Islamic City of Marawi
Lungsod Islamiko ng Marawwi
Marawi City
—  City  —

Nickname(s): The Only Islamic City in the Philippines
Map of Lanao del Sur showing the location of Marawi City.
Islamic City of Marawi is located in Philippines
Islamic City of Marawi
Map of the Philippines showing the location of Marawi
Coordinates: 8°N 124°E / 8°N 124°E / 8; 124Coordinates: 8°N 124°E / 8°N 124°E / 8; 124
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

Marawi City is a Muslim city and capital of the province of Lanao del Sur on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. The people of Marawi speak Maranao, named after Lake Lanao, the lake on which shores Marawi City sits.



Marawi City is located on the shores of Lake Lanao and straddles the area where the Agus river starts. It has a total land area of 87.55 km².


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 in Republic Act No. 1552 dated June 16, 1956.

The renaming of the city as "Islamic City of Marawi" was proposed in the Parliamentary Bill No. 261 in the defunct Batasan Pambansa reportedly to attract funds from the Middle East.



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
  • 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


View of Marawi

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 Saguiaran. 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 180,098 people in 20,375 households.


Maranao is widely spoken in Marawi City, which has a predominantly Muslim population which accounts for 99% of the population. However, the inhabitants can speak Tagalog, Cebuano and to some extent, English.


A view of Marawi City.

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, 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.


Marawi City is predominantly Muslim and the distribution of alcoholic products and gambling is forbidden. Exemption on this is to Christian settlers only.



Peace Park located at Mindanao State University.
Name Location Summary
Aga Khan 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.
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.
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 is located 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 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.

Famous Citizens

  • Adnan Marohomsalic - Electrical Engineering Board Topnotcher; Appeared in the movie, "One More Chance".
  • Abi Nur Haqq Gunting Alonto, RSW- First Muslim Social Worker worked with Higaonon at Iligan City. He was able to enhance their social functioning through the use of Community Organizing and Community Immersion. He effectively deal with the different types of personalities and established long term rapport with his clients.<not famous enough; to be removed in the list.>
  • Jalila Dialem Ibrahim, RSW- First Muslim Topnocher at the Social Workers Licensure Examination last June 2010. She was the first placer graduated Cum laude at Mindanao State University. She is currently teaching as an instructor at Mindanao State University and the first Muslim employed in the Department of Social Work, Mindanao State University.<not famous enough; to be removed in the list.>

See also


  1. ^ Mindanao State University Marawi City, Philippines

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