Maranaos, who literally mean "people of the lake," yesterday called for justice in the Congressional revision of the controversial basic law of a proposed Bangsamoro entity in Mindanao, saying their quest is not for the envisaged autonomous body to control the hydroelectric production of Lake Lanao but a partnership with the central government on sharing revenue and management of other aspects of the water body.
Maranao leaders of the Bangsamoro National Movement for Peace and Development (BNMPD) particularly directed their call to Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., chair of the Senate Committee ...
Lake Lanao is one of the 18 ancient lakes in the world. It is the second largest lake in the Philippines, next to Laguna de Bay. It sits in a volcanic basin, but myths and folklore abound about its origin. According to Maranaw mythology, it used to be the site of the powerful Sultanate of Mantapoli until it was uprooted upon the order of God to establish equilibrium between Sebangan (East) and Sedpan (West), which left a huge hole in which a lake was formed when it was filled with water.
The lake is a treasure to the natives who are called Maranaw, or "people of the lake" (the root word "ra ...
Residents of Lanao del Sur and this city, mostly known as Maranaos, are making a last ditch appeal to Congress to retain a provision in the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that prescribes for the equitable sharing in revenues generated from the hydroelectricity supply of Lake Lanao and for local-national partnership in the management of such freshwater body.
Taking the cudgels for the Maranaos is the Bangsamoro National Movement for Peace and Development (BNMPD), some of whose leaders and members have already staged tens of rallies including convergences here and in Metro Manila this month ...