Maranao

Tamparan, Lanao del Sur

Maranao, also spelled as Meranao and Maranaw, is the term used officially by the Philippine government in reference to the southern tribe who are now the people of the lake called Ranao in the Iranaon language, a predominantly Muslim region in the Philippines island of Mindanao.

They are famous for their artwork, sophisticated weaving, wood and metal crafts, and their epic literatu ...

re, Darangen. The word Maranao, also spelled Maranaw is a misnomer as it does not have a sense in reference to nouns such as people, place or thing. The prefix MA- means 'to be', i.e., Maranao means to be lake.

The real term is Iranon which when pronounced fluently is Iranon (also Iranun) meaning "People of the Lake," referring to the indigenous people who inhabited the lands around Lake Lanao whose principal town is Marawi City. The Maranaos are part of the wider Moro ethnic group, who constitute the largest Moro ethnic group.

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  • This Village Will Take You To Davaos Rich Architectural Past

    This Village Will Take You To Davaos Rich Architectural Past

    Get a glimpse of the citys rich history and culture at the Kadayawan Village, where 11 tribes of Davao City exhibit their ingenuity and craftsmanship through life size replicas of their traditional houses at the Magsaysay Park.

    The 11 tribes the Sama, Kagan, Maranao, Maguindanao, Iranun, Tausug, Klata Bagobo, Obo Manobo, Ata, Matigsalug, and Tagabawa constructed approximates of what their tradition dwellings looked during the time of their ancestors.

    Many of these designs are no longer seen today due to several factors such as local ordinances and intermarriages with the Visayan and Taga ...

  • Sara Pays Tribute To Davaos Tribes As Kadayawan Opens

    Sara Pays Tribute To Davaos Tribes As Kadayawan Opens

    The mayor of this premier southern seaport paid tribute to the indigenous and Moro tribes, and its residents for their continued participation to the annual fruit harvest festival, considered Mindanaos festival of festivals.

    If it werent for your participation, the celebration of Kadayawan sa Davao would not be successful. Because of you, we have a celebration of thanksgiving here in the city of Davao called Kadayawan​, said Mayor Sara Duterte​.

    Duterte opened on Monday night the tribal village constructed from the old Magsaysay Park at the eastern edge of downtown ​ &# ...

  • Heritage And Dignity

    Heritage And Dignity

    "Mahirap kasi ipaliwanag sa Tagalog (It's difficult to explain in Tagalog)," said Saadera "Dida" Basmala Maguindanao, 57, a Maranao weaver and an evacuee from Marawi City, in trying to communicate what their ancestors have taught them about weaving.

    "Pwede Bisaya (Maybe you can explain it in Bisaya)" I asked. "Hindi rin (I can't, too)," she replied.

    Dead air. Communication lines are broken. Enter Salika Maguindanao-Samad, Dida's daughter and they spoke in Maranao.

    "Sabi ng matatanda, kahit lahat alam mo sa pag-eskwela, kailangan alam mo pa rin mag-weave, kasi ito ang aming kultura, di ...

  • Maranao And Maguindanao Weavers Featured At The National Museum

    Maranao And Maguindanao Weavers Featured At The National Museum

    In celebration of National Arts Month, Senator Loren Legarda invites everyone to join the weaving demonstrations featuring weavers from Maranao and Maguindanao on February 4, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, at the Reception Hall, 4th Floor, National Museum of Anthropology, Finance Road, Manila.

    Demonstrators include langkit weavers Saadira Basmala, Monawira Basmala and Salika Maguindanao from Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, as well as inaul weavers Haja Normina Collie, Amelia Ades, Normina Odin and Sarika Pendatun from Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.

    "This February, National Arts Month, I invite everyone ...

  • Lanao Del Sur Execs And DENR To Preserve Lake Lanao

    Lanao Del Sur Execs And DENR To Preserve Lake Lanao

    The governor of Lanao del Sur and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are now bound by an agreement to cooperate in preserving Lake Lanao, source of hydroelectricity feeding three-fourths of Mindanao's daily power needs.

    It was only Malacañang that originally has authority to manage and protect Lake Lanao --- touted as Asia's largest and a powerful icon of the Maranaw tribe --- through a centralized set-up local officials and environmentalist opposed for decades for being so cumbersome and ineffective.

    Salma Jayne Tamano, Lanao del Sur provincial information offic ...

  • Wanderlust A Feast Of Tribal Cuisines

    Wanderlust A Feast Of Tribal Cuisines

    Everytime we celebrate Kadayawan, we, Dabawenyos are given a chance to discover and rediscover about our tribal cultures. From the annual celebration, we learn about the Bagobo Klata-Giangan, Bagobo-Tagabawa, Ata, Obu-Manuvu, Matigsalug, Sama, Maranao, Iranun, Tausug, Maguindanaon and Kagan tribes of Davao City, and enlightened about their commonalities and cultural differences.

    From the various festival events, such as Dula Kadayawan (traditional sports), Hiyas sa Kadayawan (festival gem), Tribuhanong Pasundayag (cultural presentations), Subang Sinugdanan (river of origin), and Panagtagbo ...