Davao City, Davao del Sur

The Bagobo constitute one of the largest groups among the indigenous peoples of southern Mindanao. They are composed of three sub-groups, namely the Tagabawa, the Clata or Guiangan and the Ubo. Although they belong to one socio-linguistic group, Bagobo, they also differ in some ways, such as the dialects, dance steps, costumes and their color preferences to mention a few.

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referred to as ethnic because they are the people whose distinctive identity is rooted in history. From the beginning and up to the present, the Bagobo are the predominant inhabitants of the vast areas extending from the west coast of Davao Gulf to the high reaches of Davao's famous and significant mountain ranges of Mt. Apo or Apo Sandawa to the tribal people.

Apo Sandawa happens to be the sacred grounds of the Bagobo since time immemorial, valued as one among the group's richest cultural heritage. It is the homeland of the world-known Philippine eagle as well.

Bagobo Tagabawa Clata Guiangan Ubo People News

  • Davao Citys New IP Rep From Bagobo-Klata Tribe

    Davao Citys New IP Rep From Bagobo-Klata Tribe

    Davao City has a new Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) after members of the Bagobo-Klata tribe chose their representative to the city council.

    The 31-year-old registered nurse Bae Cherry Ann Ortiz-Codilla was selected by the majority of her tribe to represent the IP sector in the city council.

    Codilla bested her other four competitors Bae Jane Lopez-Banzon, Datu Rosalito Anog, Datu Camilo Bancas and Datu Marcelino Betil after she garnered an overwhelming 241 votes from 431 members of Talaukom or the tribes Council of Elders, who participated in the selection process held ...

  • Work Starts On Tesda Training Centers For Lumads

    The regional office of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) in partnership with the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP 11) led the groundbreaking ceremony for two Multi-purpose Training Courts for Indigenous People (IPs).

    Tesda regional director Gaspar S. Gayona said that once construction is completed, the facility will serve as a common place where delivery of government services will be conducted for better accessibility.

    It will be the training facility for Tesdas Special Skills Training Program (SSTP), where IPs will be trained with their preferre ...

  • Restoring Little Tokyo

    Restoring Little Tokyo

    Researchers are almost one in mind that the term "Davao-kuo", in reference to Mintal, an outlying district west of Davao City, means "Little Japan" or, in some instances, "Little Tokyo."

    The label is actually a takeoff from Manchukuo or Manzhouguo, which means "state of Manchuria" in Japanese. Following this simplistic argument, Davao-kuo should be translated as "the state of Davao."

    Oral tradition says Mintal, embellished by local historians as part of a cultural and historical heritage, is a corruption of the name of Intal, a Bagobo datu who reportedly died in 1889, and Mishiro, a Japa ...

  • Weaving A Future For Davao Del Sur Tribe

    Vivencia Mamites is a craftswoman and an esteemed weaver of inabal, the traditional fabric of the Bagobo-Tagabawa Tribe in the Philippines.

    She is the eldest of five siblings and grew up living in the province of Davao del Sur during difficult economic times. She is the mother of three children. However, as a young woman, Vivencia was auspiciously chosen to be one of the five tribeswomen who was handed down the age-old technique and knowledge of making inabal.

    Inabal is a traditional ancestral cloth of her tribe with a special weave. This cloth was customarily used as the garment for an ...

  • Preservation Of Traditional Landmarks To Be Pushed

    The Committee on Cultural Communities and Muslim Affairs is set to recommend on Tuesday, February 13, for second reading a resolution/ordinance promoting the preservation, recognition and protection of the recognized traditional landmarks, sacred sites, and burial grounds of the indigenous cultural communities of Davao City.

    Based on the draft of the committee report, four committee hearings were done for the item last April 4, 2017, May 22, 2017, December 3, 2017, and January 22, 2018.

    During these committee hearings representatives from different tribes of Davao City were invited as we ...

  • NCIP 131,000 Hectares Issued With Ancestral Domain Titles

    The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)-Davao has noted a total of 131,003 hectares issued with certificates of ancestral domain titles (CADT) in Davao City.

    In a data obtained from the NCIP-Davao, 29,930 hectares were awarded to 3,208 Obu-Manuvu tribe beneficiaries in 12 barangays in Marilog District.

    Data also revealed that 26,633 hectares were awarded to 2,918 Matigsalug-Manobo tribe beneficiaries in six barangays in Marilog District; 65,819 hectares to 3,423 Ata tribe beneficiaries in Paquibato District, Calinan District, Buhangin District, and portion of Sto. Tomas town ...