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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  • Davao Citys Rich Culture As Told Through The Kadayawan Village

    Davao Citys Rich Culture As Told Through The Kadayawan Village

    A peek into a city's culture is an enriching experience for any visitor - the soul of the city is bared through its people and culture.

    As a city with a vast land area of 2,444 square kilometers, it is no wonder that a multitude of cultures and peoples are in Davao City.

    Five Lumad (Bagobo-Klata, Ata, Obu-Manuvu, Matigsalug, and Bagobo-Tagabawa) and 6 Moro (Sama, Maranao, Kagan, Iranun, Maguindanaon, and Taosug) tribes are the original inhabitants of Davao City. Multiculturalism runs deep in Davao City's history - it echoes in its tag line "Life is Here."

    Visitors to Davao City can ex ...

  • Subang Sinugdanan: Kicking Off The Annual Kadayawan Festival

    Subang Sinugdanan: Kicking Off The Annual Kadayawan Festival

    It is Davao's most festive week of the year.

    The locals and visitors would swarm to the city to witness awaited events such as Hiyas sa Kadayawan or Indak-Indak sa Kadayawan every August.

    However, there are stories people should know about the Kadayawan to fully appreciate all the activities and be a part of the celebration.

    More than fun, Kadayawan has a great story to tell to the younger generation.

    Subang Sinugdanan Panagtagbo is one of the events that should be known to the people participating in the celebration. While it is the very first event of the week-long celebration, i ...

  • Kulturatin Mindanayaw Preludes Kalinaw Kultura Grand Launch

    Kulturatin Mindanayaw Preludes Kalinaw Kultura Grand Launch

    Kulturatin Mindanayaw, blending of the words "Kultura nating mga taga-Mindanao ang Sayaw" muslim communities and IP groups dance contest preluded the Grand Launching of Kalinaw Kultura on July 26, 2018 at Robinsons Place Iligan.

    The event had two categories; Dances from Muslim Communites participated by high schools students, and Dances from Indigenous Peoples (IP) groups in Mindanao participated by elementary students in Iligan City.

    Iligan City East National High School- Sta. Felomina won the championship for Dances from Muslim Communites presenting its Kapagadir Meranaw Dance; Iligan ...

  • PIA, NCCA Launch Kalinaw Kultura Project For Peace And Harmony

    PIA, NCCA Launch Kalinaw Kultura Project For Peace And Harmony

    The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in support to National Commission for Culture and Arts launched a four-day "Kalinaw Kultura" (a culture of peace, peace thru culture) on 26-29 July 2018 at Robinsons Place, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte.

    This grand launch is one of a kind in the Philippines as it brings together different ethnicity in order to strengthen the unity of culture despite differences in traditions, ethnic groups, and religions, including clothing and cuisines.

    In his message, Undersecretary Harold E. Clavite of PIA emphasized the significance of the event as it creates an ...

  • Islamic Heritage Mindanao Artists Banner Budayaw Fest In General Santos City

    Islamic Heritage Mindanao Artists Banner Budayaw Fest In General Santos City

    Philippine Islamic art and heritage and works of Mindanao artists were the highlights in the inaugural Budayaw Festival, a biennial celebration of cultures of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) held recently in General Santos City and Sarangani province.

    An exhibit, "Muslims of the Philippines: History and Culture," was mounted at the atrium of SM City General Santos showcasing the rich sometimes troubled history of Islamic groups in the country mostly located in the Sulu archipelago, southern Palawan, Maguindanao and Lanao provinces.

    C ...

  • 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 ...