The Sarimanok is a legendary bird of the Maranao people who originate from Mindanao, a major island in the Philippines. It comes from the words “sari” and “manok.” “Sari” means cloth or garment, which is generally of assorted colors.Manòk, which makes up part of its name, is a Philippine word for chicken.
It is the legendary bird that has become a ubiquitous symbol of Maranao art. It is depicted as a fowl with colorful wings and feathered tail, holding a fish on its beak or talons. The head is profusely decorated with scroll, leaf, and spiral motifs. It is said to be a symbol of good fortune.
The Sarimanok is derived from a totem bird of the Maranao people, called Itotoro. According to the Maranao people, the Itotoro is a medium to the spirit world via its unseen twin spirit bird called Inikadowa. According to the tradition, the sarimanok is never displayed by itself. It must be displayed with the set of flags, standards and vexilloids. At present, this is not totally true; sarimanok may be placed on the top of the umbrella of a Sultan or dignitary, and also, the Mindanao State University has adopted it for the graduation exercises following a non-traditional use.
Various versions of the legend of the sarimanok were recorded.
One legend tells of the daughter of the sultan of Lanao, named Sari. Sari was loved by her father and people because of her beauty and kindness. On her eighteenth birthday, a feast was set to celebrate the occasion. A cock/chicken (manok) with bright, glowing feathers flew into the middle of the feast, shocking all the people there. To everyone’s amazement, the cock transformed into a handsome prince.
The prince stated that he has been watching over and protecting Sari since she was born, and that it was time that he took her to be with him. With this he transformed back into a cock and took Sari, flying away into the sun. Both he and the princess were never seen again.
The loss of his daughter brought grief to the sultan and he had the best craftsman in his lands to carve an image of the magical cock that took her daughter.
Another version is about the romantic relationship between Raja Indarapatra and the Maranao moon goddess, who comes down to earth every Friday. Raja Indarapatra eventually joined the goddess to her realm forever by riding the sarimanok.
“To this day, Philippine myths still have an active role in the lives of rural Filipinos. The countless myths circulating throughout the Filipino countryside contain a large variety of mythical creatures.”
di nagawa ng school namin na manalo sa WEEKLY FINALS ng showtime, suuper lungkot ng feeling. e pano naman kasi, kulang na lang ng isang puntos! tie na sana sa UP-UPEEPZ. pero ganun naman talaga sa mga contest, may mga nanalo at natatalo. at nung malaman na nga yung result dinig ko yung mga usapan ng mga estudyante na TALO TAYO! PERO DI BALE MAY WILD CARD PA NAMAN E at nakakatuwa lang na marinig yun dahil di pa rin nawawalan ng pag-asa.
Sarimanok is a legendary bird of the Maranao people who originate from Mindanao, a major island in the Philippines. It comes from the words “sari and manok. Sari means cloth or garment, which is generally of assorted colors. Manòk, which makes up part of its name, is a Philippine word for chicken.
at kanina nga naganap na ang pagpapasikat ng pep squad ng school namin sa Showtime. nagkaroon rin ng live coverage sa aming mga taga-suporta at punong puno ang covered area namin. at kami ng mga kasama ko gusto naming pumwesto sa harap dahil gusto sana naming makita sa tv para ma-discover at pumalit sa role ni Budoy at Eboy haha , kaso nga lang di na namin magawang uminsert dahil sa andami na nga ng tao kaya naman dun na lang kami sa empty space sa gitna. at ang saya lang nung feeling nang magperform na ang school namin, hiyawan ang lahat at ang saya saya. nakakaproud lang na nagawang manalo ng aming school in showtime, and this became another pride of GENSAN.
SARIMANOK PEP SQUAD. ang pep squad ng school na nagrank 4 sa nakaraang NCC Finals. sa tuwing nagpeperfrom sila sa mga activities sa school ako na ang di magawang di mapa-WOW. e pano naman kasi, soobrang amazing ng mga routine nila at pagtapon sa ere nung mga babaeng cheer leaders. at dahil na rin sa reason na dito ko lang na-witness yung cheerdance talaga na may patapon tapon at paikot-ikot sa ere.
Just recently participated in SCAD’s first Generate, a 24-hr zine making event that happened over the weekend! We were four in the team and we decided to create a zine based on the Philippines and its folklore. I settled on the Sarimanok, a symbol of good fortune. o/