A Guide to Exploring Magpet's Natural Wonders | North Cotabato

Magpet is a municipality located on the eastern side of the province and is bordered by the municipalities of Arakan to the north, Kidapawan City to the west, and President Roxas to the south. 

Magpet, formerly known as Magpete, is a municipality located in the province of North Cotabato in the Philippines. The town was originally part of the municipality of Midsayap but became an independent municipality on September 17, 1956, by virtue of Executive Order No. 209 issued by President Ramon Magsaysay.

The name Magpet is believed to have originated from two local words, "mag" which means "people" and "pet" which means "a place where water is abundant". This reflects the town's history as a place where people settled due to the abundance of water from the various rivers and springs in the area.

Magpet has a rich cultural heritage that is deeply rooted in the traditions of the Manobo and Ilonggo tribes. The town's cultural diversity can be seen in its local festivals, such as the town fiesta, which is celebrated in honor of the patron saint, St. Joseph the Worker. The Kalivungan Festival, which is celebrated every August, is a celebration of the town's cultural heritage and is a showcase of its various indigenous dances, music, and traditions.

The economy of Magpet is largely based on agriculture, with rice, corn, and vegetables being the main crops produced in the area. The town is also known for its abundant mineral deposits, particularly gold, copper, and silver.

In recent years, Magpet has become a popular tourist destination due to its beautiful natural attractions, including Mount Apo, the highest mountain peak in the Philippines, and the stunning Asik-Asik Falls, which draws visitors from all over the country.

Magpet, North Cotabato is a beautiful town that offers a variety of activities and attractions. Here are some of the best things to do in Magpet:

  • Trek to Mount Apo - Magpet is the jump-off point for those who want to climb Mount Apo, the highest mountain peak in the Philippines. The trek can take several days, but it is a rewarding experience for those who love nature and adventure.
  • Explore Bungolanon Falls - It is a beautiful waterfall that is situated in Barangay Bongolanon, which is about 12 kilometers away from the town center. The falls can be reached by a short hike through the forest, and it is known for its crystal-clear waters and stunning scenery. Bungolanon Falls is a popular destination for nature lovers and adventurers who want to explore the beauty of Magpet.
  • Visit the Hot and Cold Springs - Magpet is also home to hot and cold springs that offer a relaxing and therapeutic experience. The hot spring is located in Barangay Ilomavis, while the cold spring is located in Barangay Nueva Vida.
  • Discover the town's cultural heritage - Magpet has a rich cultural heritage that can be explored through its local festivals, such as the town fiesta and the Kalivungan Festival. Visitors can also visit the Magpet Museum to learn more about the town's history and culture.
  • Try local delicacies - Magpet is known for its delicious local delicacies, such as tinagtag (rice cake), balikutsa (candied coconut), and kinilaw (raw fish salad). These can be found in local markets and restaurants in the town.
  • Visit Asik-Asik Falls - While it is not located in Magpet, Asik-Asik Falls in nearby Alamada is a must-see destination for nature lovers. The stunning curtain-like waterfall is sourced from an underground river and is surrounded by lush greenery.



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