Last May 24, 2013, President Benigno S. Aquino III signed the Republic Act No. 10573 otherwise known as “An Act Declaring the Sheikh Karimul Makhdum Mosque as a National Historical Landmark.
One of the Philippines Oldest Mosque (photo courtesy of pamana.ph)
The Mosque is considered as one of Philippines’s oldest existing Muslim Houses of Prayer. The new historical landmark is located in Tubig Indangan, Simunul in the province of Tawi-Tawi.
The Act, which originated in the House of Representatives, was finally passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on March 23, 2011 and February 4, 2013, respectively.
The newly-declared national historical landmark Sheikh Karimul Makhdum Mosque was constructed in 1380 A.D. The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) shall exercise supervision over the preservation of the site and shall issue the necessary rules and regulations to fulfill its functions, the President noted.