San Isidro, Agusan del Norte

Mamanwa can be found in Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Panaoan Island, and in the mountains of Southern Leyte. The Mamanwan dialect is bordered on the north and east by Suriganon; on the west by a mixed vernacular of Surigaonon and Cebuano; on the southwest by Butuanon; and on the southeast by Bislig Kamayo.

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  • Dance For Peace Marks This Years Bonok-Bonok Festival

    Dance For Peace Marks This Years Bonok-Bonok Festival

    Surigao City, the provincial capital of Surigao del Norte, recently celebrated the Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival, a ritual dance which originated from its early settlers, the indigenous Mamanwa tribe. The festival literally means "heavy downpour" and "all the very best" based on the belief that the heavy rains ensure a bountiful harvest.

    The dance festivities begin with the traditional Mamanwa purification ritual using incense to drive away evil spirits. It is followed by animated dancing accompanied by trumpets and percussion, with the participants clad in colorful raiment accent ...

  • Surigaonons Takes It To The Streets

    Surigaonons Takes It To The Streets

    Aside from its paradise-like islands, sumptuous local delicacies and, yes, those fat and fleshy crabs, one of the reasons why people flock to Surigao City is for its annual Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Kardjaw Festival.

    Bonok-Bonok is a Mamanwa word that means "heavy downpour" while Maradjaw Karadjaw is a local greeting that means "all the very best". The festivals name is culled from the notion that the rain ensures the abundant harvest of rice, root crops and fruits.

    The festival was celebrated with a colorful street parade last Saturday, September 9, coinciding with the feast of the citys pat ...

  • Mamanwa Tribe In Leyte Helps Protect Philippine Eagle

    Mamanwa Tribe In Leyte Helps Protect Philippine Eagle

    The Mamanwa tribe living in Barangay Kagbana, this town, is helping in the protection of the national bird.

    Bernal Managbanag, the chieftain of the tribe in an interview during the second Mahagnao outdoor festival, held here recently, confirms the presence of the Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyii) in their village saying that the big bird "can carry a wild piglet weighing 10 to 15 kilos."

    He added that they observe that eagle also eats snakes, monkeys, weasel and other animals.

    The members of the Mamanwa participated in the festival that promoted environmental conservation, pro ...

  • Festival Held Aim To Preserve Mahagnao Natural Park

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in partnership with the local government unit of Burauen conducted the second Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park Outdoor Festival in Mahagnao Natural Park.

    Among the activities held during the February 3 festival included fun run, kayak racing, photo contest, and booth making contest to commemorate the declaration of Mahagnao as a protected area under the National Integrated Protected Area System through Proclamation Number 117 in 1998.

    This year's Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park Outdoor Festival also recognized the members of the Maman ...

  • The Untold Stories In Isolated Leyte Village

    The Untold Stories In Isolated Leyte Village

    The upland Kagbana village here is synonymous to isolation, but there are untold stories of patience and perseverance that are worth telling.

    Residents have been pleading for an access road that will connect them to the nearest muddy road in San Vicente village.

    Evalyn Gamad, 17, who is pregnant, never missed a pre-natal checkup despite hours of hiking and wading in rivers and streams.

    "We need to have road to ensure our safety when we have to go to the town center, especially for a pregnant woman like me," Gamad said.

    During emergencies, a patient who is unable to walk is being ca ...

  • 3000 Lumads In Agusan Del Norte Served In Serbisyo Peace Caravan

    3000 Lumads In Agusan Del Norte Served In Serbisyo Peace Caravan

    About 3,000 indigenous peoples (IPs), or lumads, received social services through the "Serbisyo Peace Caravan" held at the covered court of Santiago town, in Agusan del Norte province recently.

    The "Serbisyo Peace Caravan" was focused on prioritizing the IP communities composed mainly of the Mamanwa tribe, including residents in far-flung communities in the province, Lt. Col. Rey Pasco, commanding officer of the 4th Civil-Military Operations Battallion yesterday said.

    The IPs and residents of various barangays availed of the free dental and medical services, circumcision, and deworming, ...