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Mindanao
Mindanao
(/mɪndəˈnaʊ/ ( listen)) is the second largest island in the Philippines. Mindanao
Mindanao
and the smaller islands surrounding it make up the island group of the same name. As of the 2010 census, the main island was inhabited by 20,281,545 people, while the entire Mindanao
Mindanao
island group had a total of 21,968,174 residents. According to the 2015 Philippine Population Census, Davao City
Davao City
is the most populous city on the island, with a population of 1,632,991 residents, followed by Zamboanga City
Zamboanga City
(pop. 861,799), Cagayan
Cagayan
de Oro City (pop. 675,950), General Santos City
General Santos City
(pop. 594,446) and Iligan City (pop. 342,618).[3] About 70% of residents identify as Christian, and 20% identify as Muslim.[4] Mindanao
Mindanao
is divided into 6 Regions; Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, Davao, Soccsksargen, and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
(ARMM). Native ethnic groups in Mindanao
Mindanao
include the Lumad
Lumad
(the Subanons of the Zamboanga Peninsula;[5] the Bukidnon, Manobos, Mamanwas, Talaandig, and Higaonon of Northern Mindanao
Northern Mindanao
and Caraga;[6][7] the T'boli
T'boli
and Teduray of SOCCSKSARGEN
SOCCSKSARGEN
Region; and the Bagobo and Samal Mandayas of Davao[8]), and the Moro (Maguindanao, Maranao, Tausug, Yakan, and Sama) in ARMM and Soccsksargen. Mindanao
Mindanao
is considered the major breadbasket of the Philippines.[9] Eight of the top 10 agri-commodities exported from the Philippines come from the island.[10] Mindanao
Mindanao
is known for the moniker being The Philippines' Land of Promise.[11]

An old Spanish map of Mindanao
Mindanao
island.

A 1926 photograph of Bagobo (Manobo) warriors

Two Spanish missionaries baptizing a Moro convert to Roman Catholicism, circa 1890.

Davao City's Chinatown is said to be the Philippines' biggest in terms of land area.

Contents

1 Culture 2 Languages 3 Religion 4 History

4.1 Prehistory 4.2 Rajahnates and Hindu-Buddhism 4.3 Sultanates and Islam 4.4 Spanish Colonization and Christianity 4.5 American Occupation 4.6 Philippine Commonwealth 4.7 World War II 4.8 Recent conflicts 4.9 Typhoon Sendong

