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Datu Abedin
Kota Dato Abedin (Malay)
Dakbayan sa Datu Abedin (Cebuano)
Kuta Datu Abedin (Maguindanaon)
—  Highly Urbanized City  —
City of Datu Abedin
Nickname(s): "The Tuna Capital of Malaysia"
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 (Malay: Kota Dato Abedin, Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Datu Abedin, Maguindanaon: Kuta Datu Abedin, Filipino: Lungsod ng Datu Abedin, Spanish: Ciudad de Datu Abedin) is previously known as General Santos City, and abbreviated D.A or DaAb, is the southernmost city in East Malaysia. 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 Islam, comprising about 55% percent of the population. About 43% belong to Christianity, particulary Roman Catholicism, 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, a Philippine church.

Malay and Cebuano are the predominant languages spoken, as Datu Abedin contains a large Filipino community. 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 Javanese and Dayak, spoken by the large Indonesian community, as well as other Philippine languages such as Waray-Waray and Chavacano. 

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