How it came into being..
Since it's birth as a municipality 58 years ago, and even before it's conversion in a component city of the Province of Cotabato on February 12, 1998, Kidapawan has already a lot of attributes that can be considered as its wealth. Being at the foot of Mt. Apo- the Philippines' highest peak- it has one of the best tasting potable water from its various mountain springs, pleaseant climate all year round, wide agricultural lands, rivers, creeks, lakes and forestlands. The city is replete with friendly people who are a mixture of indigenous tribes, Christian and Muslim settlers, enviable peace and order conditions and the abundance of exotic tropical fruits like durian, mangosteen, rambutan, mango, lanzones, bananas and many more.
The abundance of these fruits in the city was the reason why a couple of years ago, the Sanggunian Panlungsod of Kidapawan promulgated an ordinance establishing a brand name of Kidapawan as City of Fruits and Highland Springs.
However, the Brand Name should be appropriately illustrated and characterized through visual representation. Hence, the first ever fruit festival was conceptualized last 2002 by the City of Government headed by Mayor Luis P. Malaluan in coordination with the City Tourism Council.
Now on its 5th year, the Kidapawan City Fruit Festival, now Timpupo Festival which was held last week through the effort of the City Government headed by Mayor Rodolfo Gantuangco.
Some of the major activities conducted were Fruit Float Parade, Fruit Fair exhibit, Fruit galore, street dancing competition...
It was a remarkable presentation for the people because it amazed them when they witnessed different competions despite the treat for possible bombing in the city.
CdK grabs Championship Title
Inter-colegiate Cheering Competition
One of the highlights of the Timpupo Festival was the inter-collegiate cheering competition where stunning cheerers both male and female from different colleges city-wide vied at the city gymnasium last Saturday.
Each team presented their own pieces and breath-taking stunts strirring up the audiences adrenals. The Colegio de Kidapawan cheerers from the Paramedical Department grabbed the championship title. Their one in a million synchronized steps, colorful costumes and well- picked dance routine asserted them from the rest of the squad. Without a doubt, the team deserves plausible first place award. Central Mindanao College was declared as 1st runner up, the 2nd runner up were the University of Southern Mindanao KCC, Notre Dame of Kidapawan College was the third runner up. Other contestants came from North Valley Foundation College, Radio Access Computer College, North Point College of Arts and Technology and the other one.. ahh.. err... uhm, I forgot. :-)