. These visible or apparent improvements in many facets of our society are clear manifestation of progress. Yes, progress is dominating here in our locality. Despite of many problems, issues and struggles that have tested this town since then, still, it continues to manifest the true meaning and view of improvement – PROGRESS.
Last Saturday, May 28, 2011, my partner, who is an ardent adventurer, and I made a first sight-seeing and picture-taking in different places in the municipality of Kabacan. This adventure was the result of our decided plan a day before the aforementioned activity. It was full of thrill and excitement as we’re going to document for the first time some of the portions of the municipality, and we’re even more excited for our future documentations over this municipality. I fetched my co-adventurer half past five in the morning at their house. Thereafter, we proceeded in our route, packed with his camera and our waters; we journeyed using our bikes, and traveling using such medium had a lot of fun. Our first stop was the Kabacan Municipal Hall. Just as the building I used to see since my childhood, the building of the municipal hall stays the same up to the present, though the paint has been changed several times already. Without any negative intention, I just observe that our municipal hall hasn’t been renovated. I am wishing that this building would soon be developed by our local government unit into something new, as the ones in other municipalities in our province.
After we took some pictures at the municipal hall, we had made a short stop at the Telecommunications Office-XII, located in National Highway of the municipality, before we proceeded at the newly built Kabacan Terminal Complex in Barangay Kayaga, Kabacan, Cotabato. Though it has not the artistic view as the one in the city of Paris, France, my partner and I still called it as the Eiffel Tower of the municipality of Kabacan. LOL! I think this is the highest peak in the center of this municipality.
As we were negotiating the road toward the Kabacan Terminal Complex, we took some pictures of some of the significant and eye-catching places. From the Telecommunications Office-XII, looking towards the Davao route, you could see the contour of the highest peak in the Philippines, Mt. Apo, surrounded by its cloudy mist. Some of the places that we saw while negotiating the road are also here.
Thereafter, we arrived in Kayaga, Kabacan, Cotabato and there we found this newly built terminal in the municipality of Kabacan. It is located several meters beside the (Land Transportation Office) LTO building. Its name is Kabacan Terminal Complex and it’s possibly going to replace the old terminals located in various places in the center of the municipality. Perhaps this new terminal would merge into one the scattered terminals somewhere, as the current terminals right now have their own buildings in different places – the Van Terminal is located in Quirino St., the Bus Terminal for Wenna Express is in Aglipay St. and the Rural Bus Tour is in the National Highway. This is my first time to see the view of this newly built building, and it made a positive impression to me. I realized that the municipality of Kabacan has its assets that every inhabitant of this place should be proud of. Concomitantly, my partner and I appreciated this contribution accorded by the municipal mayor of Kabacan, no other than Mayor George Tan, and the same appreciation was also accorded to other people who were instrumental to these visible improvements in the municipality of Kabacan. The Kabacan Terminal Complex attracts its viewers with its creamy structure, and its inner portion has a color combination of cream and yellow. I’m still clueless as to the exact date when this terminal is going to be accessible to the public; however, I am sure this is going to happen very soon within this year.
Afterwards, we traversed the road between Barangay Kayaga and Lumayong. We took a picture of a board that indicates the directions of some of the major cities ahead. Few meters past that board was the junction road that separates the Cotabato City route and Cagayan de Oro City route. The street wasn’t so busy and it’s a safe chance to do biking. We took some pictures of this junction road.
Thereafter, we proceeded to Barangay Lumayong, looking for the route going to the University of Southern Mindanao. Fortunately, I was able to meet my college classmate while we were negotiating the road. We did handshakes and chitchats. I was glad that he was able to direct us to the route toward the University of Southern Mindanao Campus. Without further conversation, I said thank you and good bye to my old classmate and proceeded immediately to the route. Once again, I saw the incredible beauty of the farm, its green environment, and its gushing waters that provide nourishment to the plants. It was a great adventure; our bicycles were tested by bumpy and shallow-flooded road. We made some stops and took some pictures of a group of people planting rice seedlings in one place and harvesting those ones ready for milling.
Such adventure gave us, my partner and me, a great experience and impression over the places that we had visited. It had a lot of fun because through such activity, we could have been able to tender a positive appreciation on this improving municipality. Moreover, biking is really a good stuff for adventure and exercise. : )