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

  • 11 Tribes Take Center Stage At Kalinaw Kultura

    11 Tribes Take Center Stage At Kalinaw Kultura

    The "Kalinaw Kultura" (culture of peace) ended Friday with Davao Region's 11 tribes taking center stage during the two-day cultural festivities that featured dance performances, film showing, and a visit to the Kadayawan Village inside Magsaysay Park.

    The "Kalinaw Kultura" in Davao was the last leg of a series of events organized by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) through the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), in partnership with the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and other government stakeholders.

    Similar events were earlier held in Iligan, ...

  • PWC, CHED Open National Indigenous Peoples Month Celeb

    The Philippine Women's College (PWC) in cooperation with Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples XI (NCIP) officially opened this year's National Indigenous Peoples Month (NIPM) on Wednesday at RSM Event Center.

    This year's theme, "Celebrating Heritage of our Creative Community", aims to acknowledge the cultures and practices of the various tribes and to recognize the indigenous peoples of Davao Region who were the primary inhabitants of the land.

    Hon. Bai Halila Sudagar, the chairperson of Committee on Cultural Communities and Muslim Affairs e ...

  • 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 ...

  • Hiyas Candidates Push For Tribe Preservation

    Hiyas Candidates Push For Tribe Preservation

    The 11 candidates of the Hiyas sa Kadayawan 2018 pushed for their respective tribes culture preservation, particularly their language and traditions, during Friday's presentation to the media at Star Hotel, Mabini St., Davao City.

    As millennials, these beauties representing their own tribal communities in the city are already exposed to the modern way of living.

    They have also been educated in schools and universities in Davao City while others already belong to the working class of the city.

    Despite these and their fluency in English and other non-native language, the candidates stil ...

  • 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 ...