The Origin of the Term Moro

The Term Moro

The Origin of the Term Moro

The term Moro was not derogatory and pejorative when first used by the Spaniards. It was derived from the first four letters of country of origin of the conquerors of Spain – Morocco – “Moro” (singular or Moros - plural form), or “Moor” (singular and Moors – plural) in English. The first mention of the term Moro in Spanish records refers to a trader that became the interpreter of Ferdinand Magellan to Rajah Humabon. This Moro must have traveled a lot for he even warned the Cebuanos that the Spaniards are mighty warriors. He must be an Arab trader for never was he mentioned as a native practicing Islam, since the Philippines was then a transit point for Arab merchants on their way to China. Spanish records also show that the Spaniards did not call the natives practicing Islam as Muslim Filipinos but followers of Muhammad or Mahomet. This indicates that the term Moro carried a racial connotation as well for it was also used to refer to Arab looking people.

Later, the term Moro was used to refer to the people of Mindanao that practiced Islam. This shows that the term is associated with religion for Spaniards used the terms Moros and Muslim Filipinos interchageably.

While it is reflective of the religious affiliation of the people of Mindanao it was also a racial term i.e., Arab, therefore we can also say that there was a possible involvement of foreigners in the Moro Resistance. This is reinforced by the use of the term Sultanate that is Arabic in origin and further proven by the basic qualification of a Sultan to be a descendant of Prophet Muhammad (MPBUH), meaning he is of foreign origin or even a foreigner himself. This is aside from the concept of “Dar ul Islam,” or House of Islam that makes it a duty of any Muslim to help any Muslim in need. It must be noted that history as written before is the story of the lives of the great and the famous not of the inarticulate and the masses, therefore, when the term Moro was used by the Spaniards they were perhaps narrating the story of the foreign elements of the struggle of the Mindanaoans not just their ethnic resistance, just as when the term Filipino was first used it was referred to the mestizos and the Philippine born Spaniards not really the natives of the country as it is used at present.

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chad_nice27 6 years ago

now i know the original term of the word moro


Riz Sunio 6 years ago

Really? Using the term Moro is Racism?

I think its an honor to be called a Moro if you are a Muslim since its like really belonging to your religion.


Ivy Kathleen L. Galindo 6 years ago

When I hear the term Moro what comes first to my mind is that they the Muslim Filipino freedom fighters. Because as what I always heard the MILF or the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. But as what have written in the above passage it actually clears my speculation in the term Moro that its not only refers to Muslim it actually refers to conquerors of Spain..


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SirGanz 6 years ago from MSU Marawi City Author

That is true. The term Moro WAS at first a racist term. That is why before the MNLF used the term Moro in their group, no Muslim is happy to called Moro because it has a derogatory connotation. While for the Spaniards the term is equated to Muslim like how we equate any white man to be American though they belong to another country, but for the Filipinos or Indios as the Muslims also call the converts to Christianity, Moro means somebody who is to feared. This is the result of their experiences during the Moro operations against Spain that victimized the Christians.


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willmer 6 years ago

ok i get it >.<

when i was at high school... im always asking..

why some Muslim's get angry when they are called Moro??

now i know >.<

tnx


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Reyjasson 6 years ago from MSU Marawi City

Oh, so that's it eh?

Now I know the meaning of it. I just thought that It was only reserved for Muslim freedom fighters, just what like Ivy commented...


Budiongan, Ethyl R. 6 years ago

I thought the word 'MORO' means the Muslim fighters like the other thinks.. But now I know it has a deeper meaning


Budiongan, Ethyl R. 6 years ago

I thought the word 'MORO' means the Muslim fighters like the other thinks.. But now I know it has a deeper meaning


Marni Ellazo hist.3 Vv1 6 years ago

I really had a great time in reading this article,for now that I know the meaning of that word "MORO".I really thought before that Moros were Muslims fighters.


Sheena Abigail Arienza 6 years ago

For a long time.. i really thought that moo wee muslims fighters. thanks to you sir, i got an idea about it. ;)

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Ethel Dyane 6 years ago

...Now, I know that the term MORO in Spanish records refers to a trader.For I've learned that the Muslims and Moro's were inclined in tradings and industry.And it is nice for them.

Sad to say, that when the people particularly in Luzon heard about the people living in Mindanao,they generalized it.That all people in Mindanao are Moro's and Muslims.And for them the term Moro are bad people and rebellios people.

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Shiela S. Hinay - History3/MN2 6 years ago

I thought Moro refers only to Muslims but it's not since it refers to a trader in Spanish records. I also learned that Moro carries a racial connotation as well.It only that when someone call you a Moro, a corresponding race exists which is referring to people in Mindanao.In short, people in Mindanao can be called and titled as Moro or Moors.


Sarip, Almirah R.-History 3 Vv1 6 years ago

Since when I was in high school,I'm very proud to be called Moro it because I'm a Muslim.I love my tribe and my religion.The biggest population of all Moro are the Maranao.Moro are famous to their art work and epic literature and they are really good fighters.When I read that article above sir,I get some information that I never know yet about the origin of Moro.

That's all....


Intano, Gwyn A. 6 years ago

MOROS??

So the Spaniards are the one to be blamed for the derivation of the term moro.

Way back in high school MOROS for me are Muslim rebels.nOW I know that it has a deeper meaning...

Intano, Gwyn A.

History 3 Vv1


Adilao, Abdulbaset A. 6 years ago

A MORO??

well,its an honor to be called a MORO. after reading this article, then you'll find out how great this term was used by those who really understand.

Adilao, Abdulbaset A. hist3 sec.Uu1


Budiongan, Ethyl 6 years ago

Base on the article, Spaniards call every people in Mindanao a MORO. And I thought the word 'MORO' means the Muslim fighters like the other thinks. But after reading the article I learned that it has a deeper meaning to be proud of.

Now I know why Muslims are very proud when they are called MOROS. It's such a great honor if you had this title.


asnaira B. mamintal 6 years ago

wow!!! I was shocked promise!

before I thought the term MORO is refers to those arrogant and opportunist people,just like Maranao.but now i knew the origin of the MORO,and why many of muslims are called moro.those people who really practiced Islam is the true and deserving to be called moro.

thats all thanks sir..!


Jeriel Medija 6 years ago

Jeriel T. Medija History3 Vv1:

So that was it!The fact behind the word Moro.Thanks for getting me out my wrong concept about the word Moro.Way back in my high school years,the term Moro connotes bad but but as I mingle with our Muslim brothers and sisters,I've realize that all my thoughts were wrong.Just like the people in Luzon and in some parts of Visayas,they generalize that all the people living in Mindanao were Muslims or Moro and they even underestimate us.Oh,very disgusting!


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procy liza 6 years ago from Plaridel,Misamis Occidental,Philippines

Now,I am alredy corrected of my wrong concept about the word MORO for almost 16 years..

Now,I understand more about our Muslim brothers and sisters..

Thank you very much Sir.


july algen baloyos 6 years ago

as in?

..i thought MORO was a Muslim rebels...

..hmnmp?..i am definitely wrong with my judgment about them...but now i know, that they are really not like that..tnx for the learning sir..

july algen baloyos history 3-Vv1


grechille 6 years ago

Generalization is mostly used by us to distinguish muslims and moros .. . since I was young, even before I came here in MSU, many of my neighboors said that the place here is very dangerous because there were many muslims and they are moros. . .and i'm happy that I really come here because I have already learned a lot about muslims. . GOD BLESS. .


