Marawi City, officially known as the Islamic City of Marawi, is the capital city of the province of Lanao del Sur on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. The city is predominantly Muslim inhabitants which accounts for 99.6% of the population.
Due to its high elevation, Marawi’s weather is cool. The city is also called the Summer Capital of the South, a nickname shared with Malaybalay City, Bukidnon which legally holds the title.
Some Points of Interest
Mindanao State University: Founded in 1961, it serves as an educational institute and a center of social and cultural integration. Marawi City draws the most number of visitors within Lanao del Sur in which the MSU is located.
Lake Lanao: The largest lake in Mindanao and one of the deepest in the Philippines. It is one of the 15 ancient lakes of the world.
Kilometer Zero Point Marker: An important landmark in Lanao del Sur, from which all distances in Mindanao are measured, similar to the Kilometre zero marker at the Rizal Park in Manila.
Aga Khan Museum: Located inside Mindanao State University,the museum was named in honor of Sultan Aga Khan who contributed to the realization of the museum. Indigenous art and cultural material are being displayed.
Sacred Mountain National Park: The 94-hectare park and protected area was established on August 5, 1965. The park is dominated by Mount Mupo, a 900-foot extinct volcanic cone.
How to get to Marawi City:
Iligan to Marawi City
From Iligan City’s South Bound Terminal, board an FX van or jeepney with a Marawi City signboard. Travel time is 45 minutes.
Cotabato City to Marawi City
From the downtown central area of Cotabato City near market area, you can take a van going to Marawi City. Travel Time is nearly 4 hours.
If you are planning to visit Marawi but hesitant because of stories of danger lurking around the infamous city, get in touch to the Provincial Tourism Council of Lanao del Sur prior to your trip to get some tips and the needed assistance. You may contact Ms. Raifa through mobile number +63 917 706 8838.
About The Featured Image
Battle of Marawi: The painting was conceptualized by Aga Khan Museum director Minerva Saber-Sani illustrating the fight between the Spanish-Filipino soldiers and the Meranao defenders. On March 10, 1895, the Spanish through its mighty 5,000 armies, took possession of Fort Marahui of Marawi.
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