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Datu Abedin
Dakbayan sa Datu Abedin (Cebuano)
Dakbanwa sa Datu Abedin (Hiligaynon)
Kuta Datu Abedin (Maguindanaon)
Lungsod ng Datu Abedin (Filipino)
—  Highly Urbanized City  —
City of Datu Abedin
Nickname(s): "The Tuna Capital of the Philippines"
Motto: Magandang DaAb: Beyond The Bay
Province South Kota Batu (geographically only)
Districts 1st District of South Kota Batu
Incorporated August 18, 1947
Cityhood 1968
Barangays 26
Government
 - Mayor Datu Muhammad Sandig
 - Vice Mayor Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles
 - District Representative Pedro Acharon Jr.
Population
 - Languages Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Maguindanaon, Filipino, English
Time zone PST
Datu Abedin, officially the City of Datu Abedin (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Datu Abedin, Hiligaynon: Dakbanwa sa Datu Abedin, Maguindanaon: Kuta Datu Abedin, Filipino: Lungsod ng Datu Abedin, Spanish: Ciudad de Datu Abedin, Malay: Kota Dato Abedin) is previously known as General Santos City, and abbreviated D.A or DaAb, is the southernmost city in the Philippines. Classified as a highly urbanized first class city, Datu Abedin is the 15th most populous city in the country with 594,446 inhabitants as per 2015 census. Datu Abedin is the regional center for commerce and industry of the Pusat Region, and part of the Kota Batu Province.

The city is named after Datu Sharif Zainal Abedin, an influential mestizo of Arab and Maguindanaon descent married to a daughter of a very influential datu of lower Buayan—as the first district municipal mayor of Barangay Lagao. He is the patriarch of the prominent Abedin political family, and the grandfather of the city's current mayor - Datu Muhammad Sandig.

The predominant religion in the city is Christianity, with the largest denomination being the Roman Catholic Church, comprising about 55% percent of the population, some 3 percent self-identified as belonging to one of several Protestant churches, including the Aglipayan Church, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Jehovah's Witnesses, and various Alliance, Baptist, Born Again, Church of God, Evangelical, Methodist and Pentecostal groups. Included also in this percentage is the Iglesia ni Cristo. Islam forms a large and significant minority, at 43% with the rest belonging to Animist and Pagan tribal groups.

Cebuano and Hiligaynon are the predominant languages spoken, as most are Visayan-speakers. Maguindanaon, spoken by most of the Muslim tribes, is the third most-spoken and third largest language and - is native to the area, as well as Manobo of the Lumad tribes. Other spoken languages include Kapampangan, Waray-Waray, Chavacano and Pangasinan. English and Filipino are used as a lingua francas. 

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