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

  • Coffee Table Book Celebrates Haring Ibon

    Nature lovers enthralled by our very own Philippine Eagle for being one of the world’s most beautiful and majestic creatures will welcome the recent launching at the National Museum of the coffee table book, Haring Ibon – The Great Philippine Eagle by Alain Pascua, co-founder of the Wild Bird Photographers of the Philippines, Inc. (WBPP), and concurrently Undersecretary of Education for Administration.

    The author’s photographs of wild birds have graced numerous local and international publications and fora including an exhibit at the National Museum entitled Birds and Climate Change.

  • Summer Destination Bagobo Cultural Village

    The image is still very clear me on the zip line flying high over 150-foot drop covered with verdant vegetation. This was at Camp Sabros in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur, and it was years ago since the thrilling flight.

    It was nice to be back at the foothills of the country's highest peak, the Mt. Apo. No heady thrill rides this time but a cultural immersion with the residents of the land — the Bagobo Tagabawa (tagabawa means "residents of the foothills) at the Tibolo Cultural Village.

    Sta. Cruz is a couple of hours drive from Davao and the high altitude of the locale is a very welcome esca ...

  • Bagobo Tagabawa Tribe Develop Ancestral Land

    Members of the Bagobo Tagabawa tribe in the 10 sitios in Sibulan, Toril in Davao City are working together for the development of their 350-hectare ancestral land plantation specializing in cacaos and coffees among other crops.

    "We also plant other crops but for now, we target plantation for organic cacaos and coffee. We had our first batch of harvest of cacaos but we still continue planting. When we planted it, we made sure we did not use synthetics and for fertilizers, we only use those from our compost," Datu Hernan Ambe, their tribal chieftain said in the vernacular.

    Ambe said, in ...

  • During Ka Banwa A Tribute To Mother Earth

    "This is not just about drawing and coloring, this is about caring for the environment," a young boy said during the culmination of the art workshop spearheaded by Kinaiyahan Foundation Inc. (KFI) in Sibulan village, Davao City, a predominantly Bagobo-Tagabawa settlement.

    That the boy said this just shows that the groups and artists with KFI, Ric Obenza of Kalapati Art Group, Philip Somozo of Lunhaw Dabaw Artists, and Dodo Karani of Tambara Group were successful in their pilot workshop of inculcating care for the environment through art for children.

    The Saturday workshops started last M ...

  • Department Of IP Pushed

    The proposal to have a department which will frontline the services for the country's indigenous people is gaining ground.

    Secretary Jesus Dureza of the Office of the Presidential Assistant on Peace Process (OPPAP) has assured North Cotabato Second District Representative Nancy A. Catamco of his support to the proposal.

    The creation of the IP department is the brainchild of Catamco who herself is Bagobo-Manobo, who chairs the Committee on Indigenous Peoples at the house.

    Creating the IP department gives meaning to the long dream of the indigenous people to actively part in governance ...

  • Destressing In Davao

    On two recent occasions, we grabbed the opportunity to visit Davao City again and discover more things about this premier tourist hub of Mindanao, which has gained more prominence with the election of its long-time mayor, Rodrigo Duterte, as the country's 16th president.

    The early morning drive to the Philippine Eagle Center (PEC) in Malagos, Baguio District in Davao City, took our memory back to the late 1980s, when Joey Ayala invited us to stay for a week at his house at that time in DBP Village along Maa Road. Ayala was then an emerging singer-songwriter known for his socially conscious ...