5 Economy 6 Administrative divisions 7 Geography

7.1 Mountains 7.2 Plateaus 7.3 Lakes and Waterfalls 7.4 Valleys, Rivers, and Plains

8 Tourism 9 Energy 10 See also 11 References 12 External links

Culture[edit] Main articles: Culture of the Philippines, Music of the Philippines, and Kulintang The majority of the island's inhabitants are descendants of Indonesians, Malaysians, Indians, Arabs, Chinese, Koreans, Japanese, Europeans and Americans.[12] An American census conducted in the early 1900s noted that the island was inhabited by people "greatly divided in origin, temperament and religion".[13] Evidence of the island's cultural diversity can be seen in the buildings and ruins of old Spanish settlements in the northwestern peninsula that span eastwards to the southern gulf coast, the site of the ancient Rajahnate of Butuan
Rajahnate of Butuan
in the northeast region (Caraga), the Sultanates in the southwest (Sultanate of Sulu, Sultanate of Lanao, Sultanate of Maguindanao), a number of Buddhist and Taoist temples, and the numerous indigenous tribes. Languages[edit] Cebuano (often called Bisayà) is the most widely spoken language in Mindanao. Hiligaynon/Ilonggo is widely spoken in SOCCSKSARGEN
SOCCSKSARGEN
and a few scattered areas surrounding the region. English and Filipino are also widely understood and spoken amongst the peoples, with English being highly utilized in business and academia. Chavacano
Chavacano
is a form of Spanish Creole that is widely spoken in the western and southern regions of the Mindanao. Zamboangueño, one of the six dialects belonging to the Chavacano
Chavacano
language, is used by a distinct ethnolinguistic group (Zamboangueños). It is the dominant language in Zamboanga City
Zamboanga City
and Basilan; and is spoken to a lesser degree in Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi. Other dialects in Chavacano
Chavacano
are; Cotabateño in Cotabato
Cotabato
City, and Castellano Abakay/Davaoeño Chavacano
Chavacano
in the Davao Region. Religion[edit] Christianity is the dominant religious affiliation in Mindanao
Mindanao
with 60.9 percent of the household population, majority of which are adherents of Roman Catholicism, Islam
Islam
comprised 20.44 percent, and other religions were Evangelical (5.34%), Aglipayan (2.16), Iglesia ni Cristo (1.66%)[4] Back to contents History[edit] Prehistory[edit] Archaeological findings on the island point to evidence of human activity dating back to about ten thousand years ago. At around 1500 BC Austronesian people
Austronesian people
spread throughout the Philippines. The Subanon are believed to have established themselves on Mindanao Island
Island
during the Neolithic
Neolithic
Era, or New Stone Age, the period in the development of human technology beginning around 10,000 BC according to the ASPRO chronology (between 4,500 and 2,000 BC).[clarification needed][14] The evidence of old stone tools in Zamboanga del Norte
Zamboanga del Norte
may indicate a late Neolithic
Neolithic
presence. Ceramic burial jars, both unglazed and glazed, as well as Chinese celadons, have been found in caves, together with shell bracelets, beads, and gold ornaments. Many of the ceramic objects are from the Yuan and Ming periods. Evidently, there was a long history of trade between the Subanon and the Chinese long before the latter's contact with Islam. Rajahnates and Hindu-Buddhism[edit] In the classic epoch of Philippine history (900 AD onwards), the people of Mindanao
Mindanao
were heavily exposed to Hindu
Hindu
and Buddhist influence and beliefs from Indonesia and Malaysia. Indianized abugida scripts such as Kawi and Baybayin
Baybayin
was introduced via Sulawesi and Java, and the cultural icons of the sarong (known as malong or patadyong), the pudong turban, silk, and batik and ikat weaving and dyeing methods were introduced. Artifacts found from this era include the Golden kinnara, Golden Tara, and the Ganesh
Ganesh
pendant. These cultural traits passed from Mindanao
Mindanao
into the Visayas
Visayas
and Luzon, but were subsequently lost or heavily modified after the Spanish arrival in the 16th century. The Hindu- Buddhist
Buddhist
cultural revolution was strongest in the coastal areas of the island, but were incorporated into local animist beliefs and customs tribes that resided more inland. The Rajahnate of Butuan, a fully Hindu
Hindu
kingdom mentioned in Chinese records as a tributary state in the 10th century AD, was concentrated along the northeastern coast of the island around Butuan.[15] The Darangen
Darangen
epic of the Maranao people
Maranao people
harkens back to this era as the most complete local version of the Ramayana. The Maguindanao
Maguindanao
at this time also had strong Hindu
Hindu
beliefs, evidenced by the Ladya Lawana (Rajah Ravana) epic saga that survives to the modern day, albeit highly Islamized from the 17th century on wards. Sultanates and Islam[edit] The spread of Islam
Islam
in the Philippines
Philippines
began in the 14th century mostly by muslim merchants from malay archipelago (what is now South Philippines, Malaysia, Borneo, and Indonesia). The first mosque in the Philippines
Philippines
was built in the mid-14th century in the town of Simunul.[15] Around the 16th century, muslims sultanates: Sulu, Lanao and Maguindanao
Maguindanao
