Koronadal Things to Do
We had a great time fishing in my sister-in-law's private fishpond. It was a first for me and it's quite exhilirating to be able to catch not just one but hundreds of fishes. Imagine, we were able to catch more than two hundred fishes like bangus, tilapia & catfish. We used earthworms as bait. We really had a great afternoon. There's also wild pigs, wild deers, bantam chickens, doves & sheeps. A big old resthouse can be found in the area.Related to:
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Right near the centre of the bustling city of Koronadal on the Philippine island of Mindanao one can find an extraordinary restaurant. SaBalai Bistro, a hidden jewel in Koronadal’s dining scene. This restaurant is definitely a place with a well-thought-out menu of original creations. The quality of the food and presentation are very good and quite imaginative. SaBalai is in fact a steak and pasta house, but they also serve spicy East Asian delicacies such as Tandoori, Kabob and exquisite dishes from the Mediterranean cuisine. Also a number of traditional Filipino favourites, such as Bulalo, Pancit Canton and Lomi are served.
With an emphasis on fresh seafood, exquisite pastas, and grilled-to-perfection meats, SaBalai will couple fine food and the highest service standards to ever have been incorporated in a Koronadal restaurant. The various and tempting pasta choices, with extensive fresh ingredients are a treat for the fans of the Italian cuisine, the menu is filled up with traditional Italian temptations that deliver inspiring choices. The Tandoori cooking techniques are replicated from the Indian style tradition, yet suited for the Filipino palate.
The suite of SaBalai Espesyal offers an alternative choice for seafood and vegetable menu patterned from neighbouring countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia. SaBalai is not a Halal restaurant, but no pork meat is served in all of their recipes. As a steak house they serve the best home grown choice cut beef cooked in the western tradition of pan grilling.
One of the main specialities and most rewarding dish is a prime bone in cut of beef, pan grilled and dredged in compounded butter and soy sauce. Glazed with mushroom gravy and served with rice, vegetables or fries on the side with a bowl of soup. This delicious steak dinner can either be ordered as T-Bone, Porterhouse, Rib Eye or Tenderloin. The Spanish rustic wine with a good depth of colour is a logical choice with this meal.
This inner-city restaurant is decorated in an attractive bistro style. The atmosphere is informal, lively and relaxed. Dining in the Gamaba hall is a feast for the eyes, at the far edge is an open air Lanai which also serves as a smoking area. On the front left of the hall are arrays of for sale items such as bottled goods made in the Bistro, Buddha heads from Thailand and various ornaments and household items. The Commissioners Lounge can accommodate 4 to 7 persons. Leather cushions and rattan chairs are positioned on the right side. An oversized Tagbanua basket stands erect with two harvest gods guarding the entrance. This is a non-smoking area, a Maranao wooden bowl with a glass top is the centre piece of this space. Inside the bowl-table clam shells from Maasim are hidden as treasure finds.
SaBalai is a great new addition to the town of Koronadal City. A bistro where a warm welcome awaits you, with an excellent ambiance, a place where you can dine out in style, enjoying excellent food at great value.
SaBalai is open from 10am to 10pm daily from Tuesday to Saturday and on Sunday and Monday from 3pm to 10pm. The address: 476 Jose Abad Santos St., Koronadal City. For reservations, please call at (00-63) 228-2384.
Favorite Dish: A prime bone in cut of beef, pan grilled and dredged in compounded butter and soy sauce. Glazed with mushroom gravy and served with rice, vegetables or fries on the side. This delicious steak dinner can either be ordered as T-Bone, Porterhouse, Rib Eye or Tenderloin. It has a wonderful taste that can not be found elsewhere in the city.Related to:
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Favorite thing: The City of Koronadal, popularly known to the local population as Marbel, is the capital city of South Cotabato province, a bubbling, virtual melting pot of contrasting ethnic cultures and influences, many dialects and indigenous traditions.
Despite living in a troubled region many different people from all walks of life, different beliefs, different dreams, different hopes and different yearning live united in one place.
Truly understanding the art of getting along in harmony, creating a living mosaic of wonderful individuals with a common desire for peace. The city’s religious and rich cultural diversity is shown in exotic festivals and events like the Tnalak festival, the Kawayan festival and the Hinugyaw festival.
These colourful and lively celebrations are the major attractions of the town and mirror its vibrant and authentic character. The people of Koronadal can be described as warm and friendly. A community that is willing to accept visitors from all backgrounds, religions and origins, which are always greeted with a smile and can be sure of a welcoming and hospitable spirit.
Koronadal City is a modern, multi-cultural city but it retains much of the local colour, there are hardly any high-rise buildings or other tall structures. The small but energetic city centre is always bustling with activity. The mix of many small businesses and street vendors on the sidewalks, bicycles, tricycles, jeepneys, pedestrians, kids playing and other traffic create an organised chaos that has a certain charm that is just Koronadal.
The public market is a hive of activity with a colourful and lively atmosphere; many stalls are filled and cleared every day. A myriad of hairdressers, fish and meat vendors, fruit and vegetable sellers. If not for shopping, but just for the experience of how the locals shop, a visit to the market is an interesting experience and well worth a visit.
Koronadal city is the perfect gateway to explore the region with its natural beauty, to visit the wonders of the lush, tropical rainforests in the highlands where a big part of the original jungle is still conserved, the majestic Millenium waterfalls, the versatile Cadidang Caves, the huge rock formations in Barangay Cacub and the South Cotabato Wildlife and Nature Preserve. The city has also a variety of man made attractions that local and foreign travellers should not miss to complete an adventure filled holiday.
The interior of the province offers fertile grounds that produce some of the tastiest vegetables and fruits in Mindanao. There are fruits and flowers everywhere: durian, marang, mangosteen and rambutan as well as banana, pineapple and various citrus fruits; and countless varieties and species of orchids and other fascinating flora. Throughout the impressive landscape quiet, rural municipalities and charming villages are tucked away in picturesque corners of the province.
Koronadal, a kaleidoscopic, lively city that reflects both influences of East and West, It's no wonder that so many different communities call this city their homeRelated to:
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