The province of Lanao Del Norte is located in Northern Mindanao Region which is found in southern Philippines.
Its neighboring provinces are Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon in the east,
Lanao Del Sur in the south, and Zamboanga Del Sur in the west.
Three bodies of water bound the province: Iligan Bay on the north, Moro Gulf on the south and Panguil Bay which separate it from Misamis Occidental in the west..
Topography consists of hills and mountains in the southern part while flat lands are found on the coastal areas. The vast Kapatagan Valley in the western part of the province
is the chief agricultural area. Climate is characterized by seasons not very pronounced: relatively dry
from November to April and wet during the rest of the year. The province is located outside the typhoon belt.
How to Get There
Lanao del Norte Provincial Capitol
The province is accessible by air via the airport of Iligan City and by sea through the Mukas port in the town of Kolambugan. Travelling by vehicle is also possible
through the Maharlika Highway which traverse the province in the north and south coast.
People and Culture
The population of Lanao Del Norte is a mix of Muslims and Christians. Many of its inhabitants are
migrants from other provinces particularly Cebu and Bohol.
Festivals celebrated in the province include the Sagayan Festival in Tubod held every 4th of July to coincide with the
Araw ng Lanao Del Norte. It features colorful presentations depicting the Maranao-Maguindanao epic called "Darangen".
Economic Profile, Products and Industries
Agricultural production of Lanao Del Norte in 2007 are as follows (figure in thousand metric tons, rank among 79 provinces)
Animal inventory of Lanao Del Norte in 2007 are as follows (figure in thousand, rank among 79 provinces)
Other farm products include seaweed, abaca, rootcrops, and vegetables. Large scale manufacturing is mostly
concentrated in Iligan City. Cottage industries include production of processed foods, ceramics, muslim artifacts, and
other handicrafts. In 2007, there were 34 banks in the province with total deposits of 8 billion pesos. Poverty incidence is
very high. In 2006, it stood at 52.2%, well above the national average of 32.9%.
The fertile agricultural lands coupled with good typhoon-free climate make the province an ideal site for
high value commercial crops such as rubber, cacao, coffee, sweet corn, other fruits and vegetables. Goat and cattle raising
have great potential not only for domestic consumption but also for export. Its rivers can be harnessed to provide electricity and water
for irrigation and recreation. Geothermal energy can be explored near Mount Karkum.
Enterprises that can be put up in Lanao Del Norte are the following
See List of Cities and Municipalities of Lanao Del Norte Province
- Production of halal foods for export
- Seaweed processing
- Production of Coconut by-products such as chemicals and virgin coconut oil
- Paper and other products from abaca
- Furniture and other home decors
- textile and garments especially for Muslims
- Jewelry especially pearl
- herbal plants, essential oils, and fragrances
Places of Interest/ tourist spots in Lanao Del Norte
- Maria Cristina Falls
- Tinago Falls in Linamon
- Mimbalut Falls
- Timoga Cold Springs
- Cathedral Falls in Kapatagan
- Tubod Beaches
- Mindanao Civic Center in Tubod which include a hotel, a grandstand, and sports facilities
- Lidpa Subterranean River in Mumbai town
- Pili hot and cold spring in Sapad
- Pikalawag Beach resort in Sultan Naga Dimaporo
Capitol photo credit to pinoybro.com
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