were established from formerly Hindu-Buddhist Rajahnates. As the muslims gained control over most of Mindanao, the natives residing within the Sultanates converted into Islam; and as part of Mindanao, the surrounding native tribes who were not muslim were obligated to pay tribute to Muslim rulers. The largest of the muslim settlements was the Sultanate named after the Maguindanaoans. Maps made during the 17th and 18th centuries suggest that the name Mindanao was used by the natives to refer to the island, by then Islam
Islam
was well established in Mindanao
Mindanao
and had influenced groups on other islands to the north. Spanish Colonization and Christianity[edit] On February 2, 1543, Ruy Lopez de Villalobos was the first Spaniard to reach Mindanao,[16] he called the island "Caesarea Caroli" after Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire (and I of Spain). Shortly after Spain's colonization of Cebu, they moved on to colonize Butuan
Butuan
and the surrounding Caraga
Caraga
region in northeast Mindanao
Mindanao
and discovered significant Muslim presence on the island. Over time a number of tribes in Mindanao
Mindanao
converted to Roman Catholicism
Roman Catholicism
and built settlements and forts throughout the coastal regions of the island. These settlements endured despite incurring attacks from neighboring Muslim Sultanates. The most heavily fortified of these settlements, apart from a short period in 1662 when Spain sent soldiers from the city to Manila
Manila
after receiving a threat of invasion from the Chinese general Koxinga, was Zamboanga City.[17] By the late 18th century Spain had geographic dominance over the island, having established settlements and forts in most of Mindanao; including Zamboanga City
Zamboanga City
and Misamis Occidental
Misamis Occidental
to the northwest, Iligan
Iligan
City, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, and Camiguin
Camiguin
Island
Island
to the north, Butuan
Butuan
and the Caraga
Caraga
region to the east, and Davao in the island's gulf coast. Spain continued to engage in battles with Muslim Sultanates until the end of the 19th century.[17] American Occupation[edit] In the Treaty of Paris in 1898
Treaty of Paris in 1898
Spain sold the entire Philippine archipelago to the United States for $20 million. The 1900 Treaty of Washington and the 1930 Convention Between the United States and Great Britain clarified the borders between Mindanao
Mindanao
and Borneo. Philippine Commonwealth[edit] In 1939 the Philippine government encouraged citizens from Luzon
Luzon
and Visayas
Visayas
to migrate to Mindanao. Consisting mostly of Ilocanos, Cebuanos, and Illongos, Filipino settlers streaming into Soccsksargen lead to the displacement of the Blaan and Tboli tribes. World War II[edit] Davao City
Davao City
was among the earliest to be occupied by the invading Japanese Forces, and they immediately fortified the city as a bastion of the Japanese defense system. It was subjected by the returning forces of Gen. Macarthur to constant bombing, before the American Liberation Forces landed in Leyte
Leyte
in October 1945.[18] On April 1942 Mindanao, along with the rest of the Philippines, officially entered World War II after Japanese soldiers invaded key cities in the islands.[19] Many towns and cities were burned to the ground in Mindanao, most notably Davao City, Zamboanga City, Lanao, Cagayan
Cagayan
de Oro, Iligan
Iligan
City, and Butuan.[20] In the months of April and May 1942, Japanese forces defeated US troops commanded by Gen. William F. Sharp and Gen. Guy O. Fort, in a battle that started at Malabang (a town close to Gandamatu Macadar, Lanao) and ended close to the town of Ganassi, Lanao. Filipino soldiers and local guerrilla fighters were actively fighting Japanese forces until liberation at the conclusion of the Battle of Mindanao.[21] Recent conflicts[edit] Violent conflicts in the southwestern regions of Mindanao, that began in the 1960s, led to the 1971 Manili Massacre, Pata Island
Island
Massacre, the founding of the Moro National Liberation Front
Moro National Liberation Front
(MNLF), Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and the formation of the Ilaga.[22] In March 2000 President Estrada declared an "All Out War" against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front
Moro Islamic Liberation Front
(MILF), after the militant group committed a series of terrorist attacks on government buildings, civilians, and foreigners. A number of livelihood intervention projects, from organisations such as USAID and the Emergency Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP), aided in the reconstruction of areas affected by constant battles on the island.[23] In December 2009, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo officially placed Maguindanao
Maguindanao
under a state of martial law following the Maguindanao Massacre. In May 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte
Rodrigo Duterte
declared martial law on the entire island group of Mindanao
Mindanao
following the Marawi
Marawi
Siege by the Maute terrorist group. Thousands of civilians were killed by the terrorist group during the siege, and more than 180,000 people were forced to evacuate Marawi
Marawi
City.[24] Typhoon Sendong[edit] Tropical storm Sendong (international name, Washi) made landfall on December 15, 2011 in Mindanao. The recorded 24-hour rainfall in Lumbia station of PAGASA reached 180.9 mm causing the overflow of the Cagayan de Oro
Cagayan de Oro
River. The deadly storm killed 1,268 people with 49 others listed as missing. Most of the casualties were from the cities of Cagayan de Oro
Cagayan de Oro
and Iligan. Those who survived were rendered homeless, seeking shelter in evacuation centers.[25] Back to contents Economy[edit]

