'MORO' PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES
SHORT HISTORY OF THE MUSLIMS IN THE PHILIPPINES.
The Bangsamoro ‘moro’ people are the native Muslim inhabitants of the Philippines. They are the descendants of the early Malay, Arab and Indian migrants into the Philippine archipelago as early as the late 13th century. The Moro people formed their own ethnic group in the country in southwestern Mindanao, Sulu islands, Palawan. And the majority of the Muslims in the Philippines live in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Within the Filipino population, there are at least 5 million Muslims across the entire population of the Philippine Islands.
Due to the history of the Islam religion in the Philippines, those in the Muslim community would prefer not to call themselves Filipino Muslims due to King Spain II decreeing ‘the Expulsion of Moriscos’ in 1609, after naming the archipelago after him. And the ‘Moro’ name was given by the Spanish inquisitors who named the Muslims in the Philippines as such due to their geographical location of living on the moors. Hence the title usually excludes Filipinos who converted to Islam.
MINDANAO CUISINE AT BINTANG
The Muslims in the Philippines have been disregarded for many years but with the celebration of Eid just a couple of days away - to celebrate with our Muslim brothers and sisters, Bintang have created a Beef Kulma dish based off on the Mindanao cuisine. It wouldn’t be right for us to be a Filipino - pan Asian restaurant in London without paying respects to the Muslim people of the Philippines
Read more about out Eid special here.