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The town is named Malapatan, which means “mala” - pepper and “fatan” place in Blaan. Malapatan’s unique culture is mainly borne out of the diversity of culture that is inherent in the place. It is inhabited by the three major cultural contributors namely the Blaans (first inhabitants), Maguindanaons (Muslim pilgrims) and the mostly Christian group of immigrants that first settled in the area during the land settlement years. In its 45th foundation anniversary last June 21, the inhabitants of Malapatan showcased how all this colorful cultural contribution is now interwoven and integrated itself into what we now know as the…
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Students and school officials pose before the newly-finished classrooms of Tuyan Elementary School in Malapatan, Sarangani in southern Philippines. The new classrooms were funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Petron Foundation and constructed under the USAID’s Education Quality and Access for Learning and Livelihood Skills project. (PNA photo) scs/jme Source: http://balita.ph/2010/04/12/new-classrooms-for-tuyan-elementary-school-in-malapatan-sarangani/
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As we go south of Sarangani, we visited this small nipa house along the highway where all textiles were made by using this wooden machine and their bare hands and feet. It was really amazing to see these Balungis Women (Balungis is a place in Tuyan, Malapatan) in actual doing this traditional way on making cloth. Nakikita ko lang sila through television documentaries. Malapatan is situated after the town of Alabel, around 45-minute travel from General Santos City. Balungis Women’s Association is a group of women in Balungis, Tuyan, Malapatan where they are active in making and weaving clothes. Karamihan…
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MANILA, Philippines - Gaily-decorated ancient Moro boats called ginakit paraded at Sarangani Bay in Malapatan, Sarangani as part of the town’s 10th Pakaradyan Festival, which also celebrates the municipality’s 46th founding anniversary recently. Pakaradyan is a Maguindanaon word literally meaning festivity and often held with a kanduli or thanksgiving and a celebratory pagana or banquet feast. With the theme “Embracing History, Culture and Resources in Shaping Development,” the festival showcases community development, social empowerment and the peaceful coexistence of the B’laan, Moros and Lumulupyo settlers, the tri-people of Sarangani. The festival also included a street dancing contest and a land…
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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…

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.