Southwestern Mindanao, and the Sulu Archipelago

by Bu Chokoy

Muslim Mindanao

Muslim Mindanao, also known as the BARMM (Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao), is designated as Region XV, the region is composed of five provinces: Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao on the mainland; and Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, and Basilan located in the Sulu Archipelago. Its Regional Center is located in Cotabato City, Maguindanao.

Muslim Mindanao is a historically and culturally significant region in the southern part of the Philippines. It is home to the country’s largest Muslim population and is known for its rich Islamic heritage and traditions.

Muslim Mindanao has a unique cultural identity that sets it apart from the rest of the predominantly Catholic Philippines. The influence of Islam is evident in the architecture, cuisine, and way of life of the people in the region. The colorful and intricate traditional clothing, known as “malong” and “malong sari,” reflects the vibrant cultural heritage of the Maranao and Maguindanao people.

One of the most iconic symbols of Muslim Mindanao is the Grand Mosque of Cotabato City, also known as the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid. This majestic mosque, with its striking domes and minarets, stands as a testament to the region’s deep-rooted Islamic faith and architectural prowess.

The area is also known for its traditional music and dances, such as the singkil and the pangalay, which have been passed down through generations and continue to be celebrated as integral parts of the region’s cultural identity.

In recent years, the Philippine government has made efforts to promote peace and development in Muslim Mindanao through the passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, which aims to establish a new autonomous political entity known as the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. This legislative initiative reflects the ongoing pursuit of unity and progress in a region that holds significant historical and cultural importance for the Philippines as a whole.

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