The Maguindanao tribe is the major Muslim Filipino tribe in the province. Although many of them still wear their traditional costumes and practice their native customs, others have come to adapt the more liberal practices of their Christian neighbors such as wearing shorts and sleeveless shirts, eschewing the use of the headscarf, and attending dances/mixed gatherings. Other indigenous Filipino tribes are the T'boli and B'laan tribes in Lake Sebu and T'boli municipalities, famous for their brassworks, beadwork and t'nalak weave. The people of these tribes wear colorful embroidered native costumes and beadwork accessories. The women of these tribes, particularly, wear heavy brass belts with brass 'tassels' ending in tiny brass bells that herald their approach even when they are a long way off. [ clarification needed ]
The architecture of the islands shows Spanish influence. Spanish brick churches built during the colonial era dominate the towns. The churches are large and different from traditional construction. It is difficult to imagine how the indigenous population in the seventeenth century was able to build them. Filipino families enjoy close kin bonds, and extended families living together are the norm. Seaports and government centers had a larger proportion of Spanish buildings with wide verandas and tiled roofs. Towns destroyed during the liberation campaign in World War II, especially in central and northern Luzon, were rebuilt using wood. Areas of Manila destroyed during World War II have been restored to their historical Spanish appearance. Newer buildings in Manila range from standard multistory offices to Western-style gated housing areas for the affluent, to tenements and shacks.
Koronadal City is the shopping capital of the South Cotabato, nearby towns of South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat visit the city to do shopping and commercial activities. There are several huge shopping malls in the city, notable ones are KCC Mall of Marbel , Ace Centerpoint, Gaisano Grand Mall Koronadal, Unitop Koronadal, and the newest addition to the city which is CityMall Koronadal located at Brgy. Zone 4 beside Dr. Arturo Pingoy Memorial Hospital. There are also news about building a Robinsons Mall in Brgy. Sto Nino infront of Bombo Radyo Koronadal, yet we still need an official release from the company. These malls are home to national brands of retail merchandises as well as restaurants and cafes. There are many merchandise and large groceries owned by local and foreign Chinese, Taiwanese and Korean businessmen in the city.