Lake Lanao in Lanao del Sur

Lake Lanao Lanao Del Sur Taraka Gata Masiu Bacayawan Agus River Location Size Depth Camping Hiking Trail Swimming Fishing Camping Picnic Length History Resort Description Elevation Fish Water Lake Lanao is located in Lanao del Sur Province. Lake Lanao has a surface area of 340 square kilometers (130 square miles), making it the largest freshwater lake in Mindanao and the second largest in the entire Philippines. Because of its sheer size, many tourists may mistake it for an ocean instead of a lake. The lake is fed by four rivers contributing water to Lake Lanao which consist of Taraka, Gata, Masiu, and Bacayawan. The lake’s only outlet is the Agus River, which exits southwest into Iligan Bay by the Maria Cristina Falls and Cinnamon Falls. Lake Lanao has an impressive biodiversity and is home to several species of crabs, waterfowl and cyprinid fish, and it has become popular with tourists because of the smattering of attractive and eye-catching mosques around its edges. Through Lake Lanao Continue reading

Mount Makaturing in Butig

Mount Makaturing Butig Lanao Del Sur Stratovolcano Volcano Mindanao Location Mountain Elevation Hiking Trail Summit Map Layout Distance Height Difficulty Trekking Climb Barangay Kilometer Cave Mount Makaturing is located in Butig in Lanao del Sur Province. Mount Makaturing is a stratovolcano; it has a conical shape built from overlapping layers of volcanic ash, lava and pumice. Mount Makaturing is part of the Central Mindanao arc of volcanoes. With an elevation of 1,940 meters, it might not be one the highest peaks in the Philippines but it’s still worth exploring, especially if you’re interested in volcanoes or just want to take a refreshing and invigorating hike. Experts can’t really confirm exactly how many times Makaturing has erupted, but it’s worth noting that it’s considered to be a dormant but still highly active volcano. Continue reading

The Aga Khan Museum in Marawi

Aga Khan Museum Mindanao State University Marawi City Lanao Del Sur Location Muslim Collection Exhibit Display Building History Construction Culture History Values Arts Hours Open Mosque Artifacts The Aga Khan Museum is located at the Mindanao State University in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur Province. The University Museum was opened on June 13, 1962 as a one-room affair by Dr. Mamitua Saber. Known today as the Aga Khan Museum, it has the biggest Philippine Muslim collection in the country. It is named after His Royal Highness, Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, whose donation made the construction of the building possible. The Museum was inaugurated on March 23, 1969. The museum has a mandate to collect and preserve folk artwork specimens and artifacts of the Muslim people and other native minorities; organize a systematic collection that could be useful to scholars, researchers of Philippine Muslim culture; promote research in and to provide assistance to the revival and restoring of folk Continue reading

Kariyala Festival in Lanao del Sur

Kariyala Festival Wao Lanao Del Sur Marawi City Kalilang Thanksgiving Celebration Date Heritage Ethnic Tribe Harvest Agriculture Meaning Costume Parade Schedule Origin History Calendar Pictures Info The Kariyala Festival is held annually in Wao, a municipality 40 kilometers from Marawi City, in Lanao del Sur. Kalilang and Kariyala both mean “merrymaking and thanksgiving.” The Kariyala Festival is a celebration of the distinctive cultures and heritage of the various ethnic tribes and communities in Wao. It is also a celebration of bountiful harvest, Wao being a municipality of vast agricultural lands suitable for all kinds of agricultural crops. Wao is also known as the “corn granary of Lanao del Sur.” The Kariyala Festival is similar to the Lami-Lamihan Festival of Lamitan, Basilan and the Meguyaya Festival of Upi, Maguindanao. Continue reading

Tomb of Jose Abad Santos in Malabang

Tomb Jose Abad Santos Malabang Lanao Del Sur Martyr Burial Spot Death Date Description Biography Ceremony Tombstone Engraving Size Location Firing Squad Japanese Carcar Occupation History Anniversary The Tomb of Jose Abad Santos is located in Malabang, in Lanao del Sur Province. Jose Abad Santos was martyred for his refusal to lead the wartime puppet government during the Japanese occupation. Abad Santos was captured by the Japanese near Carcar, Cebu. He was subjected to gruelling investigations for three weeks and was asked to contact General Manuel Raxas and to renounce his allegiance to the United States of America. He replied with dignity and courage: I cannot accede to the things you ask of me. To obey your commands is tantamount to being a traitor to the United States and my country. I would prefer to die rather than live in shame.” His courage and determination in facing the muzzles of deadly guns of the Japanese firing squad proved once more the Filipinos love for freedom from foreign domination. His burial spot is located in Malabang. Continue reading

The Maranao Culture

Maranao WomenThe Maranao (Maranaw, Ranao, Lanon, Hiloona) inhabit Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur in Mindanao. The name Maranao translates to mean “People of the Lake”, after their traditional territory in the area surrounding Lake Lanao in the Bukidnon-Lanao Plateau. They are one of the larger groups in the country professing Islam. They are settled about Lake Lanao — the largest deep lake in the country. The land is some 2,200 feet above sea level in the Bukidnon-Lanao plateau. The national population is about 863,659 (NM 1994) of which some 553,054 are situated in Lanao del Sur. The core areas are Marawi City (86,038), Lumba-a-bayabao (18,603), and Bayang (18,639) (NSO 1990). Continue reading

Marawi, Lanao del Sur

Marawi CityMarawi City is the capital city of Lanao del Sur province, located on the island of Mindanao. The people of Marawi are called the Maranaos and speak the Maranao language. They are named after Lake Lanao, which is called Ranao in the language, whereupon its shores Marawi City lies. The city is also called the Summer Capital of the South because of its higher elevation and cooler climate.Marawi City is considered a 4th class component city. Regarding urbanization Marawi City is classified as urban. Marawi City occupies an area of 87.55 km². By the end of 2007 Marawi City was the home of 177,391 residents. Thus by average 2,026.17 people are living on one km². Continue reading

Lanao del Sur Province

Lanao del Sur ProvinceLanao del Sur is one of the provinces of the Philippines and is part of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). It forms the western portion of Northern Mindanao and is bounded on the east by the province of Bukidnon, on west by the Illana Bay, on the South by the provinces of Maguindanao and North Cotabato and on the Northern and Northwestern by the Province of Lanao del Norte. It surrounds the basin of Lake Lanao, the largest lake in Mindanao and second largest in the Philippines next to Laguna de Bay. The province is subdivided into 39 municipalities and 1 city, Marawi which the capital. Continue reading

Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao

ARMMThe Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, or ARMM, was created in 1990 to help solve the long-festering Muslim problem and at the same time hasten the economic development of the Muslim areas. At present, however, the ARMM only covers the four provinces of Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Maguindanao, and Lanao del Sur. Through a plebiscite in 1989, the predominantly Christian residents of the 14 provinces and 10 cities expressed their preference not to join the ARMM.

The people of Mindanao have always looked forward to shaping their destiny Continue reading