Tausug

Jolo, Sulu

The Tausug or Suluk people are an ethnic group of the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. The term Tausug was derived from two words tau and sug (or suluk in Malay) meaning "people of the current", referring to their homelands in the Sulu Archipelago.

Sug and suluk both mean the same thing, with the former being the phonetic evolution in Sulu of the latter (the L being dropped and ...

thus the two short U's merging into one long U). The Tausug in Sabah refer to themselves as Tausug but refers to their race as Suluk as documented in official documents such as birth certificates in Sabah, which are written Malay.

The Tausug are part of the wider political identity of Muslims of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan known as the Moro ethnic group, who constitute the third largest ethnic group of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan.

They originally had an independent state known as the Sulu Sultanate, which once exercised sovereignty over the present day provinces of Basilan, Palawan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, and the eastern part of the Malaysian state of Sabah (formerly North Borneo).

The Tausug are traders, fishermen and artisans of fine Muslim textiles and metal works. To the Tausug, a proverb is masaalla, a word of Arabic origin. Some are pittuwa, or advice about life. Proverbs are part of daman or symbolic speech, which includes riddles and courtship dialogue.

Tausug Suluk People News

  • NCCA Partnership Eyed For Kadayawan Village

    NCCA Partnership Eyed For Kadayawan Village

    The Davao City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) is eyeing a partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) to turn Magsaysay Park into the city's cultural and peace hub.

    During the Business Forum press conference Tuesday, June 26, at Dermpath, SM City Davao, CTOO head Generose Tecson said they target to improve the location and the current layout of the Kadawayan Village featuring the 11 tribes of the city.

    She said they plan to have the houses relocated and arranged in such a way that it would really look like a village.

    "I am just now waiting for the plans ...

  • Celebrating Artistry Ancestry

    Celebrating Artistry Ancestry

    Another successful highlight of the Visit Davao Summer Festival (VDSF), dubbed as the longest festival in the country, has been pulled off, this time the Lumadnong Pagsaulog held at the People's Park last May 26, 2018.

    Lumadnong Pagsaulog highlight the indigenous artistry and ancestry of Davao.

    Bagobo Klata, Ata Manuvu, Tagabawa, and Tausug of Davao's 11 Tribes performed along with the Kaliwat Performing Artists Collective, taking centerstage anew to share performances that is of their tribe and "community stories that manifests the values of hope, unity, strength and resiliency."

    "It ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Davao City To Outlaw Improper Use Of Traditional Attire

    Davao City To Outlaw Improper Use Of Traditional Attire

    Event organizers, performers, and choreographers will soon be penalized for using traditional attires that are offensive to the culture of indigenous peoples (IP) in Davao City.

    On Tuesday, November 7, the City Council on Tuesday with finality the "IP Attire Ordinance" which outlaws improper use of such clothing during parades, exhibits, gatherings, presentations and other related public activities.

    Certification required

    Those who want to use IP attire for exhibits, school activities, street parades, public programs, filming for the purpose of representing/attributing/exhibiting a re ...