Maguindanao language

Native to Philippines
Region Southwest Mindanao
Ethnicity Maguindanao people
Native speakers
1.1 million (2010)[1]
Historically Jawi
Official status
Official language in
Regional language in the Philippines
Regulated by Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mdh
Glottolog magu1243[2]

Area where Maguindanaoan is spoken

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.

See also


  1. Maguindanao at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Maguindanao". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
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