With great fanfare, Lantaw Mindanao 2016 was a great success. Held at Fana Kulturhus on November 05, 2017,  our 4th year anniversary, where we celebrated the cultural uniqueness of Mindanao.

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It was enjoyed by a live audience of more than 300 guests.  Here are highlights of the show:

Mindanao (/mɪndəˈnaʊ/ min-də-now) is the second largest and southernmost major island in the Philippines. It is also the name of one of the three island groups in the country (the other two being Luzon and the Visayas), consisting of the island of Mindanao and smaller outlying islands. Davao City is the largest city in Mindanao.

Mindanao is the most culturally diverse island in the Philippines where people of different languages, tribes and races meet. As the Moro and Lumad alliance provided an effective resistance to Spanish rule, Mindanao became a melting pot of different cultures, it creates a more distinct culture which is not present in other island groups in the country.

Mindanao is where the majority of Filipino Muslims reside. It is the part of the Philippines that has been least influence by the rule and culture of Spain. But this region has the most affinity to Philippine neighbors in the south like Malaysia and Indonesia. It is a culturally vibrant and dynamic region. Although it has been plagued by conflicts and unrest in its course of history.Mindanao has been the seat of three great Sultanates namely the Sultanate of Sulu, the Sultanate of Lanao and the Sultanate of Maguindanao, a Rajahnate (The Rajahnate of Butuan) along with the most hispanized city in Asia, the strategic Zamboanga City (A city that speaks Chavacano, a Spanish Creole). A considerable number of Buddhist and Taoist temples and the indigenous tribes were known as Lumad people which makes it more diverse.

Due to the continuous resettlement programs[46] by the Central Government in Manila, Cebuano is spoken by the majority of people in Mindanao. Cebuano is generally the first language in most regions, except for the Bangsamoro areas on the west coast and among the Lumads. Tagalog is also widely spoken among the people. Hiligaynon/Ilonggo is widely spoken in South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and a large part of North Cotabato, as well as scattered areas around the island. English is also widely spoken.
The Spanish-based creole, Zamboangueño Chavacano is the main language spoken in Zamboanga City and Basilan, scatteredly spoken around Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, parts of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. The Zamboangueño dialect is one of the six dialects of Chavacano language (spoken by a distinct Ethnolinguistic group, the Zamboangueños). Other spoken dialects of Chavacano language are the following: Cotabateño in Cotabato City and Castellano Abakay/Davaoeño in Davao Region.
Settlers[vague] now form the majority, with 63% of the population; Moro are 32% of the population; 5% are Lumads and most of them intermarried with the Settlers. The native Maguindanaon and other native Moro or Lumad groups of Mindanao have a culture that is different from the main culture of the Philippines.
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