Region 12, also known as "Soccsksargen," is composed of the provinces of South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, and the cities of General Santos, Cotabato, Koronadal, Kidapawan, and Tacurong. SOX is the region’s nickname that is intended for marketing promotions and easy recall. The region is branded as the 12th paradise of the Philippines.
Tourist spots include Mt. Apo, New Israel, Asik asik Falls in Cotabato Province; Grand Mosque in Cotabato City; Hundred Caves and Bird Baras Sanctuary in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat Province; Lake Sebu 7 Falls, Mt. Matutum, and Lake Holon of South Cotabato; Tuna Fishport, and Pacman Gym of General Santos City; and the Sarangani Bay of Sarangani Province.
The adventurous travelers probably wish to conquer vast mountain wilderness or explore the many forest, caves and wildlife reserves. The regions hectares of rubber, palm plantation, citrus, pineapple, lanzones farms delight with nature's freshest harvest.
The artistry of the different ethnic tribes lends richness to local colors. Each tribes has one way in common, the weaving of versatile tubular cloth called malong and other hand- woven products, found among the Maguindanaons, Blaan, and T'bolis. Visitors will find unique souvenir items among them handicrafts, brasswares, beadworks, t'nalak cloth and hand- woven products. Tribal festival, tour and visit to ethnic villagers provide insight into the everyday lives of these cultural minorities.
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