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

  • 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 ...

  • Maguindanao A Taste Of Culture And Tradition

    Maguindanao A Taste Of Culture And Tradition

    I am a Maguindanaon.

    Truly, Mindanao is a multi-ethnic island. With more than a handful tribes each with distinct traditions and culture, Mindanao is more than just a destination it is home even to those who do not want to admit it. And as a Muslim and Mindanaon, I particularly aim for appreciation and recognition of the many beautiful reasons why Mindanao is one helluva of a force to reckon with.

    The recently concluded 2nd Inaul Festival (Feb 8 to 14 2018) at Buluan, Maguindanao proved to be a most wonderful highlight to a new year. Admittedly, it was a first (time) but it felt as thoug ...

  • Editorial Call For Appreciation Preservation

    Mindanao has been known for its rich natural resources and diverse culture.

    To say rich, maybe, is an understatement.

    Mindanao always rises above when it comes to weaving, its women are known for their expertise and intricacy in weaving fabrics and garments.

    There's the Tnalak dreamweavers of the T'boli tribe from South Cotabato and the Dagmay weavers of the Mandayas in Davao Oriental.

    But little has been told about the weaving of Inaul in Maguindanao.

    Inaul is a woven unique fabric and garment manually and meticulously woven mostly by Maguindanaon women weavers since 1920s by t ...

  • The Vanishing

    The Vanishing

    In a small, remote village of Lamlifew in Datal Tampal, Malungon, Sarangani, where there is a sizable population of Blaan, one of the indigenous peoples of southern Mindanao, a Blaan teenager makes her way to a large bamboo-and-grass hut where she will be learning how to tie strands of abaca fibers before dyeing them to create intricate patterns. In the following days, she would begin to weave by hand, using the native back-strap loom, the indigenous, Blaan, abaca, ikat textile, the mabal tabih, which has been woven by ancestors and many generations after of her community. The art of handweavi ...

  • Maguindanao To Boost Weaving Tradition Through Festival In February

    Maguindanao To Boost Weaving Tradition Through Festival In February

    Maguindanaos Inaul Festival 2018 is slated next month, with the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) hoping it would help revive the weaving tradition in the province.

    ARMM Tourism Secretary Ayesa Vanessa Dilangalen said they are expecting to draw a lot of tourists for this years festival.

    "We continue to create more appreciation things and expect to sell more Inaul," Dilangalen said at a press conference on Monday, January 22.

    Inaul refers to the weaving tradition of the Maguindanao people known for making colorful malong or wraparound skirts used by both men and women.

    On ...