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For the sultanate, see Sultanate of Sulu. For the archipelago, see Sulu Archipelago.

Sulu is an island province of the Philippines located in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Its capital is Jolo and occupies the middle group of islands of the Sulu Archipelago, between Basilan and Tawi-Tawi. It is home to the Royal Sultanate of Sulu. Although a small island, was regarded by the Spanish Conquistadors of the past as one of its strongest enemies.

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Province of Sulu

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Physical characteristics
Area 1,600.4 km²
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Density 387/km²
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[edit] People and culture

Although consisting of a mixed community of Muslims and Christians, the Tausugs dominate the Sulu Archipelago. The Tausugs were among the first Filipinos to embrace Islam as a religion and a way of life. Their traditional religio-political structure is the sultanate. The sultan is the head of all ranks within the sultanate. Succession is by election by his staff although patrilineal succession is the ideal.

The Tausugs are referred to as ‘people of the current’, reflective of their close ties to the sea. They are known for their bravery, independence, and love for adventure, as well as being shrewd traders and excellent sailors and fighters. The Tausugs are also very artistic and their traditional dress, jewelry, weapons, brass artifacts, music, dance and architecture, mirror their rich cultural heritage The handicrafts of Sulu mirror Islamic and Indonesian influences. Skilled artisans make boats, bladed weapons, bronze and brassware, pis cloth, embroidered textiles, shellcraft, traditional house carvings, and carved wooden grave markers.

[edit] Geography

Sulu's area is 1,600.4 kilometers square, and is 15th of the largest islands of the Philippine Archipelago, in terms of the area. Sulu is a part of the Sulu Archipelago, which is near the island of Borneo. The main island and also its islets are in-between the island-provinces of Basilan to the NE, and Tawi-Tawi to the SW.

[edit] Political

Sulu is subdivided into 18 municipalities.

[edit] Municipalities

Municipality No. of
Pop. density
(per km²)
Hadji Panglima Tahil (Marunggas)
Kalingalan Caluang
Old Panamao
Panglima Estino (New Panamao)

[edit] See also

[edit] External links

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[edit] Original Source

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