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jerielmedija 6 years ago from mindanao state university

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So that was it!The fact behind the word Moro.Thanks for getting me out my wrong concept about the word Moro.Way back in my high school years,the term Moro connotes bad but but as I mingle with our Muslim brothers and sisters,I've realize that all my thoughts were wrong.Just like the people in Luzon and in some parts of Visayas,they generalize that all the people living in Mindanao were Muslims or Moro and they even underestimate us.Oh,very disgusting!


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gwynAngcla 6 years ago

Until this time I've understand a more different side of the MOROS.

They are brave and the fieriest lovers of freedom.

Intano Gwyn A.

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omjamac27 6 years ago

Wow! well i guess now i know more about the term "MORO" and now i fully understand it. (a bit)

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AYH 6 years ago

Growing up in a new generation, I have known the term Moro as a word used to describe any of several Muslim peoples of the southern Philippines. Everything and/or everyone undergoes alterations in life, may it be good or bad. Just like an individual, the term Moro went into a process of change from having a lower, simpler, or worse to a higher, more complex, or better definition or vice versa.

ALMIRA Y HADJINOOR, Vv1 :)


Japar,Ainah A. 6 years ago

ahhHh... so that`s it.!

ahm when i was in my grade school until in my high school, In my own those MILF are only moros but i was wrong,

now i know that we are

all moros here in mindanao!!

thanks sir!


DOMATO, JOHARA GURO 6 years ago

Things changes, so as human… it is emphasized in this article how the term Moro changed its meaning several times especially during the Spaniards colonization period. At first it means Muslim Traders in which it later changed to Pirates.

At first I really disagree on the term Moro being used to describe all Mindanao inhabitants… but then, I came to the point of realization that Moros aren’t that bad. Moros also practice Islam, so as we used to do!!!

We must first try to understand the cause before doing any move…

DOMATO, Johara Guro

HISTORY3-Vv1


hanira anwar hist.3 mn2 6 years ago

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i guess, now i know that all people living here in mindanao are moros! i don't know it ever since.. thank you sir! now i understand..


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sharzi_nogan 6 years ago

This article gave me the knowledge about Moro. The true meaning of it because when i think of the word Moro the thing that only come in my is that they are Muslims. But if you will read this you will know the deep meaning of it.

Its good read history articles it because it really gives a big knowledge about what you dont know.


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alve 6 years ago

I always thought that the term MORO pertains to the Muslim rebels but with what I read from your article Sir,I had now a deeper understanding about the word.


TANTUA, ASGAR D. hist.3 Uu1 6 years ago

I think that the term Moro was used to refer to the people of Mindanao that practiced Islam. This shows that the term is associated with religion for Spaniards used the terms Moros and Muslim Filipinos interchageably, The term Moro carried a racial connotation as well for it was also used to refer to Arab looking people.....that's all! thanks


almirah sarip 6 years ago

Since when I was in high school,I'm very proud to be called Moro it because I'm a Muslim.I love my tribe and my religion.The biggest population of all Moro are the Maranao.Moro are famous to their art work and epic literature and they are really good fighters.When I read that article above sir,I get some information that I never know yet about the origin of Moro.

That's all....

Almirah R. Sarip History 3-Vv1


lloydlalaguna 6 years ago

Moros now gained respect due the strong facade that they are showing to the people...that's why every muslim here in mindanao are now proud to be called as moros.....!!!

lloyd Lalaguna HISTORY3-SEC.Uu1


Mer-Ham 6 years ago

Dimarun, Merham Rangiris

History 3/Vv1

I don't actually know where the origin of the term moro came from. As i read on this article, now its clear on my mind where this came from. it is true that house of islam makes a duty that muslims should help any muslim in need.


raziel joy  6 years ago

I know now what really a Moro is?

i am so very thankful because of all this that is why I know where the origin of Moro came from?


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MoNaiFa 6 years ago from MARAWI city

Its an honor to be a moro. when i'm child i didn't know what is moro. there is a time i went in GenSan, i had veil then i bump a woman, she asked me, are you a moro? i said yes! She said: so you’re a killer? A moro is a terrorist right? Why are you here? Do you want to kill some of us? You killed many people, and I’m afraid of you. She lived, but I didn't answered anything because I’m shocked.

are the other nonmuslims think of that?

hope many of us read about this article, to understand what is a moro.

H.Abdulcader, Monaifah A.

history 3- Uu1


Kathryn Claire D. Benitez History 3- Vv1 6 years ago

The Moro term came from the Spaniards..When we think of Moro,many things will directly pop up to our mind..We then think they are the settlers of Mindanao and the one who practices Islam. And some will give negative connotations about it..They will say that they were rebels,terrorists and law-breakers...This article gives us ideas and insights that the word moro is not really what we think of..This has many deeper meanings that everyone of us must decipher in order to correct the negative ideas that we have about them..And we learned then,that this is a historical term that needed to be carefully studied and analyzed to understand the nature of its existence.

To conclude,this article is considered as a good instrument in bridging the gap between Moros and non-Moros.With this, misunderstandings will be minimized so that peace and unity will prevail not only in Mindanao but also in our country as a whole.


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hariette 6 years ago

Earlier, when the word moro enters my mind. It makes me think of something conquerors.. Somebody to be scared of. And forcefully served and bowed by people.

thank to this article. It changed my idea.

Hariette Amyer

Xx2


Danilyn Ritcha 6 years ago

For me,before it is not important to me to know what is the origin of the term Moro and were it came from.But When I read the article of sir Ganancial it seems to me that it is really important to know the origin of every words that we will meet.Thanks to sir Ganancial because of him I have the knowledge about the Moros. history 3 Vv1


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xuxii 6 years ago

I always thought that the word Moro people who are warriors. Someone who are strong and someone who can kill anybody.

But this article tells us, that the thoughts we have about Moros are wrong. It has a deeper meaning that each of us must know.

Suhmita Alaba Xx2


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pipany@yahoo.com 6 years ago

Ah, i'm shock Sir.

Now i realize what the last meaning of MORO, last i was thought that the word MORO means a Muslim who fight against the Christian and fight for their rights. I thought MORO was a warrior who never survive for what they believe.

But now i really really realize that MORO word also was from Spanish understanding.

So, let us know, what MORO that have today in Mindanao.

I it is differ from last meaning.

NASRIPA NASRODEN/Uu1


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nafiah_789 6 years ago from Iligan city

Though I understand a little about this article, but now I know where does the term Moro come from, where does it originated..

so Moro is not a bad word because sometimes man gud when most of the people hear the word moro, for them they are bad muslims which is not true....

they misunderstood the term moro...so if people will just read this article then they will have a clear meaning what really is moro word...

at first, it hurts for my part as a muslim person when somebody called moro for what i know is that moro is a bad and discriminating word but now i understand that there is no wrong in the word moro...

Nafiah L. Macagaan Hist 3-Xx2


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Sittie Nailah 6 years ago

Honestly, before I get so agitated when other people address Muslim Meranaos as "Moros". I always get the impression that these people are being judgmental but now I've realized that it's not really a bad word. All credit goes to you, Sir:D

Sittie Nailah R. Sarip

History3 Vv1


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DragonEyE 6 years ago

now i know.

it's the spaniards that named the Moro MORO..

for they are very hard for the Spaniards to pacified they are the fighters during its invasion...

