Midsayap is a 1st class municipality in the province of North Cotabato, Philippines. As of August 1, 2007, it has a population of 123,324 with in 21,349 households. It is populated by a multi-cultural aggrupations of peoples from the influx of migrants from Luzon and the Visayas brought about by the reputation of the island of Mindanao as a highly promising haven for settlers. In Midsayap, it is common for people speaking different dialects such as Cebuano (so far the largest single lingua franca among inhabitants), Hiligaynon, Ilocano, Maguindanaon, Manobo, among others.
Things to do in Midsayap:
*Halad sa Sto Niño -happens every third sunday of the month, which is also a weekend long activity. That weekend is usually full of events and fun. From Motocross, Games, Gaming activities, etc.
*Swimming Pools – there are currently 3 swimming pools in the communiy just ask the tricycle driver and they will bring you there.
*Eat Lechon Manok -Eat it from Tasty or from Right Choice. My favorite is from RC.
*Jerry’s Batchoy-an -cheap batchoy, balbacua and known in Midsayap.
*Bar-B-Q and Balut -usually sold at night in the plaza area.
*Kiwa Adventure: A resort where you need to be there for one day to relax unwind, appreciate nature, soak yourself in their swimming pool, do wall climbing and do rapelling and zip line back and forth if you want.
*Night Life at Hill Park
*Where to stay:
Hill Park Inn and Restaurant +6364 299 6088
4R Travellers Inn
*others: to be added.
Geographical Location: Midsayap is geographically located on the Southwestern portion of Cotabato Province. It lies on 124?32? East longitude and 7?11.5? North latitude.
It is bounded on the North by the Municipality of Libungan; on the South by the Rio Grande de Mindanao; on the
East by the municipalities of Aleosan and Pikit; and on the West by the Municipality of Kabuntalan.
Midsayap is approximately 47 kilometers away from Cotabato City and some 174 kilometers from Davao City, two of the major urban centers in Mindanao. It is about 64 kilometers away from Kidapawan City, the seat of the Provincial Government.
Climate: The province is situated between 5 and 8 degrees latitude thus Midsayap and all areas within its jurisdiction is less affected by typhoon. The municipality falls under the fourth type of climate which is characterized by more or less even distribution of rainfall throughout the year.
Land Capability: The highest portion of municipal land area (12,397.5 hectares) is classified as good land. These are the land centrally located in the municipality. These lands are nearly level lands and can be cultivate safely. However, protection from occasional overflow is required. The 10,651.2869 hectares which are Hydrosol type are wetlands and are suitable for fishpond or recreation purposes. Most of these lands are along the Rio Grande de Mindanao. The Center type of land are moderately good land, moderately sloping so that cultivation requires carefully planned erosion control measures. These lands are on the Northeastern barangays and a portion of Nabalawag and Kadingilan with an area of 8,010.0 hectares.
Soil Type: There are four (4) types of soil in this municipality. These are: Kabacan Clay, Kudarangan Clay, San Manuel Silty Clay Loam and Hydrosol. Kabacan Clay Loam is about 12,397.500 hectares or 37.52 % of the municipal land area.
This are the soils at the central portion or at the heart of the municipality. Kudarangan Clay Loam is found in slightly rolling to hilly terrain or at the northeastern barangays. This soil type occupies the 24.24 percent of the municipal area or 8,010.00 hectares. San Manuel Silty Clay Loam is located at barangays Upper Labas, Nalin and portions of barangay Villarica. This occupies an area of 1,980 hectares. Hydrosol type has an area of 10,651.2869 hectares or 33.24 percent of the municipal area.
Slope: Of the total land area of the municipality, 73.79 percent or 24,376.2869 hectares has a slope of 0-3 percent. These areas are located at the Western and Southern part of the municipality. These are mostly the irrigable rice lands.
The Northeastern barangays, a portion of Central Bulanan are hilly with slopes with 3-8% with a total area of 6,525.0 hectares. Highest slopes of 8-18% percent are situated at the boundary of barangays Nabalawag and Kadingilan and a portion of Central Bulanan. This has a total land area of 2,137.5 hectares.
Topography: Midsayap is characterized as plain to hilly terrain. Gently rolling to hilly areas are located on the Northeastern portion specifically at barangays – Kiwanan, Kimagango, Anonang, Malamote, Upper Bulanan and Milaya. A portion of Kadingilan and Nabalawag has a hilly portion at their boundaries. All barangays on the western portion which is cut by the National Highway from Poblacion to Dulawan is plain and is presently planted with irrigated rice and other crops. The southern most barangays are marshy being located along the Rio Grande de Mindanao.
Demography: The 2000 Census of Population and Housing of the National Statistics Office recorded the population of Midsayap at 105,760 with 21,349 households. It is the most populous among the municipalities of the province with a density of 453 persons per square kilometer.
Growing at the pace of 1.92 percent for the past five years, the town is expected to double its population within 36 years.
Economy: Characterized to have a clay type of soil that is best suited for agricultural use, most (42.03 percent) of the town’s land area are devoted to agricultural production. The lowland areas were planted with rice and other seasonal crops while the upland areas were planted with permanent crops. Agricultural products of the town include rice, corn, mango, coffee, coconut, banana, vegetables and root crops.
Aside from the thriving agriculture industry, Midsayap also boasts of its other industries such as cut flowers and ornamental plants, livestock and poultry, furnitures and decorative crafts and telecommunications. It is also a potential area for putting up other industries such as fruit and meat processing as well as oil palm plantation and processing.
Strategically located, Midsayap serves as a major commercial and trading center of the province where farmers from neighboring municipalities bring their agricultural products to be sold/traded.
Banks that service Midsayap are: PNB, Metrobank, Banco de Oro, Cotabato Rural Bank, Midsayap Rural Bank, LandBank, BPI-Family, and Network Bank. You may use Western Union to send money which is available at MLhuillier Pawnshop and other establishments.
Tourism: Annually, the people of Midsayap prepares for the grand celebration of the town fiesta popularly known as “Halad sa Sto. Niño Festival” which is held every third Sunday of January. The Halad Festival, celebrated in honor of the town’s patron saint Sr. Sto. Niño, is highlighted by the colorful street dancing and parade competition.
Groups from various towns in Cotabato Province as well as from Cotabato City and neighboring towns of Maguindanao Province troop annually to Midsayap to participate in the contest and try their luck to win the top prize.
The festival gained national recognition when the 2003 Halad champions, all students of Alamada National High School, represented Region XII in the national street dancing competition and won the P1 million grand prize in the Aliwan Fiesta held in May 2003 in Intramuros, Manila. Inspired by their back-to-back wins, the group participated again in the Pamaskong Aliwan Festival in December of that same year and won the P1 million grand prize. Both festivals were part of the Visit Philippines 2003 program of the Department of Tourism.
Latitude (lat): 7°11’27?N
Longitude (lon): 124°31’49?E
Elevation (approx.): 21m
Midsayap Area Code: +64
Midsayap Zip Code: 9410
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