Maguindanao is a province in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). It is the only predominantly Muslim province out of the four provinces derived from the original Cotabato. Thus, it is called the “seat of Islam in ARMM.” The province is rife with cultural, historical and natural wonders.

The Maguindanaons are known for music produced by the kulintang, a brass gong usually played in ensemble. This instrument is popular across the Philippines, but its origins are associated with Maguindanao. Inaul crafts, or intricately handwoven fabric, also originated from this province. Each pattern and color is said to have a distinct meaning when it comes to the wraps and clothing made by this technique.

The ARMM Compound, houses the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Center, Regional Museum, Regional Library, and most of the regional offices of the SOCCSKSARGEN Region. It is an important cultural hotspot in the Southern Philippines, as well as an example of modern and Muslim architecture coming together.

Even for the non-religious, the beauty of the places of worship here makes them a must-see. The Blue Mosque is a stunning architectural marvel along Narciso Highway, Parang. For Catholics, there’s the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto which is a replica of the one found in France. There is a nearby retreat house, as well as a park and a zoo.

Maguindanao is also rife with natural wonders. Parang has beaches such as Punta, as well as a Marine Sanctuary. There are also the underexplored Ligawasan Marsh and Lake Buluan.

Rio Grande de Mindanao still remains to be one of the most popular natural wonders in this area, as it is the longest river in Mindanao and the second longest in the Philippines. This makes it ideal for boating activities and water sports in general. These tend to coincide with the local Shariff Kabunsuan and Hari Raya Puasa festivals.

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