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The Lumad is a group of indigenous people of the southern Philippines. It is a Cebuano term meaning "native" or "indigenous". The term is short for Katawhang Lumad (literally "indigenous peoples"), the autonym officially adopted by the delegates of the Lumad Mindanao Peoples Federation (LMPF) founding assembly on 26 June 1986 at the Guadalupe Formation Center, Balindog, Kidapawan, Cotabato, Philip ...

pines. It is the self-ascription and collective identity of the indigenous peoples of Mindanao.

There are 17 Lumad ethnolinguistic groups: Atta, Bagobo, Banwaon, B'laan, Bukidnon, Dibabawon, Higaonon, Mamanwa, Mandaya, Manguwangan, Manobo, Mansaka, Tagakaolo, Tasaday, Tboli, Teduray, and Ubo.

According to the Lumad Development Center Inc., there are about 18 Lumad groups in 19 provinces across the country. Considered as "vulnerable groups", they live in hinterlands, forests, lowlands and coastal areas.

Lumad People News

  • Helping The Indigenous People Earn A College Degree

    Helping The Indigenous People Earn A College Degree

    Last August 23, 3018, Davao Light and Power Co., Inc. and Aboitiz Foundation have formally turned over its financial support to Mindanawon Initiatives for Cultural Dialogue (MICD), the community engagement arm of the Ateneo de Davao University.

    This is in support to MICD's Lumad Scholarship Program, to empower the Indigenous People in Mindanao by helping in their college education.

    Davao Light and Abotiz Foundation have been supporting MICD in this program since 2002.

    This year's support was turned over by the EVP & COO of Davao Light, Rodger S. Velasco, to MICD Director, Perpevina Ti ...

  • Indigent Residents In Davao, Bukidnon Get Free Medical Services

    Indigent Residents In Davao, Bukidnon Get Free Medical Services

    Eighteen-year-old Lisa Dacaw walked at least two hours early Sunday to have her firstborn child checked for cough and loose bowel movement.

    "Thank God it's not that serious," Dacaw, a member of the Matigsalug tribe, said after doctors examined her three-month-old child who had been sick for days now.

    "We live quite far from the town center and there's no medical clinic nearby," the young mother, who lives with her family in the village of Buda at the boundary of Davao City and Bukidnon, said.

    "That's why we are glad there are medical missions. That's the only time we can get free medi ...

  • Kadayawan How It Began

    Kadayawan How It Began

    Kadayawan Festival gained popularity with its highlights of bountiful harvest of the people of Davao city including the Lumad, Moro, and Christian group.

    But more than anything else, the festival is rooted in time of how the province of Davao maintained a celebration of thanksgiving with no tribal borders.

    The festival's origins can also be traced back to the 1970's when Elias B. Lopez, a Bagobo decent and city mayor at that time, founded few tribal festivals which highlighted thanksgiving rituals and ceremonies of the indigenous and Muslim group of Mindanao.

    In 1986, this group of fe ...

  • Bayaning Sarangani - Bayani Ng Kalikasan

    We made this video for everyone to realize that keeping our environment healthy benefits us while not doing so will lead to our demise.

    God has given us resources but we must enjoy them responsibly so that our next generations can experience the wonderful nature that we have.

  • Kadayawan Celebrating Davaos Bounty

    Kadayawan Celebrating Davaos Bounty

    As the organizers proudly announced at a pre-Kadayawan event held at Seda Abreeza hotel, aside from the usual street dancing, parade and trade fairs, there are several new and unique events prepared for visitors to enjoy at the festival.

    To highlight Davao's diverse indigenous culture and heritage, the festival will begin with Subang Singdanan and Panagtagbo, depicting the convergence of the city's 11 ethno-linguistic groups.

    The grand street-dancing competition Indak Indak sa Kadayawan, which is often a major highlight of festivals, will be on Aug. 18, while the Pamulak sa Kadayawan par ...

  • Subang Sinugdanan: Kicking Off The Annual Kadayawan Festival

    Subang Sinugdanan: Kicking Off The Annual Kadayawan Festival

    It is Davao's most festive week of the year.

    The locals and visitors would swarm to the city to witness awaited events such as Hiyas sa Kadayawan or Indak-Indak sa Kadayawan every August.

    However, there are stories people should know about the Kadayawan to fully appreciate all the activities and be a part of the celebration.

    More than fun, Kadayawan has a great story to tell to the younger generation.

    Subang Sinugdanan Panagtagbo is one of the events that should be known to the people participating in the celebration. While it is the very first event of the week-long celebration, i ...