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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

  • Education For Indigenous Empowerment

    Speech delivered by Vice President Leni Robredo at the Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples Education, University of Southeastern Philippines Mintal Campus in Davao City on 15 May 2017, during the 2017 National Indigenous Peoples Education Festival)

    Maraming salamat po. Maupo po tayong lahat.

    Bago po ako magpatuloy, pagbigay-galang muna po sa mga kasama natin ngayong umaga, sa pangunguna po ng President ng Assisi Development Foundation, Mr. Benjamin Abadiano. Magandang umaga po.

    Dr. Lourdes Generalao, President of the University of Southeastern Philippines; Dr. Eulalio Patayon, Camp ...

  • Davao City To Open 2 Tribal Villages

    The Davao City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) targets to open two tribal villages in Davao City before the Kadayawan Festival in August as they also plan to open tribal villages for the 11 tribes in the city for a more inclusive relationship with the Lumads.

    CTOO Head Generose Tecson, during the weekly forum at Habi at Kape, Abreeza Ayala Malls Thursday, May 4, said they plan to open two tribal houses in the city specifically in Marilog District and in Tamayong, Calinan District.

    Last week, I have talked with our Lumads through the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples sessions and ...

  • Asean Group Seeks More Protection For Traditional IPRs

    The government and the private sector must redouble efforts to protect the intellectual property rights—which ultimately translate to economic rights—of traditional communities like indigenous groups so that their local resources are not improperly exploited.

    To this end, the head of the Asean Intellectual Property Association has called for greater awareness toward and greater legal protection for the diverse and rich local culture which is in danger of being tapped for profit by external parties like foreign corporations.

    "What we need to do is make people aware that we have a larg ...

  • Robredo Pushes For Review Of Laws On Indigenous People

    Vice President Maria Leni Robredo seeks for a review on laws for Indigenous People to ensure their inclusivity in policy making.

    In an interview after a speaking engagement at the 2017 National Indigenous Peoples Education Program held at University of Southern Philippines (Usep) Mintal Campus, Robredo said that she is pushing for the wider participation of the IPs.

    "Tingin ko, kailangan i-review iyong IP laws, kailangan i-review iyong mga programa ng mga IP, pati iyong NCIP, pinu-push natin mas malaki din participation ng actual members ng IP communities para napapakinggan iyong boses," ...

  • DOT LGUs To Turn Tribal Villages To Tourism Spots

    The Department of Tourism (DOT) and certain local government units led by Davao City will transform several tribal villages into eco-tourism destinations.

    This was outlined by Tourism Region 11 Director Roberto "Robbie" Alabado III during last Monday's Kapehan sa Dabaw media forum at the SM Davao annex at the Ecoland.

    Alabado said that the Davao City government has already made initial moves in this direction with City Tourism Operations chief Generose D. Tecson holding consultations with tribal leaders in the city.

    In those consultation meetings, Tecson informed the tribal chieftain ...

  • Indigenes Rights Group Partners With Humanitarian Organizations

    The Rural Missionaries of the Philippines-Northern Mindanao Sub-Region (RMP-NMR) scales up its human rights intervention for indigenous peoples by partnering with international humanitarian organization, Relief International (RI).

    An inception meeting kicked-off the two-year project recently, orienting the new staff on the rigors and deliverables of the project which covers 43 communities in the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Bukidnon, and Misamis Oriental in the Philippines.

    Funded under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, this new initiative will pro ...