The Yakan are the indigenous inhabitants of the island province of Basilan in Sulu Archipelago, southern Philippines. The Yakan women are known to be the finest weavers in the Philippines and entire Southeast Asia. Aside from weaving, the Yakans are agriculturists growing upland rice. The traditional cycle of rice production is depicted in the hand gestures and footwork stances of their dances.

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Parageyan Kamatettoahan

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(Ancestor’s Traditions)

Parageyan (Works) Kamatettoahan (Ancestors)

1. Fatiha*
2. Tuntungan/Megtanem Paley*
3. Tennun*
4. Mag eddo dawen Pandan *
5. Megtud Pangantin* 
6. Tumahik*
7. Pagkawin* 
8. Pamansak Pangantin**
9. Pamansak meh Karendehan*
10. Ngeddek**
Pansak Si Laley
Pansak si Bangku

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Sketches by Mark Tolentino


Joseph Racca in Pansak si Bangku PC RJ Muna


Yakan Culture Bearers: Brainy Ilul, Nanak Ahaddas, Uwang Ahaddas, and Ahaddas Family

Pamansak meh Karendehan inspired from Nanak Ahaddas

Ngeddek Resource: Nanak Ahaddas, Earl F Pasilan

*New **Restaged