Simunul, Tawi-Tawi

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Map of Tawi-Tawi with Simunur highlighted
Map of Tawi-Tawi with Simunur highlighted
Simunul is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 04°54′N 119°50′E / 4.900°N 119.833°E / 4.900; 119.833Coordinates: 04°54′N 119°50′E / 4.900°N 119.833°E / 4.900; 119.833
Country Philippines
Region Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
Province Tawi-Tawi
District Lone district of Tawi-Tawi
Barangays 15
 • Mayor Nazif Ahmad Bayo Abduraman
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 34,538
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 7505
Dialing code 68
Income class 4th

Simunul is a fourth class municipality in the province of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 34,538 people.[2] The municipality consists of 2 islands: the larger eponymous Simunul Island and Manuk Mangkaw (Manuk Manka) Island, 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) to the south.

The language spoken is Sama, also known as Sinama. The first Muslims in the Philippines are said to have arrived at Simunur. The first mosque in the Philippines was built here by Sheik Karimul Makhdum. This mosque is called the Sheik Karimal Makdum Mosque. Inside this mosque stands 4 hags where it is repainted every year.

There are six beaches in Simunur. The majority of the people are Muslims.

The militants involved in the 2013 Lahad Datu standoff came from Simunul.[3]


Simunur is politically subdivided into 15 barangays.[2]

  • Bagid
  • Bakong
  • Doh-Tong
  • Luuk Datan
  • Manuk Mangkaw
  • Maruwa
  • Mongkay
  • Pagasinan
  • Panglima Mastul
  • Sokah-Bulan
  • Tampakan (Pob.)
  • Timundon
  • Tonggusong
  • Tubig Indangan
  • Ubol

The barangays of Timundon, Manuk Mangkaw, and Luuk Datan are located on Manuk Mangkaw Island; the remaining 12 barangays are located on Simunul Island.


Population census of Simunul
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 26,491 —    
1995 29,254 +1.88%
2000 31,962 +1.92%
2007 38,239 +2.50%
2010 34,538 −3.64%
Source: National Statistics Office[2]


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Arlyn dela Cruz (February 16, 2013). "Heirs of Sultan of Sulu pursue Sabah claim on their own". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 

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