President Roxas Founding Anniversary is observed in the town of President Roxas, Cotabato, Philippines every May 8. The date can be declared a special nonworking day in some years such as Proclamation No. 1249 in 2016.
The celebration remembers the creation of the town in 1967.
History of President Roxas
The municipality was named after Manuel Acuña Roxas, the fifth president of the Philippines. (See CAPIZtahan for a brief profile and Roxas City Charter Day.) Formerly called Kabacan, it is located in the eastern part of the province of Cotabato.
Its borders are shared by Bukidnon in the north, the towns of Carmen and Matalam in the west, the town of Magpet in the east, and Kidapawan City in the south. It was carved out of Kidapawan City, a city that was created on February 12, 1998. It sits on what is called the Arakan plains, a fecund area that is tilled for various cash crops such as rice, maize, coffee, and sugarcane.
Manobos dwelt in its lands most of its past. Migration from Luzon and Visayas began during the American occupation, and the flow of people commenced in earnest particularly in post-war period.
In 1957, the new settlers who moved from Negros Occidental formed La Castellana Home Seekers Association. A road network was established by logging companies in the 1960s, and over time the ease of transportation enabled the town to grow into a transport hub.
Finally, Republic Act No. 4869, otherwise known as “An Act Creating the Municipality of President Roxas in the Province of Cotabato”, was passed on May 8, 1967.
How to reach President Roxas, Cotabato
Book a flight to Davao International Airport or Cotabato Airport, and take a bus in a trip that is about four hours.
- Proclamation No. 1249, s. 2016. Official Gazette. Retrieved May 8, 2023
- Republic Act No. 4869. Legislative Digital Resources. Senate of the Philippines. Retrieved May 8, 2023
- History: President Roxas. Provincial Government of Cotabato. Retrieved May 8, 2023
- Executive Summary. Commission on Audit. Retrieved May 8, 2023