Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque

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Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque
Grand Mosque
Cotabato City Grand Mosque Bird eye view.jpg
LocationCotabato City, Philippines
Geographic coordinates7°12′07″N 124°09′56″E / 7.2019°N 124.1656°E / 7.2019; 124.1656Coordinates: 7°12′07″N 124°09′56″E / 7.2019°N 124.1656°E / 7.2019; 124.1656
Architect(s)Felino Palafox
Funded bySultan Hassanal Bolkiah (partial; 53%)
Construction costUS$48 million
Minaret height43 m (141 ft)[1]

The Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque, also known as the Grand Mosque of Cotabato, is situated in Cotabato City and is the largest mosque in the Philippines with the capacity to accommodate 15,000 people.[2] The mosque is located in Barangay Kalanganan II in Cotabato City[3]. It is also the second largest mosque in Southeast Asia after the Istiqlal Mosque of Indonesia.[4]


The mosque was erected in 2011[5] with the building's construction reportedly costing US$48 million. Around 53% of the construction cost was partly funded by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei. The construction work was done by Manila-based firm New Kanlaon Construction, Inc. with Richard Harris Jordan as project manager. The mosque is 99.12% complete by April 2011. 300 workers were hired for the construction of the mosque.[6]

It was built on a lot donated by Maguindanao First District Representative Didagen Dilangalen.[5]

Architecture and design[edit]

The Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque was designed by local architecture firm Palafox Associates[6] of Felino Palafox.[1] The mosque's domes is painted in gold and their tips are adorned by crescent moons. The building's minarets stands 43 meters (141 ft) high and is lit at night which serves as a guide for aircraft pilots flying near the area.[6] The building itself occupies an area of 5,000 square meters (54,000 sq ft) or half a hectare on a five hectare lot.[6]


The mosque is managed and operated by the Bangsamoro regional government.[7] Prior to this the entity responsible for its management has been disputed, with claims that either the local government of Cotabato City or the defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) should manage the religious site. The dispute prompted the national government to temporarily took over the mosque's management except fund allocation for the building's maintenance which has been taken care of by nearby residents. In November 2019, the national government has offered to cede its role of managing the mosque to the Bangsamoro regional government which suceeded the ARMM in the first quarter of the same year as part of the transition process.[5] The mosque was officially turned over to the Bangsamoro regional government in January 8, 2020.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Enriquez, Kenneth (6 April 2019). "Capturing colors of Cotabato". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  2. ^ "A symbol of faith". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Inquirer Research. 2 September 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  3. ^ Andong, Lore Mae (30 August 2011). "Muslims flock to Philippines' largest mosque". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  4. ^ Indah Gilang Pusparani (May 19, 2018). "Top 7 Largest Mosques in Southeast Asia". Seasia. Cotabato City. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Macabalang, Ali (5 November 2019). "BARMM to manage Sultan Bolkiah mosque in Cotabato City". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d Sarmiento, Bong (3 April 2011). "Brunei-funded grand mosque in Mindanao to open soon". MindaNews. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  7. ^ a b "BARMM takes over Sultan Bolkiah mosque in Cotabato City". Manila Bulletin. 9 January 2020. Retrieved 9 January 2020.