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.


> 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

  • Northern Mindanao An Exciting Summer Destination

    Northern Mindanao An Exciting Summer Destination

    In case youre looking for your next vacation, it might be a good idea to try somewhere new and exciting. Northern Mindanao, or Region 10, comprises Camiguin, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental and Lanao del Norte, with Cagayan de Oro (CDO) as the regional center and entry point.

    Incidentally, March marks the monthlong celebration of my favorite festival, Kaamulan.

    Former Tourism Secretary Ace Durano declared Kaamulan "the only authentic ethnic festival in the Philippines" because it gathers Bukidnons seven hill tribes Talaandig, Tigwahanon, Matigsalug, Higaonon, Bukidnon, Ma ...

  • Ata Village Tour Opens March 15

    The Ata tribe community in Davao City together with iEmergence initiated an ATA Cultural Village Tour, guided by ATA tribe members, slated on March 15-18 at Magsaysay Park "to further understand about their presence and will also uphold the culture of respect to their traditions."

    Bob Ali of the Ata Tribe said during the Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City on Monday that the cultural village will allow hundreds of visitors and locals alike to get a glimpse of the cultures and traditions of the tribes of Davao City.

    Ali said that project was initiated by their ATA elders in partnership with iEmer ...

  • 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 ...

  • Preservation Of Traditional Landmarks To Be Pushed

    The Committee on Cultural Communities and Muslim Affairs is set to recommend on Tuesday, February 13, for second reading a resolution/ordinance promoting the preservation, recognition and protection of the recognized traditional landmarks, sacred sites, and burial grounds of the indigenous cultural communities of Davao City.

    Based on the draft of the committee report, four committee hearings were done for the item last April 4, 2017, May 22, 2017, December 3, 2017, and January 22, 2018.

    During these committee hearings representatives from different tribes of Davao City were invited as we ...

  • DENR Awards 30 Groups For Environment Activities

    Thirty community and self-help organizations were recognized for their enterprising ventures in reforestation "while promoting industries and jobs to the communities."

    The groups were awarded for adapting technology on developing products from bamboo, Falcata, oysters, or locally called talaba, and a plant species called "tikog" used in handicrafts.

    Melody M. Aguiba, owner of the Manila-based publishing firm, Growth Publishing, said the DENR Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau "picked 30 top technology adopters because of the sustainability of the technology and the benefits deriv ...