From General Santos City, We traveled to Datu Saudi Ampatuan onboard the earliest bus ride at 5.30am. (Husky liner) Probably stopping on several terminals that I wasn't able to notice because I slept all along the ride. We arrived around 9.30 and proceeded to Datu Saudi Ampatuan Municipal Hall to look for their Tourism Office or Officer. Sadly, any of the two doesn't even exist. This place has a very strong potential in terms of eco-tourism.
Anyway, We were introduced to a Municipal Adminstrator instead. He Gladly accompanied us to the PINK MOSQUE aka The Masjid Dimaukom. From the Natl Hi-Way, you can see a glimpse of the stunningly PINK Mosque from afar. It is just a few minutes walk from the High-way.
I'm in COMPLETE AWE. Such a beautiful thing to behold. I have a thing for anything pink, its like a default that I'll like it right away.
HOW TO GET THERE:
FROM GENERAL SANTOS CITY
travel time: 3hours or more.
Ride a bus or van to Cotabato City -
Drop off infront of Datu Saudi Ampatuan Municipal Hall 200-220Php
FROM TACURONG CITY
BUS OR VANS to Datu Saudi Ampatuan Municipal Hall
FROM COTABATO CITY-
BUS,VANS OR MULTICAB - 50-60PHP
Why PINK? I asked Mr. Suharto. Its Hon. Samsudin Dimaukom and his wife's favorite color. For them, Pink symbolizes Peace & Harmony. From blush pink to hot pink. More so, I believe the deeper the pink, the more passion and energy it exhibits.
The Masjid Dimaukom
built and donated by Hon. Samsudin Dimaukom, the town's present Mayor. Located at the very heart of the little town of Datu Saudi Ampatuan in the province of Maguindanao.
Where buildings and other structures is pink. The Goverment trucks and other vehicles are also in PINK.
Its a PINK TOWN after all.
Masjid Dimaukom's different angle.
The Mihrab of Masjid Dimaukom.
The Pink Mosque is said to be completed in three months time, Sometime in October.
PINK Dome of Masjid Dimaukom.
Photo courtesy of ESCAPE MLA.
The Travel Bloggers & the Kind People of Maguindanao.
I just hope this new face of Maguindanao will help cover the bad image that is being brought by the mainstream media.
Ill See you again, Pink Mosque.