Historical and Geographical Facts About the Island of Mindanao - the Land of Promise
The Philippines is geographically divided into 3 major divisions – Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Luzon is the largest Philippine island followed by Mindanao. Mindanao is the only part of the Philippines where there is significantly noticeable population of Muslims particularly in the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao. Here are some interesting facts about Mindanao – the Land of Promise.
1. With an area of 97,530 km2, Mindanao is the 2nd largest Philippine island and the world’s 19th largest island.
2. The colorful Vintas are the traditional boats of the Badjaus and Moros of Sulu Archipelago particularly in Zamboanga City. These water vessels with very colorful sails are used for inter-island transportation.
3. The largest city in Mindanao is Davao City and the highest peak in the Philippines is Mount Apo.
4. Crime rate is much higher in Mindanao than in Luzon and in the Visayas. Fighting between government troops and Muslim rebels, separatists and terrorists continue up to now.
5. The collective group of indigenous tribes in Mindanao called Lumad is composed of Kamayo, Manobo, Tasaday and T’boli.
Merloquet Falls in Zamboanga City
6. Mindanao is the 8th most populous island in the world. It is larger in size than 125 countries in the world.
7. Four seas surround the island of Mindanao – Mindanao Sea in the North, Philippine Sea in the east, Celebes Sea in the south and Sulu Sea in the west.
8. There are two sultanates in Mindanao – Sultanate of Sulu and Sultanate of Maguindanao.
9. Philippine Deep, which is also known as Mindanao Deep, is a trench located a few miles offshore the island of Mindanao.
10. It is 10,800 meters deep and is one of the greatest depths known to exist on the surface of the Earth.