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

  • 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 ...

  • DTI Local Govt Offer Skills Training For Higaonon IP Community

    DTI Local Govt Offer Skills Training For Higaonon IP Community

    Women of the Higaonon tribe in Bukidnon can now look forward to an improved livelihood and added earnings.

    The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in partnership with the Office of Malaybalay City Councilor Louel M. Tortola and Kulaman Barangay local government conducted recently a four-day livelihood skills training on abaca handicraft production that could give community members other source of income.

    Rural Improvement Club (RIC) president Senira B. Lopez said they lauded the organizers because the skills training suits their learning needs??"it is easy to do and inexpensive becaus ...

  • Tribes Ask Duterte To Retain Bayanihan Teams

    Tribal chiefs and the sectoral leaders belonging to the Banwa-on, Higaonon and Manobo tribes in Caraga region yesterday appealed to President Duterte to retain the "Bayanihan Team Activity" (BTA) that has been deployed in highland communities to maintain peace and order in their ancestral lands.

    The tribal chiefs, and officers and sectoral leaders of the Indigenous Peoples Crisis Committee (IPCC) and Indigenous Peoples Economic Union (IPEU) also asked Duterte to retain the BTA of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in their highland communities to continue the livelihood and social de ...

  • Origin Of The Higaonon Tribe In Cagayan De Oro

    Origin Of The Higaonon Tribe In Cagayan De Oro


    The word Higaonon was taken from the words "HIGA" which means to live or to reside while "GAON" means mountain and "ONON" means people. Hence Higaonon lterally means, "people living in a mountain". The Higaonons were geographically in different areas in Misamis Oriental, Agusan Provinces, and Bukidnon. The term Higaonon was popularized in 1966 by Recardo Hopin dela Camera, a crossbread of Spanish, Filipino and Higaonon, better known as Datu Mabalao (Magtahas 1988:48) (NCIP R-X)

    Based on historical account historical boundaries, the Higaonon tribes are the origin ...

  • Metrobank Foundation Supports Education For Higaonon Learners

    Metrobank Foundation Supports Education For Higaonon Learners

    Cartwheel Foundation, Inc. was one of 35 organizations awarded by Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) during their 54th Anniversary Grants Turnover Ceremony on September 5, 2016 at Metrobank Plaza, Makati City. The grant was given in support of the Early Childhood and Elementary Education (ECEE) Program that focuses on facilitating access to quality and culturally relevant learning for 54 indigenous Higaonon children of Sinakungan, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur for school year 2016-2017.

    In its 7th year of direct implementation, Cartwheel now facilitates coordination with various local stakeholde ...