HomeThe Journal of Historyvol. 50 no. 1 - 4 (2004)

Mindanao and Sulu Memorabilia in Spain

Regalado Trota Jose

Discipline: History



Little studied and even less known are artifacts from the various cultures of Mindanao which have ended up in Spain. Treasure troves of items to be studied and documented include baskets, musical instruments, textiles, adornments, miniatures of boats, weapons, and so on. Among the highlights: an album of cloth swatches woven by Zamboanga del Norte school teachers; a 17th century map of Mindanao; the complete battle gear of an Iligan datu killed in battle; flags, Ian takas, and other war booty from places like Marawi. These mostly date from the late 19th century, and are kept in museums such as the Anthropology Museums of Madrid and Barcelona, the various museums devoted to the armed forces, and even the National Library at Madrid. Archives all over Spain guard letters, maps, and accounts concerning events in Mindanao.


Researchers are encouraged to obtain grants to facilitate access to these important materials. The proper study of these collections will greatly enhance our appreciation and knowledge of Spain.