The Aga Khan Museum is located at the Mindanao State University in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur Province. The University Museum was opened on June 13, 1962 as a one-room affair by Dr. Mamitua Saber. Known today as the Aga Khan Museum, it has the biggest Philippine Muslim collection in the country. It is named after His Royal Highness, Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, whose donation made the construction of the building possible. The Museum was inaugurated on March 23, 1969. The museum has a mandate to collect and preserve folk artwork specimens and artifacts of the Muslim people and other native minorities; organize a systematic collection that could be useful to scholars, researchers of Philippine Muslim culture; promote research in and to provide assistance to the revival and restoring of folk Continue reading
The Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid, also known as the Grand Mosque of Cotabato, is the largest mosque in the Philippines. The structure is located in Barangay Kalanganan in Cotabato City and was funded by Hassanal Bolkiah the Sultan of Brunei . Considered to be a masterpiece of islamic architecture, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid or the Grand Mosque now stands as a landmark in Cotabato City. Located at Barangay Kalangan II, it was named after the Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Bolkiah who donated a huge amount just so this architectural wonder and place of worship materializes in Cotabato City. This mosque is now the most visited place of worship and a top tourist destination in Cotabato City. Continue reading
The Bagumbayan Festival in is held in the municipality of Bagumbayan in Sultan Kudarat. When the Christian settlers in Bagumbayan had already stabilized their farming status and begun reaping the fruits of their labor, foremost that came into their minds was the offering of thanks for such blessings from almighty God. They did this in the form of Harvest Festival starting with religious prayers and highlighted with merrymaking festivities where the cultures and traditions of their places of origin were practiced and observed. Year after year, such kind of festivity had evolved with enhancements because Muslims and indigenous communities were able to learn and accept each others’ beliefs and traditions. Continue reading
The Sheikh Karimul Makhdum Day is November 7 every year and its festivities is held in Simunul, Tawi-Tawi Province. This festival is celebrated in commemoration for his good deeds for bringing Islam to the land. Sheikh Karimul Makhdum was a 13th century Muslim missionary from Malaysia who established the first mosque in the Philippines; the mosque is located in Tubig Indangan, Simunul, Tawi-Tawi. The Sheikh Karimul Makhdum festival is a display of Muslim religion, culture and tradition, similar to Shariff Kabunsuan Festival. This festivity is a very popular among foreign and local tourists. A fluvial parade, depicting the journey taken by Sheikh Makhdum, passes through Bongao town to Simunul, followed . by a short program and a congregational prayer at the Sheikh Karimul Makhdum Mosque, a declared national Continue reading
The Molbog Palaweños, or simply Molbog, occupy Balabac Island south of the Palawan mainland, where they are estimated to number 5,292 (1990). The national population is 6,795 (1980). The Molbog (also called Melebuganon) are Islamic in religion. The Molbog are said to be migrants from northern Borneo. The Molbog’s location, Balabac Island, is the usual place for stop over by Tausug traders travelling between Brunie, Palawan, and Sulu for replenishment of their food and water supplies. It is through this that the Molbog have constant contact with the Tausug. Intermarriages between Tausug and the Molbog people is allowed and offspring of these marriages are known as “Kolibugan” or half-breed. It is also through this process that Continue reading
The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, or ARMM, was created in 1990 to help solve the long-festering Muslim problem and at the same time hasten the economic development of the Muslim areas. At present, however, the ARMM only covers the four provinces of Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Maguindanao, and Lanao del Sur. Through a plebiscite in 1989, the predominantly Christian residents of the 14 provinces and 10 cities expressed their preference not to join the ARMM.
October 15 of this year has been declared a Philippine national holiday, in observance of the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice or Eid’l Adha. Continue reading