Davao City, Davao del Sur

Matigsalug are the Bukidnon groups who are found in the Tigwa-Salug Valley in San Fernando in Bukidnon province, Philippines. "Matigsalug" is a term, which means "people along the Salug River (now called the Davao River)". Although often classified under the Manobo tribe, the Matigsalug is a distinct sub-group of indigenous peoples from the Manobos.

There are 50,000 Matigsalugs in t ...

hese ranges. An area of 77,134 hectares has been awarded to them as their Ancestral Domain certified by the Philippine Government, within 24,045 population.

Matigsalug People News

  •  Kaamulan A Colorful Indigenous Festival In Bukidnons Highlands

    Kaamulan A Colorful Indigenous Festival In Bukidnons Highlands

    Colors, stories, and dances from the age-old cultures of seven ethnic groups are the stars in this indigenous festival.

    Every year, usually during the month of March, Bukidnons main avenue blooms not just with golden trumpet trees but with the blazing reds of its locals indigenous attire.

    Representatives from the provinces seven groups of indigenous people dance in a parade to powerful drumbeats, with age-old movements from their stories and heritage.

    Kaamulan is a celebration of the provinces Bukidnon, Higaonon, Talaandig, Manobo, Matigsalug, Tigwahanon, and Umayamnon people and thei ...

  • Kaamulan The Striking Festival Of Tribes

    Kaamulan The Striking Festival Of Tribes

    Intricate dances, colorful costumes, loud cheers, people in high spirits. Those are just some of the words to describe the experience of Bukidnon?s Kaamulan Festival.

    As someone who seldom goes out of town, it was my first trip to Bukidnon and at the same time, my first Kaamulan Festival.

    I was indifferent at first, as I tend not to be a part of large occasions (since I'm weak in crowded places), however the festive atmosphere, the graceful tribal dances full of stories, the rhythmic chants and the smiling faces of the mass seem to drag me with them, enticing me to join in their festivit ...

  • 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 ...

  • Davao City Honors Local Heroes

    Davao City Honors Local Heroes

    The city government gave recognition to 93 individuals and companies that have shown efforts toward the development of the city and the lives of the Dabawenyos.

    The recognition was done through "Pasidungog," which is part of this years Araw ng Dabaw celebrations.

    Among those recornized as one the "everyday heroes" was Philip Duterte.

    Duterte was a public school teacher assigned in Barangay Gumitan, the farthest barangay of the city. His determination to teach the Matigsalog tribe made him contract malaria.

    He died of the disease and left behind two children. But his death served as ...

  • 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 ...

  • SM, BJMP Bring Joy To 100 Matigsalog Children

    SM, BJMP Bring Joy To 100 Matigsalog Children

    Last December 17, through the efforts of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology XI community relations team, 100 kids from Marahan West Elementary School were brought to SM City Davao for a fun day at the mall. The group was headed by school principal Christian Aubrey Dura.

    "This will be the childrens first time to visit a mall. We are just as excited as the kids," Mr Harvey Malnegro of BJMP shared. The kindergarten to grade 6 students from Marilog District travelled 3 hours to the city center. Most of them, proudly donning their traditional tribal garb.

    Earlier, BJMP organized a ben ...