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Amai Manabilang, Lanao del Sur

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Amai Manabilang

Location in Lanao del Sur

Amai Manabilang
Location within the Philippines


0748N 12439ECoordinates:

0748N 12439E


Autonomous Region in Muslim

Mindanao (ARMM)


Lanao del Sur




Jamal E. Manabilang


544.10 km2 (210.08 sq mi)

Population (2010)[2]



16/km2 (42/sq mi)

Time zone


ZIP code


Dialing code





Amai Manabilang, formerly Bumbaran, is a third class municipality in the province of Lanao del
Sur, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 8,734 people.[2] The towns
climate is similar to that of Baguio City. Its name was changed from Bumbaran to Amai
Manabilang under Muslim Mindanao Act No. 316 on January 22, 2015.[3]





4History of Barangay Francfort



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This town is situated near the boundaries of the provinces of Lanao del Sur and Bukidnon. In order
to reach the capital town of Marawi City, one has to travel for almost seven hours by land via the
provinces of Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte and the Cities of Valencia, Malaybalay,
Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.
The municipal boundaries are defined as follows: on the east by the municipality of Wao, separated
by a straight line 13.65 kilometres (8.48 mi) long, drawn northward from Point 1 to Point 2 on the
bank of the Maladugao river 1.5 km. East Sumogot on the LanaoBukidnon boundary as point 3;
then by straight line following the Lumba - a BayabaoWao boundary line. Southward of the
intersection of the LanaCotabato boundary as point 4; then finally 1.72 km. Eastward following the
LanaoCotabato boundary to the starting point. [4]

Amai Manabilang is politically subdivided into 17 barangays.













Poblacion (Apartfort)





Bumbaran is named after the well-known Magalinday Bembaran in the Darangen, a famous
Meranau Epic that was justifiably placed in the company of known epics of the world. The scenic
beauty of the town resembles the beauty of Magalinday Bembaran. After the efforts of Mayor James
Manabilang, Bumbaran was successfully renamed into Municipality of Amai Manabilang

Bumbaran was commonly known before as Aparport its seat of government. Its existence came
into being when President Ferdinand E. Marcos signed into law on November 17, 1977, Presidential
Decree No. 1243 creating Aparport a separate and independent municipality and naming it the
Municipality of Bumbaran, separate from the Municipality of Wao, its mother municipality. This was
necessary in order to maximize the enforcement of law and order and expedite optimum and
sustainable development.[4]
At that time, the municipality consisted of 21 barangays namely: Sumogot, Francfort, Lambanogan,
Punud, Comara, Aparport, Paglamatan, Natangcopan, Mansilano, Salam, Bandara-Ingud, RanaoIbaning, Bagumbayan, Pagonayan, Piagma, Lico, Siuan, Lama, Borntacan, Miorod, and Someorang.
It was reduced to seventeen barangays when President Corazon C. Aquino signed an Executive
Order in December 1986 abolishing thousands of barangays in the country which affected
barangays Lama, Miorod, Borontacan, and Someorang. Bembaran is a Jungle Town before

History of Barangay Francfort[edit]

The Municipality of Amai Manabilang is composed of two major groups 90% Muslim Bangsamoro
and 10% Catholic. Catholics inhabited barangays Sumogot and Francfort. The Muslim Bangsamoros
occupied the rest of the 17 barangays. Due to the aftereffect of the Settler Program, [5] in spite of
Meranau protestations dividing their once united province, on the excuse of geographical and
cultural reasons, the Sangguniang Bayan, thru Resolution designated Barangay Francfort as
Poblacion (Center) for Catholic populace and Barangay Natangcopan as poblacion for the Muslim
Bangsamoros. Barangay Natangcopan is an extension of Barangay Aparport, the original seat of
Barangay Francfort, together with barangays Sumogot, Aparport and Mansilano were regular
barangays of Wao before Bumbaran was created a municipality.
Francfort is named after Mr. Franco and Mr. Fortich, the organizers of the National Reconstruction
and Rehabilitation Administrator (NARRA) Settlements Project in the Municipality of Wao. It was
created as a regular barangay of Wao in 1965. The first settlers of these barangays were the
Ilocanos and Ivatans, followed from 1967 by the Ilongos, Visaya, Kapampangan and other smaller
Catholic converted ethnic groups. As anticipated through the Settlements pushing the indigenous
away from their land and opportunities, peace and order in the area was interrupted by the Catholic
militia ILAGA and the response of the MoroBlackshirts from 1972 to 1976 which caused the
evacuation of some residents and damage to properties including the burning of houses.
By November 17, 1977, the Municipality of Bumbaran was created into a separate municipality by
virtue of Presidential Decree No. 1234 signed by the late President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos, and
barangay Francfort was included as one of its regular barangays. Consequently, in the mid1980s,
the people returned little by little.
Before Bumbaran was created as a separate municipality, Hon. Hadji Acob was the Barangay
Chairman of Barangay Francfort; on his death, Hon. Efren Vaso succeeded him. In the following
barangay election, Hon. Columbus Kalaw was elected Barangay Chairman until he was defeated by

Hon. Wilfredo Barcelona. In 1993, Hon. Oscar Baldonasa was elected Chairman and he was reelected in the 1996 and 2002 barangay elections.
Barangay Francfort is bounded on the East by Maridugao/Maridgaw River; West by Barangay
Sumogot; On the south Sumogot river; and on the North by Barangay Lambanogan.
Mountain ranges, hills, plateaus, and flatland characterize the topography of the barangay. It has a
vast agricultural land suited for crops like rice, corn, carrots, sugar cane. Its hydrological features
comprise rivers like the Maridugao and Sumogot, streams, swamps, creeks and springs.
Barangay Francfort has a total land area of 1,304 hectares. The soil is loam and the climate is
temperate. The population is 1,491 according to the 2000 Census, with 298 households.

Population census of
Amai Manabilang

Source: National Statistics Office[2]

The Municipality of Amai Manabilang is inhabited by settlers of different origins, like Ilonggos,
Ivatans, Ilocano, Bisaya and other smaller ethnic groups that dominated barangays Francfort and
Sumugot. This is due to the Settlement Program and Land Tenure Laws [5] of the Republic of the
Philippines. The Moro Maranaws who came from the different municipalities of Lanao del Sur and
Lanao del Norte inhabited the rest of the seventeen barangays of this municipality. Their source of
livelihood is farming, mainly crop production. Having rich soil, the municipality is one of the largest
corn producers in the province, only second to its mother municipality of Wao for having vast
agricultural land capable of producing variable crops which could give sufficient food and income to
the population.

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