Wao, Lanao del Sur, Philippines

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President Duterte and his followers promote the biggest DECEPTION and con in the Philippines. They push for Federalism and constitutional reform or charter change (cha-cha) just to boost political dynasties and to give the Muslims(Moros) their own state, a "BangasaMoro" (Muslim Nation), an Islamic State within the Philippines.

Barangays of Wao in the Lanao del Sur Province within The ARMM in the Republic of The Philippines
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Philippines, is the only country in the world which is 85% Catholic that created FIVE(5) national laws "favoring", "respecting" and "financing" the religion of ISLAM.
Then made it unlawful to finance all other religions.
The only country in the world that has a government commission that caters to Muslims only, for the hajj, for madrasas, and the spread of Islam at government's expense PAID by the taxes of Non-Muslims.

Religion is always good for the people but it should never be embraced or financed by government. Tax exemption is not tantamount to financing. Every non-profit organization is tax-exempt.

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List of 39 Municipalities in the Lanao del Sur province within Region XV - ARMM in the Republic of The Philippines
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Wao, Province of Lanao del Sur, Philippines

Geography of Wao, Lanao del Sur, Philippines

  • Total Land Area: 48,524 hectares
  • Topography: Landlocked
  • Total LA of Timberlands: 19,819.63has.
  • Alienable & Disposable: 15, 639.97 has
  • Community Watershed Area: 2, 184 has.
  • Remainder:

Location of Wao, Lanao del Sur, Philippines

  • 7.6833° N, 124.6833° E - Wao, Lanao del Sur, Coordinates
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History of Wao, Lanao del Sur, Philippines

Wao’s History (As told by former Mayor Elvino C. Balicao, Sr.)

According To Few Living Pioneer Settlers Who Lived In Wao Until Today, There Were 60 People Of Various Ethnicities, From The South And North Cotabato, Who Were Gathered In Maramag, Bukidnon And Sacrificed Themselves By Hiking From Maramag To The Place Now Called “Wao” In Order To Resettle On January 19, 1954, Under The Lasedeco Prog Of Late President Ramon Magsaysay.

Those Settlers Were Welcomed By The Native Muslims Of Wao, Led By Sultan Mamaco Saripada, The First Appointive And Elective Mayor Of Wao, Together With Datu Tao Pagul, Datu Maki Saripada, Datu Polis Saripada, Oga Saripada, Mamoribid Ontawar, Mauna Pagul, Makaugay And Other Muslim Brethren. After 7 Years, Wao Was Officially Declared As Municipality Of The Rep. Of The Phils. On February 22, 1961, E. O. No. 418.

That Historic Event On January 19, 1954, Witnessed By Col. Labaun, Chief Of Police Of Maramag, Bukidnon Marked The Beginning Of Camaraderie Among Various Tribes/Ethnic Groups In Town (Ilokanos, Ilonggos, Cebuanos, Boholanos, Maranaos, Tausugs, Warays, Ibatans, Tagalogs, Batanguenos, And Few Other Ethnics), Living Together Harmoniously Among Others, Which Are Generally Categorized As Muslims And Christians. In Fact, One Among Those First Batch Of Settlers Became A Municipal Mayor Of Wao, He Is Hon. Elvino C. Balicao, Sr.

Geographically, Wao Spans An Area Of 35,459.60 Hectares Of Hilly, Rolling And Steep Lands, One Among The 40 Lgus Of Lanao Del Sur Province In Armm. It Is A Landlocked Municipality And Located At The Crossroads Of Bukidnon And Cotabato Provinces. Approximately, It Is 18 Km From Bukidnon, 220 Km From Cagayan De Oro City, 200 Km From Davao City, 325 Km From Marawi City, The Capital Of The Province. Wao Has 26 Barangays, 4 Of Which Are Urban While The Remaining 22 Are Considered Rural Areas.

THE NAME WAO (By Hesiquionito Echavez Absin)


It was told that many years ago a Bai Sa Raya, a beautiful Muslim Princess from a kingdom in Cotawato (now Cotabato), in the island of Mindanao visited the place now called “Wao”. It was a coincidence that during the visit there was a severe drought in the area, the rivers and springs had all dried up. Feeling very thirsty, the Princess shouted “Kawaw” or “Uhaw” meaning “I am thirsty” in English. From then on, the inhabitants in this area called the place “Wao”, in commemoration of the princess’s sad experience.


Before the arrival of the Christian farmer-settlers in Wao in 1954, there used to be a creek called “Wao” within Barangay Eastern, Wao. The informant is Pastor Misuari Salipada, a church minister of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Wao. The creek runs from the present Wao Central Market (specifically from the house of former Major Busran Kalaw, to the house of Solomon Pablico) down to the farmlot of Felipe Daguino. Sultan Solaiman Amad, the past Municipal Assessor of Wao and Barangay Councilman Benito Masid, a respectable Sultan in Muslim Village corroborated the name of the creek. The writer verified the existence of this creek on March 2, 1991, same date when some sultans in Wao were installed.


