Parakala' Pagtiyaun


Tausug community have its distinct tradition different from other customs of the people in Likusantara; one of the known but unique practices is the parakala’ pagtiyaun or wedding celebration or party. This tradition though not constantly adhering to the old practices, the differences just slightly on some adapted practices and initiatives of the doer.

Most of the time, this tradition is carry out at home; the relatives, neighbours friends and both families of the bride and groom are invited to make the party jocund. Most of the closest kin are among the strong supporter to prepare for any work, specifically on carpentry, kitchen, and decor. In the carpentry, the closest kin and nearby neighbours who have skills would help to repair the house, bridge and other parts which serve as importance to the occasion. The kitchen matters would be entrusted to a member of the family, kin or neighbours who have skills to cook Tausug delicacies. Sometimes the family would hire Tausug cook enable the food to be prepared would satiate the mangluluruk or attendees.  The decor would be hired which includes to beautify the bride and groom.

The parakala’ pagtiyaun is a form of social gathering and getting together of the member of the families and people in the community. Through this occasion, we can witness the strong fabric of a Tausug community, where every attendee brings his earnest support such as gift or cash in an envelope. If the attendee invited by the family of the groom, he must at least bring a cash in an envelope, the amount would depend on the amount owed to him by the invitee. But if the invitation is from the bride’s family the attendee should have at least a gift to present. Though giving of gift to the bride is not oblige by the bride’s family, giving a gift has become a newly trend in Tausug wedding.  

The important part of this occasion is the magsasagina or the person welcomes the attendees, so that every attendee would feel the importance of their presence.

On the night side, the wedding party would be resumed with the presence of local band, organ (refers to a group who played traditional music of the badjao [igal-igal] with a keyboard instrument), Maggagabbang [Traditional music sang by minimum of four persons [setting face to face] in front of xylophone made from bamboo and violin] and other traditional entertainer.