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

  • Leyte Town Builds Homes For Badjaos

    Badjaos in this town finally moved to their new homes on Tuesday after nearly three decades of wandering after leaving Zamboanga and Basilan province in 1985.

    Badjaos are known as sea nomads from Mindanao displaced from their previous homes due to conflict.

    At least 50 houses made of bamboo as walls and nipa leaves as roofing were built for the ethnic group. The project was turned over to them April 13, but it was only on Tuesday that houses were fully completed.

    The hut-style houses, linked by a network of bamboo bridges, patterned after Badjao communities in Mindanao.

    A total of ...

  • 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. ...

  • Sea Nomads Are First Known Humans Genetically Adapted To Diving

    Sea Nomads Are First Known Humans Genetically Adapted To Diving

    For hundreds of years, the Bajau have lived at sea, and natural selection may have made them genetically stronger divers.

    If you hold your breath and plunge your face into a tub of water, your body automatically triggers what's called the diving response. Your heart rate slows, your blood vessels constrict, and your spleen contracts, all reactions that help you save energy when you're low on oxygen.

    Most people can hold their breath underwater for a few seconds, some for a few minutes. But a group of people called the Bajau takes free diving to the extreme, staying underwater for as long ...

  • Exploring Davao City, Davao Oriental, Occidental Elegantly Wasted

    Exploring Davao City, Davao Oriental, Occidental Elegantly Wasted

    When I found myself booking a plane ticket to Davao City, I immediately contacted Sam and told him he had free rein to basically craft an itinerary for me. I was pretty much open to anything, and he indulged. So heres part and parcel of what happened and where we went. We had our private driver (of Sams choosing) who could take us from Davao City to Occidental and back. While it was tiring, it was such a great experience to see how expansive and beautiful Davao is. I hope you enjoy this little blog post about my Davao adventure which took place October 2017.

  • Indigenous Sports To Get More Attention From PSC In 2018

    Indigenous Sports To Get More Attention From PSC In 2018

    Indigenous sports will receive more focus from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) this year, agency chief William "Butch" Ramirez announced earlier this week.

    During the PSCs directional meeting, Ramirez said the board will continue the conduct of the Indigenous Games in more areas around the country.

    Commissioner Charles Raymond Maxey, oversight commissioner for the Indigenous Games, proposed the institutionalization of the project by making it a regular item in the annual plams and programs of the agency.

    This was outrightly approved by the members of the board who were all pres ...

  • Freediving With A Sama-Bajau In Davao Philippines

    The Sama-Bajau tribe are the original freedivers of the Philippines, a nomadic, seafaring people, living off the sea by trading and subsistence fishing.