Iranun lass joins 'Hiyas sa Kadayawan'

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

A YOUNG LADY from Iranun tribe will join this year's search for Hiyas sa Kadayawan.

Bai Mina A. Elatan, 20, is the first-ever representative of Iranun tribe to the search in the history of Kadayawan.

“First time namin sumali dito kaya gusto ko po ipakita na hindi kami dapat na kino compare sa ibang tribe. Kasi as Iranun, we have our own language, own identity and own culture. Gusto ko malaman ng mga tao ng Davao na meron po tayong Iranun tribe dito,” Elatan said during the I-Speak Forum Thursday morning.


It is the tribe’s first year to be fully recognized as one of the tribes in Davao City and join the various activities during the celebration.

Deputy Mayor Pamikinin Latip Arumpac Jr., of United Iranun Tribe, expressed gratitude to the City Government of Davao and 17th City Council for the recognition.

“Nagpapasalamat kami na fully recognized na kami. It’s been a long struggle for me. Salamat pinakinggan ng city mayor, lalo na ng City Council sa pangunguna po ni Councilor Berino Mambo-o as 11th tribe,” Arumpac said.

According to the website of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Iranun is among the 11 ethnic Muslim groups.

"These people have inhabited the area bordering between Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao province. They claimed to be the origin of these two ethnic groups," NCCA said.

"The language of the Maranao and Maguindanao is strongly rooted in the Iranun tongue. The Iranun may perhaps be the mother language and the rest are just a mere dialect," it said.

It added that the Iranuns are excellent in maritime activity.

"They used to ply the route connecting the Sulu Sea, Moro gulf to Celebes sea, and raided the Spanish held territories along the way," the website read.

Mambo-o earlier said Iranuns are not an official tribe of Davao City. But, the city recognizes them as its 11th tribe.

He said based on the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), the member of the six major tribes recognized in Davao are those who have genealogy, ancestral domain and with existing communities in the city.

He said only tribes recognized as lumads of Davao City are Ata, Matigsalug, Ovu-Manuvo, Klata-Djangan, Tagabawa and Kagan.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 08, 2014.

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