The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is replete with diversity in colorful arts and culture, revealing historical legacies and landmarks, natural wonders of exotic panorama glorifying Mother Nature’s serenity.
It is a region creating its own destiny towards a most flourishing aura of grandeur where SALAM provides the gateway to an endless beginning of beauty and charm.
ARMM enjoys a tropical maritime climate with temperature ranging from 22 to 32 degree centigrade with an average annual rainfall of 22.5 cm.
Located at the Southwestern part of the Philippine Archipelago, Northeast fringe of Borneo, Southeast Asia. It is bounded on the North by the province of Lanao del Norte, on the east by Cotabato and Bukidnon, on the West by Sulu Sea and on the South by the Celebes Sea.
The region is composed of six provinces and two cities: the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi; the mainland provinces of Maguindanao, Shariff Kabunsuan and Lanao del sur, and the Cities of Marawi and Lamitan.
Three period of cultural influences composed the evolution of the history of Muslim Filipinos: the Pre-Islamic era; the advent of Islam which began in 1310 and extended up to the  middle of the   19th century; and the contemporary civilization which started in 1848.
The predecessor of the Muslim Filipinos had already perfected the art of self-governance. They had achieved the most developed and cohesive political organization, the Sultanate of Sulu and Maguindanao.
Maranaos inhabit the areas along Lake Lanao and Illana Bay; Maguindanaos who dwell along the Pulangi River and Southeast of Moro Gulf; the Yakans reside in the island of Basilan; the Tausugs who dominate the Sulu Sea; and the Samas who occupy the southern most isles of Mindanao. The minority groups scattered in the areas of autonomu include the Tedurays, Iranuns, Manobos, Badjaos, and Jama Mapuns. Other groups also include Chinese Filipinos and migrants from Visayas and Luzon.

Tourist Attractions

            Endowed with luscious range of flora and fauna, pristine white beaches, crystalline spring water and towering water falls, ARMM offers every visitor the delight of paradise.
            For a spectacular and well-spend holiday trip, one may choose one or all of the region’s many island hideaways: Gusong Reef, Bongao, Simunul, Sangay-Siapao Island, Manuk-Mangkaw or Musa Island, Sibutu Island, Languyan Tubig Indangan, and Turtke Islands in Tawi-Tawi; Siasi Island, Pandami Island, Pata Island, Pangutara Island, Panglima Tahil, Jolo in Sulu, Malamawi Island in Basilan, Bongo in Maguindanao, the Twin Islets of Lake Lanao in Lanao del Sur.
            For breathtaking scene, Bongao Peak in Tawi-Tawi offers a balcony for a panoramic view of miles-long stretch of glistening shorelines and specks of isles from a distance.
            In Sulu visitors can reverberate the heroic glories of the past with a glimpse of the walled city, remnants of American Cavalry monument and Sulu Museum with its display of valuable artifacts and rich historical documents.
            Basilan offer a picturesque scene of its fascinating Waterfalls and fine-white sandy Beaches.
            Historical sights, river safaris, inland and sea shore resort and recreation as well as elegant crafts and dances are what the Maguindanao Vaunts.
            Lanao del Sur is not left behind with its mystical island beauty and springs and river wilds, cascading waterfalls, calmly lakes and sleeping beauty formed out of the undulating heaps of hills and mountains usually contained with dawn and twilight creamy fogs.


1.      Coffee, Sugarcane, African Oil Palm, Sago Palm, Corn (incl. young corn), Cassava, Banana and Rubber Plantation and Processing

2.      Fruit and Vegetable Production and Processing

3.      Aqua Culture (Fish, Crustaceans Production and Processing)

4.      Seaweed Production

5.      Vegetable Oils (e.g. peanut oil, rice barn oil sunflower and soybean oil) Production and Food crop

6.      Spices Processing (e.g. hot pepper, black pepper, ginger, etc.)

7.      Integrated Coconut Processing and Plantation

8.      Poultry and Livestock (inl. Dairy Products) Breeding, Fattening, Production and Processing
9.      Halal)

10.  Crocodile Farming and Processing

11.  Cutflower Production

12.  Pearl Culture and processing

13.  Industrial Tree Plantation (incl. rubber, bamboo, etc.) and Wood Processing (cement wood board and fiberboard) reconstructed veneer

14.  Shipbuilding/Ship Breaking/Ship repair and Watercraft

15.  Activated Carbon Manufacturing

16.  Rubber Products

17.  Leather Products

18.  Feed Production (animal feeds and feeds aquaculture)

19.  Tobacco Plantation and Processing

20.  Production of Plantation Crops and other Medical Herbs/Essential oil plant (incl. flower extracts)

21.  Sugarcane Plantation, Processing and Refineries

22.  Sericulture

23.  Mosquito Coil Processing

24.  Pharmaceuticals (antibiotics, medical devises, herbal medicines)

25.  Textile and Textile Products

26.  Fertilizers (organic and inorganic)

27.  Bricks and Roofing Tile Production

28.  Telecommunications, Ports, Airports and Other Infrastructure

29.  Commercial Complex

30.  Fossil Fuel Exploration and Production

31.  Fiber Crops (Manila hemp/Abaca fiber)

32.  Fast Ferry Services, Fish Port

33.  Sanitary Landfill, Sewerage and Sanitation

34.  Industrial Estate Development

35.  Hydro Electric Power Generation

36.  Plywood Manufacturing and Wood Processing

37.  Weaving and other GTH Production Fiber Crops (Abaca)

38.  Exploration and Development of Mineral Resources (mining and quarrying of metallic and
39.  non-metallic minerals, processing of minerals)

40.  Cement Manufacturing

41.  Brassware and Native Products

42.  Tourism Development (tourism estate, tourist accommodation facilities, tourist transport facilities.)

Travel Products

Native Handicrafts
Brass Arts and Brass Wares
Cultural Armaments (Kris, Knives, Shields and Others)
Ethnic Musical Instruments
Special Woven Malongs, Mats and Others
Handicrafted Textiles and Materials
Other Colorful Native Decors
Furniture and other Woodcrafts
Native Foods and Delicacies


By Air

A.    Mainland Provinces – Maguindanao, Shariff Kabunsuan, and Lanao del Sur including Marawi City

B.     Island Provinces – Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, and Basilan including Lamitan City by Air

C.     Accessible via Awang Airport (DOS, S.K.), General Santos City Airport, Cagayan de Oro Airport, and Davao International Airport.

D.    Accessible via Zamboanga International Airport, Jolo Airport (Sulu), and Bongao Airport (Tawi-Tawi)

By Sea

A.    Accessible via Polloc Seaport (Parang, S.K.), Cotabato City Wharf, Makar Wharf (General Santos City) and Iligan City Seaport.
B.     Accessible via Zamboanga International Seaport, Isabela City and Lamitan Wharf (Basilan), Port of Jolo (Sulu) and Bongao Port (Tawi-Tawi); and daily services of inter-island motorized boats (banca)

By Land

A.    Accessible by busses and air-conditioned vans (daily services); Iligan City to Marawi City is 45 minutes drive, Pagadian City to Cotabato City is 3 hours drive, Davao City to Cotabato City is 6 hours drive, General Santos City to Cotabato City is 3 hours drive, and Cotabato City to Marawi City is 3 hours drive.


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