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See also: Economy of the Philippines Cagayan de Oro
Cagayan de Oro
is the "melting pot of Mindanao" because of its accessibility, business growth and attractions. It is a business hub of the northern Mindanao
Mindanao
region, with a reported income of ₱1.8 billion in fiscal year 2010. The city's economy is based on industry, commerce, trade, services and tourism. The city of Cagayan de Oro
Cagayan de Oro
reported seven billion pesos in investment during the first six months of 2012, primarily in the service and industrial sectors. Investment in Metro Cagayan de Oro
Cagayan de Oro
focuses on tourism, agriculture and the hospitality industry. Administrative divisions[edit] Further information: Political divisions of Mindanao The island consists of 6 administrative regions,[26] 22 provinces, and 30 cities (27 provinces and 33 cities if associated islands are included).

Zamboanga del Norte Zamboanga del Sur Zamboanga Sibugay Zamboanga City Basilan Tawi-Tawi Sulu Camiguin Misamis Occidental Lanao del Norte Lanao del Sur Iligan
Iligan
City Cagayan
Cagayan
de Oro City Misamis Oriental Agusan del Norte Surigao del Norte Bukidnon Davao del Sur Davao City Davao del Norte Compostela Valley Davao Oriental Davao Occidental Sarangani South Cotabato General Santos City Sultan Kudarat Cotabato City Cotabato Butuan City Agusan del Sur Surigao del Sur Maguindanao Dinagat Islands Sulu Sea Moro Gulf Philippine Sea Administrative divisions of Mindanao (clickable map)

Location Region (designation) Population (2010)[2] Area[i][27][28] Density Regional center

Component LGUs

     Province      Independent city  ∗  Associated island[ii]

Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX) 3,407,353 (7000370000000000000♠3.7%) 7010170567300000000♠17,056.73 km2 (6,585.64 sq mi) 6996199999999999999♠200/km2 (520/sq mi) Pagadian City

5

Isabela City*[iii] Zamboanga City[iv] Zamboanga del Norte Zamboanga del Sur Zamboanga Sibugay

Northern Mindanao (Region X) 4,297,323 (7000470000000000000♠4.7%) 7010204960200000000♠20,496.02 km2 (7,913.56 sq mi) 6996209999999999999♠210/km2 (540/sq mi) Cagayan de Oro
Cagayan de Oro
City

7

Bukidnon Cagayan
Cagayan
de Oro[iv] Camiguin* Iligan[iv] Lanao del Norte Misamis Occidental Misamis Oriental

Davao Region (Region XI) 4,468,563 (7000480000000000000♠4.8%) 7010203574200000000♠20,357.42 km2 (7,860.04 sq mi) 6996219999999999999♠220/km2 (570/sq mi) Davao City

6

Compostela Valley Davao City[iv] Davao del Norte Davao del Sur Davao Oriental Davao Occidental

Soccsksargen (Region XII) 4,109,571 (7000450000000000000♠4.5%) 7010225133000000000♠22,513.30 km2 (8,692.43 sq mi) 6996179999999999999♠180/km2 (470/sq mi) Koronadal

6

Cotabato
Cotabato
(North) Cotabato
Cotabato
City[v] General Santos[iv] Sarangani South Cotabato Sultan Kudarat

Caraga
Caraga
Region (Region XIII) 2,429,224 (7000260000000000000♠2.6%) 7010214783500000000♠21,478.35 km2 (8,292.84 sq mi) 6996109999999999999♠110/km2 (280/sq mi) Butuan

6

Agusan del Norte Agusan del Sur Butuan[iv] Dinagat Islands* Surigao del Norte Surigao del Sur

Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) 3,256,140 (7000350000000000000♠3.5%) 7010125357900000000♠12,535.79 km2 (4,840.10 sq mi) 6996259999999999999♠260/km2 (670/sq mi) Cotabato
Cotabato
City[vi]

5

Basilan* (excluding Isabela City) Lanao del Sur Maguindanao Sulu* Tawi-Tawi*

Region 2010 census Area Density Regional center Component LGUs

Table notes

^ Land area figures are the sum of each region's component provinces (and/or independent cities), derived from the National Statistical Coordination Board (Philippine Statistics Authority) official website. ^ The provinces of Basilan, Camiguin, Dinagat Islands, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi
Tawi-Tawi
are separate islands and/or island groups themselves, but are included under the island group of Mindanao. ^ A component city, part of the province of Basilan, but whose regional services are provided by the offices of Region IX. ^ a b c d e f A highly urbanized city, independent from any province ^ An independent component city, not under the jurisdiction of any provincial government. ^ Cotabato
Cotabato
City, although administratively under Soccsksargen, is considered the regional center of ARMM.

