Blaan People

Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

The B'laan are one of the indigenous peoples of Southern Mindanao in the Philippines. Their name could have derived from "bla" meaning "opponent" and the suffix "an" meaning "people". Other terms used to refer to this group are Blaan, Bira-an, Baraan, Vilanes, and Bilanes.

The B'laan are neighbors of the T'boli, and live in Lake Sebu and T'boli municipalities of South Cotabato, Sara ...

ngani, General Santos City, the southeastern part of Davao and around Lake Buluan in North Cotabato. They are famous for their brassworks, beadwork and tabih weave. The people of these tribes wear colorful embroidered native costumes and beadwork accessories. The women of these tribes, particularly, wear heavy brass belts with brass 'tassels' ending in tiny brass bells that herald their approach even when they are a long way off.

Blaan People News

  • Saranganis Silver Sizzler

    Saranganis Silver Sizzler

    Sarangani has the unusual distinction of being one of the countrys youngest provinces and at the same time, one of the oldest.

    In 1992, it was created to become the 75th of the 81 provinces out of the coastal municipalities of South Cotabato. Hence it is relatively one of the countrys youngest provinces. Oldest because it is home to one of the archipelagos oldest prehistoric settlements found in the remote caves in Maitum town where 2,000-year old anthropomorphic burial jars were unearthed.

    Fragments of the said jars can still be seen inside Pinol Cave, while an archaeological diorama is ...

  • Blaan Leader Is GenSans New Representative To Sanggunian

    A prominent Blaan tribal leader formally assumed on Tuesday as the citys new Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) to the city council.

    Fulong Lucio Cawayan took over the post following the issuance of a certification from the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples affirming his selection as the citys fourth IPMR since 2014.

    "He is a fine addition to the brilliant and dynamic 18th Sangguniang Panlungsod. His presence is anticipated to add more energy to the already vigorous members," said Vice Mayor Shirlyn Banas-Nograles.

    She said Cawayans selection and assumption as ...

  • A Traditional Meal, A Dance And More: A Brief Cultural Immersion With The Blaans In Sarangani

    A Traditional Meal, A Dance And More: A Brief Cultural Immersion With The Blaans In Sarangani

    In Mindanao, the Tbolis (or Tbolis) are usually the indigenous peoples (or tribes, as they are more popularly called) tourists are aware of, with their rich history of dream weaving and picturesque home in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

  • Sarangani Tourism Champ Rises

    Sarangani Tourism Champ Rises

    When Sarangani province was carved out from the coastal towns of South Cotabato province in 1992, Manny Pacquiao was a 12-year-old lad who had yet to climb the boxing ring and probably unaware of his becoming a boxing great and senator.

    Just like him, however, Sarangani would be a promising contender who can slug it out on the tourism ring.

    Named after the Sarangani Bay, one of the countrys richest fishing grounds, the province is dissected by General Santos City, thus creating the so-called "east" and "west" coasts.

    West Coast

    Maasim town is noted for its extreme adventures scuba ...

  • Blaan Family Of Polomolok Is This Years Model IP Family

    The Family of Mr. and Mrs. Abenito and Florita Mangilay, a pure bloodied Blaan bags this years Model IP Family award during the culmination of the IP Month celebration held today at the South Cotabato Gym and Cultural Center.

    IP Family from Tupi represented by Mr. Leonardo Jr. and Mrs. Florencia Pandat and their three children won second place, while the family of Datu Roberto and Boi Minda Mel Calan of Tboli won third place. The winners received PhpP20,000, Php15,000 and Php10,000 respectively. Other Participating IP families received P5,000 each as consolation prizes.

    At least ten memb ...

  • How Did The Indigenous Peoples Rights Act Help Empower The Community

    How Did The Indigenous Peoples Rights Act Help Empower The Community

    It has been 20 years since President Fidel Ramos signed the Indigenous Peoples' Rights Act.

    Since Republic Act 8371 or the Indigenous Peoples' Rights Act (IPRA) was implemented two decades ago, it had opened greater opportunities for IPs and further empowered the community that used to label itself as marginalized.

    This statement was made by May Hyacinth Ateng, a member of the Blaan tribe from Polomolok, South Cotabato, at the opening ceremony of the 2017 Indigenous Peoples Summit on Monday, October 16.

    "Simula nang naging batas ang IPRA, napansin ko po na hindi na nadidiscriminate an ...