Datu Piang, Maguindanao

The Maguindanao are one of the largest ethnic groups of the Philippines, and they had so much contact with the Spanish that the latter mangled ther name to create a moniker for the whole island.

Population concentrations are in the towns of Dinaig, Datu Piang, Maganoy, and Buluan. Culture, social structure and organization are heavily influenced by Islam, and based here is one of t ...

he three Philippine sultanates, which at one time had authority over all of southwestern Mindanao.

The complex sociopolitical system is much like that of the Sulu Sultanate. There are three royal houses: Maguindanaon in Sultan Kudarat, Buayan in Datu Piang, and Kabuntalan in Tumbao, all of which trace their lineage to Sharif Kabunsuan one of the earliest Muslim missionaries, and Sultan Kudarat.

Customary laws (adat) is adhered to, embodied in oral traditions and in accordance with the Paluwaran code which contains provisions of every aspect of life. The arts and craft is well developed, exhibiting sophistication in weaving and metalworking, with very characteristic design motifs that shows affinity with the rest of Southeast Asia, yet retaining a distinctive ethnic character.

Maguindanao People News

  • ARMM Kicks Off Pakaradjaan Fest

    ARMM Kicks Off Pakaradjaan Fest

    Southern ethnic groups launched on Monday the Pakaradjaan 2018 to highlight a common aspiration for peace in a homeland torn by conflicts and calamities.

    Pakaradjaan is a generic term for celebration among ethno-linguistic tribes in the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

    The region also covers Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur, both in central Mindanao.

    The provincial governors of the five provinces are also involved in the Pakaradjaan festival, organized by the ARMM?s executive department as part of the 29th founding anniversary o ...

  • Davao City Council Passes Bill Declaring Datu Bago A Local Hero

    Davao City Council Passes Bill Declaring Datu Bago A Local Hero

    City Council here approved on Tuesday, March 20, an ordinance declaring Datu Bago as a local hero.

    The ordinance was passed on third and final reading with Councilor Bonifacio Militar as lone objector.

    The ordinance recognized Datu Bago as a "paramount warrior" or called as a "Bawwangin" by the local tribes who "fought long and hard in keeping Davao Gulf free from foreign control."

    Datu Bago was of Kagan, Tausug and Maguindanawon descent and settled in Bagobo Land, todays Davao City.

    "Davao was the last unoccupied territory in the Philippines and Datu Bago heroically defended it ag ...

  • Colloquium Traces Tagum Citys History

    Tagum City, the bustling city north of here, is tracing its history, gathering the 10 tribes that populate it, and recognizing the pioneering migrant families from as far as Luzon in a colloquium.

    The city government invited representatives of 10 tribes of the indigenous peoples and Moro communities who were "culturally considered as the original settlers of Tagum," the city information office said, as they met with representatives of the pioneering migrant families "from the islands of Luzon, Cebu, Bohol and Leyte who settled in Tagum between the 1920s and the 1940s."

    On March 1, the ga ...

  • Maguindanao Weaving Fest Triggers Urban Change For Lakeside Town

    The festival trying to revive the ancestral weaving among ethnic Maguindanao residents has wrought changes in the economic landscape of a lakeside town, which relies heavily on aquaculture and rice farming.

    The town of Buluan takes its name from Lake Buluan in Maguindanao, one of the big lakes in the Cotabato rice plains, to which its more than 50,000 residents rely on their food and livelihood.

    In the last couple of years since the "inaul" or cloth weaving festival was held, the town center has seen dramatic changes. From the usual stalls of grilled chicken and fish and other food items ...

  • Reflections Of A Maguindanaon

    Reflections Of A Maguindanaon

    For a time, many have frowned upon Maguindanao, both the name and the place. The mere mention gave a number of negative preconceived notions specially from those who have not (even) visited the place. Not that we blame them, in truth, we dont. We cant.

    Despite such, we fought to correct the negativity and welcomed everyone to experience Maguindanao. And as with change and the inevitable rotation of time, Maguindanao has since been painstakingly uplifting itself not for others but for the Maguindanaons.

    Born and raised Maguindanaon, I am a proud descendant of the Sinsuat and Ambolodto cl ...

  • Inaul Weaving One Maguindanao

    Inaul Weaving One Maguindanao

    Mention weaving and Mindanao women will be among those top of mind. Theres the Tnalak dreamweavers of the Tboli tribe in South Cotabato, the Dagmay weavers of the Mandayas in Davao Oriental, and the labur tiyahiran of the Tausugs, among several others.

    But little has been told about this recently promoted intricate woven fabric from Maguindanao, the Inaul.

    Inaul is the traditional woven cloth of the Maguindanaon. It is the Maguindanaoan word for "woven".

    For years this cultural icon has been a "given" among Maguindanao women: they wear it, they weave it, and sell it as "malong". It wa ...