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

  • Artifacts And Crafts

    Artifacts And Crafts

    It was a rare treat as we were invited through buddy Kublai Millan to a simple birthday celebration at the house of Archt. Jose Racho. The pansit and the plate of lechon that welcomed us, however, was but the trimmings to the real reason we were there.

    Archt. Racho collects artifacts and crafts, mostly brass but just as many wood, majority of Maranao origin, but many of long-gone days when the other tribes were also into brassworks; like the Blaan belt and bracelets that Leonardo Rey S. Carino said is no longer worn nor made.

    A tiny sampling of Racho's collection can be found at the lobb ...

  • Blaan Giselle Eugenio Proud Lumad

    A Grade 12 scholar at the Community Technical College of Southeastern Mindanao in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, adept in the niceties of engagements on Facebook and Twitter in between studies, Giselle Tido Eugenio is, to all appearances, your typical millennial.

  • Proudly Millennial And Lumad

    Proudly Millennial And Lumad

    A Grade 12 scholar at the Community Technical College of Southeastern Mindanao in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, adept in the niceties of engagements on Facebook and Twitter in between studies, Giselle Tido Eugenio is, to all appearances, your typical millennial.

    Then again, she isn?t.

    She belongs of the B?laan tribe and attends the only institution in the Save Our Schools and Salugpongan Ta?Tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Center network ? one of the networks of schools set up for the lumad, or indigenous people, of Mindanao by civil society and religious groups in communities where oppo ...

  • Loving Mindanao With Ease

    Loving Mindanao With Ease

    I love Mindanao. Just the fact that my mother hailed from Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte, and my father was once an adopted son of Mindanao?made me love this home of my lineage. It was there where Tatay met and fell in love with my Nanay.

    Growing up in a quite closely knit family, I found it exciting whenever my parents? relatives come for a visit, and I enjoyed listening to their banters and story with their thick Mindanaoan accents. That was why I was more than happy to have my first out-of-town assignment as a journalist in Davao City sometime in the late-1980s.

    The moment I set foot in ...

  • Flalok Congress Bridges Cultural Gap

    Flalok Congress Bridges Cultural Gap

    Members of different indigenous people?s groups from South Cotabato and nearby Sarangani Province gathered recently at the Polomolok Gymnasium in Barangay Poblacion in South Cotabato for the 1st Flalok Congress.

    With funding from the USAID, CLAFI embarked on project to revive the Blaan art of storytelling to improve literacy and develop a community of readers in South Central Mindanao by adopting the Department of Education?s mother tongue-based multilingual education (MTB-MLE) approach in improving literacy outcomes particularly among young learners.

    Flalok is the traditional art form o ...

  • Championing Environment Protection

    Championing Environment Protection

    Some 250 Blaan youth volunteers were tapped by Sarangani Energy Corporation (SEC), a unit of the Alsons Power Group, and the Conrado & Ladislawa Alcantara Foundation, Inc. (Clafi), in a tree inventory activity in Amsipit village in Maasim, Sarangani last June 2.

    For volunteer 21-year-old future educator Ruben Isla Jr., he was unaware there was a tree called Dalingdingan (Hopea Malibato) in his birthplace in Sitio Kyumad, a predominantly Blaan village in the hinterland barangay of Amsipit.

    Ruben Jr., fondly called "Toh," by his friends and relatives was one of the 250 Blaan youth voluntee ...