Lumad

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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

  • Davao City Extends Pasko Fiesta Sa Lumad To 3 More Villages

    Davao City Extends Pasko Fiesta Sa Lumad To 3 More Villages

    The city government will be extending its annual Christmas activities to three more indigenous peoples (IP) villages in the city this year.

    Maria Luisa Bermudo, head of the City Social Services and Development Office said the additional areas for this year?s Pasko Fiesta are Upper Mapula in Paquibato district, Tambobong in Calinan and Salaysay in Marilog district.

    She said ​the office has decided to reach out to more ​L​umad communities by adding more areas to make it accessible for the Lumad. Bermudo said previously, Lumad​s​ from other villages had to trav ...

  • Malaybalay Holds Aldaw Ta Kitanglad

    The local government unit of Malaybalay City in Bukidnon, together with Mount Kitanglad Protected Area Management Board, has conducted a three-day celebration to pay tribute to the contribution of indigenous communities on the protection and development of the Mount Kitanglad Range Natural Park and its surrounding areas.

    Ranoray Love Noro, officer-in-charge of Protected Areas Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Northern Mindanao, said Aldaw Ta Kitanglad, an annual event held on November 7 to 9, is an innovation of th ...

  • Davao City To Outlaw Improper Use Of Traditional Attire

    Davao City To Outlaw Improper Use Of Traditional Attire

    Event organizers, performers, and choreographers will soon be penalized for using traditional attires that are offensive to the culture of indigenous peoples (IP) in Davao City.

    On Tuesday, November 7, the City Council on Tuesday with finality the "IP Attire Ordinance" which outlaws improper use of such clothing during parades, exhibits, gatherings, presentations and other related public activities.

    Certification required

    Those who want to use IP attire for exhibits, school activities, street parades, public programs, filming for the purpose of representing/attributing/exhibiting a re ...

  • A Day In National Museum Of Anthropology Part 2

    A Day In National Museum Of Anthropology Part 2

    National Museum of Anthropology is definitely worth a visit! You will not just feel fascinated with their overwhelming collection of artifacts but you will also learn a lot from their galleries. Recently, I gave you a virtual tour to five of their galleries such as the Marble Hall, The Treasures of San Diego, the Portraits of Indigenous Filipino Women Gallery, Entwined Spheres and Garing. Now, allow me to continue the tour with the rest of their famous galleries like the Baybayin and Kaban ng Lahi!

  • Lay Volunteers Fan Out To Protect Filipino Tribes

    Lay Volunteers Fan Out To Protect Filipino Tribes

    A program to protect indigenous farming communities in the southern Philippines is expanding to other areas where tribal people struggle to protect ancestral lands.

    The ecumenical group Promotion for Church Peoples Rights is looking at the program of the Philippine Independent Church (PIC) as a model in working with tribal people in Mindanao.

    The PIC project involves church workers in pink-colored vests living in tribal communities in what the Protestant Church described as an accompaniment program.

    Discussions have already started among various groups to adapt the two-year old "Lumad ...

  • Buyag Bandayan Danwata Tagakolu Weaver Teacher SUN Awardee

    Buyag Bandayan Danwata Tagakolu Weaver Teacher SUN Awardee

    Seventy-nine year old Buyag Bandayan Danwata, a Tagakolu weaver and teacher from Kalatagan, Datu Dawata, Malita town in Davao Occidental, is one of ten winners of the Sampung Ulirang Nakatatanda (SUN) Awards.

    Buyag Bandayan is the lone Mindanawon and lone Lumad (Indigenous Peoples) among the 10 awardees honored by the Coalition of Services of the Elderly, Inc. The Sun Awards was launched in 1991 and awarding is held every first week of October, to recognize and honor the important, selfless contributions and services of older persons in the society and as part of the organizations observa ...