A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Magindanao, Magindanaon, Magindanaw, Maguindanao, Maguindanaw

1,100,000 (2010 SIL).


Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao: Maguindanao province, Cotabato city southeast to Lake Buluan; Soccsksargen region: North Cotabato province, south central area from Dillian to Kayaga; South Cotabato province, northern tip; central Sultan Kudarat province west of Lake Buluan.

Language Maps
Language Status

5 (Developing). Statutory language of provincial identity in North Cotabato and 3 other Mindanao provinces (1991, ACFLC Section 3(f)).


Laya, Ilud, Biwangan, Sibugay, Tagakawanan. Intelligibility 60% of Maranao [mrw], 96% of Iranun [ilp].


VSO; prepositions; genitives after noun heads; articles, adjectives, and numerals before noun heads; relatives after noun heads; question word in sentence-initial position; markers that relate to the affixation of the verb, or the form of the pronoun, make the verbal complements obvious; affixes do not indicate case of noun phrases; verb affixes mark number; ergativity; passives; causatives; comparatives; CV, CVC; nontonal.

Language Use

Value English [eng] proficiency as an aid to employment. Home, neighborhood. Used by all. Positive attitudes. Also use Filipino [fil], but comprehension is low. Used as L2 by Ilianen Manobo [mbi], Sarangani Blaan [bps].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L2: 60%. Taught in selected Grade 1 classrooms. Literature. Videos. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1991–2010.


Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments


Page Views Left: