Upi, Maguindanao

Upi, Maguindanao

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Upi, Maguindanao

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North Upi is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Maguindanao, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 51,141 people in 9,975 households.

The town was part of the province of Shariff Kabunsuan from October 2006 until its nullification by the Supreme Court in July 2008.

The current mayor of North Upi is Ramon Piang, a former principal of Notre Dame of Upi, a local high school manage by the Catholic church.


Upi was probably derived from the term "Ufi". It is a Teduray name for a certain tree that grows abundantly in the place. The bark of “Ufi” is used with betel nuts for chewing or "mama" in Teduray. Tedurays are the native inhabitants of the place.


The beginning of Upi as a district geographical and political entity largely began on the early part of 1901 to 1910 when the American forces set foot in the then Empire of Cotabato. Today the province is subdivided into five (5) major provinces; Sultan Kudarat, Cotabato, South Cotabato, Saranggani and Maguindanao where Upi municipality is located. Upi is a mountainous town situated in the southwestern coastal portion of Maguindanao Province.

Known far and wide, an American Army Officer Captain Irving Bryant Edwards was assigned to Awang. He showed great interest in bringing the government closer to the people by establishing school in the far-flung areas. He reached the fertile valley of Upi and founded the Upi Agricultural School on August 19,...
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