John Jerry D. Pacheco

Hist.3 Xx2


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jude16 6 years ago from MSU,MARAWI CITY

My friend, when I asked him about what come into his mind when someone says Moro, he said war-lover, someone deviant. I cannot blame him because in his hometown, Zamboanga city, the Tausugs get hot tempered when you call them moro, because according to them Moros are those Muslims who do not abide in God’s and Justice laid laws. But after hearing this it made me glad and proud to know the meaning of the term moro, brave, and indeed freedom fighters. It slaps me whenever I realize that these so-called moro’s are the one’s who she be thanked for when you speak of the name’s definition. How sad it I to know how they use the term and translate it in a negative way.

VINCENT JUDE ALMARIO HISTORY 3 Vv1


Hana, 6 years ago

MACARIMBANG, HANAN L.

HISTORY3- Vv1

MORO.When None Mindanaoans hear that word. they will automatically think MUSLIM FILIPINO fighter.

We can not blame them for that. its their own point of view and it is what is seen mostly on television that moro kills. it is what they always hear about moro.

but so what? I am still proud to be called Moro.


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macalaba 6 years ago from marawi city, phillipines

when i was in elementary until i proceed to college, all i know is that a word moro is for muslims only but i was wrong a word moro a term to describe Filipino people and when we say of Filipino people these includes the different religion.. heheh

now i know.. thanks sir for the info.


honeyjade_ondoy 6 years ago

HISTORY3--WEDNESDAY RM415

At first, i was confused about what does the term "moro" actually means. but after i had read the" origin of the term moro", i was realized the importance of this term that in Spanish it refers to the trader who became magellan's interpreter to humabon which was a part of our history. this must be respect and given importance because later it became as a reflective of the religious affiliation of the people of mindanao the was also racial term which was used to refer to people of mindanao who practiced islam.


dejolde grace c. 6 years ago

To tell you the truth every time I heard and read the word Moro there is only one thoght that will came in my mind. For me last time Moro is referring only to the Muslim but I found out that I am wrong of what I think because after I read this article I found out that Moro was referring to the people of Mindanao.


Maminta, Jamil B. 6 years ago

Now i know what Moro truly is, but the person killing with no good reason is not a muslim, we can distinguish that Muslims are those who truly did good things, but those who commit sin? they are not muslims, they are just Moros, only citizen of mindanao.

MN2, Hist 3


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Diane Carol Canoy 6 years ago from PBB dormitory, MSU marawi

If we are in the part of the Muslims it is not really nice to hear if we were be called like killer. Because not all of them are doing violence, some of them were just victims. So stop calling them like that and we should show respect for them. History3 Vv1


precious grace 6 years ago

Since I was a child until i take my first step here in MSU-MARAWI I was afraid because of what others says that it was a dangerous place here for me to study but when I step my feet here all my doubts and my fears disappear...BECAUSE MORO WS DIFFIRENT FROM MUSLIMS....


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raymond20x10 6 years ago

thank you for the information sir....

its unique,,,,

ive been longing for the enlightenment for the term moro...

now i know... thank you....

it is necessary for me to know because it is important for the generation to come....

i got it....

pordaliza

history 3 Xx2


MARY JOY ACAP 6 years ago

Sir...thank you...Now I know the term Moro...As I first heard the term moro...only one thing comes on my mind...DANGEROUS AND BRAVE PEOPLE...thank you so much...My mind was opened -up about them...I begin admiring this people.


Eula Jane Marie U. Bernal /section MN2 6 years ago

The term Moro was given by the Spaniards into the Filipino Muslims. It stated that some part of Philippines was being preached Islam particularly in Mindanao and some part in Luzon and Visayaz. Even they have difficult ethnic groups but still they have the same faith and beliefs about Islam. Although, there are some bangsamoro groups who were not so knowledgeable about Islam especially on those mountains areas but still they are united in faith. Moro have a concept of "Darul ul Islam" that makes it a duty of any Muslim to help any Muslim in need. Even though they have cultural diversity and did not have central government but faith is their unifying factor.


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eldhie 6 years ago from MSU, Marawi City

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ahhhh...now i know!

thanks Sir !!


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carim 6 years ago

it's very important to know about our ancestor.Why we have rich culture and why muslims help other muslims that really need there help ahhhhhh.... thanks for these article now i know....By:diron Xx2


abdul hussien S. menor 6 years ago

i'm a maranao or muslim, .is that true sir,,

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abdul hussien S. menor 6 years ago

now i know, thank you sir,,

im happy thank you sir,, because i learn about moro

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norhata CABUGATAN/MN2 6 years ago

In My 16 years of living in a Christian community,My classmates always asked about ARE THE MORO PEOPLE DANGEROUS??I answer them,WE are not dangerous..I know Moros are brave,good in piracy and slave raiding.I'M proud to be one of the Moro.Other say that a MORO is bad but actually WERE NOT.In every tribe,WE can find good and bad..I'M also being hurt when other says that Moros are killers.They cannot judge us but only GOD knows..


prenz_pin 6 years ago

I have misconceptions about the meaning of the term “Moro”. Just like the others, I thought it means rebels and terrorists. Maybe it is because of what we always see on T.V and so we end up generalizing all the Muslims as these kinds of people but I WAS WRONG.

The moment I mingled with my Muslim classmates, I already found out that my ideas about the Muslims were wrong… and this article made me understand better.

Encarnacion, Princess Grace C.

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H.Gapor, Bilawirah B. 6 years ago

even I'm a muslim I didn't know that moro is diff. from muslim.. tnx sir, it's really help.


ayirkis 6 years ago

when i first heard the term Moro in our class, it was a bit of a new word for me, although I've heard it before but can't comprehend of what it meant. In our first prelim, we had a debate about the Bangsamoro Republic, and as i listen to the different speakers I realized what it's true importance is. It is name given to the people in Mindanao who practiced Islam. My grandmother's name is Diga Jacosalem, and is a maguindanao, I respect her tribe as well as her religion. People beyond Mindanao are scared of what the people here in Mindanao looked like or of what there capacity could do. But, to the people beyond Mindanao, we are still people, we can see,feel, hear or even worse, might scared of you too.


rhaw 6 years ago

Ahmad Aiman Batuampar Hist3PQ2

Now I know the true meaning of the word Moro. In Spanish it came from the place Morocco and it also mean an Arab trader. In Philippines many people made mistakes because when they hear that you are from Mindanao they will call you Moro,but its okay because it is true but the bad thing is they think that we are all bad. But the truth is it is the Moro who lived in Mindanao which practice Islam and it also mean the race. Now the people will not have a mistake.


rhaw 6 years ago

Ahmad Aiman Batuampar Hist3PQ2

Now I know the true meaning of the word Moro. In Spanish it came from the place Morocco and it also mean an Arab trader. In Philippines many people made mistakes because when they hear that you are from Mindanao they will call you Moro,but its okay because it is true but the bad thing is they think that we are all bad. But the truth is it is the Moro who lived in Mindanao which practice Islam and it also mean the race. Now the people will not have a mistake.


HASANBASA, BENJAMIN S. 6 years ago

In a past year I'm really confused with the term moro because they said that the term moro is the term wherein not industrious what I'm trying to say is those person who is not interesting in working they are just working if they saw their boss but i believed on it but my purpose is to look for the exact and accurate definition or explanation.


osop, naidah  6 years ago

I thought the MORO people are those filipino muslims who fought against the conquerors(spaniards, japanese and the americans). they are the group of people who didn't surrender their faith, freedom and religion to the conquerors.....

Now i know, the origin of the term MORO, and its deeper meaning...

osop, naidah

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sittiehanana macaarig/MN2 6 years ago

the spaniards describe moros to be uneducated and pirates. thats is the reason why christians feel afraid to muslims. and i think by this christians could understand muslims.it is the Moro who lived in Mindanao which practice Islam and it also mean the race. Now the people will not have a mistake. actually at first i'm confused of the meaning of moro. by this my knowledge about our history has been more explainable for me.


