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

  • 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 ...

  • Witnessing The Ethnic Kaamulan Festival In Malaybalay Bukidnon

    Witnessing The Ethnic Kaamulan Festival In Malaybalay Bukidnon

    The Araguaney tree blooming with yellow leaves behind me provided a vibrant prelude to what I was about to witness. As the marching drums of the twelve participating contingents in the street dance competitions, starts to pound foot stomping beats, I can feel the vibe of Kaamulan Festival becoming more electrifying.

  • The Colors Of Kaamulan

    The Colors Of Kaamulan

    The last time I was in Bukidnon was a couple of years ago and I just went to one of the parks and tried the famous Drop Zone. Since then I've been planning a return trip. Recently, I had the chance to attend the Kaamulan Festival that is often held annually in Malaybalay City.

    Different groups, one Bukidnon

    When we arrived at our hotel, the atmosphere was already festive. I felt the buzz of the people as they prepared for the events that will take place the day after. Booths and concessionaires were set up near the festival grounds, while some tourists were camping out to get the best po ...