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June 01, 2023

Observe and participate in the making of Traditional Handicrafts of the BARMM!

Experience the “Kadja’an” Bangsamoro Cultural Heritage Festival by visiting the Cultural Booths of the Bangsamoro Provinces (Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan) and learn more about our cultural roots and heritage.


Join us on the last day of the cultural exposition as we showcase the BARMM’s Cultural Handicrafts from our Cultural Masters of each province:

PANDAN BAG MAKING (Province of Maguindanao)

This bag is more than simply an accessory, it is a source of income for the women of Paglat municipality. Maguindanaon pandan bag is made of pandan leaves and “silal”. Maguindanaon women used “Glana Powder” to color the pandan leaves and “silal” to create a design.

LANGKIT MAKING (Province of Lanao del Sur)

A traditional Meranao multi-colored fabric that is woven or embroidered on a backstrap loom and typically made using nature-inspired themes. It is traditionally used to highlight the “Landap” or “Malong” or as a neck ribbon.

TEPO WEAVING (Province of Tawi-Tawi)

Tepo is very popular in creating handicrafts like traditional mats from symmetrical or geometric patterns ascended with traditional designs to form the anticipated output. These traditional mats are used in Sama households for sleeping, furniture covers, decorations, and even displays. Because of this skill, it became an additional income for indigenous women of Tandubas municipality.

YAKAN TENNUN WEAVING (Province of Basilan)


“Tennun” is an essential representation of Yakan culture. Its classifications, hues, patterns, and significance will continue to support the Yakan identity as a people who continuously weave culturally from the past to the present and preserve them as cultural treasures for the next generation. 


NITO HAT MAKING (Province of Sulu)

A traditional Tausug hat made of “nito”, palm tree leaves or pandan, and a strip of bamboo creates a patterned net-liked structure, with a thin wood plate secured at the very top of the hat.

Let us celebrate and enjoy the “Kadja’an” Grand Cultural Festival in celebration of the 2023 National Heritage Month from May 30, 2023 to June 1, 2023. Cultural Booths are located beside the Moro Café’, Bangsamoro Government Center (BGC), Cotabato City.

BCPCH is the primary institution in preserving the history, culture, arts, traditions, and rich cultural heritage of the Bangsamoro people across the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.