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seventhree 6 years ago

Because of this article, I have learned the origin of the word Moro. This information should be spread since many people especially our Non-Muslim brothers and sisters misunderstand the word. Words should be researched and understood. We should look into the deeper meaning and history of the word before we give comments and personal reactions about it. We live in a world where different people live in as well. We have different ways of clothing. We have different kinds of food to feed ourselves. We have different beliefs and principles. we have different languages and dialect. These makes the conflict more complicated, the ignorance of the people towards other people. What is the medium for knowledge? We have books. We have the internet. In this Third and Modern World, we have all the resources to do what we want. All we need is effort. Read books and do some researches. it will help you understand things. Believe me, it's one way of reducing the conflicts.

Sittie Hanniya Busran Lomondot Macarambon

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naoki 6 years ago

Christopher R. Paghasian Hist3/Vv1

As the term "Moro" is being defined in the article, it implies that people living in Mindanao should understand it.


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naoki 6 years ago

Christopher R. Paghasian Hist3/Vv1

As the term "Moro" is being defined in the article, it implies that people living in Mindanao should understand it.


reah mae 6 years ago

Before, I think that word Moro negatively.. But now as read the piece i know that it just means somebody who is to be feared. And also I hope that Muslims are also aware of that definition so that in times that they hear that word they wont get hurt.


Macroshift 6 years ago

People before including the Spaniards always used moro term for the people that came from Mindanao. But when I read the article, I've really amazed the true meaning of this word and there is something we need to fear of it. I hope from now on, people who used of that term and they don't know the meaning of it will never used it again if they find out that it have a great meaning.

From: Clemente R. Llanto Jr. Hist.3-PQ2


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maelen 6 years ago

When i hear Moro in the past years, i am so confused and thinking what really they are,.I have many conclusions for them base on what i hear and what's happening in such place> But now, in this article , I've enlighten.there were no such reason to be afraid of them all the time when even just hear that he/she is a Moro.the important is as long as we did nothing harmful to our people. what should we afraid for.

From: Mary Ann Penute


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cher_09sakura 6 years ago

CHERRY MAE MONTEMAYORES

MN2

The term Moro was a derogatory word used in the 16th century in reference to the shared Islamic belief between the tribal groups in the Philippines and the ethnically different Moors of Al-Andalus in Spain. Moro people refers to a population of Muslims in the Philippines, forming the largest non-Christian group in the country. The Moro people mostly live in Mindanao and other parts of the southern Philippines, and this is considered the homeland of the Moro peoples. Islam has been the most dominant influence on the Moro culture.


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Ruffah Macarambon 6 years ago from Marawi City

Oh, so now I learned where it came from. I thought it refers to Maranao Muslims when I first learned this term. So it means trader. Well, I belive Moros are great traders. Maybe, pirated CDs and DVDs are one of those. It's their origin, it's just improved. :P


Adilao 6 years ago

A MORO??

Well,its an honor to be called a MORO. After reading this article, then you'll find out how great this term was used by those who really understand.

Adilao, Abdulbaset A. hist3 sec.Uu1


faith rezza 6 years ago

In the past years I am really confused of the word moro and its meaning but upon reading this article I have learned the true meaning of the word moro it refers to people that are traders will by this tme i can greatly say that moros are great traders.

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SFP 6 years ago

Before, I always think that MORO refers to the Muslim fighters. And so, I don't really blame others if they get angry when they are called by that term. They thought and so do I that it is somewhat referring to the wild, undisciplined and high-and-mighty fighters in the Southern Philippines. (I meant no offense with that.)

Now, I understand that it is mostly just of a misunderstanding. Thanks to this article. It helps to rectify those confusions and wrong thoughts I had before.

Sittie Farinah R. Patorai

Hist3-Vv1


SFP 6 years ago

Before, I always think that MORO refers to the Muslim fighters. And so, I don't really blame others if they get angry when they are called by that term. They thought and so do I that it is somewhat referring to the wild, undisciplined and high-and-mighty fighters in the Southern Philippines. (I meant no offense with that.)

Now, I understand that it is mostly just of a misunderstanding. Thanks to this article. It helps to rectify those confusions and wrong thoughts I had before.

Sittie Farinah R. Patorai

Hist3-Vv1


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reah mae 6 years ago

reah mae BUTLIG HIST3 PQ2

Before, I think that word Moro negatively.. But now as read the piece i know that it just means somebody who is to be feared. And also I hope that Muslims are also aware of that definition so that in times that they hear that word they wont get hurt.


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hadJara 6 years ago

Settie Hadjara A. Polangi - MN2

This is really helpful to us Muslims sir, not only us but to all of us. I think it was my 1st time to hear the word Moro. I'm not really sure.. It was really good to know about History :)

I don't want to be called Moro.

Moro people refers to a population of Muslims in the Philippines, forming the largest non-Christian group in the country, comprising about 5% to 10% of the total Philippine population. There are ten Moro ethnic groups, although other smaller tribes are also called "Moro", as the majority of their populations are also Muslims. The term came into use during the colonial period, when the Spaniards used the term Moros (Moors) to describe Muslim natives.

MORO? NO.. :)


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reah mae 6 years ago

reah mae 2 weeks ago

Before, I think that word Moro negatively.. But now as read the piece i know that it just means somebody who is to be feared. And also I hope that Muslims are also aware of that definition so that in times that they hear that word they wont get hurt.


Nhor'ain Datumolok/MN2 6 years ago

A moro is really a good and best fighter in all times.Being a moro is not easy.As a muslim it is okay for me to call moro because that is part in our religion.


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prince_curls 6 years ago

i always encountered the term moro and always I am bombarded with many answerable questions...

well I guess I was satisfied with the etymology of the word Moro..hehehe..I thought at first when you are addressed as a moro then you are a warrior..

I now understand why Muslims here in Mindanao have that "ethnocentric" attitude..


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RizPSunio 6 years ago from Mindanao State University, Marawi City, Philippines

Really? Using the term Moro is Racism?

I think its an honor to be called a Moro if you are a Muslim since its like really belonging to your religion.

I guess tagging names is a great sign of ethnocentrism, and intense anger.

Riz Sunio, Section Uu1, History 3


MARUHOMSALIC 6 years ago

Through this article i found out that the term MOROs is not only for Muslims, at first i only think that the MORO is refers to the Muslims fighters specifically the MILF , but now i found out that it also refer to the Spanish conquers. And I am very thankful because this articles help us to understand about our historical background.

I am really hoping that every one of us will open their eyes so that we can not do judging our Muslims brothers.

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Ainah ferdaus 6 years ago from Marawi City

Ah!!! I thought Moros are those Turkish fighters who defeated the Spaniards.


Yusoph,Mariam 6 years ago

Thank you sir for spreading or sharing the real meaning of moro.. atleast Ican say that I came from Mindanao also & I thank you for sharing its history so that my other christian colleague can rarely understand what's our history... And I feel it's just like sharing some histories because we muslims want also to know more about christians history.. STUDYING THE PAST LIVES IS A VERY NICE ONE!!!


Amerhassan Tampogao 6 years ago

can i ask something sir why they chose the name of moro?.. and why do they get name from the origin of the conqueror of Spanish Morocco.. in the lot words in this world why they chose to get the name to Morocco,,? why don't the name of others instead Morocco?...