Back to contents Geography[edit] Mindanao
Mindanao
is the second largest island in the Philippines
Philippines
at 97,530 square kilometers[1], and is the eighth most populous island in the world. The island of Mindanao
Mindanao
is larger than 125 countries worldwide, including the Netherlands, South Korea, Austria, Portugal, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Ireland. The island is mountainous, and is home to Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the country. Mindanao
Mindanao
is surrounded by 4 seas: the Sulu Sea
Sulu Sea
to the west,[29] the Philippine Sea to the east, and the Celebes Sea
Celebes Sea
to the south, and the Mindanao Sea
Mindanao Sea
to the north. Of all the islands of the Philippines, Mindanao
Mindanao
shows the greatest variety of physiographic development. High, rugged, faulted mountains; almost isolated volcanic peaks; high rolling plateaus; and broad, level, swampy plains are found there. The Mindanao
Mindanao
island group is an arbitrary grouping of islands in southern Philippines
Philippines
which comprises the Mindanao
Mindanao
mainland, the Sulu Archipelago (consisting of the islands of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-tawi), and the outlying islands of Camiguin, Dinagat, Siargao, and Samal. Mountains[edit] The mountains of Mindanao
Mindanao
can be grouped into ten ranges, including both complex structural mountains and volcanoes. The structural mountains on the extreme eastern and western portions of the island show broad exposures of Mesozoic rock, and Ultrabasic rocks at the surface in many places along the east coast. Other parts of the island consist mainly of Cenozoic
Cenozoic
and Quaternary
Quaternary
volcanic or sedimentary rocks. In the eastern portion of the island, from Bilas Point in Surigao del Norte to Cape San Agustin in Davao Oriental, is a range of complex mountains known in their northern portion as the Diwata Mountains. This range is low and rolling in its central portion. A proposed road connecting Bislig
Bislig
on the east coast with the Agusan River
Agusan River
would pass through 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) of broad saddle across the mountains at a maximum elevation of less than 250 metres (820 ft); while the existing east-west road from Lianga, 48 kilometres (30 mi) north of Bislig, reaches a maximum elevation of only 450 metres (1,480 ft). The Diwata Mountains, north of these low points, are considerably higher and more rugged, reaching an elevation of 2,012 metres (6,601 ft) in Mount Hilong-Hilong, 17 miles (27 km) along the eastern portion of Cabadbaran City. The southern portion of this range is broader and even more rugged than the northern section. In Davao Oriental, several peaks rise above 2,600 metres (8,500 ft) and one mountain rises to 2,910 metres (9,550 ft).

