Ganassi, Lanao del Sur

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Municipality of Ganassi
Map of Lanao del Sur with Ganassi highlighted
Map of Lanao del Sur with Ganassi highlighted
Ganassi is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 7°50′N 124°06′E / 7.83°N 124.1°E / 7.83; 124.1Coordinates: 7°50′N 124°06′E / 7.83°N 124.1°E / 7.83; 124.1
Country  Philippines
Region Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
Province Lanao del Sur
District 2nd District
Barangays 32 (see Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Al-Rashid Boloto M.A. Macapodi
 • Electorate 8,326 voters (2016)
 • Total 256.00 km2 (98.84 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 23,016
 • Density 90/km2 (230/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code 9311
PSGC 153609000
IDD:area code +63 (0)63
Climate type Tropical climate
Income class 4th municipal income class
Revenue (₱) 81,558,561.61 (2016)

Ganassi, officially the Municipality of Ganassi, is a 4th class municipality in the province of Lanao del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 23,016 people.[3]

The municipality used to host the 'finest example of a traditional torogan' according to Dr. Jesus T. Peralta of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. In January 2016, a media team found that the Laguindab torogan still stands in Ganassi, though it is badly damaged. A conservation effort is needed to rehabilitate the Laguindab torogan, one of the most outstanding royal houses built in the entire Philippines.

Torogan Finesse[edit]

It was reported in 2015 that the town once hosted what used to be the finest example of a torogan, a huge traditional Maranao house which was the seat of power of the Maranao royalties and Maranao high officials. Unfortunately, for an undisclosed reason, the torogan was demolished by some locals. A group once campaigned for the passage of an ordinance where the architecture of all houses and buildings in Ganassi will follow the okir and the torogan style. Through it, the town would have been the first planned city whose architectural grandeur is inspired by a traditional Maranao vernacular way of building. However, due to lack of funding available, the campaign went into deaf ears.

In January 2016, the media team went to the municipality and found half of the former Laguindab Torogan of Ganassi still intact and badly needs restoration. Once restored, according to the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Laguindab Torogan can be declared as a National Cultural Treasure like the Kawayan torogan of Marantao. A group of people are planning to nominate the torogans of Lanao del Sur to the UNESCO World Heritage List, but the nomination is being halted as of the moment due to the lack of restoration in some torogans in the area, specifically in Ganassi. The possible nomination of the Laguindab torogan to the National Cultural Treasure list and the UNESCO list is seen to boost the tourism of the area, if the torogan is conserved properly and evaluated by the local government of Ganassi, with aid request from the National Museum or National Commission for Culture and the Arts.[4]


Ganassi is politically subdivided into 32 barangays.

  • Bagoaingud
  • Balintad
  • Barit
  • Bato Batoray
  • Campong a Raya
  • Gadongan
  • Gui
  • Linuk
  • Lumbac
  • Macabao
  • Macaguiling
  • Pagalongan
  • Panggawalupa
  • Pantaon A
  • Para-aba
  • Pindolonan
  • Poblacion
  • Baya
  • Sogod Madaya
  • Tabuan
  • Taganonok
  • Taliogon
  • Masolun
  • Lumbacaingud
  • Sekun Matampay
  • Dapaan
  • Balintad A
  • Barorao
  • Campong Sabela
  • Pangadapun
  • Pantaon
  • Pamalian


Ganassi among to the Nine Princess of Unayan (e.g. in Meranau term Inuda so Ganassi Ayour so Linindingan,Andong so Macadar, etc.)


Population census of Ganassi
YearPop.±% p.a.
1918 1,943—    
1939 3,892+3.36%
1948 9,573+10.52%
1960 12,372+2.16%
1970 13,227+0.67%
1975 15,506+3.24%
1980 9,755−8.85%
1990 15,394+4.67%
1995 16,947+1.82%
2000 18,947+2.42%
2007 25,456+4.16%
2010 20,205−8.06%
2015 23,016+2.51%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6]


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: Lanao del Sur". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "ARMM – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
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  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "ARMM – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "ARMM – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO. 

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