Amerhassan Tampogao section Xx5 history 3


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Myra Mae P. Ramo 6 years ago from MSU-Marawi City

I am confused about the records of the Spanish which shows that Spaniards didn't call Natives practicing Islam as Muslim Filipinos but rather followers of Muhammad or the so called-Mohamet. As I've understand, when you're a follower of Muhammad you are bringing the religion of Islam. Then, what will be the religion of the Natives that time?

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SirGanz 6 years ago from MSU Marawi City Author

It is just the same as calling everyone coming from Mindanao as Moros, though they belong to other tribes.


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Rubion Melody Xx 6 years ago

Moros are brave people. We non-muslim should not degrade them because of what we hear from others, they(some) downgrade the moros because of the wrong and negative comments being hurled to them. we must not be judgemental enough.We bought live in Mindanao, we should treat each other as brothers and sisters or in short Kapamilya regardless with the religion if we want freedom. Lets not be one-sided try to have a look with both sides ,affirmative and negative, learn to balance every single thing. Be a critical thinker.


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jeff_ibarra 6 years ago

SECTION:CC2;JEFFREY O. IBARRA

. .TERM MORO IS NAME OF AN ETHNIC GROUP/S . .MORO COMES FROM TURKISH WORD "FIGHTER/S" . .AS I READ THE ARTICLE ALL ABOUT IT INDICATES THAT MORO BELONGS IN MINDANAO.MORO ALSO HAS A HUGE MEANING FOR IT IS TO SHOWS SISTERLY AND BROTHERLY TREATMENT ..AS WELL AS . .AS THE TIME GOES BY MORO TERM IS USED IN DIFFERENT TERM ..


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jobelle_tacang 6 years ago from plaridel

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..thank you sir for your information..because of that,my wrong thought has been corrected,i thought that words 'MORO' is a fight...sorry for that thought sir Ive already know that was a tribe and it was a brotherly and sisterly as well,...

..kaya pala when im telling my chatmates that im living in Mindanao they always keep in saying that are you a "MUSLIM"and i answered no Im not..Im very doubtful of there question...

..now i know,not all living in Mindanao is a MUSLIM or MORO..Dont worry sir..i will explain this to them..so that they will not be ignorant...

thank you so much sir GANZ..I BELIEVED IN YOU


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ABDUL H. DERICO 6 years ago

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It's been a long time when I was a kid I've wonder what is a moro. Only i know about them is they are so very dangerous people they are killing people with a very sharp sword.But know, I know that my ins think about them is wrong.Know I know haw legend they are.


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ABDUL H. DERICO 6 years ago

I learned a lot from this lesson..


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thanya regidor 6 years ago

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maRieL.makinanO 6 years ago

The Spaniards indeed gave the name of the term "Moro". Spaniards has a vast explanatory for this.

Filipino Muslims may react for this term because many of my Maranao friends don't want them to be called as "Moros". Why such? Maybe they are thinking that this term is an act of rebellion but they consider themselves as an Islamic area, an Islamic in faith.

Hist.3- Cc2


mustapha sahailah A. hist.3 sec.cc2 6 years ago

hi sir,

ahmm, thank'z sir, because as a muslim i did not know the moro. . .

because if i cannot read the history of moro to your hubpages is unknown also. .

because when i was an elementary until my first yr. college , my own idea moro is a MILF. .and now i understand.what is moro?

thank you sir to your info. . .


jalilah m. amboloto 6 years ago

hist.3-Cc2

when i was still studying at dumaguete, my classmates used to call me moro and their understanding to the term moro is a rebellion/figthers. i even sometimes fight with them whenever they call me moro. but now i realized that i should be more proud whenever they called me moro

thanks for the information!


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Cheriza Naquinez 6 years ago

Cheriza Mae Naquinez hist3-cc2

:I was one of those who believe Moro is a word against Muslim so i didn't mention it when i got here in MSU because i might got hurt the feelings of the Muslim...but after reading the article it was really clear that the term Moro refers to the people of Mindanao that practice Islam.This article is very informative especially for us a christian...well i can now freely say Moro to my Meranao friends and explain to them the true meaning of Moro.


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ChristianAlamoDD1 6 years ago from MSU, Marawi City

The English word for Moro as what Sir Ganancial said is Moors. It has referred to several historic and modern populations of Berber, Black African and Arab descent from Northern Africa, some of whom came to conquer and occupy the Iberian Peninsula for nearly 800 years. At that time they were Muslim, although earlier the people had followed other religions. They called the territory Al Andalus, comprising most of what is now Spain and Portugal."Moors" are not a distinct or self-defined people.That is just based on my history teacher in high school.

Now, going back to the moro, i really never thought that it's a Spanish influenced word.

Christian P. Alamo

History 3, Yy2


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Xx5 SN Calbe 6 years ago

@Cheriza Naquinez

Now good thing you know MORO is not really a bad word.

I'd be happy if you call me one. :)


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solaiman 6 years ago

ALIMODING M. SOLAIMAN

HISTORY3 XX5

The moro is undefined word for maranao

they cannot understand that moro have deffirent meaning

from the christian meaning they called moros the maranao because they are killer people ,stranger people but to other country moros are means warrior to their own land they are fear people and other said that moros are terrorist group in the southern philippines formed in 1977 to estblish an independent islamic state . moros have clashed with troops at united states base.The milf or moro islamic liberation front is the anguard of the islamic movement in the bangsamora homeland in mindanao and the neighboring island

The moros is defining by other country like spaniard that moros are brave not like other that they got to run out of the coming armed soldier of american and hapon .Moros muslim in the philippines have a stronger sense of their unity as a religious community than they had in the past to make their homeland have their own lead to raise their goal to victorious.


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thanya regidor 5 years ago

Now, I understand the origin of the term MORO. The truth is that,before I did not read this article,Moro, for me are something like terrorist people. People who thinks always WARS...

But now, I really do understand the term MORO - they are people who wants independence and are ready to die for their land.


jalizky 5 years ago

As i read the article I'm very thankful that i understand now the word MORO,because whenever i heard that word other people calling us MORO i feel so angry thinking that they insult us.I thought also that the word MORO is a term used to describe or name to those persons who are not well educated.But now I've no feelings of being hurt.Thank you Sirganz for your thoughtful explanation about the origin of MORO.


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zEi 5 years ago

now i know where the term moro came and originated...

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radad andi 5 years ago

I don't care who gave the term MORO to the muslim's or were it came from as a muslim i don't want to be call a MORO it is just because the term MORO contains all bad connotation.Maybe the bad rebel muslim they were the one should be call a MORO.

..above all thank you for the facts i have learned for the term MORO.


loverboy21@yahoo. 5 years ago

I think the word Moro is maybe came from Spanish.and the Moro means a great Warrior that hard to defeated in battle


loverboy21@yahoo. 5 years ago

Moro is a term for a fighter that have gut's and trust to god. they go to "jihad phi sabilillah" against to there enemy also the moor's is a good fighter


alma grace tumarong 5 years ago

after reading this information I already understand the true meaning of moro and where it come from. And I can say that Im lucky to have a teacher that likes to give this kind of information.


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maroumacky 5 years ago

Muammar M. Mohamadali

History 3 - Uu3

Now i understand where the term Moro really came from. though its maybe painful for the Spaniards that time, when they found-out that there were still people who practices Islam in Philippine . but its still their fault to not understand the religion first.


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jhorry canta 5 years ago

Canta, jhorry S.

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im now corrected W/ my wrong concept OF the word MORO through this article,it also gives to myself an idea that this term is not referring to a bad people but instead only the humanity revising it into a bad connotation..

this important to know not just all Muslims but to the Christians as well who really searching for the truth to enlighten everyone on their questions that's why we need to recall for the past, we need HISTORY..


