Provinces

Maguindanao Province

Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Maguindanao is a province in the Philippines located in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Since 2014 the provincial capital is Buluan but the legislative branch of the provincial government, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, convenes in the old provincial capitol in the town of Sultan Kudarat. The Maguindanao people are part of the wider Moro ethnic group, who constitute the sixth largest Filipino ethnic group.

LOCATION

Maguindanao

Coordinates: 7°08′N 124°18′E

FAST FACTS

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

Province:
Maguindanao
Location:
7°08′N 124°18′E | View Map
Year Founded:
1973
Capital:
Buluan
Area:
4,871.60 km2 (1,880.94 sq mi)
Population:
1,342,200
Density:
121/km2 (313/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
Cities & Towns:
1 Independent city, 36 Towns (Municipalities)
Demonym(s):
Maguindanaoan
Elevation:
(Mount Lubangan) 813 m (2,667 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
9601
Area code:
+63 -(064)-XXX-XXXX
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
Religion(s):
Predominantly Islam
Language(s):
Maguindanao, Iranun, Teduray, 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 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 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 Province Map

The Maguindanao province is divided into 36 Municipalities, 1 Independent City :

  • Ampatuan
  • Barira
  • Buldon
  • Buluan
  • Cotabato City
  • Datu Abdullah Sangki
  • Datu Anggal Midtimbang
  • Datu Blah T. Sinsuat
  • Datu Hoffer Ampatuan
  • Datu Odin Sinsuat (Dinaig)
  • Datu Paglas
  • Datu Piang
  • Datu Salibo
  • Datu Saudi-Ampatuan
  • Datu Unsay
  • Gen. S.K. Datun
  • Guindulungan
  • Kabuntulan
  • Maganoy
  • Mamasapano
  • Mangudadatu
  • Matanog
  • Northern Kabuntalan
  • Pagagawan
  • Pagalungan
  • Paglat
  • Pandag
  • Parang
  • Rajah Buayan
  • Sharif Aguak
  • Shariff Saydona Mustapha
  • South Upi
  • Sultan Kudarat
  • Sultan Mastura
  • Sultan Sa Barongis
  • Sultan Sumagka (formerly Talitay)
  • Talayan
  • Upi
 

ISLANDS

There is 1 outlying island surrounding the mainland of Maguindanao 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 province:

  • Bai Walk
  • Barter Trade Center
  • Bokwan Falls
  • City Mall
  • CityMall Cotabato City
  • Cotabato City Hall
  • Kalanganan Bai Walk
  • Kiga Falls
  • Kusiong Beach
  • Kutang Bato Caves
  • Kutawato Cave
  • Lake Sebu
  • Masjid Al-Nasser Abpi – White Mosque
  • Masjid Dimaukom (Pink Mosque)
  • Matigol Falls
  • Mt. Minandar
  • Nabuns Cave
  • Nanilungan Falls
  • New Israel Eco Park
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto
  • Robinson’s Department Store
  • Sapala Falls
  • South Seas Mall
  • Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid (The Grand Mosque in Cotabato City)
  • Tabuan Falls
  • Tamontaka Church
  • Tausavan Falls
  • Timako Hill
  • Tumingay Lake
 

FESTIVALS

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

  • Sagayan festival (February) – Buluan

FAQs

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

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

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

What is the Capital of Maguindanao?
The capital of Maguindanao is Buluan.

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

How do I get to Maguindanao?
There are several ways to get to Maguindanao, 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?
There is a island in the Maguindanao 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?
Maguindanao may be safe for locals but not really for tourists due to violent clashes between the government and rebel groups.

Is the climate in Maguindanao the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Maguindanao 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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