Top 10 Best Cities in Mindanao

The Top Ten
1 Davao City

There is no doubt that Davao City is the most progressive, most modern and highly urbanized metropolis in Mindanao. Unlike other major cities and despite progress, Davao remains to be generally safe for tourists local and foreigners alike. International brands flock the City and has been blessed with many firsts in Mindanao and even outside the Capital. High rise hotels, condominiums and office spaces abound in this city. Davao's soaring progress cannot be compared to other cities in Mindanao. Hence, touted as the De Facto Capital major Philippine corporations and banks established there headquarters in Davao.

2 Cagayan De Oro City

Eight months after the typhoon sendong devastations, this city has picked up the pieces, stood up proud and has moved 2 steps forward. The resilience of the city has been manifested by the economic progress that it is currently experiencing. Investors are on a rush in putting up businesses in the area.

The best city in Mindanao that I've been. There, you can see the good diversity of different people living together harmoniously. The city is well-organized, greatly planned and the people were indeed, friendly... Truly the City of Golden Friendship that is beyond compare.

3 Zamboanga City

Aside from being one of the centers of trade in Mindanao, Zamboanga City has major seaweed, rubber, and sardine industries.

Eighty percent (80%) of the total sardine output nationwide comes from Zamboanga City.

It will also be one of the trading hubs, once ASEAN integration fully kicks off in 2015.

"Around P50 billion of money in circulation in Zamboanga stopped because of this incident." Employers Confederation of the Philippines president Ed Lacson said.

Zamboanga City can provide a decent living with its boastful economy. Land of many opportunities. A wealthy city that it got its eyes to elements to take over the city. Besides every struggle it undergoes, it always emerges on top. Zamboanga City is one and can never be divided.

4 General Santos City

Very young city nowadays, too much possibilities in developing gensan, too much potentials, resources, cheaper cost of living, cheaper price in foods, etc... Most livable and highly urbanized city, one of the fastest growing cities in Mindanao, a business friendly city, and gensan is the logistical, commercial, retail and financial hub of southern mindanao... Tuna capital in the Philippines, soon to be in the whole world.

A small and simple city, but one of the sources of the most powerful and influential people in the country, not only in the country, but also in the entire universe. General Santos City was also dubbed as "Home of the Champions". The city is also powered with gigantic and famous malls such as SM mall of Gensan, KCC mall of Gensan, Veranza mall, Robinsons Mall, and fitmart. Jam-packed with Two Top Universities which provide quality education such as Notre Dame of Dadiangas University and Mindanao State University.

5 Iligan City

I was impressed by the dynamic economic activity in Iligan City. Despite its natural beauty and tourist attractions, the city also buzzes with industriousness and commerce.

One notable aspect of Iligan's economy is its industrial sector, particularly steel manufacturing and hydroelectric power generation. The towering structures of steel mills and power plants stand as testaments to the city's industrial prowess. Learning about the history and significance of these industries added depth to my appreciation of Iligan's economic landscape.

Moreover, I observed a growing entrepreneurial spirit among locals, with various small businesses thriving in the city center. From quaint cafes serving local delicacies to artisan shops showcasing handmade crafts, there's a palpable sense of creativity and enterprise.

Exploring the bustling markets and commercial districts, I encountered a diverse array of goods and services, reflecting Iligan's role as a regional hub for trade and commerce.

Overall, Iligan City's vibrant economic activity adds another dimension to its appeal as a tourist destination. It offers insights into the livelihoods and aspirations of its residents while complementing the natural splendor that surrounds it.

6 Butuan City

There is no doubt that Davao City is the most progressive, most modern and highly urbanized metropolis in Mindanao. Unlike other major cities and despite progress, Davao remains to be generally safe for tourists local and foreigners alike. International brands flock the City and has been blessed with many firsts in Mindanao and even outside the Capital. High rise hotels, condominiums and office spaces abound in this city. Davao's soaring progress cannot be compared to other cities in Mindanao. Hence, touted as the De Facto Capital major Philippine corporations and banks established there headquarters in Davao.

7 Cotabato City

This city continuous to rise in midst of this political and petty crimes. As the new government of ARMM to Bangsamoro established, Cotabato City will be the capital city of so-called independent super region. Now, more and more foreign and local investors are coming and expanding in nearby towns such as Power Plants, Agriculture and Aquaculture. This means that as the capital city, there will be development in infrastructure and business. Very soon this place will have its own government, own land and own resources. Numbers of foreign donors are coming to help and build again this region. Why? Because there is something in this place that is rich of culture and specially natural resources. In future time, a new government shall rise in mindanao and stand up against discrimination.