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Baclay, Cris Joy 5 years ago

History 3, Yy2

The wrong perception about the true meaning of the term Moros has been influenced a lot by the media. As far as i remember, last August there was a news concerning about this issue; prohibiting all the journalists to used the term Muslims or Moros in their headlines.

I even had an experience last February, when i attended the National Science Fair; when i introduced myself to my co-participants, saying i came from Mindanao, they're really shocked and very curious about Mindanao. In the middle of our conversation they asked me about the Muslims and war in Mindanao, they really thought that Muslims or Moros are all rebels and bad people. I told them that we live peace in Mindanao and that the term Muslims are not suitable to used when referring to those rebels.

See, how the media influenced the perception of the Filipinos about the Muslims and Moros. How i wish all Filipinos will be able to read this hub, to enlighten them, what the term Muslims or Moros really mean.

Thank you sir, for this hub and all the knowledge you imparted us. May you accomplish your mission! God bless u and your family. Merry Christmas!


filven_borlasa 5 years ago

Now i know that the moors are war like people. a true blooded people who fought in 15century, when Magellan came on named "Philippines" now a days. they are fighters, like Lapu-Lapu.

thank you sir,


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bilao 5 years ago from philippines

When i was in elementary i remember one my classmates had told me like"moros3x"he is a christian, and i was hurt because at that time i thought that the term "moros" is bad. So since have already read this hub finally now i am proud to be called moro. But we cannot deny that it is being part of our society that some people think that the term moro or muslim is part of the bad people here in mindanao but this not true because when we say muslim, it is a person who follow or practice the islam religion. So it means muslim is not bad people and i also agree with Baclay said that it is not suitable to used the term muslim when we referring to those rebels particularly here in mindanao.

i'm hoping that this wrong perception about moro or muslim will be erase to those someone who think that muslim is bad.

Jalil, bilao A.

History 3

Yy2


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johndelyunting 5 years ago from MSU, marawi city, Lanao del Sur

as i could remember your last discussion sir, Moro was not only described to the Muslims alone but to all the people here in Mindanao..

so if they thought of something wrong about Moros, we Christians, here in mindanao were also affected,,which sounds like fair...hehehe

sorry...

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noraima ontao 5 years ago

as i know sir the Moro is the Muslim that fight the Spaniards or etc. on the 15th century.Moro is the meranao who fight the Islam and had a trust to Allah.Moro is a brave person...(-,~)


shorhanah 5 years ago

moros....

i'm always proud to be a moro, yet nowadays, because of the crime and violence that were happening,many thought of these word adressed only for those who are muslim rebels. i knew that because the moros were the only people who didn't surrender to the spaniards during their colonization people started to believe that we moros have nothing in our minds except war.

Kamil, Sittie-Shorhanah A. History 3 Xx5


shorhanah 5 years ago

moros....

i'm always proud to be a moro, yet nowadays, because of the crime and violence that were happening,many thought of these word adressed only for those who are muslim rebels. i knew that because the moros were the only people who didn't surrender to the spaniards during their colonization people started to believe that we moros have nothing in our minds except war.

Kamil, Sittie-Shorhanah A. History 3 Xx5


Murshied Aloyod 5 years ago

We, Muslims should be proud that we are moros. Because moros had never been conquered by any colonizer.


riolyn salonoy 5 years ago

I was happy knowing the true meaning of moro.I am a christian but then now i realize that when we talk about moro they are one of the brave people in our country knowing that they fight for our land. I am proud of all the moro.


charisma jailani 5 years ago

Spanish records also show that the Spaniards did not call the natives practicing Islam as Muslim Filipinos but followers of Muhammad or Mahomet...now i must be convinced.. this just mean that even on the history record of the spaniards during its colonization period they do not claim or it has not been mentioned that mindanao or sulu to be particular have never been under the philippines...


jowsan 5 years ago

As what I understand Sir the term Moro have different meanings from a four letters word of the place of our greatest oppressors,it refers also to the trader that been an interpreter of Magellen to Humabon,it also refers to an Arab looking people and it also refers to the people who practice Islam especially here in Mindanao.It is possible maybe some foreigner help the Moros during the moro resistance because the term moro refers also to arab people because on of the laws of Islam is to help other Muslims who are in need.so maybe arab help them to fight the Spaniards.. Jowie Bagares History 3 Uu3


Sohaina Salo Abdullah 5 years ago

Ah so, the Spaniards were the first one to call the Filipino Muslims as "Moro". As far as i know, when other people hear the word "Moro", they automatically think that the word mean "rebellious people" or "killer" something..when in fact, they don't know the origin and the history of the word...Give mercy to the word and to the people themselves!!!!


sohaila logi 5 years ago

The first time i heard the words "Moros" the first thing comes to my mine is that people fighting for their freedom. now i finally know the exactly meaning of "moros" reading this text thank you sir.

reading this article about the origin of moros i understand and realize that moros is Spanish records refers to a trader that became the interpreter of Ferdinand Magellan to Rajah Humabon.


sohaila logi 5 years ago

The first time i heard the words "Moros" the first thing comes to my mine is that people fighting for their freedom. now i finally know the exactly meaning of "moros" reading this text thank you sir.

reading this article about the origin of moros i understand and realize that moros is Spanish records refers to a trader that became the interpreter of Ferdinand Magellan to Rajah Humabon.


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SherylAnn Cultura 5 years ago from Mindanao State University

I never really know the term moro at first. I thought we filipinos are called moros but now I know only muslims are called moros. I learned a lot from this article. Moros are brave. Now I know the reason why muslims are called moros.


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Kristine Asis Go 5 years ago from Marawi city, Lanao del sur , Philippines

I thought the term "Moro" is a religious group called Islam,but now l learn that the term "Moro" is specifically speaking to the Muslim people.they are brave enough to fight for their own rights, specially when the Spanish colonization period.thank you sir for the information you've given to us.We learn a lot.


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Mursh Aloyod 5 years ago

So that's the origin of the word Moro, it comes from the conqueror of Spain, the Morocco, which is also an islamic country. The spaniards called the muslim in Mindanao a Moro because they are so brave, just like the Moroccan. I am very proud that i am a moro.


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preciousjawaher 5 years ago

Before, i thought that Moro or Moros is a term used for uncivilized people. but, least now i know that is a good term and it is just a term used for people living in Mindanao especially in the time of Spaniards.


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preciousjawaher 5 years ago

-Jawaher D. Sarip

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Before, i thought that Moro or Moros is a term used for uncivilized people. but, least now i know that is a good term and it is just a term used for people living in Mindanao especially in the time of Spaniards.


norsaima haron 5 years ago

why is it the moro has an activities of piratical and slaive raiding!.. they were muslims and that activities is like against islam..


Alden S. Tubo 5 years ago

What i have in mind before was that Moro are the uneducated people from Mindanao areas who always finds ways for commotions,in short, they are the rebellious Muslim people. But after reading the passage, i was awakened by the truth that they are not those people whom i used to think. They still contributed a lot in the country.

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hasminbarambangan 5 years ago

Hasmin Barambangan, Cc2

Yes it was told that the term Moro was derogatory in the 16th century. They remained separate from the mainstream Philippine society during the 19th and 20th centuries. It reminds me of the Moro Crater Massacre during the Battle of Bud Dajo where they attacked villages killing 2,000 unarmed Moros for the purpose of exterminating Filipino Muslims. Same is true for the massacre happened in a Mosque killing 65 men, women and children in North Cotabato done by the Christian militia called Ilaga where it is reported that some of them even cut off the ears of dead Muslims and wore them around their necks as trophies.

