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Lanao del Sur
Lalawigan ng Lanao del Sur
Flag of Lanao del Sur
Official seal of Lanao del Sur
Map of the Philippines with Lanao del Sur highlighted
Map of the Philippines with Lanao del Sur highlighted
Coordinates: 7°55′N 124°20′E / 7.917°N 124.333°E / 7.917; 124.333Coordinates: 7°55′N 124°20′E / 7.917°N 124.333°E / 7.917; 124.333
Country Philippines
Region Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
Founded 1959
Capital Marawi City
 • Governor Mamintal Alonto Adiong Jr. (Liberal Party)
 • Vice Governor Arsad Marohombsar (Liberal Party)
 • Total 3,873 km2 (1,495 sq mi)
Area rank 3rd out of 80
Population (2010)
 • Total 933,260
 • Rank TBA
 • Density 240/km2 (620/sq mi)
 • Density rank TBA
 • Independent cities 0
 • Component cities 1
 • Municipalities 39
 • Barangays 1,158
 • Districts 1st and 2nd districts of Lanao del Sur
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
Spoken languages Maranao, Cebuano, Filipino

Lanao del Sur (Filipino: Timog Lanao), officially the Province of Lanao del Sur (Filipino: Lalawigan ng Lanao del Sur), is a province of the Philippines located in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The capital is the Islamic City of Marawi and it borders Lanao del Norte to the north, Bukidnon to the east, and Maguindanao and Cotabato to the south. To the southwest lies Illana Bay, an arm of the Moro Gulf. Found in the interior of Lanao del Sur is Lanao Lake, the largest lake in Mindanao.



Lanao del Sur is subdivided into 39 municipalities and 1 city.




Lanao del Sur forms the western portion of Northern Mindanao. It is bounded on the north by Lanao del Norte, on the east by Bukidnon, on the west by Illana Bay, and on the south by Maguindanao and Cotabato. The landscape is dominated by rolling hills and valleys, placid lakes and rivers.

The climate in the province is characterized by even distribution of rainfall throughout the year, without a distinct summer season. The province is located outside the typhoon belt.


Sultanate of Lanao[edit]

Lanao comes from the word ranao, meaning "lake." Lanao centers on the basin of Lake Lanao; thus, it is the land of the Maranaos, the "people of the lake."

Lanao is the seat of the Sultanate of Lanao.

When the Spaniards first explored Lanao in 1689, they found a well-settled community named Dansalan at the lake's northern end. Dansalan became a municipality in 1907 and a city in 1940.

During the Pre-Spanish time, there are 4 important Boundaries hold the power of appointing a new sultan namely: Bakayawan, Dalama, Madamba and Sawer. In appointing a new sultan the permission of these four boundaries are needed to validate the new sultan appointed to his position.

World War II[edit]

In 1942, it was occupied by the Japanese Imperial forces who landed in Southern Lanao. On May 2, 1942, the former chief justice of the supreme court of the Philippines Jose Abad Santos was killed by the Japanese Imperial forces in a Firing Squad at Malabang, Lanao del Sur. In 1945, the first of the liberation forces landed in Southern Lanao and liberated the area with United States, Philippine Commonwealth troops together with the Maranao guerrilla units. They used infantry weapons, the Maranao Kris, Barong and Kampilan swords against the Japanese forces in the Battle of Lanao. In 1956, Republic Act NO. 1352 changed the name Dansalan to Marawi, taken from the word rawi, referring to the reclining lilies abundant in the Agus River.


When Lanao was divided into two provinces under Republic Act No. 2228 in 1959, Marawi was made the capital of Lanao del Sur. In 1980, the city was renamed the Islamic City of Marawi. It is now the only chartered city in the country with a predominantly Muslim population.

Proposed Maranaw Province[edit]

In 1971, Republic Act No. 6406, which sought to create a new province out of eastern Lanao del Sur (now corresponding to the province's first congressional district), was approved on October 4, 1971. The province was to consist of the municipalities of Bubong, Ditsaan-Ramain (including what is now Buadiposo-Buntong), Kapai, Lumba-Bayabao (including what is now Maguing), Marantao, Masiu, Mulondo, Saguiaran, Piagapo, Poona Bayabao, Tamparan, Taraka and Wao (including what is now Bumbaran), with the chartered city of Marawi serving as the new province's capital. The division never took place due to the declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines on September 21, 1972, which disrupted the elections for 1973.

Joining the ARMM[edit]

In a 1989 plebiscite, Lanao del Sur voted to join the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), but Marawi City elected to remain outside ARMM. It later joined ARMM in 2001 following the plebiscite that sought to expand the autonomous region.


