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

  • 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 ...

  • Buyag Bandayan Danwata Tagakolu Weaver Teacher SUN Awardee

    Buyag Bandayan Danwata Tagakolu Weaver Teacher SUN Awardee

    Seventy-nine year old Buyag Bandayan Danwata, a Tagakolu weaver and teacher from Kalatagan, Datu Dawata, Malita town in Davao Occidental, is one of ten winners of the Sampung Ulirang Nakatatanda (SUN) Awards.

    Buyag Bandayan is the lone Mindanawon and lone Lumad (Indigenous Peoples) among the 10 awardees honored by the Coalition of Services of the Elderly, Inc. The Sun Awards was launched in 1991 and awarding is held every first week of October, to recognize and honor the important, selfless contributions and services of older persons in the society and as part of the organizations observa ...

  • Dayaw PHs Indigenous Peoples Festival

    Dayaw PHs Indigenous Peoples Festival

    The 'Dayaw' festival brings together indigenous peoples from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao to share their culture and heritage.

    With October as Indigenous Peoples Month, the Philippines celebrated Dayaw, a 3-day festival with indigenous peoples from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao coming together and sharing their cultural heritage through music, dances, arts and crafts, stories, and more.

    Dayaw means to present with pride, to show ones best with pride and dignity coupled with excitement, and to honor in different Filipino languages. The universal meaning of the word "dayaw" connotes celebra ...

  • Onward Culture

    Onward Culture

    Amid finely selected furniture, home furnishings, holiday decor, and fashion accessories, a group of artisans garbed in native wear enticed local and foreign visitors alike as they showcased world-class crafts.

    At the Hibla Pavilion of Textiles and Weaves at the Manila FAME in 2012, 10 indigenous groups demonstrated their weaving traditions the Ivatan and Gadang traditional weaving, Iraya Mangyan nito basketry, Hanunuo Mangyan weaving, Panay Bukidnon panubok embroidery, Subanen pulaw weaving, Ekam Maguindanao mat weaving, Ata Talaingod liyang weaving, Tboli tnalak weaving, and Blaan mewel w ...

  • 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.