Sharif Kabungsuwan

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Muhammad Kabungsuwan
Sultan of Maguindanao
Reign 1520–1543
Predecessor none
Successor Sultan Maka-alang Saripada
Born (unknown)
Died 1543
Burial (unknown)
Spouse Angintabo (Maranao princess)
  • Daughter of Macaapun Rajah Simbaan of Malabang
  • Masawang (Angintabo's niece)
Issue Sultan Maka-alang Saripada
Dayang Daragat
nine other children
Full name
Muhammad Shariff Kabungsuwan
House Sultan of Maguindanao
Dynasty Monarch
Father Ali Zein ul-Abedin of Mecca
Mother Daughter of Sultan Iskandar Zhulkarnain of Malacca
Religion Sunni Islam

Shariff Muhammed Kabungsuwan[1] (Malay: Muhammad Kebungsuwan, Jawi: شريف کبوڠسووان) was the first Sultan of Maguindanao in the Philippines. A native of Johore in Maritime Southeast Asia, Kabungsuwan re-settled in Mindanao in the Philippines where he preached Islam to the native tribes around the region.[2][3]

Kabungsuwan invaded Malabang, Cotabato, facing armed resistance from the non-Muslim natives, nevertheless successfully vanquishing and subjugating them to his (Islamic) rule through the might of his Samal warriors.[4]

Kabungsuwan was of Arab-Malay ethnicity. He married a local princess and established the Sultanate of Maguindanao in the 16th century.[2] The sultanate was usually centered in the valley of Cotabato.

The former province of Shariff Kabunsuan in the Philippines was named after him.


  1. ^ Ang Bayan Sa Labas Ng Maynila (2008), pg 195
  2. ^ a b "History/The%20Maguindanao%20Sultanate". Retrieved 2015-08-23. 
  3. ^ "WebCite query result". Retrieved 2015-08-23. 
  4. ^ Halili, M. (2004). Philippine History. Rex Book Store. p. 52. ISBN 9789712339349. Retrieved 2015-08-23. 


Regnal titles
Preceded by
Sultan of Maguindanao
Succeeded by
Sultan Maka-alang Saripada