Mansaka

Kapalong, Davao del Norte

The Mansaka tribes are found in the provinces of Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley, the tribe of Mansaka specifically dwells in the areas of Manat Valley, the Maragusan Valley, the Hijo River Valley, and the seacoasts of Kingking, Maco, Kwambog, Hijo, Tagum, Libuganon, Tuganay, Ising, and Panabo.

The etymology of the name "Mansaka" is derived from the words "man" meaning "first ...

" and "saka" meaning "to ascend". Therefore, Mansaka means "the first people to ascend the mountains or go upstream".

The Mansaka identify themselves as utaw or people created by the magbabaya or tyumanum. They recognize themselves as a people with dignity and responsibility to the community and Earth. A person is responsible for the care of the environment, the source of everything. They are a peace-loving people. What they do is always in line with their customs and traditions."

Mansaka People News

  • Mansaka IP Member Named National Outstanding Nutrition Scholar

    Mansaka IP Member Named National Outstanding Nutrition Scholar

    A member of the Mansaka indigenous people (IP), Angelita Aquino, has been awarded as the country's Most Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar this year in ceremonies held in Manila Tuesday. Ms. Aquino, who won over some 40,000 other scholars nationwide, is from the remote village of Mapaang in Maco, Compostela Valley. "We are very proud that an IP is this year's national awardee and she can be an inspiration to our indigenous peoples," Dr. Maria Teresa L. Ungson, National Nutrition Council (NNC) Regional Nutrition Program coordinator, said in an interview. Ms. Ungson said Ms. Aquino has been ...

  • 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 ...

  • Tipanud Festival For 7 Tribes Legislated In Davao Del Norte

    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 ...

  • ComVals Tribal Hall And Museum Opens In Capital Town

    The Tribal Hall and Museum featuring the culture and traditions of six Indigenous Peoples (IPs) groups in Compostela Valley province is now open to the public.

    The tribal hall will become the venue of primary activities and gathering of IP leaders and members in the province while the museum will house important artifacts, crafts and other creations signifying the distinct identities of each of the IP groups in the province.

    The six main tribal groups in Compostela Valley include the Mandaya, Mansaka, Dibabawon, Mangguwangan, Manobo and Kagan.

    Gov. Jayvee Tyron Uy welcomed the opening ...