as part of the Cotabato Empire during the American period, the
area (now Sarangani) was incorporated in 1966 into the
province of South Cotabato.
established as an independent province in 1992 through
Republic Act 7228 authored by former Rep. James L. Chiongbian.
This landmark legislation spurred development in the former
third district of South Cotabato.
times, Sarangani has been occupied by indigenous tribes and
Muslim groups whose rich cultural heritage has meaningfully
survived to this day.
In fact in 1992,
Sarangani old-time residents have found relics or artifacts of
cavemen or ancient tribes who had inhabited at Pinol Cave,
Maitum, Sarangani. Etching out various facial expressions in
clayed portraits, the artifacts of anthropomorphic secondary
burial jars are believed to have great significance not only
to Philippine prehistory but also of Southeast Asia. (Click here
for more details on this archaeological finds.)
researchers described the artifacts as “unparalleled in
Southeast Asia” that date back to the Metal Age (nearly 2000
years ago). This year (2002) another discovery of potsherds
from different ages likely 3000 years old was unearthed at
Linao Cave, seven kilometers from the Maitum municipal hall.
The same group of
researchers could not directly tell if Linao Cave was also a
burial site like Pinol Cave was, but they observed, however,
that it (Linao Cave) “may likely have been a ritual site.”
The recovered shards, accordingly, depicted sketches of people
believed to be older than the Maitum Jars.
Sarangani Province was
named after Sarangani Bay. The name itself is legendary -- it
is about Saranganing, an adventurous son of a Sangil
family from the coast of Celebes off Indonesia. His voyages
often brought him to the Sultanate of Buayan (now General
Santos City), the stronghold of Maguindanaoans. His
outstanding character impressed the people that they named the
bay in his honor.