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Philippines’ LARGEST Mosque to rise in Cotabato
Construction of what has been claimed as the grandest, biggest mosque in the Philippines — with funding from Brunei Darrusalam — is almost complete.
With the Moro Gulf as background, the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid (Muslim center of worship), which reportedly costs $48 million (P2.1 billion), dominates the landscape of Kalanganan Dos in this city, some eight kilometers from the main road.Construction has been led by Manila-based New Kanlaon Construction, Inc., with design provided by known architectural firm Palafox Associates.The project is expected to be completed on May 15."The mosque itself is 99.12% complete," Richard Harris Jordan, project manager, said last week.The minarets, or towers, measure 43 meters high, their top perched with pilot’s lights to avoid aerial accidents at night, he told BusinessWorld.Mr. Jordan declined to state the project cost, but said it was “53% shouldered by the Sultanate of Brunei and the rest by the Philippine government.”Brunei is a colleague in the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.The construction of the mosque started two years ago, and was announced with the coming then of Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah to Manila.Reports then said Brunei would fund the $48-million mosque project.Efforts to invite Mr. Bolkiah to grace the facility’s grand opening are reportedly under way.Brunei, a tiny country made rich through oil reserves, has been helping in the Mindanao peace.It is a member of the Malaysian-led International Monitoring Team, which is looking after the implementation of the ceasefire agreement between the government and Moro rebels.Mr. Jordan said the mosque alone occupies at least 5,000 square meters inside a five-hectare property donated by the family of former Maguindanao Rep. Didagen P. Dilangalen.The mosque can accommodate 800 male and 400 female worshippers, Mr. Jordan said.A fountain will be among the main features of the courtyard. The building has been painted white and gold, although workers are still seen rushing fencing off the facility as well as doing landscaping work.The mosque is expected to enhance the tourism potentials of this city, which is the administrative center of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. — Romer S. Sarmiento

Philippines’ LARGEST Mosque to rise in Cotabato

Construction of what has been claimed as the grandest, biggest mosque in the Philippines — with funding from Brunei Darrusalam — is almost complete.


With the Moro Gulf as background, the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid (Muslim center of worship), which reportedly costs $48 million (P2.1 billion), dominates the landscape of Kalanganan Dos in this city, some eight kilometers from the main road.

Construction has been led by Manila-based New Kanlaon Construction, Inc., with design provided by known architectural firm Palafox Associates.

The project is expected to be completed on May 15.

"The mosque itself is 99.12% complete," Richard Harris Jordan, project manager, said last week.

The minarets, or towers, measure 43 meters high, their top perched with pilot’s lights to avoid aerial accidents at night, he told BusinessWorld.

Mr. Jordan declined to state the project cost, but said it was “53% shouldered by the Sultanate of Brunei and the rest by the Philippine government.”
Brunei is a colleague in the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

The construction of the mosque started two years ago, and was announced with the coming then of Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah to Manila.

Reports then said Brunei would fund the $48-million mosque project.

Efforts to invite Mr. Bolkiah to grace the facility’s grand opening are reportedly under way.

Brunei, a tiny country made rich through oil reserves, has been helping in the Mindanao peace.

It is a member of the Malaysian-led International Monitoring Team, which is looking after the implementation of the ceasefire agreement between the government and Moro rebels.

Mr. Jordan said the mosque alone occupies at least 5,000 square meters inside a five-hectare property donated by the family of former Maguindanao Rep. Didagen P. Dilangalen.

The mosque can accommodate 800 male and 400 female worshippers, Mr. Jordan said.

A fountain will be among the main features of the courtyard. The building has been painted white and gold, although workers are still seen rushing fencing off the facility as well as doing landscaping work.

The mosque is expected to enhance the tourism potentials of this city, which is the administrative center of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. — Romer S. Sarmiento

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