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

  • 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.

  • Badjaos Are Now Registered

    Badjaos Are Now Registered

    In January this year, the Tambayan Center for Childrens Rights Inc. in partnership with the Badjao community at Purok 4, Isla Verde, Brgy. 23-C formed a group that aims to identify risks and threats to their community.

    The Participatory Disaster Risk Analysis group realized that most members of the community do not have birth certificates.

    Most of them do not know their birthdays and age. The reason, majority of them were conceived at home where they do not have access to birth registration.

    The lack of access to birth certification prevents them from getting education and attaining f ...

  • 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 ...