Islamic City of Marawi

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Islamic City of Marawi
Lungsod Islamiko ng Marawi
Component City
Official seal of Islamic City of Marawi
Nickname(s): The Only Islamic City in the Philippines
Lanao del Sur showing the location of Marawi City.
Philippines showing the location of Marawi

Coordinates: 8°00′N 124°18′E / 8.000°N 124.300°E / 8.000; 124.300Coordinates: 8°00′N 124°18′E / 8.000°N 124.300°E / 8.000; 124.300

Country Philippines
Region Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
Province Lanao del Sur (capital)
District 1st
No. of Barangays 96
Incorporated town of Dansalan May 24, 1907
Charter city of Dansalan 1940
From Dansalan to Marawi City June 16, 1956
 • Type City government
 • Mayor Sultan Fahad "Pre" Salic
 • Total 87.55 km2 (33.80 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 700 m (2,300 ft)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 187,106
 • Density 2,100/km2 (5,500/sq mi)
Time zone PST
Zip Code 9700
Philippine Area Code 63
Urban/Rural Urban (2007)[4]
Income Classification 4th Class (2007)[4]

Marawi City (Filipino: Lungsod ng Marawi), officially the Islamic City of Marawi, (Filipino: Lungsod Islamiko ng Marawi), is the capital city of the province of Lanao del Sur on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. 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.[5]


Marawi City has a total land area of 8,755 hectares (21,630 acres).[6] It is located on the shores of Lake Lanao and straddles the area where the Agus River starts. It is bounded to the north by the municipalities of Kapai and Saguiaran; to the south by Lake Lanao; to the east by the municipalities of Bubong and Ditsaan Ramain; and to the west by the municipalities of Marantao and Saguiaran.[5]


Mountains, rolling hills, valleys and a large placid lake dominate the city's landscape. Angoyao Hills (Brgy. Sogod) served as natural viewpoint over the water of the Lake Lanao. Signal Hill (Brgy. Matampay), Arumpac Hill (Brgy. Saduc) and Mt. Mupo (Brgy. Guimba) are considered beautiful but mysterious. Mt. Mupo, located within the Sacred Mountain National Park, is known for its untouched trees and beautiful perfect cone.


Due to its high elevation, with the elevation along Lake Lanao at around 2,300 feet (700 m),[2] Marawi's weather is cool (in tropical terms) and pleasant, distinguished by an even distribution of rainfall throughout the year.


Marawi was known as Dansalan when it served as the capital of the undivided Lanao province from 1907 to 1940. Dansalan in Maranao is a place where ships berth - a port of entry.

According to the late well-known Maranao scholar Dr. Mamitua Saber, Marawi City got its charter in 1940. The granting of a charter to the old Dansalan municipality was jointly conceived by the Philippine Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon and Assemblyman, later Senator, Tomas L. Cabili. The changing of the official name from Dansalan to Marawi was through Congressional amendment of the Charter in 1956 sponsored by Sen. Domocao Alonto. This is embodied by Republic Act No. 1552 dated June 16, 1956.

The renaming of the city as "Islamic City of Marawi" was proposed by Parliamentary Bill No. 261 in the defunct Batasang Pambansa, the former parliament of the Philippines during the Marcos regime, reportedly to attract funds from the Middle East.[5]

Political subdivision

Marawi City is politically subdivided into 96 barangays.[4]

  • Ambolong
  • Bacolod Chico Proper
  • Banga
  • Bangco
  • Banggolo Poblacion
  • Bangon
  • Beyaba-Damag
  • Bito Buadi Itowa
  • Bito Buadi Parba
  • Bubonga Pagalamatan
  • Bubonga Lilod Madaya
  • Boganga
  • Boto Ambolong
  • Bubonga Cadayonan
  • Bubong Lumbac
  • Bubonga Marawi
  • Bubonga Punod
  • Cabasaran
  • Cabingan
  • Cadayonan
  • Cadayonan II
  • Calocan East
  • Calocan West
  • Kormatan Matampay
  • Daguduban
  • Dansalan
  • Datu Sa Dansalan
  • Dayawan
  • Dimaluna
  • Dulay
  • Dulay West
  • East Basak
  • Emie Punud
  • Fort
  • Gadongan
  • Buadi Sacayo (Green)
  • Guimba (Lilod Proper)
  • Kapantaran
  • Kilala
  • Lilod Madaya (Pob.)
  • Lilod Saduc
  • Lomidong
  • Lumbaca Madaya (Pob.)
  • Lumbac Marinaut
  • Lumbaca Toros
  • Malimono
  • Basak Malutlut
  • Gadongan Mapantao
  • Amito Marantao
  • Marinaut East
  • Marinaut West
  • Matampay
  • Pantaon (Langcaf)
  • Mipaga Proper
  • Moncado Colony
  • Moncado Kadingilan
  • Moriatao Loksadato
  • Datu Naga
  • Navarro (Datu Saber)
  • Olawa Ambolong
  • Pagalamatan Gambai
  • Pagayawan
  • Panggao Saduc
  • Papandayan
  • Papandayan Caniogan
  • Paridi
  • Patani
  • Pindolonan
  • Poona Marantao
  • Puga-an
  • Rapasun MSU
  • Raya Madaya I
  • Raya Madaya II
  • Raya Saduc
  • Rorogagus Proper
  • Rorogagus East
  • Sabala Manao
  • Sabala Manao Proper
  • Saduc Proper
  • Sagonsongan
  • Sangcay Dansalan
  • Somiorang
  • South Madaya Proper
  • Sugod Proper
  • Tampilong
  • Timbangalan
  • Tuca Ambolong
  • Tolali
  • Toros
  • Tuca
  • Tuca Marinaut
  • Tongantongan-Tuca Timbangalan
  • Wawalayan Calocan
  • Wawalayan Marinaut
  • Marawi Poblacion
  • Norhaya Village

