Iligan City, Lanao del Norte

The Higaonon are an indigenous tribe found in the northern regions of the island of Mindanao in The Philippines. With a population estimated at 350, 000, they are distributed over five provinces --- Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte and Bukidnon. Since "Creation Times" the Higaonon have lived in their forest home, undisturbed, managing the forest in a natural and ...

harmonious way. The tribe is made up of eight clans centered around the eight main rivers of their "Ancestral Domain".

In 1954, loggers started cutting their way into the forests - the Ancestral Domain - creating stress and sadness for its inhabitants.

For the past 40 years, the people have struggled tirelessly for their right to self-determination and to retain their independence as a tribe, securing their forest home against destruction.

Higaonon People News

  •  Kaamulan A Colorful Indigenous Festival In Bukidnons Highlands

    Kaamulan A Colorful Indigenous Festival In Bukidnons Highlands

    Colors, stories, and dances from the age-old cultures of seven ethnic groups are the stars in this indigenous festival.

    Every year, usually during the month of March, Bukidnons main avenue blooms not just with golden trumpet trees but with the blazing reds of its locals indigenous attire.

    Representatives from the provinces seven groups of indigenous people dance in a parade to powerful drumbeats, with age-old movements from their stories and heritage.

    Kaamulan is a celebration of the provinces Bukidnon, Higaonon, Talaandig, Manobo, Matigsalug, Tigwahanon, and Umayamnon people and thei ...

  • Kaamulan The Striking Festival Of Tribes

    Kaamulan The Striking Festival Of Tribes

    Intricate dances, colorful costumes, loud cheers, people in high spirits. Those are just some of the words to describe the experience of Bukidnon?s Kaamulan Festival.

    As someone who seldom goes out of town, it was my first trip to Bukidnon and at the same time, my first Kaamulan Festival.

    I was indifferent at first, as I tend not to be a part of large occasions (since I'm weak in crowded places), however the festive atmosphere, the graceful tribal dances full of stories, the rhythmic chants and the smiling faces of the mass seem to drag me with them, enticing me to join in their festivit ...

  • Northern Mindanao An Exciting Summer Destination

    Northern Mindanao An Exciting Summer Destination

    In case youre looking for your next vacation, it might be a good idea to try somewhere new and exciting. Northern Mindanao, or Region 10, comprises Camiguin, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental and Lanao del Norte, with Cagayan de Oro (CDO) as the regional center and entry point.

    Incidentally, March marks the monthlong celebration of my favorite festival, Kaamulan.

    Former Tourism Secretary Ace Durano declared Kaamulan "the only authentic ethnic festival in the Philippines" because it gathers Bukidnons seven hill tribes Talaandig, Tigwahanon, Matigsalug, Higaonon, Bukidnon, Ma ...

  • The Vanishing

    The Vanishing

    In a small, remote village of Lamlifew in Datal Tampal, Malungon, Sarangani, where there is a sizable population of Blaan, one of the indigenous peoples of southern Mindanao, a Blaan teenager makes her way to a large bamboo-and-grass hut where she will be learning how to tie strands of abaca fibers before dyeing them to create intricate patterns. In the following days, she would begin to weave by hand, using the native back-strap loom, the indigenous, Blaan, abaca, ikat textile, the mabal tabih, which has been woven by ancestors and many generations after of her community. The art of handweavi ...

  • In Agusan Del Sur Lumad Kids Stop Crossing Mountain River As New School Is Built

    In Agusan Del Sur Lumad Kids Stop Crossing Mountain River As New School Is Built

    For 40 years, Higaonon children in a remote tribal community of Balobo in Barangay Bunaguit here had to trek the mountains and ride bamboo rafts downstream for more than an hour to reach elementary schools in other villages where they enrolled in Grades 5 and 6.

    The primary school in their village only accommodates children up to Grade 4 and takes care of the education of 114 pupils.

    But last month, the people of Sitio Balobo (also called Sitio Salimahan) got what they had been wishing for: another school building that would host Grades 5 and 6 classes so their children would not endure ...

  • Camiguin Poised To Compete In Asean For Tourism Market

    Camiguin Poised To Compete In Asean For Tourism Market

    This province is poised to become one of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) most sought-after tourist and event destinations as two companies are in the stage of expanding their hotel business here, Governor Maria Luis Romualdo said over the weekend.

    Romualdo said two prominent hotel operators in Cagayan de Oro will be putting up their facilities in the island-provinces two towns.

    A hotel owned by Limketkai will stand in Barangay Tupsan Pequeno, Mahinog town, while Mallberry will expand its hospitality business in Barangay Bonbon in the municipality of Catarman.

    In Ca ...