|Datus of the Philippines|
Background and History
Datu is the title for ancient tribal chiefs in the pre-hispanic
Philippines. Along with Sultan and Raja, they are also titles
of royalty and currently used in Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia and are equivalent
to titles such as “Dukes". The term Datu was derived from
Malay words dato' or datok, which are the royal titles of
the Malays. The myth of the arrival of ten Bornean datus is celebrated in
the Binirayan festival on the island of Panay in the Philippines.
Cordova, T. & Espiritu, P. C. (2001) Pinoy Teach: Multicultural Curriculum, 4th Ed.