Monday, May 26, 2014
Sultan Kudarat Provincial Capitol
The Sultan Kudarat Provincial Capitol is the seat of government of the Province of Sultan Kudarat. The five-storey building incorporates elements of Islamic architecture in its design dominated by pointed arches and a majestic golden dome at the center.
In front of the capitol building is an expansive green lawn at the center of which proudly stands the golden statue of Sultan Kudarat himself, after whom the province was named.
The building's grandiose extends from the exterior to its interior with its elegant decor and furniture pieces. The capitol's main lobby for instance features a grand chandelier with the floor decorated with intricate tiles with arabesque patterns.
Its chambers are clad in elegant interior pieces making them fit for sultans and royalties. It is here where the province receives its most distinguished guests and where matters of great importance are discussed among its statesmen and community leaders.
The capitol celebrates the local art and culture of the province. The ceilings are adorned with festive Maguindanao likos of gold and orange colors, while Maranao woodwork with elaborate mother-of-pearl inlay serves as elegant accents inside the rooms.
The capitol also boasts of its collection of Islamic art treasures. This piece for example features Arabic calligraphy made of Italian silver.
The capitol may seem intimidating but contrary to its imposing refinement, the doors of the capitol is wide open to everyone. The capitol after all is the heart and soul of public service in the province and it is here where the Governor, the Vice Governor, the provincial council hold their offices.
We were lucky to have the opportunity to visit the capitol last September 2012. Here we were warmly welcomed by the capitol's employees. Our visit actually gave them so much joy. They are very thankful when tourists include the Sultan Kudarat Provicial Capitol in their itinerary.
It's truly worth visiting this beautiful and peaceful province of Sultan Kudarat. There's no where else in the Philippines you can see such elegance in and majesty in a state building than here. We invite you to visit and experience the province yourself.
How to get to the Sultan Kudarat Provincial Capitol
The General Santos International Airport is the gateway to the SoCCSKSarGen Region. Several airlines serve daily flights from key Philippine cities to General Santos City (GenSan). From GenSan, it will take a four hour bus ride to get to Isulan, the provincial capital of Sultan Kudarat. Take a bus from GenSan (P140.00) bound to Isulan or Catabato City. Tell the conductor to drop you off at the Isulan bus terminal. from the terminal, take a tricycle to the capitol.