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

  • Tagum Holds 16th Kaimunan Festival

    In observance of one of the city's annual celebrations, this year's Kaimunan Festival featured a lot of firsts in its line-up of events that surely served its purpose in recognizing and promoting the rich culture and tradition of this city's indigenous peoples community.

    This year marks the 16th edition of the Kaimunan Festival, which officially commenced last October 3, 2018 with a symbolic opening and a first Inter-Barangay IP Games, both held at the Energy Park, Tagum City.

    The celebration also featured the Panagtigi nang Katigaman sang Pag-indo (Pag-indo Quiz Bowl) last October 5 whe ...

  • P1-M Agri Infra For Baganga IPs

    P1-M Agri Infra For Baganga IPs

    In support to the government's efforts in peace building and development, the Department of Agriculture XI (DA-XI) thru its Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program has recently turned over P1 million worth of agri infra in Brgy. Binondo, Baganga, Davao Oriental.

    The members of the Nagkauyong Mandaya sang Tigbawan, Inc. (NMSTI) that were affected by typhoon Pablo in 2012 will benefit the package of support that includes a Multi-Purpose Drying Pavement (MPDP), a warehouse and bags of upland rice and corn seeds.

    "Residents here were coconut farmers but after the typhoon Pablo, we ve ...

  • Kulturatin Mindanayaw Preludes Kalinaw Kultura Grand Launch

    Kulturatin Mindanayaw Preludes Kalinaw Kultura Grand Launch

    Kulturatin Mindanayaw, blending of the words "Kultura nating mga taga-Mindanao ang Sayaw" muslim communities and IP groups dance contest preluded the Grand Launching of Kalinaw Kultura on July 26, 2018 at Robinsons Place Iligan.

    The event had two categories; Dances from Muslim Communites participated by high schools students, and Dances from Indigenous Peoples (IP) groups in Mindanao participated by elementary students in Iligan City.

    Iligan City East National High School- Sta. Felomina won the championship for Dances from Muslim Communites presenting its Kapagadir Meranaw Dance; Iligan ...

  • 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 ...