Mt. Apo, the highest peak in the Philippines

The east-facing coastal regions of Davao and Surigao del Sur
Surigao del Sur
are marked by a series of small coastal lowlands separated from each other by rugged forelands which extend to the water’s edge. Offshore are numerous coral reefs and tiny islets. This remote and forbidding coast is made doubly difficult to access during the months from October to March by the heavy surf driven before the northeast trade winds. A few miles offshore is found the Philippine Deep. This ocean trench, reaching measured depths of 34,696 feet (10,575 m), is the third deepest trench, (after the Mariana Trench
Mariana Trench
and Tonga Trench) on the earth’s surface. A second north-south mountain range extends from Talisayan in the north, to Tinaca Point in the southernmost point of Mindanao. This mountain range runs along the western borders of the Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, and Davao provinces. This range is mainly structural in origin, but it also contains at least three active volcano peaks. The central and northern portions of this range contain several peaks between 2,000 and 2,600 metres (6,600 and 8,500 ft), and here the belt of mountains is about 30 miles (48 km) across. West of Davao City
Davao City
stand two inactive volcanoes: Mount Talomo at 2,893 metres (9,491 ft), and Mount Apo
Mount Apo
at 2,964 metres (9,724 ft). Mount Apo
Mount Apo
is the highest point in the Philippines. South of Mount Apo, this central mountain belt is somewhat lower than it is to the north, with peaks averaging only 1,100 to 1,800 metres (3,600 to 5,900 ft). In Western Mindanao, a range of complex structural mountains forms the long, hand-like Zamboanga Peninsula. These mountains, reaching heights of only 1,200 meters (3,900 feet), are not as high as the other structural belts in Mindanao. There are several places in the Zamboanga Mountains where small inter-mountain basins have been created, with some potential for future agricultural development. The northeastern end of this range is marked by the twin peaks of the now extinct volcano, Mount Malindang, that towers over Ozamis City
Ozamis City
at a height of 2,425 metres (7,956 ft). Mount Dapia is the highest mountain in the Zamboanga Peninsula, reaching a height of 2,617 meters (8,586 feet). Batorampon Point
Batorampon Point
is the highest mountain of the southernmost end of the peninsula, reaching a height of only 1,335 meters (4,380 feet); it is located in the boundary of Zamboanga City. A series of volcanic mountains is located within the vicinity of Lake Lanao forming a broad arc through the Lanao del Sur, Cotabato
Cotabato
and Bukidnon
Bukidnon
provinces. At least six of the twenty odd peaks in this area are active and several stand in semi-isolation. The Butig Peaks, with their four crater lakes, are easily seen from Cotabato. Mount Ragang, an active volcano cone reaching 2,815 metres (9,236 ft), is the most isolated, while the greatest height is reached by Mount Kitanglad at 2,889 metres (9,478 ft).

