Isabela City, Basilan

The Yakan people are among the major indigenous muslim tribes in Mindanao. Having a significant number of followers of Islam, it is considered as one of the 13 Moro groups in the Philippines. The Yakans mainly reside in Basilan but are also in Zamboanga City.

The Yakans are the traditional settlers of Basilan Island in the Sulu Archipelago, situated to the west of Zamboanga in Minda ...


In the early seventies, some of the Yakan settled in Zamboanga City due to political unrest which led the armed conflicts between the militant Moro and government soldiers. The Yakan Village in Upper Calarian is famous among local and foreign tourists because of their art of weaving.

Yakan People News

  • Basilan Celebrates 44th Founding Anniversary

    Basilan Celebrates 44th Founding Anniversary

    The opening of Agro-Industrial Trade Fair on Monday, February 26, marked the start of the 10-day anniversary celebration of Basilan province.

    Basilan Governor Hadjiman Hataman-Saliman and Department of Science and Technology in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Secretary Myra Mangkabung led the opening of the trade fair that was preceded by a program at the Basilan National High Schools grandstand.

    Mangkabung, the programs keynote speaker, urged the residents to "look into the future" and not to rely much on the government officials in developing Basilan province.

    Basilan Vice ...

  • Roaming Around Zamboanga City

    Roaming Around Zamboanga City

    Zamboanga City is one of the cities with rich and diverse culture. It is the city where people from different ethnic tribes, religion, and languages converge. That is why Zamboanga City is one of the perfect venues for culture discoveries.

  • Local Weaves Light Up Ayala Avenue

    Local Weaves Light Up Ayala Avenue

    Inspired by the beautiful native hand woven fabrics from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, Makati welcomed the Yuletide season with a traditional street lighting ceremony an annual tradition that transforms the premier business district into a Filipino Christmas haven.

    Paying tribute to the cultural heritage of the Philippines, Christmas symbols with intricate Filipino patterns from various regions Inabel and Burdado from Luzon, Banig Tikog from Visayas, Tboli, Ukil and Yakan weaves from Mindanao illuminate the streets of the central business district, creating a festive and harmonious atmospher ...

  • Dayaw PHs Indigenous Peoples Festival

    Dayaw PHs Indigenous Peoples Festival

    The 'Dayaw' festival brings together indigenous peoples from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao to share their culture and heritage.

    With October as Indigenous Peoples Month, the Philippines celebrated Dayaw, a 3-day festival with indigenous peoples from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao coming together and sharing their cultural heritage through music, dances, arts and crafts, stories, and more.

    Dayaw means to present with pride, to show ones best with pride and dignity coupled with excitement, and to honor in different Filipino languages. The universal meaning of the word "dayaw" connotes celebra ...

  • Basilans Secret Charms

    Basilans Secret Charms

    The island of Basilan, off the coast of Zamboanga City, is as beautiful as Boracay. Yet, news of terrorist threats prevents it to be a destination of choice for many tourists, domestic or foreign.

    Malawali beach is pristine with crystal clear water and white sand at par with that of Boracay. A favorite of local tourists, many guests also come from Zamboanga City, where they catch a Ro-Ro to Isabela, Basilan's capital, then travel by tricycle to Malawali, which has a few amenities for those who might want to stay the night.

    An elegant two-story hotel has rooms that can accommodate couples ...

  • Zamboanga A Cultural Destination

    Zamboanga A Cultural Destination

    Years of bad publicity has put shade to the uniqueness and beauty of Zamboanga City, the Latin City of Asia.

    However, efforts by the tourism sector has somehow helped put light into this vibrant city.

    Zamboanga City presents a unique cultural tourism experience for its visitors. We see here the blending of Western, Spanish and indigenous influences in their architecture and people. The language spoken here, Chavacano, is a Spanish-based creole language, which is considered as one of the oldest creole languages in the world.

    Among Asia's Latin City's iconic historic monuments that high ...