With my young age, I couldn't help but be disheartened. I know I am not knowledgeable nor is my opinion worth to be heard but I wish and pray for peace in the Philippines. Today, I can see progress with the Muslim community though it cannot be denied that there has been a large migration of the Moros to Malaysia and Indonesia for the usual discrimination, for example the media. When someone committed rape, the news flashes his name on the news, but if he is a Muslim then religion will always be glued to his name, "Isang Muslim nangrape." but we can never heard "Islang Kristiyano nanghostage" during the Mendoza conflict if I may use it only as an example. This is just a humble observation, and I guess it's something that makes me think there is bias. Nevertheless, I am happy to have non-Muslim classmates and friends that makes me believe in a future of peace. There are only 2 types of people in this world, the good and bad. There are no good Muslims, bad Muslims, good Christians, bad Christians, good Hindu, etc etc. Either you are a good person or a bad one. Religion is not a criterion.


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aripa macala 5 years ago

And also term Moro means freedom fighter. Every term has its own origin, an origin which is very meaningful. The term Moro is very popular wherever place. Few are giving it bad impression. And that bad impression is “Moros are terrorists”. I feel very bad. Well, only intelligent people know the real Moros are.

Uu3.


Zainab L. Gani 5 years ago

Thank you for this article it gave me a knowledge on what is moro. I only thought moros as a unity or organization of the anti governement people.

Zainab L. Gani

Uu3


hayrie 5 years ago

Sangcopan,Hayrie P. Hist.3 Xx5

Now i know what MORO means.

And also the term moro refers to the Muslim people in the Philippines. They are the largest non-Christian group in the country . They are the ones who are not christianized or become as Catholic by the Spaniards. The term Moro is used by the spaniards to describe Muslim people. From the past several years until now, Moros have fled discrimination by the Christians or the Catholic people. There are sevearl different moro ethnic Groups in the Philippines and which is located in different parts of the country. The Moro settlement is called the Bangsamoro Region.


Tommy Pangcoga 5 years ago

I am a Moro. I am proud to be a Moro.


LAO RAJIB 5 years ago

I WAS ENLIGHTENED ABOUT WHAT MORO MEANS.HISTORY IS SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE EACH OF US IS PART OF HISTORY THAT TAKES PLACE


somayyah saeed 5 years ago

Somayyah B. Saeed

History 3 Vv1 TF, 10:00-11:30

Honestly, when I heard Moros, the first thing came in my mind were rebels or fighters. Yet, when I read this article, I've already understand what its real meaning.

Even though, there some changes on its meaning especially in Spanish colonization, I realized that its been good to call us a Moro...


somayyah saeed 5 years ago

Somayyah B. Saeed

History 3 Vv1 TF, 10:00-11:30

Honestly, when I heard Moros, the first thing came in my mind were rebels or fighters. Yet, when I read this article, I've already understand what its real meaning.

Even though, there some changes on its meaning especially in Spanish colonization, I realized that its been good to call us a Moro...


mama,Jehan A HISTORY3 Vv1 TF 5 years ago

NOW,I KNOW THAT MORO IS ONLY DERIVES FROM THE WORD MOROCCO,BECAUSE FOR I KNOW MORO ARE THE WARRIORS OF ISLAM. BUT AT LEAST NOW I KNOW WHERE DID THAT WORD CAME.


Mohammad Nasif B. Saga 5 years ago

Before, I thought Moro was a bad term or insulting term. I even thought that it may be other term for "maro". But it is used in the word Bangsa Moro and I thought it is not a bad term. Until I heard Sir Ganz and read this, I am totally sure that it is not a bad term.

I am from section Vv1.


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Donnell89 5 years ago

Ah! So that's the real meaning of Moro. when i was in high school, I really don't know what's the meaning of that word. Actually I don't really care of that word or it's meaning, I just don't mined it. But since I already know it's meaning I will try my best to share it to my friends so that they would also know!

I am your student in hist3 this semester.

donnell glean tulod


yashmeen_pajiji 5 years ago

wooaaahhhwww....there is really a lot to learn in here...

its kinda nice just to see and read them....


yashmeen_pajiji 5 years ago

wooaaahhhwww....there is really a lot to learn in here...

its kinda nice just to see and read them....


almaida diron 5 years ago

now, i now wghat moro really means because when i was in highschool and elementary they always said that the moros were bad that they do wrong things in this world now i know they're wrong..


Hassan Jubaira M. History 3 Vv1 TF 5 years ago

Back then, I really dont mind some people calling a moro, i mean i just thought that what's with it anyway calling me like that? and now that I read this, it's not a bad term to call and feel that I'm proud to be part of a Moro people.


retchill 5 years ago

Richelle T. Villanueva hisyory 3 Vv1 TF

Well the article was really informative. It opens the minds of the people especially to those who had a very little understanding of the word Moro. As far as my hypothalamus could remember, i first heard the word " Moro" from one of my classmates back then in high school, and the word was used as if it means really really bad. Now i understand that the word is not really degrading if you'll base it from it's etymology. it was just a mere term applied for arab traders that are mostly muslims, but was used interchangeably by the Spaniards.


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SirGanz 5 years ago from MSU Marawi City Author

According to the scriptures, Wisdom is the most important thing, therefore, get wisdom. What I mean is that, do not believe in all that your teachers, parents, elders and others are telling you, you have to research it yourself. Whoever is telling the story unless proven by documents have the tendency to be bias. Just like what happened in the past. In place of giving the right information, facts were distorted in order to serve their desired outcome. So it appeared that when the term Moro was associated with anything bad it was simply to prevent the people of Luzon and the Visayas not to follow the people of Mindanao. On the other hand, the term Indio or Kastila or kasila were also used negatively to mean everything bad and inferiority of the people in the Visayas and Luzon. Hence, the term bisaya is a lowly call. In short, whoever controls information has the edge over the other. In order for the people to be left uneducated a mechanism must be put in place like war, politics and religion. If you observed, in places where violence are a daily phenomenon, only few are getting education and when people have less education they could not think independently, in other words they are easy to control.


Mozammel M. Hussein ( History 3 - Vv1) 5 years ago

In this one, i believe that etymology can affect the history. it's all because it is stated there that the term moro came from the term mours used by the spanish during their war with the muslim africans. and when they saw that the moros are muslims, then they also call us moros.. and thus, they also fought with us since it is fresh in their mind that muslims are their main enemy at that time. :)


SALIC,RAHMA M. Hist3 Vv1 5 years ago

after reading this article, i learned that it has a deeper meaning to be proud of!!!!


SALIC,RAHMA M. Hist3 Vv1 5 years ago

this is a historical term that needed to be carefully studied and analyzed to understand the nature of it's existence..


amerajowairia@yahoo.com 5 years ago

its amaizing how mours be called a moro...and it come in spaniards term.I wonder why moro have many enemy....and now i know that they dont want to be conquered...Moro are brave warrior in our land..


amerajowairia@yahoo.com 5 years ago

its amaizing how mours be called a moro...and it come in spaniards term.I wonder why moro have many enemy....and now i know that they dont want to be conquered...Moro are brave warrior in our land..


VERTULFO 5 years ago

whenever I hear the word Moro, what comes to my mind is a dirty or balahura person. Somebody who doesn't clean his house. Someone who urinates or defecate in the toilet bowl but is too lazy to flush the toilet. I have lived in a dormitory together with some moro students and that's the attitude I noticed among these moro people.


