Sama Bajau

Tapul, Sulu

Sama Bajau mostly live in Sulu Archipelago, Zamboanga Peninsula, and coastal regions of the island of Mindanao. In Davao del Norte the Island Garden City of Sama was named after them due to the high population of Samas that once lived there.

Sama are people who originated in Borneo. They are the original inhabitants of the Sulu archipelago. The Sama were possibly the first Muslims ...

in the Philippines. The oldest mosque, founded by Makhdum Karim is found among Sama communities on the island of Simunul.

It was also the Sama master sailors who brought and acted as warriors of Shariff Kabunsuan to the Maguindanaon in Cotabato City. After helping Shariff Kabunsuan it is recorded that they continued on towards Saranggani Province and Davao.

Sama are one of the most dispersed people groups in Southeast Asia. The Samas both belong to the Moro.

Sama Bajau or Badjao People News

  • Davao City To Outlaw Improper Use Of Traditional Attire

    Davao City To Outlaw Improper Use Of Traditional Attire

    Event organizers, performers, and choreographers will soon be penalized for using traditional attires that are offensive to the culture of indigenous peoples (IP) in Davao City.

    On Tuesday, November 7, the City Council on Tuesday with finality the "IP Attire Ordinance" which outlaws improper use of such clothing during parades, exhibits, gatherings, presentations and other related public activities.

    Certification required

    Those who want to use IP attire for exhibits, school activities, street parades, public programs, filming for the purpose of representing/attributing/exhibiting a re ...

  • Kadayawan Village To Promote Eco-tourism

    The relaunching of the Kadayawan village last Monday, October 30, will be a stepping stone in promoting eco-tourism in the region, said tourism official.

    On the sidelines of the Kadayawan village relaunching at Magsaysay Park, Department of Tourism 11 Regional Director Roberto Alabado III said he wish that the tribal village would bring further understanding of the Dabawenyos and tourists to the culture of the indigenous people living in Davao City.

    After it had been received warmly by the people during the Kadayawan festival, the Kadayawan tribal village has been relaunched for everyday ...

  • Showcasing Tawi-Tawi

    Showcasing Tawi-Tawi

    Tawi-tawis people and culture are one grand showcase. It is something we, as a nation, should take pride of.

    The island province of Tawi-tawi, the southernmost frontier of the Philippines, is best visited in September, the month when its people celebrate the Agal-Agal Festival and Kamahardikaan Sin Tawi-tawi or its founding anniversary celebration.

    This year, the provincial government of Tawi-tawi, Department of Tourism Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (DOT-Armm) upped the ante in celebrating the provinces annual festival in a bid to make Tawi-Tawi an ecotourism hub.

    The celebrat ...

  • 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 ...

  • Dayaw PHs Indigenous Peoples Festival

    Dayaw PHs Indigenous Peoples Festival

    The 'Dayaw' festival brings together indigenous peoples from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao to share their culture and heritage.

    With October as Indigenous Peoples Month, the Philippines celebrated Dayaw, a 3-day festival with indigenous peoples from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao coming together and sharing their cultural heritage through music, dances, arts and crafts, stories, and more.

    Dayaw means to present with pride, to show ones best with pride and dignity coupled with excitement, and to honor in different Filipino languages. The universal meaning of the word "dayaw" connotes celebra ...

  • Tawi-tawi Agal-Agal Festival 2017 At Languyan

    Tawi-tawi Agal-Agal Festival 2017 At Languyan

    I like non-commercial festivals like the Agal-agal Festival in Tawi-tawi. They are refreshing and different. Unlike popular festivals that honors the Sto Nino, Agal-Agal Festival celebrates the way of life of the Sama people. From harvesting agal-agal (seaweeds), courtships, and even the supernatural. I was excited to see the Agal-Agal Festival 2017 since I enjoyed witnessing it the first time three years ago in Bongao. This year, the 44th Kamahardikaan Festival is hosted by the municipality of Languyan.