Mandaya

San Isidro, Davao Oriental

Mandaya are found throughout Davao Oriental and Davao del Norte, Mindanao. Their name denotes the "first people upstream" and derived from man "first" and daya "upstream or upper portion of a river". They are shifting cultivators who depend largely on swidden farming (slash-and-burn) and supplement it with fishing, hunting-gathering, and planting of abaca as a cash crop.

Mandaya People News

  • Games IPs Play

    Games IPs Play

    A solemn ritual with a Datu offering a live pig ushered the start of the Indigenous People's (IP) Games at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex in Tagum City last April 27.

    Datu Marcial B. Lig-onan at first, apologized to some Muslim tribal leaders and participants present before proceeding with the ritual dubbed as "Sayaw ng Pag-abi-abi sa Davao del Norte", which culminated with the stabbing of the animal sacrifice by a Lumad using a bangkaw, a weapon often used by the IP in different areas of their lives.

    Davao del Norte Provincial Tribal Council chief Datu Angelito Osmos Jr. ...

  • Bulawan Festival At Its Finest

    Bulawan Festival At Its Finest

    With its vast gold deposits, Davao Regions Compostela Valley has gained the title "Golden Province."

    But behind the minerals their mountains possess, the province is also home to different tribes practicing culture that share the same value as the bounty they hold.

    To show gratitude to God who blessed them with such fortune, the province celebrates with its people through the Bulawan Festival. The festival, which is on its eighth year, is celebrated in the same week of its 20th Founding Anniversary on March 4-8.

    Growing green for good governance is the theme for this years celebratio ...

  • Colloquium Traces Tagum Citys History

    Tagum City, the bustling city north of here, is tracing its history, gathering the 10 tribes that populate it, and recognizing the pioneering migrant families from as far as Luzon in a colloquium.

    The city government invited representatives of 10 tribes of the indigenous peoples and Moro communities who were "culturally considered as the original settlers of Tagum," the city information office said, as they met with representatives of the pioneering migrant families "from the islands of Luzon, Cebu, Bohol and Leyte who settled in Tagum between the 1920s and the 1940s."

    On March 1, the ga ...

  • Inaul Weaving One Maguindanao

    Inaul Weaving One Maguindanao

    Mention weaving and Mindanao women will be among those top of mind. Theres the Tnalak dreamweavers of the Tboli tribe in South Cotabato, the Dagmay weavers of the Mandayas in Davao Oriental, and the labur tiyahiran of the Tausugs, among several others.

    But little has been told about this recently promoted intricate woven fabric from Maguindanao, the Inaul.

    Inaul is the traditional woven cloth of the Maguindanaon. It is the Maguindanaoan word for "woven".

    For years this cultural icon has been a "given" among Maguindanao women: they wear it, they weave it, and sell it as "malong". It wa ...

  • Cateels Kutoo Festival A True Heritage Worthy To Be Proud Of

    Cateels Kutoo Festival A True Heritage Worthy To Be Proud Of

    It was in 2011 that I was given the chance to sit as the Chairman of the Board of Judges for the Kutoo Festival, one of the highlights of the Araw ng Cateel celebration. It was a great opportunity for me not only to witness this colorful event and choose the best performing group but also to learn more about my hometowns rich culture and tradition through this much-awaited event. Kutoo is one of the many old traditions in my hometown widely practiced even today.

  • Tipanud Festival For 7 Tribes Legislated In Davao Del Norte

    Davao del Norte Indigenous People Mandatory Representative (IPMR) Datu Marcial Lig-onan successfully pushed for the passage of an ordinance enshrining a province-wide Tipanud Festival every fourth week of October to celebrate, showcase and promote the culture, tradition and products of the seven tribes of the province.

    The seven tribes of Davao del Norte are Mansaka, Sama, Dibabawon, Mangguangan, Ata-Manobo, Mandaya and Kalagan.

    Tipanud Festival has been celebrated in the province, but it has not been enshrined in provincial legislation until Datu Lig-onan authored it. He got it approved ...