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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

  • Destination Davao Video Making Contest Winners Named

    Destination Davao Video Making Contest Winners Named

    The City Information Office has announced the winning entries of the 2017 Destination Davao Video Making Competition.

    According to Davao City Information Office head Jefry Tupas, the video-making contest aims to encourage residents and visitors to come up with video works which highlights the beauty of Davao City.

    This is the third edition of the video contest, which was first held last 2014.

    Copping first place is the video titled Unity in Diversity created by Archlight Productions. The video shows Christian, Lumad and Moslem children playing, symbolizing the harmonious relationship ...

  • How To Enjoy Kadayawan With Small Budget

    How To Enjoy Kadayawan With Small Budget

    Whether you?re in a tight budget or still waiting for your allowance to arrive, do not let it hinder you from enjoying this year?s Kadayawan Festival.

    Since it is made for showcasing the city?s unity and rich culture, everyone can enjoy it without exhausting much from your pockets. Here is a list of how you can maximize your Kadayawan adventure.

    The Fluvial Float Parade and the Gathering

    These two events mark the beginning of the festival as the city?s 11 tribes will be parading along Davao River, carrying with them their cultures and identities.

    It is a good way to start off your ...

  • PHL Biodiversity Sustainable Action Plan Launched

    PHL Biodiversity Sustainable Action Plan Launched

    Various Philippine stakeholders echoed the call for the protection and conservation of the country's unique wildlife and ecosystem, amid threats that lead to the rapid rate of biodiversity loss.

    In celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity, various stakeholders, led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), gathered at a hotel in Ortigas, Pasig City, last week for the First National Biodiversity Congress to highlight the importance of the country's natural wealth. The Philippines is considered as one of the 18 mega-biodiverse countries in the world.

  • Education For Indigenous Empowerment

    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

    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

    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 ...