Bangsamoro comes from the Malay word bangsa, meaning nation or people, and the Spanish word moro, from the Spanish word for Moor, the Reconquista-period term used for Muslims.
The people of Autonomous Region are the Bangsamoro people in the autonomous region who are Muslims and NonMuslim Indigenous People who originally inhabited the area comprising the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in pre-colonial period including their descendants, and those who settled in the region in post-colonial period including their descendants and who are composed of: Maguindanaon, Maranao, Iranun, Tausug, Bangingi, Laminusa, Sama, Samal, Badjao, Yakan, Teduray, B’laan, Manobo and other native tribes including settlers who have acquired permanent residence within the territory of ARMM. (Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 287)
The predecessor of the Muslim Filipinos had already perfected the art of self-governance. They had achieved the most developed and cohesive political organization, the Sultanates of Sulu and Maguindanao.
Maguindanaos who dwell along the Pulangi River and Southeast of Moro Gulf; Maranaos who inhabit the areas along Lake Lanao and Illana Bay; the Yakans reside in the island of Basilan; the Tausugs who dominate the Sulu Sea; and the Samas who occupy the southernmost isles of Mindanao. The minority groups scattered in the areas of autonomy include the Tedurays, Iranuns, Manobos, Badjaos and Jama Mapuns. Other groups also include Chinese Filipinos and migrants from Visayas and Luzon.
The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is replete with diversity in colorful arts and culture, revealing historical legacies and landmarks, natural wonders of exotic panorama glorifying Mother Nature’s serenity. It is a region creating its own destiny towards a most flourishing aura of grandeur where Salam provides the gateway to an endless beginning of beauty and charm.
This ARMM Tourism Situationer provides glimpses of history, economic, demographic, socio-cultural data, and information on tourism facilities; prepared in a way that would be easily appreciated by the tourists, the visiting guests, the investors, the researchers, and the general public.
MNLF LEADING PIONEERS IN THE BANGSAMORO FREEDOM STRUGGLE TO REGAIN NATIONAL SELF-DETERMINATION AND INDEPENDENCE FROM PHILIPPINE COLONIALISM: Chairman of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Prof. Nur Misuari is shown in photo (sitting in center) with the pioneering officers and members of the MNLF Central Committee, including Dimas Pundato, MNLF Vice-Chaiman; Ustaj Salamat Hashim, MNLF Foreign Minister; Ustaj Abdulbaki Abubakar, MNLF Foreign Affairs Secretary General; Dr. Parouk Hussin, MNLF Deputy Foreign Minister; Dr. Tham Manjoorsa, MNLF National Intelligence Officer; Abdurasad Asani, MNLF Information Chairman; Ustaj Abdulmuin Kissaei, MNLF Libya Office Director, Ustaj Sharief Moksin Julabbi and other prominent MNLF leaders. Photo courtesy of Sharief Julabbi.