About the Logo and Photo Credits -
The Center's logo is a rendition of the Maranao sun, as designed by Corky Trinidad (deceased), long-time cartoonist of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin (now merged with another daily and known as the Honolulu Star-Advertiser). This is a "modernized adaptation of the sun," Mr. Trinidad says in his email to Dr. Federico Magdalena of March 10, 2004. However, he falls short of explaining the symbolism of its rays (note that the number of rays is seven and not eighth.)
Why Maranao? Corky states "the Maranao are a group of Islamized people in Mindanao who represents one of the oldest civilized kingdoms (sultanate) in the Malay world before the coming of western powers." The Maranao live around Lake Lanao, in central Mindanao, and are known for their rich culture and tradition. The nobles (sultans, datus, bai-labis) wear colorful dresses (yellow, green, maroon and violet, among others) and occasionally display a tapestry of colors in their flags during rites and festivities.
Corky's name rings a bell at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he once taught cartooning and to whom an endowment is named after his death. The Corky Trinidad Endowment honors his contributions. His family and friends raised the needed funds apart from the generous donation made by the Honolulu Star Bulletin to establish the endowment now in place at UHM's Center for Philippine Studies.
Those beautiful photos of scenes on "Muslim Mindanao" and other pages are taken from Bobby Timonera's The land of promise, with his kind permission. Bobby is from Iligan City.
Other images in this site are lent by Hawaiian webmaster Juny La Putt (San Nicolas church, Santacruz de Mayo in Camiguin), Renen Jose Navalta (Regatta de Zamboanga), and Dave from his travelogue (Manobo woman). The rest are those of the CPS web administrator.
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