8 Tagum City

Watch out for the ongoing botanical park in Tagum City. The city government is planting different kinds of trees from South America, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Brunei, South Africa, Thailand, and other tropical countries. They will also install a hanging bridge, zipline, and cable car. Additionally, there is a children's playground. This will be another tourist spot in Tagum City, making it the only city in the Philippines to have such a tourist attraction. Our bird park is also currently under construction, which will be another attraction for tourists and will resemble the small-scale Singapore Bird Park.

9 Pagadian City

Straddling the bottleneck of zamboanga del sur by the moro gulf, the city of pagadian strategically links the zamboanga peninsula with the rest of the massive island. nicknamed the Little Hong Kong of the south.

The iconic symbol of Pagadian is its uniquely designed tricycle built to adopt to the city's hilly terrain. It is the only place in the Philippines with a public transport inclined at about 25-40° angle.

The Regional Center of Zamboanga Peninsula, it's the newest economic hub of ZamboPen. Stands in the Top 10 richest city of mindanao.

10 Malaybalay City

It has probably one of the largest and prettiest parks of the Philippines, morning fogs, treks to different mountains, horse riding, mall, loads of restaurants, coffee shops and even a cozy resort that produces insect eating plants. The whole city is air-conditioned thanks to an average 650m elevation, much cooler than other cities in Mindanao.

The weather of this city is so pleasant, preferred by Caucasians. Amenities are available and friendly locals. The city has been experiencing retail, agriculture, agro-industrial and service sector expansion.

The Contenders
11 Valencia City

Undebatable, Valencia City to be called Golden Harvest because it offer good living for the people who seek for it. This city is rich in wonderful natural resources that will persuade the tourists.

If Iligan City is the city of falls then Valencia City is the CITY OF CAVES.

The City is now aggressive in terms in economy; the city will be the home of the first Mc Donalds in the province, many banks are now opening their branches and according to Manny Villar (owner of the Camella Homes) the city was sited as one of their choice to expand their service. In this sense the city will be able to attract more investors locally but maybe also internationally.

12 El Salvador City
13 Koronadal City

Seriously, it's the best small city in Mindanao. The city holds a promising economy and people. Very competitive and peaceful. It's Region 12's regional center and from then on, a lot of notable establishments such as UP, Philippine Science High School, and regional offices have been constructed. Other than this, Koronadal also hosted a lot of national and international events, one of them is the recently celebrated CIOFF dubbed as Pyesta Kolondatal which was attended by 7 countries. The city continues to soar higher as it's economy rises. Plans of construction of large malls and other vital offices are commenced. These and a lot of other things that made it worthy of being called Crown City of The South. Kanami Koronadal!

14 Dipolog City

Dipolog City is the gateway to Western Mindanao, fast growing city and an easy access to major cities such as Manila and Cebu, with a busy port and daily flight to the national capital. Offers wonderful nightlife especially in the famous Dipolog City Boulevard. Another thing, the city is clean and peaceful. I suggest everyone to visit the city.

Gateway to the Visayas very near to Dumaguete City, Abundant Marine Life, Peaceful, Business Friendly, One of the competitive cities in the Philippines, Bottled Sardines Capital, Dipolog Airport, 2 seaports Pulauan and Galas, Capital of Zamboanga del Norte, Historical Places, Sports City, Affordable Food, Abundant Fruits, Major Exporter of Coconut Oil, Tourism in the nearby Dakak, Greeneries everywhere, Cost of living is cheap.

15 Kidapawan City

Kidapawan City is the capital city of North Cotabato. Dubbed as the City of Fruits and Highland Spring. The host of energy source called Geothermal Power operated by Energy Development Corporation (EDC). Kidapawan City is the gateway to th country's highest peak, the Majestic Mt. Apo. Come visit Kidapawan and enjoy the gift of nature that the Supreme Being poured into this place.

Granted as number 16 as the most competitive component city in the Philippines out from the 50 cities surveyed and evaluated in the year 2013..

