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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

  • Lumad Ancestral Land

    Lumad Ancestral Land

    "Lumad" is a Visayan term meaning "native" or "indigenous," a word adopted by some ethnic groups to distinguish themselves from Mindanaoans who are Moro or Christian.

    Indigenous peoples in Mindanao had been awarded certificate of ancestral domain title (CADT) by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP). A CADT determines and defines the boundaries of ancestral domain and ancestral lands of a community or a tribe.

    The 1987 Constitution and Republic Act No. 8371 (the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997) recognize that indigenous Filipinos own ancestral lands on which their fa ...

  • 1,500 Lumads Eyed For Registration

    The Davao City Civil Registrar's Office (CCRO) targets to register 1,500 lumads in far-flung areas and remote villages of the city through its mobile civil registration for this year to attain their 100-percent registration goal.

    Leslie Lagare, CCRO Mobile head in charge, said Monday, January 22, that their effort is continuous to accommodate the indigenous people (IP) in the upland who could hardly register themselves at their office.

    Although she could not provide the media the specific data on the number of registered lumads in Davao, she said the number of unregistered lumads is decl ...

  • Bringing Christmas To The IP Communities

    Bringing Christmas To The IP Communities

    Christmas is a time for gift-giving, sharing and normally, spending time with the family.

    In Davao City, this is also the time when those who have more share their blessings with those who have less.

    "Think of people in need this Christmas," was Mayor Inday Sara Dutertes reminder to every Dabawenyo as they celebrate Christmas this year.

    This summarizes what Pasko Fiesta in the city is all about.

    Davao City celebrates Pasko Fiesta, a month-long celebration of the holiday season, every year. The celebration starts on December 1, and is characterized by various activities and competit ...

  • Bringing Pasko Fiesta Closer To Lumads

    Bringing Pasko Fiesta Closer To Lumads

    For years, we get used to a sight of thousands of Lumads (indigenous people) visiting Davao City for their yearly exodus to celebrate the Yuletide season.

    But now, the sight has changed, as the City Government of Davao has brought services to the hinterland communities, instead of having them to go down the central district of the city during the Christmas season. There are still few, though, who really came down to celebrate Christmas and avail themselves of the government services.

    For this year, the City Government will expand its annual Christmas activities for the IPs dubbed as "Pas ...

  • Lumad Leader Seeks Help In Promoting Herbal Gardening

    Lumad Leader Seeks Help In Promoting Herbal Gardening

    Local government units and other organizations should help in efforts to promote herbal gardening and to educate people about it, a Lumad leader said.

    Bae Lumalambong Nupic Ayoc, a tribal leader in Barangay Canayan, Malaybalay Citys aid such support will make it sustainable and enable them to reach out to more people.

    Ayoc said if there are groups who are willing to support them, they will accept it not to make money but just to sustain it.

    "I want others to learn so they too can reach these resources. This can lead to self-reliance," she added.

    They need to educate women and the y ...

  • Episode 2 Davao Tribes

    Outdoor recreation space with a monument to the nation's third president, Ramon Magsaysay.