Provinces

Lanao del Sur Province

Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Lanao del Sur, officially the Province of Lanao del Sur, is a province in the Philippines located in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. The capital is the city of Marawi. Situated in the interior of Lanao del Sur is Lanao Lake, the largest in Mindanao.

LOCATION

Lanao del Sur

Coordinates: 7°55′N 124°20′E

FAST FACTS

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

Province:
Lanao del Sur
Location:
7°55′N 124°20′E | View Map
Year Founded:
1959
Capital:
Marawi
Area:
3,872.89 km2 (1,495.33 sq mi)
Population:
1,045,429
Density:
270/km2 (700/sq mi)
Division:
Mindanao
Region:
Cities & Towns:
1 Component city, 39 Towns (Municipalities)
Demonym(s):
Maranao
Elevation:
(Mount Ragang) 2,815 m (9,236 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
9300–9321, 9700–9716
Area code:
+63 -(063)-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):
Maranao, Iranun, Cebuano, English
Known For:
Lanao Lake
Major Industries:
Agriculture (corn, coconut, abaca, banana, and durian), Handicraft (weaving)
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):
Wao Airport
Seaport(s):
None
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON

CLIMATE

The climate in this province is characterized by even distribution of rainfall throughout the year, without a distinct summer season. The province is located outside the typhoon belt

Visiting Lanao del Sur can be risky due to conflict between the Philippine Government and Muslim militias but if you must go, it’s best to go during summer.

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.

CITIES & TOWNS

The Lanao del Sur province is divided into 39 Municipalities, 1 Component City:

  • Amai Manabilang (Bumbaran)
  • Bacolod-Kalawi (Bacolod-Grande)
  • Balabagan
  • Balindong (Watu)
  • Bayang
  • Binidayan
  • Buadiposo-Buntong
  • Bubong
  • Butig
  • Calanogas
  • Ditsaan-Ramain
  • Ganassi
  • Kapai
  • Kapatagan
  • Lumba-Bayabao (Maguing)
  • Lumbaca-Unayan
  • Lumbatan
  • Lumbayanague
  • Madalum
  • Madamba
  • Maguing
  • Malabang
  • Marantao
  • Marawi
  • Marogong
  • Masiu
  • Mulondo
  • Pagayawan (Tatarikan)
  • Piagapo
  • Picong (Sultan Gumander)
  • Poona Bayabao (Gata)
  • Pualas
  • Saguiaran
  • Sultan Dumalondong
  • Tagoloan II
  • Tamparan
  • Taraka
  • Tubaran
  • Tugaya
  • Wao
 

ISLANDS

There is 1 outlying island surrounding the mainland of Lanao del Sur which are under the jurisdiction of the province.

  • Ibus Island
 

POINTS OF INTEREST

The following is a list of points of interest relating to the Lanao del Sur province:

  • Bacolod Grande Mosque
  • Barurao Springs
  • Fail Khair Masjid
  • Iga-Bai Waterfalls
  • Kanapnapan Falls
  • Lake Butig
  • Lake Dapao
  • Lake Lanao
  • Lake Uyaan
  • Lamao Lake
  • Mabul Beach
  • Marayag Lake
  • Maria Auxiliadora Cathedral
  • Masjid Abu Bakr
  • Mount Baya
  • Sumpitan Falls
 

FESTIVALS

The following is a list of festivals celebrated in Lanao del Sur throughout the year:

  • Kariyala Festival (3rd week of February) – Wao

FAQs

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Lanao del Sur province.

Where in the Philippines is Lanao del Sur located?
Lanao del Sur occupies the western portion of Northern Mindanao.

Is Lanao del Sur a city or province?
Lanao del Sur is a province.

What is the Capital of Lanao del Sur?
The capital of Lanao del Sur is Marawi.

What is Lanao del Sur famous or known for?
Lanao del Sur is famous or known for Lanao Lake.

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

  • Plane to Ozamis | 1.75 hours | $60-$200 + Ferry to Iligan (Lanao del Norte) | 2 hours | $4-$19 + Taxi to Marawi | 45 minutes | $12-$15
  • Ferry to Iligan | 40.5 hours | $36-$80
  • You can fly to an alternate airport, however the time will be approximately the same, but the cost will be significantly more.

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How many islands are in Lanao del Sur?
There is 1 islans in Lanao del Sur province.

What does Lanao mean?
Lanao is derived from a Maranao word “Ranao” which means “lake”.

How Safe is Traveling in Lanao del Sur?
Lanao del Sur may be safe for locals but not really for tourists due to violent clashes between the government and rebel groups.

Is the climate in Lanao del Sur the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Lanao del Sur province is considered tropical with significant rainfall throughout 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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