Maguindanao language

Maguindanao or Maguindanaon is an Austronesian language spoken by majority of the population of Maguindanao province in the Philippines. It is also spoken by sizable minorities in different parts of Mindanao such as the cities of Zamboanga, Davao, and General Santos, and the provinces of North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, Sarangani, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, as well as Metro Manila. This was the language of the historic Sultanate of Maguindanao, which existed before and during the Spanish colonial period from 1500–1888.

Native toPhilippines
RegionSouthwest Mindanao
EthnicityMaguindanao people
Native speakers
1.1 million (2010)[1]
Historically Jawi
Official status
Official language in
Regional language in the Philippines
Regulated byKomisyon sa Wikang Filipino
Language codes
ISO 639-3mdh
Maguindanao language map.png
Area where Maguindanaoan is spoken

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Maguindanao at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Maguindanao". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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