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

  • 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 ...

  • Kadayawan Village To Promote Eco-tourism

    The relaunching of the Kadayawan village last Monday, October 30, will be a stepping stone in promoting eco-tourism in the region, said tourism official.

    On the sidelines of the Kadayawan village relaunching at Magsaysay Park, Department of Tourism 11 Regional Director Roberto Alabado III said he wish that the tribal village would bring further understanding of the Dabawenyos and tourists to the culture of the indigenous people living in Davao City.

    After it had been received warmly by the people during the Kadayawan festival, the Kadayawan tribal village has been relaunched for everyday ...

  • Showcasing Tawi-Tawi

    Showcasing Tawi-Tawi

    Tawi-tawis people and culture are one grand showcase. It is something we, as a nation, should take pride of.

    The island province of Tawi-tawi, the southernmost frontier of the Philippines, is best visited in September, the month when its people celebrate the Agal-Agal Festival and Kamahardikaan Sin Tawi-tawi or its founding anniversary celebration.

    This year, the provincial government of Tawi-tawi, Department of Tourism Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (DOT-Armm) upped the ante in celebrating the provinces annual festival in a bid to make Tawi-Tawi an ecotourism hub.

    The celebrat ...

  • NCCAs Dayaw Fest Holds Indigenous Culture Exhibits In Luneta, US, India

    NCCAs Dayaw Fest Holds Indigenous Culture Exhibits In Luneta, US, India

    Various Philippine ethnolinguistic groups have gathered in Manila to celebrate Dayaw, the National Indigenous Peoples Festival spearheaded by the Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts (SCCTA) led by Alphonsus Tesoro of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

    Running until Oct. 10 at the Rizal Park are performances by indigenous cultural groups (Open Air Theater) and exhibit of traditional architecture (Luneta Fountain).

    In celebration of the National Indigenous Peoples Month, and with the theme "Weaving Cultures," this years Dayaw festivities had i ...

  • I Held A Princess Umbrella For My Filipina Girlfriend Moro Tribes Davao City

    Yes, I held a princess umbrella for my girlfriend in Davao City!

    How did this happen? Well I visited the amazing Kadayawan Village setup at Magsaysay Park. There were 6 houses representing each of the Moro Tribes that can be found in Davao. Each house was just incredible! From the colours, to the music, to the people.

    This is simply a MUST VISIT if you come to Kadayawan Festival!!

    This is just a simple video exploring and learning about Moro Tribes.

  • 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 ...