ARTES Y CULTURA

 
 
ETHNIC COMPOSITION

 



 

The original people of Zamboanga were the Subanen of Indonesian origin at about 2,000 to 6,000 years ago. They were coastal people who believe in the spirit of their ancestors and the forces of nature. When the Muslims arrived they were pushed into the hinterlands and live along riverbanks. Thus, the name "Suba," meaning people of the river.

 

Yakans are basically farmers originally from the interior of Basilan Province. Many are pagans and said to be partly Polynesian in origin. The skill and the are of hand weaving are handed down from generation to generation. The can create a masterpiece of an exquisite and very colorful piece of cloth

 

Yakan Weaver performing Yakan dance
 



One of the highlights of President Arroyo visits last February 26, 2002, during the celebration of the Dia de la Ciudad de Zamboanga was the inauguration of the Ayuda Badjao Project, which she spearheaded when she was the vice president and concurrent Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

 

The Badjao are called "Sea gypsies" because they move with the wind and the tide with on their small houseboats called vintas.  The Badjaos are primitive people, friendly and meek.  The Department of Social Welfare appropriated funds for their livelihood program and they are now engaged into colorful mat weaving

 

MAT WEAVING - a Badjao women livelihood project
 

Rio Hondo is a Muslim community where the house are build above the water on silts.  The houses are connected with each other by means of catwalk

 

The taluksangay Village is one of the oldest Muslim community in Zamboaga, the well-known Nuņo families are the pioneers of this village. A prominent structure is the Taluksangay mosque of red brick and towering minaret.

 
 

  

   

 
 

 

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