The third version is etymological. There is a strong reason to believe that the name Wao may have been also derived from the Maranaw word “Liawao”, meaning “a place located above” in English. The present poblacion that bears the same name of the Municipality used to be a Muslim community during the pre-settlement days. Among the Muslim communities in the locality, Wao happens to be located in a place above the other nearby communities existing in those days.

Since the creation of Wao as a Municipality of the Republic of the Philippines on February 22, 1961, and under the governance of various Mayors, Wao has able to accomplish great things for its advancement, as were peculiarly depicted in its 50th Year Founding Anniversary on February 22, 2011.

People of Wao, Lanao del Sur, Philippines

  • Total Population of Wao as of 2015 census: 45,862
  • Total Population of Wao as of 2010 census: 40,479

  • Registered voters 2010: 28,801

Local Government Unit LGU of Wao, Lanao del Sur, Philippines

The Sangguniang Panlungsod is composed of the City (Municipality) Vice-Mayor as Presiding Officer, regular Sanggunian members (Councilors), the President of the Association of Barangay Captains and the President of the Sangguniang Kabataan.

They shall exercise and perform the legislative powers and duties as provided for under Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991. Shall consider and conduct thorough study all matters brought to their attention and consequently pass resolutions, enact ordinances and to introduce recommendations.

Budget of Municipalities and Cities: The Philippine budget formulation system is not centralized. It has been decentralized since 1991. It is the responsibility of each LGU to submit their budgetary needs for review. Failure to submit is the problem. "IMPERIAL MANILA IS A MYTH!".

Elected officials of Wao for the term of 2019-2022
  • Vice-Mayor of Wao: MENDOZA, ELMER ACAP
  • Councilors of Wao:

Elected officials of Wao for the term of 2016-2019
  • Mayor of Wao: Bobby Balicao
  • Vice-Mayor of Wao: Al Belotendos
  • Councilors of Wao:
  1. Emelita Balicao
  2. Dennis Angeles
  3. Elmer Mendoza
  4. Jocelyn Pineda-monton
  5. Elsie Caralde
  6. Nash Macadato
  7. Flaviano Wagas
  8. Roger Baldeviso

Elected officials of Wao for the term of 2013-2016
  • Councilors of Wao:
  3. WAGAS, BOY INDEPENDENT 11393 9.75%

Elected officials of Wao for the term of 2010-2013

Businesses in Wao, Lanao del Sur, Philippines

How to Improve Your Business and Livelihood

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  • Supermarket, wet market, Fish Markets
  • Hotels, Motels, Pension Houses, Boarding houses and Resorts
  • Repair Shops: Shoe repair, Cellphone, Bikes (bicycles), motorcycles etc...
  • Restaurants, Carenderias, Coffee Shops, and Bakeries (Bakeshops)
  • Salons, Spas, Beauty Shops and Barber Shops
  • Gas Stations, Water Stations, Propane Stations

Real Estate for Sale in Wao, Lanao del Sur, Philippines

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Religions in Wao, Lanao del Sur, Philippines

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    Freedom of religion, yes. Equality, yes. But no favoritism.

Schools in Wao, Lanao del Sur, Philippines

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Due to Covid19: Pursuant to the instructions of President Roa Duterte, and as recommended by the DepEd, the opening of classes for the year 2020-2021 is deferred to October 5, 2020.

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PUBLIC NOTICE: Why pretend that the National language of the Philippines is Tagalog? It should be English. To be a Teacher, doctor, lawyer, engineer, architect, nurse, computer technician; what books do you learn from? English books of course. All your tests are in English. The constitution of the Philippines is written in English. All the laws and new laws introduced by congress are in English. For that matter, you can't be a teacher in a school system unless you know English. The "Licensure Exam for Teachers" is in ENGLISH! Who are these people forcing Tagalog down our throats? Tagalog is simply one of the many dialects of the Philippines. Keep your dialects but learn and be fluent and proficient in ENGLISH.

Schools in Wao

Economy of Wao, Lanao del Sur, Philippines

The economy of Wao

Natural Resources of Wao, Lanao del Sur, Philippines

Protect the environment

It is sad but true that as of the year 2012 the rivers of the Philippines continue to be the #1 Sewer Systems of the Philippines.

Protect & Save the Rivers. Do not let your sewer drain into the river. Your community can be the first to initiate this project.
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Let us plant more trees in every barangay in the entire Philippines. It does not make any difference if the barangay is urban, partially urban or rural; we need more trees. Trees will prevent erosion, provide oxygen, prevent green house effect, and even a place of business for the shade tree mechanic.

