The logo is inspired by the unique icon of the Maranao world — the Sarimanok — a mythical creature soaring in the imagination of the Mindanao peoples in the Southern Philippines, which hosts the first BIMP cultural festival. The bird’s multicoloured plumage signals the best of luck, and in this contemporary rendering, the colours reflect the flags of Brunei, Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines (BIMP). The elaborate okir (traditional lace work design) depict a flourishing of fronds and vines, symbolizing the interconnectedness of the four nations – the fundamental festival theme. The mythical bird is perched the ancient Filipino script, the Baybayin. It reads “Bu-da-ya-o,” a fusion of the Bahasa word “Budaya” (“culture,” “heritage”) and the Filipino word “dayaw” (“bounty,” “prayer,” “beautiful”). This sums up what the BIMP cultural festival is about: a celebration of peace, bounty, and diversity.