Sister Cities


The economy of Marawi City is largely based on agriculture, trading and exporting. Most industries in the city are agriculture-oriented. They include rice and corn farming, hollow blocks manufacturing, goldsmithing, and saw milling. Small and cottage-size enterprises are engaged in garment making, mat and malong weaving, wood carving, brassware making, web development, and blacksmithing.[5]



Marawi City is predominantly Muslim city which accounts for 95% of the population.[5] The distribution of alcoholic products and gambling is forbidden, non-Muslims though are exempted to this rule.


Maranao is widely spoken in Marawi City, however, local inhabitants can also speak Tagalog, Cebuano and English.


The feeling of the unique natural setting of the Maranaos in Marawi City is manifested by the presence of many large Torogans, an antique royal high-roofed houses with carvings designed by the Maranao, and Sambitory old Buildings in Barrio Naga, Marawi City.

Points of interest

Name[5] Location Summary
Aga Khan Museum of Islamic Arts Mindanao State University Named in honor of Sultan Aga Khan who contributed to the realization of the museum. Historical development of the country is bank on the large space upon the conservation of cultural materials. It has huge, collection of indigenous art, displayed ethnic music tape recorded, the native folk dances from different regions of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan, the native tools and weapons used by the Muslims and different artistic designs of houses are the main attractions of museum. Indigenous art and cultural material are being displayed.
Agus River Saduc and Lilod, Marawi City The swiftest river in the country is the outlet of Lake Lanao to Iligan Bay. Along the way is the cataract Maria Cristina Falls.
Bagang Beach Caloocan, Marawi City It is located 2 meters away from the commercial site of the city; filled rocks and boulders, trees in the lakeside that served benches and the latter as shades. Besides are floating woods, where the local residents take a bath and ablution. Ideal for picnics, nice place for boating and swimming because of its clear water.
Dansalan Junior College Marawi City Founded by the American Protestants after World War II. It served as the premiere secondary institution of the province and produced some of the best leaders of Lanao del Sur, among them the late Governor Mamintal Adiong, Initao Congressman Moner Lucman Madki, Surigao Mayor Samsodin Diamla, Lilod Bae a labi Potri Janemah Naga, Potri maamor of Matmpay Amerah Magoyag - Mutia and Sulutan sa Monay Ubaida Mutia, and the one of the Best Ustad/Asatid Arafat Cornell.
Kilometer Zero Point Marker Marawi City An important landmark in Lanao del Sur, from which all distances in Mindanao are measured, similar to the Kilometre zero marker at the Rizal Park in Manila.
Lake Lanao All around Lanao Del Sur Marawi is located in the rolling terrain commanding majestic view of the Lake Lanao. The largest lake in Mindanao and one of the deepest in the Philippines. It is one of the 15 ancient lakes of the world.
Mindanao State University Marawi City Marawi City draws the most number of visitors within Lanao del Sur in which the MSU is located. Founded in 1961, it serves as an educational institute and a center of social and cultural integration.[7]
MSU Golf Course Mindanao State University A 9-hole course laid out on the gentle greenery of Mindanao State University.
Moncado Colony Moncado, Cadingilan Named in honor of Hilario Camino Moncado, a Filipino, leader, an organizer, author of books and lecturer of humanities. He graduated with honor at the age of nine at India College of Mystery and Psychics. Moncado monuments and wild animals monuments can be found here.
Sacred Mountain National Park Brgys. Guimba and Papandayan The 94-hectare (230-acre) national park and protected area was established on August 5, 1965 by Republic Act no. 4190.[8] The park is dominated by Mount Mupo, a 900-foot (270 m) tall[9] extinct volcanic cone. The park is ideal for birdwatching and mountain climbing to the summit that features a small pond.[10]

Notable residents

See also


Marawi City Summer Capital of the South

External links

  • Marawi City Profile at the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao Official Website
  • Mindanao State University Official Website
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