Aga Khan Museum
Marawi City, Philippines
Aga Khan Museum Reviews
Aga Khan Museum and more - understanding the Maranao culture better Aug 02, 2008
The Muslims in the Philippines have 13 ethno-linguistic groups, majority are located in Mindanao - my homeland.
The Maranao tribe (which means people of the lake) is the most visible of them primarily because many are engaged in trading. The Maranaos are also famous for their art works, sophisticated weaving, wood and metal craft and their epic literature.
It has been my privelege to personally witness how rich this culture is having spent 5 years of my life in a predominantly Muslim region of the country - the Islamic City of Marawi. Yep, I spent my college years in my beloved alma mater - the Mindanao State University.
What helped me to understand the culture of my Maranao friends (and the Muslim Filipinos in general) was the Aga Khan Museum named in honor of King Aga Khan. The museum is located inside MSU (350 meters from the entrance) and serves as a repository for Maranao and other Moro artifacts.
Here you can find many cultural materials and a collection of indigenous arts, native tools and weapons used by the Muslims and different artistic designs of houses which are the main attractions of the museum.
And you can also see musical instruments depicting the musical heritage of the Maranaos.
The native Maranao have a fascinating culture that revolves around kulintang music, a specific type of gong music, found among both Muslim and non-Muslim groups of the Southern Philippines. In 2005, the Darangen Epic of the Maranao people of Lake Lanao was selected by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
The last time I was able to visit the museum was last June this year (my brother decided to study in MSU as well). And hopefully, I'll be able to visit it again (with old friends) this September in time for the celebration of the university's foundation day :)
How to reach Aga Khan Museum in Mindanao State University:
a. Manila-Cagayan de Oro flight or Manila-Ozamis Flight
b. Cagayan de oro-Iligan City by bus
c.Iligan City to MSU Main Campus by jeepney
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