WANDERLUST | Keeping the Maguindanaon culture alive

IN OLDEN days, the “inaul” – traditionally sewn into a “malong” – was a fabric that only the royalties of the Maguindanao tribe of Muslim Mindanao can use.

“It was called as ‘bara-bangsa’, which is synonymous with royalty, dignity and gallantry, qualities that were then attributed to the noble families,” shared Monina Macarongon, representative of the Provincial Government of Maguindanao during the Kapihan sa SM City last Monday, January 22.

PARADE of inaul on the festival opening day

PARADE of inaul on the festival opening day

Macarongon, along with Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao tourism regional secretary Ayesha Mangudadatu Dilangalen, was in Davao City to promote the upcoming Inaul Festival sa Maguindanao on February 9 to 14 in the Municipality of Buluan in Maguindanao Province.

Now on its second year, the festival breathes new life into the traditional “inaul,” a Maguindanaon word that literally means “woven,” as the fabric is now used in making modern attires for men and women.

MASTER weaver Nurya Usman shows the various inaul designs

MASTER weaver Nurya Usman shows the various inaul designs

“Today, inaul is made into gowns, long and shorts sleeved shirts for men, trousers, and even into accents, bags and accessories. More people now appreciate the beauty of the fabric. After last year’s festival, we even received inquiries from abroad after people saw how last year’s Miss Universe candidates elegantly worn ball gowns made from inaul,” Macarongon said, referring to the Mindanao Tapestry Show last January 2017 here in Davao City.

THE FESTIVAL also celebrates the women weavers of Maguindanao

THE FESTIVAL also celebrates the women weavers of Maguindanao

With the “inaul” taking the limelight beyond Maguindanao and into global stage, the provincial government all the more bolstered its production by providing livelihood to more than 400 women weavers and supplying them with looming machines.

“The festival is also about giving honor to our weavers who painstakingly create them with unique and intricate designs inspired by nature,” she added.

ARMM tourism secretary Ayesha Dilangalen and Monina Macarongon of the Province of Maguindanao

ARMM tourism secretary Ayesha Dilangalen and Monina Macarongon of the Province of Maguindanao

There are around 20 traditional inaul designs with colors that correspond to specific meanings.

“The festival is also celebration of peace and unity not just for us, Maguindanaons but also among various Muslim groups within the ARMM, who are also joining this year’s celebration. Muslim Mindanao will show solidarity amidst the challenges,” revealed Dilangalen.

MASTER weaver Nurya Usman shows the various inaul designs

MASTER weaver Nurya Usman shows the various inaul designs

With the theme “A Fabric of Peace: Weaving Diversity, Connecting Boundaries,” this year’s festival highlights include the much-anticipated parade of Inaul on the opening day, the Inaul Trade Expo, Kapaginaul Weaving Competition, Palamata Nu Maguindanao pageant, Alugan sa Maguindanao cook fest, Cultural Dance Drama, Kambayuka traditional singing exhibition, Sipa sa Manggis traditional royal sport, Sagayan dance competition, Solo Ethnic Instrumental competition, Dayunday traditional singing, and Kagkuya sa Awang boat race.

BLOGGER Vanessa Mabini displays a more traditional use of the fabric

BLOGGER Vanessa Mabini displays a more traditional use of the fabric

BROADCASTER Allan Abain gets an “inaul” make-over

BROADCASTER Allan Abain gets an “inaul” make-over

“The events were carefully chosen not just to lure more tourists to the festival but more importantly to revive and showcase our traditional culture to young Muslims and non-Muslims alike,” she said.

The provincial government has also invited President Rodrigo R. Duterte, Davao City mayor Sara Duterte and presidential son Sebastian Duterte as special guests in this year’s festival.

‘MR AND MRS CRUZ’ ACTORS IN DAVAO TO PROMOTE FILM. After last weekend’s advance screening at the Gaisano Mall of Davao Cinema, romantic-drama-comedy “Mr and Mrs Cruz” will finally started its regular nationwide run starting yesterday, January 24.

Kapamilya actor JC Santos and Kapuso actress Ryza Cenon joined director Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo, who helmed last year’s top-grossing film ‘Kita Kita”, for a tete-a-tete with the members of the Davao Digital Influencers at the Viva Office in LandCo Corporate Center.

ACTOR JC Santos and Ryza Cenon at the Davao blog-con of their latest film

ACTOR JC Santos and Ryza Cenon at the Davao blog-con of their latest film

“The story, which I also wrote, stemmed from my vacation in Palawan a year before we shot the film. Along with our producer, we wanted to do a tale of two people who met in Palawan – with one leaving the other and other left behind,” said Bernardo.

Santos, is known for his roles in ABS-CBN teleseryes “Til I Met You”, “Ikaw Lang ang Iibigin” and currently in “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano”, describes the movie as a story about “love, marriage, commitment and about finding one’s self”.

“It’s a very unpredictable movie with lots of twist. Maraming senses ang mabubuksan,” he said.

Santos also thinks the youth can easily connect with the movie based on the reaction of their audience during their advance screening in Manila. “Napaka-milennial na pelikula,” he added.

He also starred, along with Bela Padilla in the 2017 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino hit film”100 Tula Para Kay Stella” where he was praised by critics for his stellar performance.

When asked about the comparison between “Kita Kita” and “Mr and Mrs Cruz”, Bernardo quipped that the former is more “eventful and very light” while the later is the opposite. “This film is more grounded and realistic, and more relatable. I think everyone will have a personal take of this film,” she said.

“Mr and Mrs Cruz” is produced by VIVA Films and ldeaFirst Company.

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