Metro Manila · Muhammad Kudarat (* 1581, † 1671)
Muhammad Dipatuan Kudarat or Sultan Kudarat was a Maguindanao native who fought fervently against Spanish conquistadors who attempted to conquer his kingdom. A direct descendant of the Muslim missionary Shariff Kabungsuwan who brought the religion to the islands between the 13th and 14th century, Sultan Kudarat was the main force that hindered the Christianization of Mindanao.
His contributions to the Muslim community in Mindanao gained him a popularity that no other member of the Muslim nobility in the Philippines enjoyed. Today, a province in the country is named after Sultan Kudarat while a town formerly called Nuling in his native Maguindanao also changed its name in memory of the chieftain. The Miguel Malvar class corvette BRP Sultan Kudarat of the Philippine Navy was also named after the tribal chief centuries after his death.
Sultan Kudarat although called a Sultan was a Datu or a tribal chief with him being the chief monarch of the Muslim clan in Maguindanao. He was born in the latter part of the 1500s and served as a monarch until 1671. He was 90 years old when he died.
During his reign in Maguindanao, Kudarat opposed the Spanish who tried to conquer his people and his land. Kudarat was able to stop the Christianization of the whole of Mindanao.
Kudarat, based on historical records, is a direct descendant of Shariff Kabungsuwan, a Malay-Arab missionary who brought Islam to Mindanao.