Manobo

Lantapan, Bukidnon

The Manobo are several people groups who inhabit the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. Today, their common cultural language and Malay heritage help to keep them connected.

The Manobo cluster includes eight groups: the Cotabato Manobo, Agusan Manobo, Dibabawon Manobo, Matig Salug Manobo, Sarangani Manobo, Manobo of Western Bukidnon, Obo Manobo, and Tagabawa Manobo.

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> The eight Manobo groups are all very similar, differing only in dialect and in some aspects of culture. The distinctions have resulted from their geographical separation.

Manobo People News

  • 11 Tribes Take Center Stage At Kalinaw Kultura

    11 Tribes Take Center Stage At Kalinaw Kultura

    The "Kalinaw Kultura" (culture of peace) ended Friday with Davao Region's 11 tribes taking center stage during the two-day cultural festivities that featured dance performances, film showing, and a visit to the Kadayawan Village inside Magsaysay Park.

    The "Kalinaw Kultura" in Davao was the last leg of a series of events organized by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) through the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), in partnership with the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and other government stakeholders.

    Similar events were earlier held in Iligan, ...

  • PWC, CHED Open National Indigenous Peoples Month Celeb

    The Philippine Women's College (PWC) in cooperation with Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples XI (NCIP) officially opened this year's National Indigenous Peoples Month (NIPM) on Wednesday at RSM Event Center.

    This year's theme, "Celebrating Heritage of our Creative Community", aims to acknowledge the cultures and practices of the various tribes and to recognize the indigenous peoples of Davao Region who were the primary inhabitants of the land.

    Hon. Bai Halila Sudagar, the chairperson of Committee on Cultural Communities and Muslim Affairs e ...

  • Land Of Antiquated Finds

    Land Of Antiquated Finds

    Agusan del Norte is a second-class province and the smallest in the Caraga Region. It is mountainous along its northeastern and western parts. In between are flat, rolling lands particularly where the Agusan River cuts through as it empties into Butuan Bay. Agusan del Norte's highest peak is Mt. Hilong-hilong, with 2,012 m. above sea level and is located in the Diwata Mountain Ranges near the eastern boundary of Surigao del Sur. Indigenous people of the Mamanwa, Manobo and Higa-onon tribes populate her majestic mountains.

    If you're looking for a canoeing experience they have beautiful river ...

  • Davao Citys Rich Culture As Told Through The Kadayawan Village

    Davao Citys Rich Culture As Told Through The Kadayawan Village

    A peek into a city's culture is an enriching experience for any visitor - the soul of the city is bared through its people and culture.

    As a city with a vast land area of 2,444 square kilometers, it is no wonder that a multitude of cultures and peoples are in Davao City.

    Five Lumad (Bagobo-Klata, Ata, Obu-Manuvu, Matigsalug, and Bagobo-Tagabawa) and 6 Moro (Sama, Maranao, Kagan, Iranun, Maguindanaon, and Taosug) tribes are the original inhabitants of Davao City. Multiculturalism runs deep in Davao City's history - it echoes in its tag line "Life is Here."

    Visitors to Davao City can ex ...

  • Lumad Sells Tribal Bags To Fund School Supplies For His Students

    Lumad Sells Tribal Bags To Fund School Supplies For His Students

    Giving up has never been an option for Arnel Isdang, a 34-year old Ata Manobo from Sitio Bhetan, Paquibato District in this city, who dreams of becoming a teacher.

    His dream was fueled by his desire to teach the Lumad children in their community.

    Despite having to walk 4 to 5 hours to reach the school in their village, he never complained.

    "Gusto ko lang na may matutunan sila kahit papaano, kahit magbilang o magbasa para hindi sila maloloko," said Isdang.

    (I just want them to learn, even if just counting or reading so that they won't be duped.)

    However, due to financial constrai ...

  • 600 IPs To Join Tribal Games

    600 IPs To Join Tribal Games

    About 600 participants from Davao City's indigenous tribes will join the tribal games event of this year's Kadayawan festival.

    Dubbed as "Dula Kadayawan" (Kadayawan Games) the event will feature several competitions based on lumad and moro indigenous games. It will be held on August 17 at the Peoples Park.

    "This will be the 5th Dula Kadayawan. During the morning, we will have the opening program and the rituals of the lumads. The lumads will be playing from 9:00 in the morning until 2:30 in the afternoon then our moro brothers will be playing three games," says games organizer Tommy Ini ...