Central Mindanao Category

Grand Mosque

August 9, 2013

Today the Muslim world marks Eid ul-Fitr, or the feast of the end of the holy month of Ramadan. To mark this occasion, I’m featuring the Philippines’ largest mosque, the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid, also known as the Grand Mosque (Wikipedia). Located along the banks of Tamontaka River in... (read more)

Datu Andal Ampatuan’s Mansion

November 25, 2009

Maguindanao Governor Datu Andal Ampatuan Sr. and his son, Zaldy Ampatuan, current governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, are plastered prominently in the news because they were tagged as the mastermind behind the horrific massacre in Maguindanao. The Vice-mayor of Buluan, Datu Ismail “Toto” Mangudadatu, planned to file... (read more)

Manny Pacquiao’s Mansion

October 5, 2008

Here is an interesting find for Vista Pinas: Manny “The Pac-man” Pacquiao’s mansion in Google Maps! This palatial residence of the Philippines’ 2008 Olympics flag-bearer is located in his hometown of General Santos City in Mindanao and was constructed in 2006. Quite visible in the satellite image is the distinctive glove-shaped... (read more)

ARMM Capitol

August 30, 2007

Standing in Cotabato City is the Capitol building of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), which the only region in the Philippines that has its own local government. (That’s what the “autonomous” in its name is for.) This makes Cotabato City the de facto regional center of the ARMM,... (read more)

P.C. Hill

May 11, 2006

At the center of Cotabato City stands the towering P.C. Hill. The city is actually built around this 90-feet-high stone fort, i.e., kuta wato, from which the city and nearby provinces get their name. This hill, also known as Tantawan (Maguindanaoan for “lookout”) stands beside the Rio Grande de Mindanao, which... (read more)