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The Grand Mosque in Cotabato City, Largest and Grandest in the Philippines

Last Wednesday August 17, 2011, I took a bus ride of more than 3-hours from General Santos City to Cotabato City just to have my first visit to an Islamic Mosque, it's the GRAND MOSQUE in COTABATO CITY, the grandest and biggest mosque in the country.

I took the first bus trip ( Husky bus) and leave Bulaong Terminal in Gensan at around 6am and arrived in Cotabato City at around 9:45am (may stop-over pa ang bus sa Koronadal, Tacurong, Isulan and Shariff Aguak)

Then I looked for a motorcycle to take me to the Grand Mosque or Masjid Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah which is situated on a coastal area in Brgy. Kalanganan Dos almost seven kilometers away from the National Highway (salamat sa downloaded Google Map, nalaman ko kaagad that the road to the mosque is just fronting the Husky bus terminal

The Grand Mosque occupies 5,000-square-metre area within a five-hectare prime property donated by the Dilangalen family, about 9 kilometers away from the city proper. It's so huge that it is seen from the east by those arriving by sea from the Moro Gulf and from the south by those who are landing at the Awang Airport, eight kilometres away.
There were tourists taking pictures of the Grand Mosque when I arrived, and construction is still on-going (it was wednesday) so visitors were advised not to get inside to avoid untoward incidents.
One of the 14 majestic golden domes
The grand feature of the mosque is the four minarets or towers which are 40-meters high or equivalent to 15-story building and equipped with speakers which will be used to call faithful to prayers.

The Grand Mosque with 14 majestic golden domes and four minarets soaring 40 metres high.
One of the four 40-meters high minarets, wherein the public address system is located.
The fountain at the main entrance
Islamic-inspired entrances
This domes are said to be coated with gold when completed
According to Cotabato City tourism officer Benjamin Abarca, the Grand Mosque will be used by our muslim brothers this coming Eid al-Fitr or the conclusion of the month of Ramadhan next week, while the inauguration will be on the month of October, which Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei himself is expected to grace the event. Brunei has contributed US$40 million for the project. An athletic oval /soccer field, an Islamic- school, grandstand and gymnasium are also planned to be built, it would become the center of Islamic faith in Mindanao.The Grand Mosque is so beautiful, I just hope that this would help in achieving peace in Mindanao.

For those who wants to see the Grand Mosque in Cotabato City:

Gensan- Cotabato City (Husky Bus- airconditioned) - Php 300.00
Husky Bus terminal (Sinsuat ave.) - Grand Mosque (single motorcycle/ habal-habal) - Php 35.00 (one-way)
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