The politics in the province was dominated by few and prestigious families. But only two (2) families have brought big influence in the province the Datumulok-Dimaporo and Alonto-Adiong families. Both families have produced Governors, Congressmen, Board Members and Mayors, they were considered the most unforgettable political family in the province. The Datumulok-Dimaporos came from a small yet progressive town of Binidayan, the late Governor Sultan Ali Dimaporo became Governor of the province nominating by late Governor General Mamarinta B. Lao AFP, with the help of his siblings and cousin, the late Congressman Datu Macacuna Dimaporo, the late Mayor Sultan Naga Dimaporo of SND and the late Mayor Sultan Muliloda Datumulok of Binidayan. They once dominated the politics of Lanao. The Family was very known to be an ally of Former President Ferdinand Marcos, they've produced some influential leaders in Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur some of them were Congerssman Abdullah Dimaporo of Lanao del Norte, Governor Khalid Dimaporo, Congresswoman Imelda Dimaporo, Former Mayor Motalib Dimaporo of SND, Mayor Eleanor Dimaporo-Lantud, Former Mayor Raida Dimaporo-Papandayan of Tubaran, Former Mayor Abdul Rashid Dimaporo of Magsaysay, Former Board Member Danny Dimaporo, Former Assemblyman Ismael Camid, Former Mayor Punudarano Datumulok of Binidayan, Former Mayor Anwar Datumulok of Pagayawan, Dimnatang Radia, Former Mayor Halim Datumulok, Former Mayor Sarip Datumulok, Former Mayor Misbak Datumulok and Colaw Datumulok. On the other hand the Alonto-Adiong, came from Ramain was headed by the late Senator Alauya Alonto Adiong with help of his family members, like the late Mayor Birua Alonto of Marawi had produced Senator, Governors and Congressmen. Upon the Death of Senator Alauya Alonto, His son, the late Senator Acmad Domocao Alonto lead his family with the late Governor Abdul Ghaffur Alonto they successfully controlled the politics in Lanao del Sur and also produced influential leaders in the province some of the were the late Governor Princess Tarhata Alonto-Lucman, the late Congressman Rashid Lucman,the late Governor Mamintal Adiong, Former ARMM-RLA Speaker Abul Khayr Alonto, Former Vice Governor Normala Alonto Lucman, Governor Mamintal Alonto Adiong Jr., Late Mayor Lacsasa Adiong of Ditsaan-Ramain, Congressman Pangalian M.Balindong, Mayor Jamal Alonto of Bubong, Congressman Ansaruddin Alonto Adiong, Former Mayor Ricky Alonto Mamainte of Bayang, Assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong, Assemblyman Yasser Alonto Balindong, Mayor Ali Adiong of Ditsaan-Ramain, Board Member Alexander G. Alonto, Jr.,Board Member Abdulrashid Alonto Balindong and ARMM Regional Vice-Governor Haroun Al-Rashid Alonto Lucman.

People and culture[edit]

Maranao is the most commonly spoken language in the province. Also spoken are Tagalog as well as English and Arabic.

Points of interest in the province include:

  • Mindanao State University (Main Campus)
  • Aga Khan Museum
  • Torogan (of Tuka)
  • Islamic Center of the Philippines (the country's largest dome)
  • Tallest Minarets of Marawi
  • Abu Bakar Mosque (largest mosque in Lanao del Sur)
  • Lanao People's Park (only park in Lanao del Sur)
  • Lanao Library
  • Ayala Resort Hotel (only hotel in Lanao del Sur)
  • Dansalan Market (natively known as Padian)
  • Tuwaka Laput (all kinds of native product e.g. Bruwa, Tamokunzi,Amik,Dudol,Tiyathug)
  • Dansalan College
  • MSU Golf Course
  • Maliwanag Compound,LASURECO,Inc. (Founder general manager former Governor of Lanao del sur Retired Brig.General Mamarinta B.Lao AFP
  • Ma'had Mindanao al arabi al Islamie, Matampay (Co Founder al Shiek Achmad Basher and Shiek Abdul Madjid Manalocon (Cali sa Macadar)
  • piagapo firing line
  • tapukan falls located in ramain
  • O.OO Kilometer zone (the reference point of all roads in Mindanao)
  • King Faisal Mosque King Faisal Mosque
  • Darul aman Masjid-Kadinguilan, Islamic City of Marawi
  • Saduc-Guimba Grand Mosque in Marawi City
  • Amai Pakpak Medical Center
  • Sacred Mountain National Park
  • Bagang Beach, Caloocan Marawi City
  • Agus River

Musical Heritage[edit]

The native Meranau of Lanao del Sur have a fascinating culture that revolves around kulintang music, a specific type of gong music, found among both Muslim and non-Muslim groups of the Southern Philippines.

Meranau native Culture

  • Games
    • Sipa sa Mangguis
    • kaphaso (Racing Horse)
    • kambulang sa Kuda (Fighting Horses)
    • kazagayan (Meranau Dance)
    • Kandikir (rock music)
    • Kandarangen (falk song)


  1. ^ National Statistical Coordination Board (2006-04-27). "2006 Factsheet". Retrieved 2006-06-24. 

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