Mindanao
Mindanao
coast

In South Cotabato, is another range of volcanic mountains, this time paralleling the coast. These mountains have a maximum extent of 110 miles (180 km) from northwest to southeast and measures some 30 miles (48 km) across. One of the well-known mountains here is Mount Parker, whose almost circular crater lake measures a mile and a quarter in diameter and lies 300 metres (980 ft) below its 2,040 metres (6,690 ft) summit. Mount Matutum
Mount Matutum
is a protected area and is considered as one of the major landmarks in the South Cotabato province. Plateaus[edit] Another important physiographic division of Mindanao
Mindanao
is the series of upland plateaus in the Bukidnon
Bukidnon
and Lanao del Sur
Lanao del Sur
provinces. These plateaus are rather extensive and almost surround several volcanoes in this area. The plateaus are made up of basaltic lava flows inter-bedded with volcanic ash and tuff. Near their edges, the plateaus are cut by deep canyons, and at several points waterfalls drop down to the narrow coastal plain. These falls hold considerable promise for development of hydroelectric energy. Indeed, one such site at Maria Cristina Falls
Maria Cristina Falls
has already become a major producer. The rolling plateaus lie at an elevation averaging 700 meters above sea level, and offer relief from the often oppressive heat of the coastal lowlands. Lakes and Waterfalls[edit] Lake Lanao
Lake Lanao
occupies a large portion of one such plateau in Lanao del Sur. This lake is the largest lake in Mindanao
Mindanao
and the second largest in the country; it is roughly triangular in shape with an 18-mile (29 km)-long base, having a surface at 780 meters above sea level, and is rimmed on the east, south, and west by a series of peaks reaching 2,300 meters.[citation needed] Marawi
Marawi
City, at the northern tip of the lake, is bisected by the Agus River, that feeds the Maria Cristina Falls. Another of Mindanao’s waterfall sites is located in Malabang, 15 miles (24 km) south of Lake Lanao. Here the Jose Abad Santos Falls present one of the nation’s scenic wonders at the gateway to a 200-hectare national park development. The Limunsudan Falls, with an approximate height of 800 ft (240 m), is the highest waterfall in the Philippines; it is located in Iligan
Iligan
City. Valleys, Rivers, and Plains[edit] Mindanao
Mindanao
contains two large lowland areas in the valleys of the Agusan River in Agusan, and the Rio Grande de Mindanao
Rio Grande de Mindanao
in Cotabato
Cotabato
City. There is some indication that the Agusan Valley occupies a broad syncline between the central mountains and the east-coast mountains. This valley measures 110 miles (180 km) from south to north and varies from 20 to 30 miles (32 to 48 km) in width. 35 miles (56 km) north of the head of Davao Gulf
Davao Gulf
lies the watershed between the Agusan and the tributaries of the Libuganon River, which flows to the Gulf. The elevation of this divide is well under 200 metres (660 ft), indicating the almost continuous nature of the lowland from the Mindanao Sea
Mindanao Sea
on the north to the Davao Gulf. The Rio Grande de Mindanao
Rio Grande de Mindanao
and its main tributaries, the Catisan and the Pulangi, form a valley with a maximum length of 120 miles (190 km) and a width which varies from 12 miles (19 km) at the river mouth to about 60 miles (97 km) in central Cotabato. The southern extensions of this Cotabato
Cotabato
Valley extend uninterrupted across a 350 metres (1,150 ft) watershed from Illana Bay
Illana Bay
on the northwest to Sarangani
Sarangani
Bay on the southeast. Other lowlands of a coastal nature are to be found in various parts of Mindanao. Many of these are tiny isolated pockets, along the northwest coast of Zamboanga. In other areas such as the Davao Plain, these coastal lowlands are 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) wide and several times in length. From Dipolog City
Dipolog City
eastward along the northern coast of Mindanao approaching Butuan
Butuan
City extends a rolling coastal plain of varying width. In Misamis Occidental, the now dormant Mount Malindang
Mount Malindang
has created a lowland averaging 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) in width. Shallow Panquil Bay
Panquil Bay
divides this province from Lanao del Norte, and is bordered by low-lying, poorly drained lowlands and extensive mangroves. In Misamis Oriental, the plain is narrower and in places whittle into rugged capes that reach the sea. East of Cagayan
Cagayan
de Oro, a rugged peninsula extends into the Mindanao
Mindanao
Sea. Back to contents Tourism[edit] Major tourist spots are scattered throughout Mindanao, consisting mostly of beach resorts, scuba diving resorts, surfing, museums, nature parks, mountain climbing, and river rafting. Siargao, best known for its surfing tower in Cloud 9, also has caves, pools, waterfalls, and lagoons.[30] There are archaeological sites, historical ruins, and museums in Butuan.[31] White Island
Island
is a popular tourist spot in Camiguin. The Duka Bay, and the Matangale dive resorts in Misamis Oriental, offer glass bottomed boat rides and scuba diving lessons. Cagayan de Oro
Cagayan de Oro
has beach resorts, the Mapawa Nature Park, white water rafting and kayaking, museums, and historical landmarks.[32] Ziplining is the main attraction at the Dahilayan Adventure Park in Bukidnon.[33] Iligan City
Iligan City
has The Maria Christina Falls, Tinago Falls, nature parks, beaches, and historical landmarks.[34] There are parks, historical buildings, the Vinta Ride at Paseo del Mar, boat villages, and the Fort Pilar Museum in Zamboanga City.[35] There are festivals, fireworks, and the Beras Bird Sanctuary in Takurong City.[36] Davao has Mt Apo, parks, museums, beaches, historical landmarks, and scuba diving resorts.[37] Precautions should be taken when traveling to ARMM and the Zamboanga Peninsula; pirates, human traffickers, drug cartels, and terrorist groups have been known to abduct, torture, and murder civilians in these regions.[38][39] The island has the highest crime rate in the country.[38][39] Back to contents Energy[edit]

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Many areas in Mindanao
Mindanao
suffer rotating 12-hour blackouts due to the island’s woefully inadequate power supply.[40] The island is forecast to continue suffering from a 200-megawatt power deficit until 2015, when the private sector begins to operate new capacity. Aboitiz Equity Ventures, a publicly listed holdings company, has committed to supplying 1,200 megawatts through a coal-fired plant on the border of Davao City
Davao City
and Davao del Sur
Davao del Sur
that is slated for operation by 2018.[41] The Agus-Pulangui hydropower complex, which supplies more than half of Mindanao’s power supply, is currently producing only 635 megawatts of its 982 megawatts capacity due to the heavy siltation of the rivers that power the complex. Zamboanga City, an urbanised center in southwest Mindanao, is expected to begin experience daily three-hour brownouts due to the National Power Corporation’s decision to reduce power supply in the city by 10 megawatts.[42] The Manila
Manila
Electric Company (Meralco), the largest power distributor in the Philippines, and Global Business Power Corp (GBPC), also a major provider, have announced plans to enter Mindanao
Mindanao
for the first time to establish solutions for the power problems within the island.[42] Back to contents See also[edit]

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Mindanao
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