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

  • 5 Pasalubong Ideas From Zamboanga City

    5 Pasalubong Ideas From Zamboanga City

    Sometimes, we get so enamored of a place that we go so far as to want to take home a bit of it. And while there are many intangible ways that we could carry a piece of a place with us, there come times that we prefer something substantial like, say, a bracelet or a keychain - the quintessential souvenirs - but for a place like Zamboanga City, where multiculturalism is the prevailing theme, there is, of course, a whole lot more fascinating choices. Here are five of them.

  • Things To Do In Zamboanga City

    Things To Do In Zamboanga City

    Try to visit Zamboanga City, and it may become your favorite city in Mindanao, too! This beautiful & culture-rich city goes by many names, including "Asia's Latin City", the "Sardines Capital of the Philippines" and as per myself the most colorful city I'd been to in the Philippines. Here are the top things to do when you're in Zamboanga City!

  • 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.

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  • 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 ...