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

  • 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 ...

  • Biz Highlights Works Of Mindanao Weavers

    Biz Highlights Works Of Mindanao Weavers

    Kaayo Modern Mindanao (KMM), one of the enterprises showcased during the Great Women Asean Trade Fair, has been making Mindanao culture more known while promoting and helping Mindanao weavers with their livelihood.

    Mary Ann Montemayor, the owner and founder of KMM, said they had been helping indigenous tribes with their livelihood activities for about two decades now but it was only last year that she and her daughter came up with the idea of KMM with the intention of sustainable livelihood for the indigenous people (IPs).

    From August 25 to 27, the products of KMM was displayed at Pentho ...

  • The Idyllic Talaingod

    The Idyllic Talaingod

    Our generation has a serious case of wanderlust and the presence of social media definitely makes it much worse.

    When we open Instagram, we crave to book flights and see how there is so much to learn about other countries culture- yes those elephants in Thailand are so adorable and Indonesia's Boho-themed hotel suites fronting pristine beaches look so good. But as we dream of going to faraway places, we often overlook how wonderful our own land is- that we too have sights some foreigners crave and we would realize it's a shame not seeing our own.

    So, during holiday break earlier this yea ...

  • ComVals Tribal Hall And Museum Opens In Capital Town

    The Tribal Hall and Museum featuring the culture and traditions of six Indigenous Peoples (IPs) groups in Compostela Valley province is now open to the public.

    The tribal hall will become the venue of primary activities and gathering of IP leaders and members in the province while the museum will house important artifacts, crafts and other creations signifying the distinct identities of each of the IP groups in the province.

    The six main tribal groups in Compostela Valley include the Mandaya, Mansaka, Dibabawon, Mangguwangan, Manobo and Kagan.

    Gov. Jayvee Tyron Uy welcomed the opening ...

  • The Mandaya Warriors And The Crocodile

    The fear of the crocodile was so colossal that men and women in the olden times can only dream to conquer them all. This was the same state of fear the Mandayas of Davao Oriental felt with the river sentinels. Hunting and searching for food were difficult tasks to do because foot paths often halt, in places where the cavernous mouths of the crocodiles await.

    Thus, with the menace troubling the people of the high mountains, the Balyan prayed to the spirits of the woods and rivers to end the community's sorrowful agony. One moon full night she danced around the blessed tree seeking for the re ...