Koronadal is one of the cities in Mindanao which its native speakers are Ilonggos, the other being Tacurong. 80% of the Population are Hiligaynon Speakers while 20% are Cebuanos, due to its proximity in GenSan and Davao City, and Ilocanos.Koronadal, together with its big brother GenSan are not sectarian cities thus Christians and Muslims live harmoniously in the city. Today, Koronadal is small bustling city that moves to the progress of all people in South Cotabato.
KCC Mall of Marbel
Koronadal Commercial Corporation (KCC) is the first Mall in the city. It is located in General Santos Drive beside Casa Gemma Hotel. KCC gives a wide variety of choices to all Koronadaleños, such as in food, retail and others. But due to its small space, shoppers has no comfort while shopping, especially during Christmas Season.
Gaisano Grand Mall of Koronadal
'Gaisano Grand Mall of Koronadal also known as GG Marbel is the Third Shopping mall in the city and the largest in terms of area. located at Km 2 beside NDMU-IBED. Gaisano Grand Mall of Korondal is owned by Gaisano Grand, Inc. Gaisano Grand Mall of Koronadal had its soft opening on December 13, 2011. The building of the mall today was formerly the Fit Mart Mall of Marbel.
Formerly known as Ace Commercial Plaza. Located in Osmenia St. beside Old City Hall. Ace Centerpoint is the second shopping plaza after the Datu Complex (KCC Mall of Marbel). Ace Centerpoint offers cheap prices on their retail and grocery. Ace Centerpoint is famous to the locals because of their dancing staff inside the mall.
Marbel Fit Mart (Osmeña Street Branch)
Marbel Fitmart is own by FM group of companies.It is located in Osmenia St. beside Ace Centerpoint.
Restaurants and Dining Centers
- Alex Pata (Gensan Drive)
- Anbee's Burger (Alunan Ave)
- Arpochi Seafoods (Jaycees Ave)
- Barney's Baby Bop Place (Gensan Drive)
- Basillo's (Based Basil) Pasta & Resto (Del Pilar St.)
- Bigmac 22 (Alunan Ave)
- BJ's Lechon Manok (Abad Santos St & Gensan Drive)
- B-Walk - the B-walk (Barbeque Walk) is a street that houses almost 25 BBQ stands every night. it show the Pure Filipino culture on how to eat street foods. (Osmeña St)
- Calda Pizza (Gensan Drive)
- Casa Gemma Hotel & Restaurant (Gensan Drive)
- Casa Ramona Restaurant (Gensan Drive)
- Celema's Place (Alunan Ave)
- Chowking (KCC Mall)
- Cinco Niñas Filipino Restaurant (Gensan Drive)
- Dimsum Diner (Aquino St)
- Disyang Lechon Manok
- Dunkin' Donuts (Gensan Drive)
- EMR Center (Gensan Drive)
- Figeroa Highlands Restobar (overlooking Koronadal)
- Food Harbor (Osmeña St)
- Jollibee (KCC Mall and Gensan Drive)
- Lambat sa Ciudad Resto & Music Bar (Gensan Drive)
- Lantaw Marbel Picnic Groove & Resto-Grill (overlooking Koronadal)
- MacGregor Coffee House (Gensan Drive)
- Mamma Maria's Pizzeria (Alunan Ave)
- Mandarin Tea Garden (Ace Centerpoint)
- Mang Inasal (Ace Centerpoint)
- Mang Gorio Bahay Kainan (Gensan Drive)
- McGrille KTV & Dance Bar (Gensan Drive)
- Minute Burger (Many Branches)
- Nadies Chicken House (Judge Alba St)
- Paparonni's BBQ (Alunan Ave)
- Patti's Grill & Seafood Restaurant (Gensan Drive)
- Sa Balai Bistro (Abad Santos St)
- Terraza Español BBQ and Lechon (Judge Alba St)
- The Farm @ Carpenter Hill (Gensan Drive)
- The Farm Coffee Bar (Ace Centerpoint)
- Tia Nina Pizza & Pasta (Ace Centerpoint)
- Trisha's Burger (Alunan Ave)
- U3 Alamig Cafe (Alunan Ave)
- Mang Inasal (Gaisano Grand) (Soon to Open)
- 2Gals Pizza Restaurant (Bonifacio Street)
Resorts, historical landmarks, natural and man made tourist spots
- The Farm @ Carpenter Hill
- Paraiso Verde And Water Park (Mindanao's Biggest Water park)
- Agua Frio Resort & Hotel
- Cresta Del Rio Splash Resort
- Bedrock Gardens Resort & Convention Hall
- El Gawel Zoo & Resort
- Rem Ching Resort
- Saravia Falls
- Mambucal Hot Spring
- Supon Falls
- South Cotabato Community Museum & Tantoco Memorial Showcase
- Filipino - Japanese Memorial Shrine
- Rizal Park
- Jose Rizal Monument (located in Rizal Park)
- South Cotabato Sports Complex
- South Cotabato Gymnasium & Cultural Center
- South Cotabato Productivity Center (ProTech Center)
- Notre Dame of Marbel University Library & Museum (largest Library in Mindanao)
- St. Anthony Parish (Christ the King Cathedral)
Discovering City of Koronadal (and/or Marbel to many) is a very simple thing. Here, vivid tapestry of history is still alive, dating from the occupation of Islamic traders and indigenous peoples up to the settlement of Ilonggo, Ilocano and Tagalog people. Yet modern as it is today, old legends still continue to influence and inspire the existence of this young city. The mutual respect for their respective cultural beliefs has woven the essence of a tri-people (Christian, Muslim & Lumad) cohabiting the area giving way to a rich cultural exchanges peculiar to the City of Koronadal. In fact, it is this diversity of culture in the city that spawns a colorful extravaganza of cultural dances and other art forms.
