5 facts about Salipada Pendatun, the Forgotten Hero from Mindanao

I never heard about Salipada Pendatun, until I visited Buluan, Maguindanao last month. I chanced upon a hanging tarpaulin at a trade exhibit when I first learned about this Filipino hero. I would say I’m impressed after reading a short biography of Pendatun.

This former senator was called a man of “many firsts”.

1. He led a a combined Muslim Christian-American guerilla army. The Philippine-American military surrendered to the Japanese Imperial Army, but few factions continue to fight the occupiers, and Pendatun was one of those.

2. The first Filipino Muslim to be married in a Catholic church, but still remained a Muslim.

3. The first Maguindanaoan to be elected as senator, he served two terms. He also was a Speaker Pro-Tempore of the House of Representatives of the Philippines (1962–1967).

4. He was a descendant of the first sultan of Maguindanao who reigned from 1520 to 1543.

5. Pendatun was born in Cotabato. He died in Quezon City. His body was buried in Buluan, Maguindanao.


  1. Joanne Cornell-Ohlman says:

    Hello — I live in Ocala, Florida, and am interested in finding out about any of Gen. Pendatun’s descendants.
    My grandfather Gen Joseph Hutchison served in the Philippines in WWII, and accepted the Japanese surrender at Mindanao.
    I just found a gracious letter that Aida Pendatun wrote my mother after the war, and I would like to share it with her descendants, if there are any.
    Any leads you could give me would be most appreciated. Thank you.

    1. Filipino says:

      Hi Joanne, I will try to contact Ayesha Mangudadatu, she used to hold a high Tourism official position in Mindanao, she is my Facebook friend. I got to know her when were in Maguindanao in 2018. She might be able to contact the descendants for you.

  2. Ed Rizz says:

    Hello! I am from Ozamiz and I am interested to ask questions about the great Salipada Pendatun and his contributions for our independence. We are planning to make a documentary about him for a film competition. Hopefully, someone would reply or reach out to my social media, “edrizzdelcorro0510@gmail.com”.

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