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Bangsamoro territory under Moro control
Historical extent
This article deals with the land claimed by the Moro people. For the region controlled by them, see : Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Bangsamoro is the name for the "homeland" of the Moro.

The term comes from the Malay word bangsa, meaning nation or people, and the Spanish word moro, from the older Spanish word Moor, the Reconquista-period term for Arabs or Muslims.

It may also refer to the Moro people, in general. These include the Tausug, the Maranao, Maguindanaoan, and the Banguingui.



Bangsamoro covers the provinces of Basilan, Cotabato, Davao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Palawan, Sarangani, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, and Zamboanga Sibugay; and the cities of Cotabato, General Santos, Iligan, Marawi, Pagadian, Puerto Princesa, and Zamboanga.

Other interpretations may include territories that use to form North Borneo including Sabah, Labuan and the islands of Sipadan and Ligitan. This area is currently under the Sabah dispute.


Bangsamoro was originally home to the Muslim sultanates of Mindanao (such as Maguindanao and Sulu). These sultantes resisted Spanish colonial rule, and were therefore not fully integrated with the rest of the islands.

However, after the American occupation of the islands (as well as the Moro Rebellion) the area was slowly integrated into the rest of the country.

Two decades after the Philippines reclaimed its independence from the U.S., the area was claimed by the Moro National Liberation Front, who intended it to become the "Moro homeland" separate from the Republic of the Philippines. However, claims were suspended due to a peace agreement in 1996. Currently, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) seeks to establish an independent Islamic state in this area.

In 1990, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao was created to act as a homeland for Moros. However, only the provinces within the Sulu Archipelago (excluding the city of Isabela) and the provinces of Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao (excluding Cotabato) are currently included.

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Moro Organization links

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