The Philippines is a tropical country and practically anything will grow. The DENR has the planting trees project that goes on every year. Lots of picture taking for the media. Planting trees one by one is the "human" way of doing it. This individual planting of trees is good if done to "line" the roads and highways with trees or along fences or property divisions, or if you have a plantation.

To reforest the nation of the Philippines we have to plant trees the "mother nature" way. Sow the seeds during the rainy season. Go deep into "bald" forests and plant trees by sowing seeds. If there's not enough volunteers to do this, use the military helicopters to fly over the designated areas and sow the seeds.

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We are using our rivers as our sewer system. If you ask a Filipino, "Are the Filipinos a clean people?" The answer is an automatic, "Yes!". However, the Filipinos are suffering from the same disease or attitude as most people do, and that is the "NIMBY" disease or "NIMBY" attitude. (NIMBY) Not In My Back Yard. So it is OK to dump my garbage and sewer there. Not mine! Someone else will take care of it.

This attitude is killing our rivers. Your great-grandparents, grandparents or parents were once proud to tell the stories of how they enjoyed swimming in the river behind your house or nearby. However, you can't say the same or tell the same stories to your kids or grand kids. Why? Because your generation is killing the river.


  • Secretary Roy Cimatu - since May 8, 2017
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Visayas Avenue, Diliman, 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
  • +63-2-929-6626
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Lanao Lake

  • Read this article about the great Ancient Lanao Lake. You will begin to understand why as a nation we have to save it.

We have so much water in the Philippines and yet very little to drink.

Instead of relying too much on Diesel fuel and Coal to generate the majority of Philippine's Electrical energy Supply, we can concentrate more on renewable and sustainable source of energy such as: Hydro Power, Solar Power, and Wind Power and thermal energy conversion. We have too many black outs.

Tourists Attractions of Wao, Lanao del Sur, Philippines

The tourist attractions of Wao

Fiestas and Traditions of Wao, Lanao del Sur, Philippines

In the Philippines a fiesta is usually celebrated in barrios or barangays. It is the official holiday of the LGU, the barangay. Filipinos love fiestas. It is a time for joy and celebration. A fiesta is of Spanish origin and is usually commemorated in association with a christian patron saint. Most barangays whose population have been clustered by Muslims(Moros) and their population is more than that of the Christians, the celebration of the fiesta have been cancelled and replaced with the Hari Raya or Eid al-Fitr.

The cities or municipalities usually have yearly festivals where all the barangays participate. The cities or municipalities hold contests for the best floats in parades.

Your Story about Wao, Lanao del Sur, Philippines

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You can talk about your personal experiences, your advocacies, the environmental conditions of your barangay, municipality, city or province.

The oldest living man or woman in Wao, Lanao del Sur, Philippines

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Philippine Cycling

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Cycling Activity to Participate In

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  • ILOILO CITY, April 27-May 2, 2015 (PNA) – Some 5,000 bikers are expected to join the second Iloilo Bike Festival slated April 27-May 2, 2015 as the city continues to aspire to become a bike-able walkable metropolis. The activity that supported by the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) and Megaworld Iloilo aims to promote Iloilo as a safe and bike friendly city, promote the share-a-road movement encourage Ilonggos to commute via biking and raise Ilonggos awareness on the benefits of biking on health, safety and environment concerns. Read More....
  • CYCLING Le Tour de Filipinas 2015 set as country celebrates 60 years of top-caliber cycling Feb 1 to Feb 4 2015 - View the result of the race: A four stage race. Stage 1 starts in Balanga and back to Balanga for a 126K race Feb 1, 2015 (Sunday); stage 2 starts in Balanga, Bataan to Iba, Zambales for a 154.7 K race Feb 2, 2015 (Monday); stage 3 starts in Iba, Zambales to Lingayen, Pangasinan for a 150.1K race Feb 3, 2015 (Tuesday); stage 4 starts in Lingayen, Pangasinan to Baguio City, Benguet for a 101.7K race Feb 4, 2015 (Wednesday). For a total distance of 532.5 Kms. Read More >>>
  • Ronda Pilipinas: Feb 8 - 27 2015:>> Discovering young riders for the national team will be the main objective of the LBC Ronda Pilipinas 2015 when the country’s premiere cycling race hits the road on Feb. 8 in Butuan City. Ronda Pilipinas executive project director Moe Chulani said the international multistage bikathon, which ends on Feb. 27, will have two qualifying legs of four stages each in Mindanao and the Visayas where the top riders will advance to face a tough foreign challenge in the six-stage Luzon finale. Read More>>>

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