Maranao is a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken in Lanao
del Norte and Lanao del Sur provinces in Mindanao in the Philippines,
and in Sabah in Malaysia. There are thought to be between 800,000 and
a million speakers. Maranao belongs to the Southern Philippine branch
of Malayo-Polynesian langauges and is closely related to Ilanun and Maguindanaon,
which are spoken in Sabah in Malaysia, and in parts of the Philippines.
Maranao is written with the Latin alphabet, though in
the past it was written with a version of the Arabic script,
Arabic script for Maranao
This script is called Batang Arab (Arabic letters).
Written Maranao literary texts are known as kirim.