This statue is a reminder that the Spaniards never succeeded in conquering the whole of Mindanao after sending 11 expeditions to conquer the island. This is the monument of Sultan Muhammad Dipatuan Kudarat (1580, in Lanao del Sur-?) the seventh Sultan of Maguindanao. He prevented the Spaniards from conquering his sultanate in Mindanao. He was a direct descendant of Sharif Kabungsuan, a Muslim missionary in the 14th century.