16 Surigao

I hope the city will be as aggressive as other cities in Mindanao. Though it has become a culture of our politicians to block the entry of investors, the city is host to a community mall (Gaisano Capital) and some national fastfood chains. As the saying goes, better late than never. Surigaonon is still happy finally we have a working community mall. I hope and pray that we can elect a young and fresh politician with creative ideas so that our city will not lagged behind newly created cities. Surigao City has so much to offer and a lot of potential and I hope this potential will be fully utilized and the people of Surigao will benefit from it.

17 Polomolok City

A sub-urban city... The richest municipality of Mindanao and also home of dole Philippines... Pineapple capital of the Philippines

Ehem... cagayan de oro is the pineapple capital of the Philippines...

18 Digos City

A place where you can say it is a home...
A place within a city which is simple, nature lover, peaceful...
A place where you can say a passage from neighboring cities...
A place where you will love to stay...

Digos city will be the newest One stop Shop because of the Huge malls coming and u/c including big investments like exporting zone and solar power plant.

Nice place to live, almost zero crime.

19 Bayugan City

Known as the City of Hundred Islands. Great place for island hopping. For inquiries, you may visit their municipal tourism officer for the tour of their beautiful islands and white sand beaches. I hope there's no shark though. Book your tickets now and fly directly to Bayugan City airport.

Bayugan City in agusan del is a great place to live there, the bilihin is mura, wide road, and now bayugan is competing fast highly developed city nowadays. A a great city to invest.

The true and authentic place of the Agusan Golden Tara. This City should promote its ancient history.

20 Panabo City

Visit Panabo city the home of festival, the city of parks, the widest highway in mindanao sorounded with trees, the walk trought beach the only beach in the world inside the banana plantation. The music capital in the philippines, the most beautiful public cemetery in the philippines, the city of paving blocks, the banana capital in the philippines. The city of river cruise.

You can never find any cities in Mindanao better than this one.. Peacefull, cheap foods, peoples attitude are excellent, no crimes, weather is excellent year through, Sunday organic market is the best day of the week since all organicly farmed foods and all seafoods flock into one street as place for trading. Nothing can beat the panabo city cleanliness as it was and is always the winner for the cleanest City hall in the entire Philippines and the cleanest and greenest city..

Vote and Live in this city this is a good city and advance Meaning

Good and frenny city

21 Tandag City

Tandag is somehow the only city in mindanao that has a modern type design of boulevard, which enlightens the seashore of the whole city with its captivating shining lights which came from a expensive solar lightnings that are situated by the bay, thus with its peculiarity, it becomes a spot for the tourists to visit the city.. it is the only city which connected to the 2 islands namely Linungao Is... urbanization and tourism are also quite growing..

Absolutely tandag city should be one of the top cities here in mindanao, in just a couple of years, after municipality into CITY.. Lots of good things happens in the city, more investors coming in the city, because it has a huge potential when it comes to business and also in tourism industry.. And I can say it that tandag city is a quite, safety and good place to live and to love..

22 Marawi City

I hope the Philippine government will develop this city into a tourist destination of ARMM like what it did to Baguio City for the Cordillera Region. This City has a lot of potential, with its rich cultural heritage and cool weather. I just hope that the peace and order of this city will improve and be open to outside investors. Cleanliness of the city is also a must.

Marawi City is very nice area because of cool climate and the Marawi City is one of the Summer Capital of the South and also popular because of we found in this City the 15 Lake in the World which is the Lake Lanao. And this Lake is known as where the entire Mindanao gives and Electric Power from Lanao del Norte.

23 San Francisco City, Agusan del Sur

San Francisco, Agusan del Sur is not a city, but we're have Mc Donald's, two Jollibee, Gaisano Grand mall, Gaisano Capital and Davao Central Warehouse Club.

24 Samal City

Born to be Island Garden City of Samal

This clusters of islands is presently known as the Island Garden City of Samal or IGaCoS after being declared as city in January 30, 1998.
The island offers world class choices of unspoiled beaches and niches which are ideal refuge to escape the hectic and fast paced urban life.
Its year round fiestas and celebrations provide entertainment to the visiting tourist.
Its terrain and unspoiled marine life are magnets to avid mountain bikers and divers.
Lined with coconuts, white sand and cozy cottages, its resorts offer the best venue to view crimson splays of sunset in the horizon.
Unspoiled underground caverns can be best explored by foot store myriad surprises for spelunkers to enjoy.
Vast rugged terrain waits for the bikers to conquer.
Each island visit promises a lot of places to explore...

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