First INAUL Festival sa Maguindanao
The Provincial Government of Maguindanao successfully launched the 1st Inaul Festival of Maguindanao on February 9 – 14, 2017 at Buluan, Maguindanao. Beginning February 2017, the festival was renamed from Sagayan Festival to Inaul Festival since the Sagayan Festival was already celebrated by the Province of Cagayan de Oro before it was launched by the Maguindanao Province.
In support to the 1st Inaul Festival Launching and Celebration, the Team of DOT-ARMM headed by Regional Secretary Ayesha Vanessa Hajar M. Dilangalen initiated the conduct of Seminar Workshop on Basic Photography, Event Organizing, Inaul Forum, Inaul Exhibit, participation of DOT-ARMM Personnel to the Cultural Parade and Setting Up of DOT-ARMM Booth displaying ARMM’s pride and assets to local and foreign visitors of the province.
The Inaul Festival showcased the uniqueness and beauty of Inaul product of Maguindanao. The Province taking pride of this treasured cultural heritage the ‘INAUL’ has come up with the theme: “Weaving the diverse cultures for a unified MAGUINDANAO”.
Inaul, a Maguindanaon word that literally means “weaved”, is a fabric manually and meticulously woven by mostly women weavers and unique to the Maguindanaon tribe in Muslim Mindanao. It is a treasured cultural tradition as it captures the Maguindanao symbol of distinction and royalty. It is used as a “malong”, a tabular skirt or “sarong” that wraps around the lower part of the body and worn as traditional dress by both men and women, and because of its versatility, it is used as turbans, wedding gowns, barong, even bags or pillow cases. It is characterized by striking colors and patterns combined by gold or silver threads, with symbols depicting a very rich Muslim culture and heritage.
Governor Esmael “Toto” G. Mangudadatu encouraged the people of Maguindanao to preserve, protect and develop this intangible cultural heritage of Maguindanao.