Torogan: A National Cultural Treasure
A visit to the Islamic City of Marawi will not be complete without visiting a traditional Maranao House called Torogan. The Torogan is the ancestral house and the royal residence of the upper-class Maranao. It is commonly found in Marawi City and other areas in Lanao del Sur province.
Within the sultanate, no one can have a house bigger than the Torogan, which is the dwelling place of the datu and his wives and children. Living in a traditional Torogan house signifies rank, prestige, and wealth.
Jolo in Sulu has its own version of Torogan, mainly made from Nipa and huge Bamboo. Just like in Marawi City, Torogan in Sulu is also used for various socio-religious gatherings such as weddings, funeral wakes, conferences, and even for court proceedings.
The existing torogans in Marawi City were built by the community and the lower class citizens for the datu in the 1800s. In Intramuros, A replica of the Torogan can be found right beside the Clamshell.
There are also existing torogans in various locations in Lanao such as the Dayawan Torogan of Marawi and Laguindab Torogan of Ganassi. All require massive funding for their rehabilitation. These collections of torogans from various towns in Lanao are being pushed to be included in the tentative list of the Philippines in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The owner of the controversial Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar has bought and transported two ancient habitable torogans from Lanao into Bataan province in Luzon, sparking outrage from conservation groups. (source Wikipedia).