Maguin­danao’s Inaul fab­ric to be fea­tured in Miss Uni­verse pageant

Manila Bulletin - - Mindanao News - By ALI G. MACABALANG

COTA­BATO CITY – The pro­vin­cial govern­ment of Maguin­danao has re­named its an­nual Sa­gayan Fes­ti­val into Inaul Fest in a bid to fur­ther pro­mote the its tra­di­tional fab­ric, which will also be show­cased in the Miss Uni­verse pageant.

“We’ll have the Inaul Fes­ti­val, not the usual Sa­gayan fes­ti­val, start­ing this year,” said Aye­sha Man­gu­da­datu-Di­lan­galen, niece of Maguin­danao Governor Es­mael Man­gu­da­datu and cur­rent re­gional tourism sec­re­tary of the Au­tonomous Re­gion in Mus­lim Min­danao (ARMM).

The pro­mo­tion of Inaul, a tra­di­tional fab­ric pro­duced mainly in Maguin­danao and Lanao, re­ceived a big boost af­ter Filipino de­sign­ers in­volved in the Miss Uni­verse pageant de­cided to use the col­or­ful tex­tile in the de­signs of can­di­dates’ tra­di­tional at­tires, ac­cord­ing to Di­lan­galen.

Sa­gayan, a col­or­ful war dance held usu­ally on fes­tive oc­ca­sions in main­land Min­danao’s Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties, took cen­ter stage as the of­fi­cial name of the an­nual fes­ti­val launched by the Maguin­danao pro­vin­cial govern­ment six years ago.

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