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.
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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...