P.C. Hill

Satellite view of the Philippine Constabulary (P.C.) Hill in Cotabato City

At the center of Cotabato City stands the towering P.C. Hill. The city is actually built around this 90-feet-high stone fort, i.e., kuta wato, from which the city and nearby provinces get their name.

This hill, also known as Tantawan (Maguindanaoan for “lookout”) stands beside the Rio Grande de Mindanao, which is Mindanao’s largest river and second only to Cagayan River in the country. In historic times, the natives used this hill as a watch tower and as a defensive point.

Today, P.C. Hill now houses the Internal Defense Command of Cotabato City. At some point, the hill was home to the Philippine Constabulary from which the hill now gets its name.

The hill actually looks boring from above when seen in Google Maps. Hopefully, it’ll look better in Google Earth once it gets proper elevation data for the Philippines.

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May 11, 2006
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  1. prince_nizdom wrote on November 7, 2009 @ 11:40AM

    wow!!! i live at pc hill. if it’s boring from above, i tell you it’s really fun in here. the people are hospitable and really affable. and when your on top of the hill, the view is absolutely good. you will really appreciate the beauty of the city. if you have time, come and visit us and prepare to be dazzled.

  2. mario demabildo wrote on July 28, 2010 @ 12:10AM

    “Philippine Constabulary Hill?”

    no its NOT!! its Pedro Colina Hill, we do lived here with my family since i was 5 yrs old(1989)…

  3. Romeo wrote on September 24, 2010 @ 02:08PM

    Hi Mario, who owns the top of the hill? I heard it was being used by communication companies like NBN etc.

  4. charlie wrote on August 4, 2011 @ 11:25AM

    I think PC hill derived from Pedro Colina not not Philippine Constabulary. Who is Perdo Colina anyway?

  5. kris wrote on August 13, 2011 @ 08:07AM

    Colina = hill, so it’s Pedro’s hill. yan ang sabi sa akin ng lolo ko, na isa sa mga unang nakatira PC hill. The 1st house you’ll see in front of NDC. My grandfather, my dad and his siblings built the foundation of that house by gathering stones all over PChill.

  6. karen wrote on February 22, 2013 @ 04:07PM

    Its the home of the Philippine constabulary originally,my lolo was one of the retired PC, present during the war and was one of the first residents of PC hill. Our house is one of the oldest house in PC hill . I grew up here and all my happy childhood memories started here.It’s beauty may seem unconspicuous to many, but deep within the heart of this amazing hill lies the many mysterious caves and magnificent viewing place, overlooking the city of Cotabato. At the peak of the hill stands the chapel, we always had our “Flores De Mayo“during summer.Its my beloved hometown.

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