Manila, Philippines – Lanao del Sur marks its 53rd Founding Anniversary today with the theme “Lanao del Sur, My Home, Your Home.” This year’s celebration, kicked off on June 26, 2012. Among the highlights of the celebration this year was the Line Agencies Day and Solidarity Day, in recognition of the agencies’ invaluable contributions to the province’s growth and development.
Lanao del Sur is located on the western portion of Northern Mindanao. It is bounded on the north by Lanao del Norte, on the east by Bukidnon, on the west by Illana Bay, and on the south by Maguindanao and Cotabato. Its capital is Marawi City, dubbed “The Only Islamic City in the Philippines.” Lanao del Sur is the home of the Maranao Sultanate known today as the four principalities or Pat a Pangampong sa Ranao, namely Masiu, Unayan, Balo-I, and Bayabao. During the early years of colonization, its steadfast resistance safeguarded its people’s freedom and distinct political identity against the other coutnries’ intrusions.
The province was created at the height of the Commonwealth government’s campaign for settlement in Mindanao. The undivided Lanao was administratively part of the Moro province by virtue of Philippine Commission Act No. 787. On May 22, 1959 by virtue of Republic Act No. 2228, Lanao was divided into Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte.
Lanao del Sur was ofﬁcially chartered on July 4, 1959 by Presidential Decree No. 742 issued on July 7, 1975, declared the province as part of Region XII with Lanao del Norte, Maguindanao, North Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat, and the cities of Cotabato, Iligan, and Marawi, with Cotabato City as the Regional Center. On
February 19, 1989 the constituents of Lanao del Sur afﬁrmed the province’s inclusion in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
We greet Lanao del Sur headed by Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman and Vice Governor Bainon Karon; Provincial Governor Mamintal A. Adiong Jr., Vice Governor Arsad A. Marohombsar, and Chief-of-Staff Atty. Aminoden Macalandap; 1st District Representative Mohammed Hussein Pacasum Pangandaman and 2nd District Representative Pangalian M. Balindong; and Islamic City of Marawi Mayor Sultan Fahad “Pre” Salic, and other Ofﬁcials and Residents, on the occasion of their 53rd Founding Anniversary. The Manila Bulletin, led by its Chairman of the Board Dr. Emilio T. Yap, President and Publisher Atty. Hermogenes P. Pobre, Executive Vice President Dr. Emilio C. Yap III, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Cris J. Icban Jr., Business Editor Loreto D. Cabañes, and Ofﬁcers, wish them the best and success in all their endeavors. CONGRATULATIONS!