The Aga Khan Museum in Marawi

Aga Khan Museum Mindanao State University Marawi City Lanao Del Sur Location Muslim Collection Exhibit Display Building History Construction Culture History Values Arts Hours Open Mosque Artifacts 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 Grand Mosque of Cotabato

Grand Mosque Cotabato Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid Muslim Building Hallislam Kalanganan Construction Size Location Brunei Architecture Islamic Landmark Visit Tour Worship Distance Mecca Koran 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 Sultan Kudarat

Bagumbayan Festival Sultan Kudarat History Date Calendar Schedule Event Bansadayaw Origin Muslim Culture Celebration Fiesta Party Parade Harvest Visayan Municipality Tribe Contact Myth Tradition 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

Sheikh Karimul Makhdum Day in Simunul

Sheikh Karimul Makhdum Day Festival Simunul Tawi Tawi Province Date November Celebration Islam Muslim Missionary Malaysia Mosque Fluvial Parade Bongao Schedule Prayer Calendar Costume Religion Culture 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 Culture

MelebuganonThe 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

Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao

ARMMThe 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.

The people of Mindanao have always looked forward to shaping their destiny Continue reading

Eid’l Adha Holiday

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