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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  • Good Vs Evil Showcased In Iligan Street Dancing Competition

    Good Vs Evil Showcased In Iligan Street Dancing Competition

    Despite the continuing conflict in its neighboring Marawi City, the residents of Iligan City remained steadfast in celebrating the feast of San Miguel Archangel.

    Fifteen schools joined a parade and a street dancing competition Wednesday morning.

    Contingents donned colorful costumes of Maranao, Bisaya and Higaunon tribes to show Iligans diverse culture. All performances shared the same theme the triumph of good versus evil as depicted in San Miguel slaying demons that disturbed the community.

    Residents said the show is fitting after the Marawi siege. Not only does it entertain the audi ...

  • The Colors Of The Kadayawan Tribal Village

    Thanks to a resolution approved by the Davao City Council on Tuesday 29th August, the Kadayawan Tribal Village at Ramon Magsaysay Park is extended until December to allow more people to visit and learn from the showcase of the 11 tribes of Davao City -- Ata, Klata, ObuManuvu, Matigsalug, Tagabawa, Tausug, Maguindanaon, Iranun, Kagan, Maranao and Sama.

    When I visited during the Kadayawan Festival, I discovered the fine replicas of village houses that were hand-built out of indigenous materials and are unique to each tribe.

    In todays world full of black and white, the tribal village remind ...

  • Maranaos United In Adversity

    Maranaos United In Adversity

    Although 173 kilometers away from their real home, the Maranao tribe in Davao City have brought with them their culture and accessories.

    Deputy Mayor of Maranao tribe, Gapor Usman Al-Haj said that primary quality of the Maranao is the cohesiveness of the tribe.

    There are thirty-three Maranao communities in Davao City and in every community we have leaders we call them president of the community. Every time the city government has a program, the presidents are called who in turn deliver the message to their communities, he said.

    Based on records, Maranaos first settled in Salmonan alon ...

  • Artifacts And Crafts

    Artifacts And Crafts

    It was a rare treat as we were invited through buddy Kublai Millan to a simple birthday celebration at the house of Archt. Jose Racho. The pansit and the plate of lechon that welcomed us, however, was but the trimmings to the real reason we were there.

    Archt. Racho collects artifacts and crafts, mostly brass but just as many wood, majority of Maranao origin, but many of long-gone days when the other tribes were also into brassworks; like the Blaan belt and bracelets that Leonardo Rey S. Carino said is no longer worn nor made.

    A tiny sampling of Racho's collection can be found at the lobb ...

  • Pharma Firms Floral Float Wins Pamulak Sa Kadayawan

    Pharma Firms Floral Float Wins Pamulak Sa Kadayawan

    The floral float of a pharmaceutical firm was adjudged champion of the Pamulak sa Kadayawan during the nearly five-hour parade Sunday of colorful floats festooned with flowers and other indigenous materials.

    As the winner among six contenders under the big float category, the International Pharmaceutical Incorporated (IPI) took home some P700,000 cash prize and P15,000 worth of gift check from homegrown Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc.

    The float of socialized housing developer 8990 Housing Development Corporation, owner of Deca Homes, placed second and won P500,000 cash prize and PhP ...

  • 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 ...