The Ilanun Culture

Iranun MaguindanaoThe Ilanun (Iranun, Ilianon, Ilanum, Hilanoones, Ilanos) are a group related to the Maranao and the Magindanao. They are found in the province of Maguindanao in the municipalities of Nulingi (15,175), Parang (8,045), Matanog (5,595), and Barira (5,650) (NSO 1980)—the area about Polloc Harbor and Illana Bay east of Zamboanga and traditionally to the foothills of the Tiruray highlands; with a population of over 149,683 (NM 1994). The major concentration of the people is now along the coastline. There is a remnant group called Ilanun of over 4,000 people on the western coastal plain of North Borneo. The Ilanun differentiated from the Maranao and Magindanao populations prior to the introduction of Islam into the area, remaining Continue reading