For the celebration of Linggo ng Wika last August 24, 2015, Grade 4 pupils were asked to wear Filipino costumes in school. Justin wore a Maranao costume that we bought at the mall.
The costume does not come with an inner shirt. Justin wears a white undershirt here so that he would not feel cold inside their classroom. He also has a tobao on his head. A tobao is a traditional headwear for men made of cloth with geometric or floral designs or Arabic calligraphy. He is also wearing native slippers and a simple tribal necklace to match his outfit.
Maranaos (also Maranaws) are what we call the people of Lanao, a predominantly Muslim region in Mindanao. “Maranao” literally means “People of the Lake.” They are called as such because most of them live in the Lake Lanao area. Maranao people are known for their sophisticated weaving, wood and metal crafts, artwork and epic literature.