Heritage, Arts and Culture
Brass and Woodcarving
The heritage of the Maranao people are of Malay and Borneo descent evident from their social and physical attributes. Aside from inheriting customary practices, they continued to flourish and became known to their remarkable skills in wood carving acknowledged by UNESCO world heritage site. A genuine validation of craftsmanship. It is in Municipality of Tugaya where wood carving and brass manufacturing were produced. Merchandise made from this area are variety of home decors like jars, tabak, gadur, kulintang, wood chest, drums, kampilan of which were sought after by antique dealers and even constructing wood boats they call LANSA.
Is a tubular skirt accentuated with hand strips fabric woven in “kelim” technique, cotton, with floral and geometric motifs. Tradionally weaved vividly by women in the community worn to important gatherings and special occasions, it is a reflection of Maranaosfascination to rich distinctive designs.
Kulintang / Agong
These Musical instruments are used in both grand and simple festivities in most maranao gatherings. Variety of musical ensembles found also in Muslim Philippines. These ensembles are characterized by the use of a row of small gongs functions melodically, supported by drum “dubakan” and large agons, an accompaniment of music instruments that arises in playing the kulintang. A musical ensembles represent a large unit or stratum of the so-called “gong-chime culture” – depth of the maranao music.
Gadur / Baur
A giant wooden jar and wood chest carved with Tipay. A material intricately engraved around Gadur and Baur in a traditional pattern visible to Maranao art decors. It defines Maranao classy craftsmanship and distinctive taste.