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Published On: Mon, Jun 18th, 2012

History

The place which later became the City of Tacurong was once a baranggay of the Municipality of Buluan of the then Empire Province of Cotabato. The place was originally called “pamansang”, the name of a creek that flowed from south to north of the area. In the 1940s, the place served as way station of the 19-C Land Survey Team due to its magic location. During those years, the place also became a stopover point for travelers and the Oblate Missionaries on their way to different parts of Cotabato Province.

Old Mindanao Map

The name ‘Pamasang’ was later changed to Talakudong, a Maguindanao term for head cover, which was worn by the early settlers and people in the area. How the place came to be associated with head cover cannot be ascertained. Eventually, the name was shortened/changed to Tacurong. It can only be deduced that the present name of Tacurong must have originated from the word ‘Talakudong’.

Old Municipal Hall of Tacurong currently being converted into the City Library (photo by Ariel Oclarit of Klikha.blogspot.com)

Tacurong was separated from its mother town of Buluan and was created a municipality by virtue of Executive Order No. 462 signed by the late President Elpidio Quirino on August 3, 1951.

Tacurong City Hall at Night

After 49 years of existence as a municipality, Tacurong became the first component city of the province of Sultan Kudarat through the effort of then Lone District Congressman Angelo 0. Montilla by virtue of House Bill No.6497, duly approved and signed by former President Joseph Estrada on August 16, 2000 and duly confirmed by the people of Tacurong through a plebiscite held on September 18, 2000.

About the Author

- I’m a traveler. I work fulltime as a medical professional. I go to different places most of the time I’m off my day job. I shoot photos for fun, hack computers for even more fun and play badminton as my exercise. And yes, I’m not rich.

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