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

  • Bagobo Wedding

    Bagobo Wedding

    There's an impression that indigenous marriages are pre-arranged with the engagement of a girl to a boy done by parents. The dowry system, too, has in some instances been abused with the girl becoming like a commodity being traded.

    A few studies reveal many girls of indigenous communities who are barely out of adolescence suffer emotionally due to early marriage to a man not of their choice.

    Through time, many lumad women consider pre-arranged marriage as unfavorable to their interests and avoid the lumad marriage tradition.

    They feel in better position to achieve their life aspiratio ...

  • Bagobo-Tagabawa Community Gets Free Healthcare Aid

    Bagobo-Tagabawa Community Gets Free Healthcare Aid

    Members of the Bagobo-Tagabawa community in barangay Sibulan in Sta Cruz, Davao Del Sur were relieved of their stress and discomfort after availing of the free medical and dental services from AboitizPower subsidiary Hedcor during the latter's recent medical mission.

    The event was even more fitting because it added color to the barangay's 28th Araw ng Sibulan celebration last month.

    "Kung sa tindahan pa ni [na mga tambal], mahal kaayo ug presyo. Nagpasalamat mi na naay ing ani na mga tambala kay dako kaayo ug tabang sa amoa," said Nancy Apal, one of Hedcor's resident beneficiaries.

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  • Rare Video Shows Endangered Philippine Eagle Chick Grow Up

    The Bagobo Tagabawa people, who live at the foot of Mount Apo in the Philippines, tell the story of a banog, or great eagle, that snatched a man and carried him away to its aerie. The banog had an eaglet, and that eaglet befriended the man. When the it grew up, it freed the man, returning him to the village the same way he'd come. The man named his son, who founded the first Bagobo Tagabawa villages, after the young banog out of gratitude the title Datu Banog is still given to leaders of exceptional courage and wisdom.

    Today, the Philippine eagle, one of the largest eagle species in the wor ...

  • 11 Tribes Take Center Stage At Kalinaw Kultura

    11 Tribes Take Center Stage At Kalinaw Kultura

    The "Kalinaw Kultura" (culture of peace) ended Friday with Davao Region's 11 tribes taking center stage during the two-day cultural festivities that featured dance performances, film showing, and a visit to the Kadayawan Village inside Magsaysay Park.

    The "Kalinaw Kultura" in Davao was the last leg of a series of events organized by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) through the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), in partnership with the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and other government stakeholders.

    Similar events were earlier held in Iligan, ...

  • PWC, CHED Open National Indigenous Peoples Month Celeb

    The Philippine Women's College (PWC) in cooperation with Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples XI (NCIP) officially opened this year's National Indigenous Peoples Month (NIPM) on Wednesday at RSM Event Center.

    This year's theme, "Celebrating Heritage of our Creative Community", aims to acknowledge the cultures and practices of the various tribes and to recognize the indigenous peoples of Davao Region who were the primary inhabitants of the land.

    Hon. Bai Halila Sudagar, the chairperson of Committee on Cultural Communities and Muslim Affairs e ...

  • Kadayawan

    I've been living in Davao City since I was 12 years old, but I've never experienced Kadayawan. Being an introvert discourages me from going out and participating in activities which involve a lot of people crowding together in an area. Even if I've never actually seen it, I do know that it's a celebration of the bountiful harvest which takes place on the third week of August, and it also showcases the culture of the local tribes in Davao City. Kadayawan comes from the Mandaya word "madayaw," a greeting reserved for beautiful things.

    Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte gave the festival its off ...