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.

  • GenSan Councils New IP Representative Assumes Post

    A respected B'laan tribal leader here formally assumed on Tuesday as the city's new indigenous peoples' mandatory representative (IPMR) at the city council or Sangguniang Panlungsod.

    Fulong Benjamin Talon joined the city council's regular session for the first time as an ex-officio member after being sworn in by City Mayor Ronnel Rivera as the city's third IPMR since 2014.

    His designation as IPMR representative was affirmed earlier this month by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples.

    Talon, who is also a Protestant pastor, was chosen by fellow tribal leaders in December to suc ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 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 honor t ...

  • 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 ...