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Jennifer Iris Datu

Updated March 2, 2009

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Datu or datto is the title for chieftains and monarchs in the Philippines. Together with sultan and raja, they are also titles of royalty and currently used in Malaysia, Brunei, Philippines and Indonesia. These titles are the equivalent of European dukes and marquesses. The word datu was derived from the Malay word: Dato' or Datuk, which are royal titles of the Malays. The myth of the arrival of ten Bornean datus is celebrated in the Binirayan festival in the island of Panay, which in ancient times was known as the island of "Aninipay".

 
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