Maranao, also spelled as Meranao and Maranaw, is the term used officially by the Philippine government in reference to the southern tribe who are now the people of the lake called Ranao in the Iranaon language, a predominantly Muslim region in the Philippines island of Mindanao. They are famous for their artwork, sophisticated weaving, wood and metal crafts, and their epic literature, Darangen. The word Maranao, also spelledMaranaw is a misnomer as it does not have a sense in reference to nouns such as people, place or thing. The prefix MA- means ‘to be’, i.e., Maranao means to be lake. The real term is Iranon which when pronounced fluently is Iranon (also Iranun) meaning “People of the Lake,” referring to the indigenous people who inhabited the lands around Lake Lanaowhose principal town is Marawi City. The Maranaos are part of the wider Moro ethnic group, who constitute the largestMoro ethnic group. (Maranao | Wikipedia)

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