Provinces

Maguindanao del Norte Province

Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Maguindanao del Norte is a province in the Philippines located in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Its capital is the municipality of Datu Odin Sinsuat and its largest city is Cotabato City which is administratively independent from the province.

Maguindanao del Norte was formed (REPUBLIC ACT NO. 11550, May 27, 2021) when Maguindanao province was split into two provinces; the other province being Maguindanao del Sur.

LOCATION

Maguindanao del Norte Location Map

Coordinates: 07°08′N 124°16′E

FAST FACTS

The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.

Province:
Maguindanao del Norte
Location:
07°08′N 124°16′E | View Map
Year Founded:
2022
Capital:
Datu Odin Sinsuat
Area:
3,653.64 km2 (1,410.68 sq mi)
Population:
926,100
Density:
156/km2 (400/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
Cities & Towns:
1 Independent city, 12 Towns (Municipalities)
Demonym(s):
Maguindanaoan
Elevation:
Mount Bita – 1,064 m (3,491 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
96– (Maguindanao ZIP Code)
Area code:
+63-(064)-XXX-XXXX (Maguindanao)
Electricity:
Standard voltage is 220V.
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well.
Bring A to B adapter(s).
Currency:
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
First Class (Maguindanao)
Religion(s):
Predominantly Islam
Language(s):
Maguindanao, Tiruray, Iranun, Tagalog, English
Known For:
Kulintang music, ceremonial swords
Major Industries:
Agriculture (rice, corn, coconut), Handicraft (weaving, mat making, basketry)
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
March to May
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Airport(s):
Seaport(s):
Polloc Port
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON
Website:
None

CLIMATE

The climate here is tropical. Maguindanao del Norte is a region with a significant rainfall. Even in the driest month there is a lot of rain.  

The best time to travel to Maguindanao del Norte is during the months of March to May, where it’s generally summertime in the country.

The most appropriate clothing in this province is casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

CITIES & TOWNS

Maguindanao del Norte Province Map

The Maguindanao del Norte province is divided into 12 Municipalities, 1 Independent City :

  • Barira
  • Buldon
  • Datu Blah T. Sinsuat
  • Datu Odin Sinsuat
  • Kabuntalan
  • Matanog
  • Northern Kabuntalan
  • Parang
  • Sultan Kudarat
  • Sultan Mastura
  • Talitay
  • Upi
  • Cotabato City
 

ISLANDS

There is 1 outlying island surrounding the mainland of Maguindanao del Norte which is under the jurisdiction of the province.

  • Bongo
 

POINTS OF INTEREST

The following is a list of points of interest relating to the Maguindanao del Norte province:

  • Ambo Beach
  • Barter Trade Center
  • Bay Walk
  • Blue Lagoon
  • CityMall Cotabato City
  • Cotabato City Hall
  • Datu Atiyakaw Heritage Park
  • Kusiong Beach
  • Kutawato Caves
  • Masjid Al-Nasser Abpi White Mosque
  • Mado Hot Spring National Park
  • Mount Binaca
  • Mt. Minandar
  • Nabuns Cave
  • Nanilungan Falls
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto
  • Probinsyano Eco Farm & Resort
  • Robinson’s Department Store
  • Sapala Falls
  • South Seas Mall
  • Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid
  • Tabuan Falls
  • Tamontaka Church
  • Timako Hill
  • Tumingay Lake
 

If you plan to visit the province of Maguindanao del Norte, you can use the following sites to determine the best places to stay:

FESTIVALS

The following is a list of festivals celebrated in Maguindanao del Norte throughout the year:

  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Dec 1 to 8) – Cotabato City
  • Shariff Kabunsuan Festival (December 15–19) – Cotabato City
  • Araw ng Kutabato or Cotabato Day (June 12–25) – Cotabato City
  • Festival of Lights (December) – Cotabato City
  • Ramadhan (9th Month if the Islamic Calendar)
  • Layagan Festival (December) – Cotabato City

FAQs

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Maguindanao del Norte province.

Where in the Philippines is Maguindanao del Norte located?
Maguindanao del Norte is located on the central section of Mindanao.

Is Maguindanao del Norte a city or province?
Maguindanao del Norte is a province.

What is the Capital of Maguindanao del Norte?
The capital of Maguindanao del Norte is Datu Odin Sinsuat.

What is Maguindanao del Norte famous for?
Maguindanao del Norte is famous for Kulintang music and ceremonial swords.

How do I get to Maguindanao del Norte?
There are several ways to get to Maguindanao del Norte, the most common being from Manila:

  • Plane to Awang Airport | 1.75 hours | $56-$170
  • You can fly to an alternate airport (Davao or Gen. Santos), however you will need to take a van or bus bound to Cotabato City.

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How many islands are in Maguindanao del Norte?
There is an island (Bongo) in the Maguindanao del Norte province.

What does Maguindanao mean?
Maguindanao comes from the root word danao (also danaw, ranaw, or lanaw), which can also mean “lake”. Thus the name can also be translated as “people of the lake”.

How Safe is Traveling in Maguindanao del Norte?
Maguindanao del Norte may be safe for locals but tourists must be cautious due to violent clashes between the government and rebel groups in the past.

READ MORE: How to Travel Safely in the Philippines

Is the climate in Maguindanao del Norte the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Maguindanao del Norte province is considered tropical with significant amount of rainfall during the year.

To learn more about the various climate types in the Philippines, and for a Climate Map, click the link below …

READ MORE: Climate & Weather of the Philippines

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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