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

  • Proper Protection For Traditional Rice Varieties

    Indigenous people (IP) living in Sarangani have tapped the assistance of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) to protect their traditional rice varieties (TRVs).

    Because Sarangani is one of the areas that are most vulnerable to drought, preserving the seeds is important in breeding new climate-change ready seeds for the area.

    B?laan, Tagakaolo, T'boli, Manobo, Ubo, and Kalagan tribes live in the upland areas of Sarangani where most of the TVRs are planted.

    Starting this year, the locals and the Genetic Resources team of PhilRice will start to collect, conserve, survey, an ...

  • Go Fishy At GenSan The Tuna Capital

    Go Fishy At GenSan The Tuna Capital

    When youre talking about GenSan, the first thing that comes to mind (aside from the boxing champ Manny Pacquiao) is its tuna. It is because the city is the drop point and largest producer of sashimi-grade tuna in the Philippines. Tunas that passed the sashimi-grade standards are usually exported to Japan, while the rest were either sold locally or processed as canned goods. Since the 70s it has been called the "Tuna Capital of the Philippines" and the distinction stays up to the present. The city of GenSan has also the second largest number of daily catch in the Philippines, the first being in ...

  • Traditions Live On In Sarangani

    Traditions Live On In Sarangani

    Sarangani is one of the five municipalities of the countrys 81st and youngest province, Davao Occidental. It is home to a big group of Blaans and Sangils. These two groups of indigenous people live harmoniously together in the two main islands of the municipality namely Balut Island and Sarangani Island. The Blaans and Sangils are rich in traditional arts and crafts. To ensure that the cultural heritage of these people is preserved, it is important that the older generation must pass it on to the younger ones.

    It is the mandate of the National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA) to conser ...

  • Gen Santos Citys Kaleidoscope Of Cultures

    Gen Santos Citys Kaleidoscope Of Cultures

    General Santos City conjures images of the worlds best-tasting tuna caught off its waters which has tickled the palate of gastronomes around the globe.

    But beyond being acknowledged as the countrys "Tuna Capital," GenSan, as it is fondly known, is a city of divergent cultures being a frontier land in Mindanao once upon a time.

    This kaleidoscope of cultures was brought to the fore once more as it recently celebrated its 79th foundation day as a municipality with the multiawarded Kalilangan Festival.

    The city traces its roots to February 27, 1939, when Gen. Paulino Santos, head of the N ...

  • Gensan More Than Just a Tuna Capital

    Gensan More Than Just a Tuna Capital

    To locals, the highly urbanized first class city of General Santos is simply called as Gensan. But to most businessmen, it is considered the Tuna Capital of the Philippines. To sports aficionados, it is known as the hometown of three boxing champions: Emmanuel "Manny: Pacquiao, Nonito Donaire and Rolando Navarette. Miss Universe 2011 third runner up Shamcey Supsup also hails from this city.

    As a tourist destination, General Santos City beckons. That was what we discovered when we visited the gateway to Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, and South Cotabato. Historical sites, ecotourism destinations, ...

  • 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 ...