Tarhata Alonto-Lucman

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Princess Tarhata Alonto-Lucman (26 June 1926 - 26 February 2021) was a politician and royalty among the Maranao people, the largest Islamic ethnolingustic group in the Philippines. Lucman was the first female governor of the province of Lanao del sur.[1]

Personal life

Tarhata Alonto-Lucman was born on 26 June 1926 to a Maranao royal family. Her father was Sultan Alauya Alonto, who served as a senator of the Philipines for two terms and was a delegate to the constitutional convention in 1934.[1] She was married to Rashid Lucman, a former legislator and governor of Lanao del Sur who, like Alonto-Lucman, opposed the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.

Political career

Tarhata Alonto-Lucman pursued a career in politics, coming from a family with significant involvement in the government. Her father Alauya Alonto and older brother Domocao Alonto were elected to the Senate. Prior to her election as governor of Lanao del Sur in 1971, she was what was known as "Babu Tata" and used her family's influence to resolve conflicts among individuals and clans.[1]

As governor, she was critical of the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos. Alonto-Lucman encouraged the Moro youth to be involved in activism. She also supported the Moro separatist movement.[1] She also headed a group of governors of Mindanao.[2]

Due to her opposition to Marcos, she was removed from her position in 1975, which led to her family's exile in Saudi Arabia. She returned to the Philippines after Marcos was deposed in the 1986 People Power Revolution.[1]


Alonto-Lucman died on 26 February, 2021. She had been confined at the Amai Pakpak Medical Center in Marawi.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Lanao del Sur mourns passing of first woman governor", Philippine Daily Inquirer, 28 February 2021. (in en) 
  2. "Princess Tarhata Alonto-Lucman: Babo a Tatah", MindaNews, 26 February 2021.