10 Datus from Borneo


Datus were more common throughout the islands. To be a Datu one must must have been able to show great warrior prowess and the ability to lead the people of his barangay. Chinese traders who came to the Philippine archipelago during the Song and Ming dynasty referred to the Datus as nobility.

10 Datus sailed from Borneo

The story of the 10 Datus was adopted into Philippine history from the book Maragatas written by Visayan historian Pedro Alcántara Monteclaro in 1907. 

In the year 1212 a fleet of small boats (Balangays) sailed from Borneo through the Sulu Sea in search of a new home. They left to escape the tyranny of Rajah Makatunaw of the powerful Mjapahit Empire that over threw the Sri Vijaya kingdom for full control of trade through the Mulacca and Sumatra straits. The ten datus were said to be descendents of the fleeting Sri Vijaya kingdom and as they landed in the central part of the Philippines the region has become to be known as the Visayan Islands. Visaya being derived from the name Sri Vijaya.

The names of the Datus were Puti, Sumakwel, Bangkaya, Paiburong, Paduhinog, Dumangsol, Dumangsil, Dumaluglog, Balkasusa, and Lubay. They landed on the island of Panay first were they traded goods

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Barangay, or Balangay, was one of the first native words the Spaniards learned in the Philippines.

Balangay (The Austronesian  word for "sailboat")

The balangay was the first wooden watercraft excavated in Southeast Asiaand is evidence of early Filipino craftsmanship and their seamanship skills during pre-colonial times.

The Balanghai Festival is also a celebration in Butuan, Agusan del Norte to commemorate the coming of the early migrants that settled the Philippines, on board the Balangay boats.

Barangay  (barangay originated from balangay)

When the first Spaniards arrived in the 16th century, they found the Filipinos living in well-organized independent villages called barangays.