Maranao’s, which denoted the “people of the Lake”,existed in seclusion distant from the stylish life of the cities. They established around the perimeter of Lake Lanao, located at the Islamic City of Marawi, Philippines. The Lake is bounded with myths and legends. A predominantly fasinating version says that before the Spanish time, St. Francis Xavier came to Marawi to advocate and convert the Muslims. He failed.
Well known Maranao Poet Datu Tincap G. Pandi said that the word “MERANO” is a mix word composed of “MERA” which means “peacock” and “NAO” which means “awake”. In short “MERANAO” means “an awake peacock”. Peacock is India’s National Bird since 1963. Also considered the most beautiful bird in the world.
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