Located in Lanao del Sur, Mindanao, the Mount Inayawan Range Natural Park, also known as Mount Iniaoan Range Natural Park, is a vital sanctuary for lush forested mountains. Recognized as a protected area, it plays a crucial role as a watershed and proudly holds the distinction of being the largest surviving rainforest in Lanao del Norte. Dominated by the majestic Mount Iniaoan, the highest peak in the province, the park encompasses over 3,500 hectares, complemented by an additional buffer zone spanning more than 850 hectares.
A standout feature of this natural haven is the captivating duo of Nunungan and Pendo Lakes. Lake Nunungan, boasting an expansive area of approximately 170 hectares, ranks among the highest lakes in the Philippines at an elevation of 5,036 feet above sea level. Serving as a primary water source for neighboring communities and fostering a thriving ecosystem of freshwater fish cultivated by locals, Lake Nunungan holds a special significance.
Distinguished by its remarkable biodiversity, the park hosts a variety of fauna, including rare and endangered species such as the Philippine eagle, Philippine deer, Mindanao flying squirrel, Mindanao scops owl, white-collared kingfisher, Philippine warty pig, and Mindanao hornbill. The official recognition of Mount Inayawan Range Natural Park as an ASEAN Heritage Park (AHP) adds to its prestige, a distinction celebrated during the 64th Araw ng Lanao del Norte-Environment Day festivities on June 28, 2023. This acknowledgment underscores the park’s commitment to environmental conservation and its significance on a regional scale.
Mount Inayawan Range Natural Park Location
Situated in the heart of Barangay Inayawan, within the municipality of Nunungan, Lanao del Norte, the natural park graces the landscape of Northern Mindanao Region in the southern Philippines. Situated approximately 45 kilometers south of the provincial capital, Tubod, or just an hour away from the bustling center of Tubod itself, the park is a testament to the region’s natural beauty and ecological significance. This verdant sanctuary offers a tranquil escape, inviting visitors to explore its wonders while being conveniently accessible from the provincial capital, Tubod, a mere 45 kilometers to the north.
Mount Inayawan Range Natural Park Location Map
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