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Maguindanon Lady


Maguindanon Man


Maguindanon Women are called “babay”. To address them, they are usually called as “bai”. Traditionally, women wear “banggala” (blouse) and “malong a inaul” (weaved tube-skirt/cloth). Banggala is a traditional blouse of a woman that can be in different colors that will be matched with malong a inaul. It has no buttons, thus patong (huge pin, usually a flower or a coin) is being used to close the blouse. Inaul literally means “weaved”. Thus, malong a inaul is a weaved tube-skirt worn by Maguindanon women in its colorful and several artistic designs and patterns. It is skillfully hand-weaved with silk or nylon threads arranged in several meaningful patterns and weaved together as malong. With the coming of Islam, “tendong” (hijab/headscarf) has being introduced to women as a symbol of modesty. Today, most women wear banggala and inaul a malong with the tendong.

Maguindanon men are called “mama”. To address them, they are usually called as “datu”. Traditionally, men wear “banggala” (longsleeve upper wear for men) and “sangyawa” (loose pants). Banggala and sangyawa are usually silk cloth in radiant colors matching each other. They are usually accented with malong a inaul that will match with that of a woman and a “tubaw” (headscarf for men). Tubaw is a square cloth weaved in a simple and usual pattern that is used as headscarf for men which signifies different status of a man (a Royal Sultan, married man, separated man, or a single man).