The B'laan tribe is one of the indigenous peoples of the Southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Another tribe called the Maguindanao also inhabits the same area. The two tribes consider themselves to be brothers and sisters. Long ago, an Arab male (ancestral brother) married a B'laan female (ancestral sister) and through this marriage union, Islam infiltrated Southern Mindanao so that when the Spaniards arrived, their attempts to establish Catholicism were unsuccessful in the south. Eventually the B'laan and the Maguindanao became trade partners with the B'laan settling in the mountains and the Maguindanao settling along the coastal areas. From that time until now, the B'laans have been producing rice, vegetables, livestock, and rainforest products. The original religion of the B'laan is Animist. Presently, only 5% of the 8,000 B'laan tribal people are considered to be evangelical.
The Christian Filipinos make up the great majority (over 70%) of the Southern Philippine population. They are relatively newcomers to the area; the first wave of Christian migrants came in the seventeenth century when the Spaniards sought to populate Zamboanga, Jolo, Dapitan and other areas by encouraging people from Luzon and the Visayas to settle there. In the nineteenth century Spanish policy found considerable success in encouraging migrations to Iligan and Cotabato. The Americans continued this pattern during their colonial administration. In 1913 the American colonial government provided resources for the establishment of agricultural colonies in Mindanao. By the time the Philippine Commonwealth was established, Mindanao had become a veritable frontier. Wave upon wave of migrants poured into the region, chief among them the Cebuanos, Hiligaynons, Ilokanos, Tagalogs, Warays (Leyte-Samar), Pampangos, Aklanons, and Bicolanos. These people did much to clear the virgin areas of Mindanao and open them to extensive agriculture and industry. In time, the economy of the region began to produce part of its promise.
The cultural diversity of the region is the result of a large influx of migrants from the north over a long period of the region's history. Found here are three main cultural groups: the early Filipinos who belong to various indigenous tribes living in the highlands and remote areas of Mindanao, the Muslim Filipinos who were early converts to Islam and who regard the region as their traditional homeland, and the Christian Filipinos who founded settlements and communities in the course of their migrations from other parts of the country.
Mr. Dwight De Leon who is a native of Koronadal and currently based in Manila, is the recognized chronicler of Koronadal's Cultural Events. He also promotes the city as a cultural and Eco-tourism destination. He contributes by giving artistic and cultural inputs to Koronadal's Cultural and Historical Society, whose main function is to preserve and promote the city's cherished artistic and cultural tradition since the time the pioneers established their settlements on the vast plain of the city which the locals affectionately call the Valley of Allah. Mr. De Leon took it upon himself to be Koronadal's repository of facts as regards to culture and tradition of this marvelous city in the south.
Hinugyaw Koronadal (January 10) - is the festival that marks the foundation anniversary of Koronadal as a municipality. It shows the festive spirit of the people of Koronadal with street dancing and night beer parties in the streets of Koronadal among other worthwhile activities.
City-hood Charter Anniversary (October 8) - celebrates the city-hood of Koronadal highlighted by "Negosyo Festival" showcasing the vibrancy of business and other economic enterprises in the City of Koronadal; consumers enjoy month-long citywide grand sale as participating business establishments give discounts of up to 70% off their regular prices on goods or services.