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

  • 19th Seslong Festival 2017 Tboli South Cotabato

    19th Seslong Festival 2017 - The celebration portrays the old practices of the indigenous people to gather and barter goods. T'boli and B'laan native songs and dances are the main attractions of the festival.

  • Cotabato Celebrates Cultural Diversity Rich Islamic Heritage

    Paying homage to Shariff Kabunsuan, an Arab missionary from Johor who arrived in the 15th century and introduced the Islamic faith to mainland Mindanao when he landed in Cotabato, Cotabato City celebrates annually a festival which honors not only the cleric but also its rich history and cultural heritage.

    This year's festival was supported in part by the Department of Tourism and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. It is the biggest to date, with the inclusion of the cultures of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia or the east Southeast Asian nations (Asean) growth area, par ...

  • S Cotabato To Honor Blaan National Living Treasure

    The provincial government of South Cotabato is set to honor a tribal weaver from Polomolok town who was declared earlier this month by President Rodrigo R. Duterte as a National Living Treasure.

    Board member Edgar Sambog, the province's indigenous people's mandatory representative, said on Thursday the local government will give the highest honor to Bai Yabing Masalon Dulo, who was conferred with the Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan Award (GAMABA).

    He said the recognition will be given to Bai Yabing during the celebration of the National Arts Month in February.

    "Her achievement is a big hono ...

  • Three Mindanao Weavers Declared National Living Treasures

    Three weavers have been declared "Manlilikha ng Bayan" (National Living Treasures) by the government.

    In his Proclamation No. 126, President Rodrigo Duterte named B'laan ikat weaver Yabing Masalon Dulo, Yakan tapestry weaver Ambalang Ausalin, and B'laan mat weaver Estelita Tumandan Bantilan as national treasures.

    Dulo, who hails from Mount Matutum in Polomolok, South Cotabato, is "recognized for her commitment to the safeguarding and promotion of the B'laan 'mabal tabih' (ikaw weaving) tradition," the proclamation read.

    Ausalin, who is from Lamitan, Basilan, is recognized for her role ...

  • Munato Festival Is Back To Back

    Merging 2014's Yesterland Theme Park and 2015's International Music Festival, Sarangani stages an immersive and interactive roster of activities for all this year.

    This November 24 to 26, Sarangani will celebrate its 24th foundation anniversary with the Munato Festival.

    Highlighting the unison of indigenous groups Tboli, Blaan and Tagakaolo in the seven municipalities, the province paves way for vibrant and interactive cultural festivities.

    On the first day, ladies representing each municipality will compete for the crown of the Pearl of Sarangani.

    Following last year's performance ...

  • Discovering Kiblawans Culture Heritage

    What has been known as a conflict-stricken area for decades - Kiblawan, a municipality in Davao del Sur, is fast changing its identity to a more vibrant, developing town that is rich in culture, heritage, and eco-tourism destinations.

    Through its flagship program, "Pakigdait Kiblawan: Eco-tourism on the edge", a two-day festivity that was held last November 10 to 11, the local government unit (LGU) introduced its top hidden treasures from the newly-found tourism and adventure sites, ethnicity of B'laan tribe and to the newly-recognized heritages sites.

    The initiative of packaging Kiblawa ...