Municipality of Matungao

Matungao is a fifth class municipality in the province of Lanao del Norte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 13,975 people.

The word Matungao literally means cold in Maranao language. This municipality is a bastion of peace between Muslims and Christians and an ardent advocate of the Maranao culture. Matungao stages annually the well-loved Maranao courtship dance in the colorful and gliterry Singkil Festival.


Executive Order No. 230, s. 1949, signed on June 20, 1949: “…the barrios of Nunang, Matungao, Matampai, Pasayanon, Pangi, Somiorang, Batangan, Bangco, and Batal, all of the municipal district of Pantao-Ragat, Province of Lanao, are hereby organized into an independent municipal district under the name of Matungao with the seat of government at the barrio of Matungao.”


Matungao is politically subdivided into 12 barangays.

  • Bubong Radapan
  • Bangco
  • Batal
  • Batangan
  • Cadayonan
  • Matampay
  • Pangi
  • Pasayanon
  • Poblacion (Matungao)
  • Puntod
  • Santa Cruz
  • Somiorang