Statues and sculpted pieces of art have existed for almost as old as we have existed, with the oldest sculpture dating around as early as 32,000 B.C. Humans have always seen it fit to capture important individuals, events, symbols, and deities, effectively immortalizing them through stone. 

Photo from Ancient Origins

The Philippines also has been known to commemorate special events, deities, and people using statues. Pre-colonial Filipinos have been shown to put abstract concepts such as fertility, light and dark, and death into statues throughout the ancient years.

With that being said, there are tons of statues located on the island of Mindanao. Here are the 5 most famous statues:

  1. Statue of the Divine Mercy

Nestled in El Salvador, Misamis Oriental is a huge representation of the Divine Mercy. With light depicted using geometric lines that stretch from the ground to the Heart of Jesus, it’s a surreal and yet fitting sight to behold. The statue stands at the very top of a hill, where sceneries of the nearby Macajalar Bay can be seen. Being a pilgrimage site for devotees and tourists alike, the place emanates a holy and surreal atmosphere.

Photo from Acey Puno on Flickr
  1. LonWa Temple

The LonWa (Lon Hua) Temple in Davao City reflects the cultural significance of the Filipino-Chinese, being highly regarded due to its intricate architecture, beautiful gardens, and overall peaceful and soothing atmosphere. Upon entering the temple, you’re greeted by a statue of a smiling Buddha, seemingly embodying the vibe of the temple. The Main Hall also features additional statues of Buddha, providing a sense of reverence as you step into the temple grounds.

  1. The World’s Largest Rosary

Within Tagum City is a monument so strikingly relevant to millions of Filipinos all over the globe – the World’s Largest Rosary. With the holy rosary being an important symbol and tool to Catholics, the oversized prayer beads are a testament and homage to the strong religious influences in the area. The beads stretch around an entire garden, with a tall statue of Jesus overlooking the establishment.

  1. Caluya Shrine

Notable for its 45-foot tall statue of Christ the Redeemer situated at the top of a hill, the Caluya Shrine in Sapang Dalaga is a shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary. A tough climb on stairs towards the hilltop is well worth it, as you’re met with the imposing but gentle-looking replica of Brazil’s iconic symbol of Jesus Christ. For those seeking a place of calm and serenity, Caluya Shrine is the perfect place to go to!

Photo from Diklap
  1. Sultan Kudarat Monument

The Sultan Kudarat Monument, functioning both as a piece of art and as the provincial seat of Sultan Kudarat, is an imposing yet elegantly beautiful structure. Inspired by local Islamic architecture, its bright white-colored buildings are topped with a golden dome that seemingly reaches for the skies. At the center of the open lawn area is a golden statue of Sultan Muhammad Dipatuan Kudarat, a Muslim leader who reigned in the sultanate of Maguindanao from around 1625 to 1671.

Photo from Explore Filipino

With Mindanao being a melting pot of different cultures and traditions, it’s no surprise to see tons of monuments and statues being put up by its varying peoples. Amazing sights and fascinating stories are all around in Mindanao!

Looking for a place to stay in this island? Click here to get the best room deals.

Related Posts


For inquiries, email us at [email protected].

Comments are closed.