Senator Alauya Alonto was born in Ramain, Lanao, shortly before the outbreak of the Spanish-American War. He studied under the tutelage of Hadji Nosca Alum, the highest Pandita of Lanao and took up Arabic literature and jurisprudence.
In 1912 he became Sultan of Ramain. Inspired by the cause of freedom, he organized the “Filipinista” party in Lanao.
He was appointed Municipal Manager under the Philippine Independence Commission in 1924, as special representative for Lanao, by then Governor-General Frank Murray, and was elected Delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1934.
He served as senator for three terms : 1934-1935; 1941-1945 and 1946-1947.
Sultan Alonto Alauya married the former Miss Banig Alagadi of Ramain, by whom he had six children.