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Islamic City of Marawi
Islamic Center of Marawi City

Nickname(s): The Summer Capital of the South
Map of Lanao del Sur showing the location of Marawi City
Country Philippines
Region Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
Province Lanao del Sur (capital)
Barangays 96
Incorporated (town) 1907
 - Mayor Sultan Fahad "Pre" Salic
 - Total 87.55 km2 (33.8 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 - Total 177,391
Time zone PST
This is about the Islamic City of Marawi in philippine; for Other uses , see Merowe (disambiguation).

Marawi City popularly known as Islamic City of Marawi is a city in the province of Lanao del Sur, Philippines. It is the capital city of Lanao del Sur. People from Marawi are called Maranao People, the name came from its popular lake, Lake Lanao which is also called as Ranao in Maranao. It is also called the Summer Capital of the South.

The current mayor of Marawi City is Sultan Fahad "Pre" Salic, who is married to Assemblywoman Rasmia Romato of ARMM and actress-politician Alma Moreno.



Marawi City is bounded on the west by Marantao and Saguiaran, on the east by Bubong and Ditsaan Ramain, on the north by Kapai, and on the south by Lake Lanao. It has a total land area of 87.55 km².


Marawi was a municipality named Dansalan, capital of the defunct undivided Lanao province in the Philippines from 1907 to 1940, first under the government of the Moro Province, the Department of Mindanao and Sulu, the Bureau of Non-Christian Tribes, the Commonwealth, and finally the Republic.

According to one of the late well-known Maranao scholar Dr. Mamitua Saber, Marawi City got its charter in 1940. But, Samira Gutoc, a Maranao journalist, said that "the lone Islamic City in the country, Marawi, marked its 28 years last Tuesday as a chartered city celebrating the modern and the past."

The granting of a charter to the old Dansalan Municipality was jointly conceived by 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 Senator Domocao Alonto." This is embodied in Republic Act No. 1552 dated June 16, 1956.

Under the impact of Islamic awareness and consciousness, the renaming of Marawi City into Islamic City of Marawi was proposed in Parliamentary Bill No. 261 by former Assemblyman Dianalan, brother of former late Mayor Omar Dianalan.

Professor Talib Benito]] in his thesis work entitled, the Renaming of Marawi City into Islamic City of Marawi: An Attitudinal Study Among City Residents in 1983, revealed that the bill was read before the Batasan floor during its second session on July 24, 1979 and was transmitted to and received by the Committee on Local Government and Community Development on August 2, 1979.

A Scenic View of Marawi City

Republic Act No. 6734- "An Act Providing for an Organic Act for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao" as amended by Republic Act No. 9054 "An Act to strengthen and expand the Organic Act for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao" and the Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Acts. During the 1990 plebescite, the people of Marawi City voted against the inclusion of the City in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Therefore, Executive Order No. 429 dated October 12, 1990 provides the transfer of the City to Region IX.

Another plebiscite was scheduled toward the end of 2002. Despite government campaigning for a yes vote in many provinces in Southern Mindanao, only one more province (Basilan) and one city (Marawi) voted to be included in the expanded ARMM. Marawi is thickly populated by a Muslim Maranaos. The 68 years city is expected to be one of the progressive cities in the Philippines.

In 1976, the city was made the seat of the newly erected Territorial Prelature of Marawi.



The Islamic City of Marawi

Marawi City is politically subdivided into 96 barangays.

  • 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 I
  • 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
  • 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
  • Papandayan Caniogan


Marawi City showing some residences beside Agus River

Marawi City is bounded on the north by the municipalities of Kapai and Saguiaran, on the south by Lake Lanao, on the east by the municipalities of Bubong and Ditsaan Ramain, and on the west by the municipalities of Marantao and Sauiaran. Rolling hills and valleys and a placid lake dominate the city's landscape. Due to its high elevation, its weather is cool (in tropical terms) and pleasant, distinguished by an even distribution of rainfall throughout the year.


According to the 2000 census, Marawi City has a population of 131,090 people in 20,375 households.


Maranao is the official language of Marawi City, It has 90% of Muslim Population. However, Majority of them are literate in Tagalog, Cebuano and English.



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


Peace Park located at Mindanao State University

Marawi City is predominantly Muslim and as such the sale of alcoholic products is forbidden.



Name Location Summary
Aga Khan Mindanao State University Named in honor of King Aga Khan who contributed to the realization of the museaum. 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.
Moncado Colony Moncado, Cadingilan Named in honor of Hilario Camino Moncado, a native 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.
Torogans and Sambitory old Building Barrio Naga, Marawi City The feeling of the unique natural setting of the Maranao in Marawi City is manifested by the presence of many large "Torogans", an antique royal high roofed with curving designed houses of Maranao.
Beautiful Rolling Hills and Mountains Marawi City Signal hill, Arumpac hill and Mt. Mupo are considered beautiful but mysterious. Angoyao hills served as natural watch over tower to the water of the Lake Lanao. Mt. Mupo is known for its untouched trees, beautiful and perfect cone.
Lake Lanao All around Lanao Del Sur Marawi lies in the rolling terrain commanding majestic view of the fascinating Lake Lanao. The largest lake in Mindanao and the deepest in the Philippines. It is one of the 15 ancient lakes of the world.
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 brgy. residents take a bath and ablution. Ideal for picnics, nice place for boating and swimming because of the clear water.
Agus River Saduc and Lilod, Marawi City Swiftest river in the country, its famous cataract is the Maria Cristina Falls, outlet of Lake Lanao to Iligan Bay.
Golf Course Mindanao State University A 9 hole course laid out on the gentle greenery of Mindanao State University. Visitors who play golf will enjoy playing at the greenery ground, one can relax and breath the clean country, air and bath under the gentle sun.
Kilometer Zero Point Marker. Marawi City An important landmark in Lanao del Sur, from which all distances in Mindanao are measured. This is similar to the measures of distances in Manila which begin at the Rizal Monument in Rizal Park.
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.[1]
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 Gov. Mamintal Adiong and Musor.


  1. ^ Mindanao State University Marawi City, Philippines

Coordinates: 8°00′N 124°18′E / 8°N 124.3°E / 8; 124.3


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