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Wao, Lanao del Sur

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Country  Philippines
Barangays  26+1
ZIP code  9716
Province  Lanao del Sur
Local time  Monday 5:51 AM
Founded  January 19, 1954
Time zone  PST (UTC+8)
Area  485.2 km²
Mayor  Bobby Balicao
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Region  Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
Weather  18°C, Wind W at 0 km/h, 88% Humidity
Neighborhoods  Park Area, Katutungan, Balatin, Kili-Kili, Manila Group

Wao is a second class municipality in the province of Lanao del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 45,862 people. It is the only municipality in the Philippines that begins with W.


Map of Wao, Lanao del Sur, Philippines

Wao is also surrounded by Bumbaran in the north and west, Bukidnon in the east, and Cotabato to the south.


Wao is politically subdivided into 26 barangays.


The LASEDECO resettle program of then-President Ramon Magsaysay made possible the foundation of Wao as a municipality in Lanao del Sur province in January 19, 1954. The first settlers in the area were sixty (60) families of various ethnicities from the then-undivided Cotabato province. Only one person (Elvino B. Balicao, Sr) among the 1st batch of settlers became one of the Municipal Mayors of Wao. Mr Balicao, along with members of the 1st batch of 60 settlers that included the late couple Aludio & Sofia Emborgo, were welcomed by the native Muslim inhabitants of Wao led by Sultan Mamaco Saripada (the municipality's first appointed and elected mayor), Datu Tao Pagul and Datu Maki Saripada. They were treated to a sit-down meal in the house of Sultan Mamaco Saripada.

Wao is a native place of Amai Mamco.

Sister Cities

  • Quezon City, Philippines
  • References

    Wao, Lanao del Sur Wikipedia

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