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

  • 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 ...

  • Good Vs Evil Showcased In Iligan Street Dancing Competition

    Good Vs Evil Showcased In Iligan Street Dancing Competition

    Despite the continuing conflict in its neighboring Marawi City, the residents of Iligan City remained steadfast in celebrating the feast of San Miguel Archangel.

    Fifteen schools joined a parade and a street dancing competition Wednesday morning.

    Contingents donned colorful costumes of Maranao, Bisaya and Higaunon tribes to show Iligans diverse culture. All performances shared the same theme the triumph of good versus evil as depicted in San Miguel slaying demons that disturbed the community.

    Residents said the show is fitting after the Marawi siege. Not only does it entertain the audi ...

  • Weavers Of Peace The Higaonon Tribe In The Philippines

    Weavers Of Peace The Higaonon Tribe In The Philippines

    The Higaonon, an indigenous tribe in Northern Mindanao in the southern Philippines, have preserved an ancient system of conflict resolution which has enabled them to be a truly peaceful community. However, there is a need to ensure that this knowledge is not lost in the future.

    The Higaonon described as ?people of living mountains? and ?people of the wilderness? are one of the lumads (indigenous peoples) in the mountainous areas of Northern Mindanao in southern Philippines, who have resisted assimilation or acculturation, with their traditional systems, practices, beliefs remaining relative ...

  • Kaamulan Culminates With Street Dancing

    Kaamulan Culminates With Street Dancing

    Thousands of spectators trooped to this city, "the South Summer Capital of the Philippines", to witness the street dancing competition participated by Bukidnon's 20 towns and two cities as the highlight of the annual Kaamulan Festival held Saturday, March 25.

    Garbed in colorful costumes representing the different tribal groups in Bukidnon, the contingents came from 13 towns and cities, namely: Baungon, Cabanglasan, Damulog, Don Carlos, Impasug-ong, Kadingilan, Kitaotao, Malaybalay, Manolo Fortich, Malitbog, Maramag, Talakag, and Valencia City.

    According to the provincial government in a ...