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Written by  Nonoy E. Lacson 31 January 2016
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Malapatan, Sarangani –Tucked near the southern edge of Sarangani province is a small, sleepy town with a rich and colorful culture defined by a beautiful mix of well-preserved traditions and natural tourist destinations.

The town is named Malapatan, which means “mala” – pepper and “patan” place in B’laan.

Malapatan’s unique culture is mainly borne out of diversity. Three major tribes contribute to this diversity –the B’laans (first inhabitants), Maguindanaons (Muslim pilgrims) and the mostly Christian group of immigrants who first settled in the area during the land settlement years.

During its 45th foundation anniversary held June 21, the inhabitants of Malapatan showcased how these colorful cultural contributions have been interwoven into the unique festival called “Pakaradyan”.

“Pakaradyan means festivities,” said Mayor Alfonso Singcoy, Sr. “The five-day celebration features the richness of the culture of the town, highlighting efforts in its preservation in the light of pushing for grassroots-based development.”

One of the unique features of the Pakaradyan is the Guinakit Festival – a fluvial parade of colorful boats to commemorate the arrival of Shariff Kabungsuan in the 16th century, who established the first sultanate of Maguindanao and preached Islam in the Philippines.

Engr. Tita Suib, municipal planning and tourism officer, said they plan to expand the Guinakit parade so all barangays will have an entry.

Aside from the Guinakit, the festival will also hold a day of tribal celebration where each tribe is given a whole day to showcase their culture.

Vice Mayor Jimmy Bagit said they set three days to allow all the tribes to showcase their unique contribution to the culture of the town.

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About Malapatan

Malapatan is a first class municipality in the province of Sarangani, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 72,386 people. As of 2010, it has a total voting population of 35,569 voters.

Malapatan is bounded on the west by Sarangani Bay, on the east by Davao del Sur, on the north by Alabel, and on the south by Glan.