COSAIN, Hafsha P. Hist3Vv1 5 years ago

The term Moro was derived from the first four letters of country of origin of the conquerors of Spain which is Morocco and later, it was used to the people of Mindanao practicing the teachings of Islam.

This was the reason why Muslims in Mindanao of today is being called as Moro. It is because of the historical meaning of the word. I got it, thank you...


Rayyan Makno 5 years ago

People who writes has a responsibility to readers in relating the truth. Misleading the people with wrong information is a great disservice to humanity. Islam has vehemently forbidden Muslims from lying. Distorting history is a great lie. With regards to Moros, it was never derived from the first four letters of Morocco. Moro is a word from the ancient Latin language which means BLACK. As to the history of its application to the BLACK inhabitants of North Africa, first by the Greek as Maurus and later of Latin by the Romans as Moro way back in the 1st Century BC, a bulk of written literature and published articles, ancient chronicles, etc. are avalable in many libraries in the wide wide World. One can surf the net and googlefind this pejorative and derogatory word. Anyone can open a Latin or Spanish dictionary to find that Moro means BLACK. Calling people by their color BLACK, RED, YELLOW, BROWN, WHITE, etc. is a racial slur. This word Moro has many connotations, like uncivilized, pirates, killers, and the like as imputed by the Spaniards beginning midway in the Middle Ages. This word Moro has many homonyms, like Moro, meaning a tumor in the shape of a mulberry, moros meaning an abnormal or a stupid person, moron meaning a person whose stupidity is below and idiot and an embecile, morose, morosity, morosop, etc. We are repeatedly explaining this to remind our fellow Muslims that there is no amount of wisdom that coud support the idea of adopting Moro as our national identity. One undeniable evidence of the pejorativeness of this Latin word is the fact that we Muslims fall in a fit of extreme rage or anger when somebady call us Moros or its puns Moklo, Morotay, Morokontay, etc. Why adopt a name as your identity when yo get very angry as other people quote the meaning in the dictionaries?


Raxiey G. Adolfo 5 years ago

i can still clearly remember when i was still in high school, the term moro for me means "NPA", TERRORIST, and other bad definitions. maybe because of the stories i had heard from the Spaniards that MOROS are evil and bad. when i studied college in MSU there was a turning oint in my life that changed my perceptions from the Filipino Muslims. There the same as we are. They commit mistakes and do good turn as well. They are not different as other people says. we adapted the term moro from the Spaniards which is for me wrong because as century goes on, the definition of MORO as the Spaniards had defined will surely be carried until the end of the world. They must be called the right way ASAP. like for example in Manila, once i had been there and for the first time last October 2011 to attend a National Summit, i have heard lots of bad and definitely wrong thoughts against the Filipino Muslims. we still have the time. Let's start it now!


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SirGanz 5 years ago from MSU Marawi City Author

I agree with the observation that the term Moro was pejorative as used by the Greeks and the Romans as well as in many chronicles in the olden days. The chronicler of Magellan used the term Moro for the Arab trader in Cebu while for the Muslims in Mindanao the term Mahometano was used, in other words there was a distinction between foreign and local populace. I am also with the idea that “no amount of wisdom that could support the idea of adopting Moro as ... national identity” if it is pejorative, but whatever reason used to justify its used I really do not know. For me only History is the judged.


Mamco, Nasrin A. 4 years ago

YES! The term MORO is actually a discrimination among muslims, because perhaps it means somebody to be feared as what sir have said. maybe Meranaos not Muslims could accept that name, but being a muslim is not worthwhile to be called Moro.


Mamco, Nasrin A. 4 years ago

YES! The term MORO is actually a discrimination among muslims, because perhaps it means somebody to be feared as what sir have said. maybe Meranaos not Muslims could accept that name, but being a muslim is not worthwhile to be called Moro.


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zamzamwafu 4 years ago

this really help, it gives me a clear prediction about the moro and the muslims., cuz even me got confused what's the defference cuz some muslm dont consider their selves as a moro.


NORAINETAWANTAWAN 4 years ago

THANks for this information sir. I agree. Indeed, the term "MORO" is believed as a bad name for others where in fact, it was just misinterpreted by them. How i wish, these could be change and be anew to everyone. Me myself, i admit that I could hardly accept that i am one of the MOROS now, in which should be changed.


Acbar,Saliha 4 years ago

lt is very imp0rtant to us as a muslim(maranaw) to kn0w or learnEd of being mOro and why muslims in the philippines cAlLeD M0R0. As we aLl kn0w m0st of the people in the philippines eVen s0me of muslims they doN't kn0w or have an idEa why we cAlLeD MOR0 and the mindanao cAlled BANGSAM0R0.


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Angcabae Ismael 4 years ago

I believe on the power of such words. And sometimes, we cannot deny the fact that we used the word not according to its meaning. At first, i do not really know the exact meaning of the word 'moro' but as time goes and as i'm stepping higher on my history subject i have learned the term most especially adding this article on the origin of the moro. There are a lot of people who misunderstand this word and a lot of misconceptions on the concept of moro. The term moro indeed is quite a complicate term not unless you have research on its real meaning. And sad to say that those people who are not knowledgeable of this term perhaps insults the Muslim people. Hoping that this article could help in spreading the real meaning of the 'moro term'.


Salo, Mohammad-Solaiman B. Salo 4 years ago

Correct Sir Ganz. Other say that term MORO is evil or bad but it is wrong.


gJean 4 years ago

Now i know where the term moro originated.

History 80/FG1


shariff,dayanara 4 years ago

before,I thought MORO is a negative word or a revel.but I am wrong... Thanks to you sir GANZ, now I know the real meaning of MORO. :)

History 80/FG1


joan p marquez 4 years ago

History 80 fGg1

when i was in high school i really hate Muslim and i don't know whats the reason,why i Hate them,i really used to call them MORO and they Got angry with me because at that time i thought term MORO is full of negative meaning ....hmmmp!!sorry

thank you sir, now I learn with this Article the real meaning of the term MORO .:-)


joan p marquez 4 years ago

History 80 fGg1

when i was in high school i really hate Muslim and i don't know what's the reason,why i Hate them,i really used to call them MORO and they Got angry with me because at that time i thought term MORO is full of negative meaning ....hmmmp!!sorry

thank you sir, now I learn with this Article the real meaning of the term MORO .:-)


Alimpang 4 years ago

I am actually PROUD to be called a Moro now that I understood the real meaning and history of it. There is precisely nothing to be mad about..

I expect myself to share these learning to other Moros for the sake of understanding.

All thanks to you Sir! :)


Yahya/ H80 FG1 4 years ago

Thank you very much sir for clearing my mind and for the very nice explanation...

I am proud to be a MORO. being a MORO provides me Pride and Honor.


AbdulRaffyJafar 4 years ago

I've been looking for this term Moro of what exactly means. i only knew is that Moro is a Muslim and for the MILF its a Muslim Fighter. I'm a Moro student from MSU Marawi City Philippines. i have to clarify what Moro really stands for, and i found this website and i am satisfied. i learned all about the Moro wars in my history 3 subject, and i am proud of it. thanks for this little information Sir Ganz.


Jeefey G. Alagon/history3Dd5 4 years ago

I am very thankful that i enrolled my history3 in this semester because it relly help me to answer those questions that have been stocked in my mind for how many years. One of the questions that i have was all about the exact defination of the term moro and where did it came from. Now that i knew it, it is my time to help those people who have been struggling in finding the answers of there questions. And now i can help to clarify those negative definations of other peolple about the term moro.

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