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

  • How Badjao Families Find Home And Hope In Nueva Ecija Village

    More than a hundred Badjao families who fled Mindanao due to conflict and the lack of opportunities in their area used to live in the streets of Cabanatuan City.

    They were eventually able to build shanties near a bus terminal, but still faced dire conditions.

    In 2013, these Badjao families were finally given a place to rebuild, a place for a decent life.

    Some 131 families were given free houses in Barangay Bakod Bayan under the comprehensive program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for Sama-Badjaos and its Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP).

    The housin ...

  • Badjao Spearfishermen In Bohol Spearfishing In The Philippines

    The Sama-Bajau refers to several Austronesian ethnic groups of Maritime Southeast Asia with their origins from the southern Philippines. Sama-Bajau have sometimes been called the "Sea Gypsies" or "Sea Nomads", terms that have also been used for non-related ethnic groups with similar traditional lifestyles.

  • Govt Distributes Motorized Fishing Boats For Badjaos In Tawi-Tawi

    At least 40 units of motorized fiberglass boats were distributed to 80 Badjao families in Tawi-Tawi, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Monday.

    The agriculture chief said the recipients were asked to ensure that they will send their children to school in exchange of the fishing boats.

    "The fiberglass boats under President Rodrigo Duterte's FB Pagbabago Program come complete with engines, nets, and fishing gears," Piñol said on his Facebook page.

    Two families will have to co-own one boat "to encourage teamwork and also prevent the abuse or sale of the boats which has always be ...

  • Caring For Learners Means Caring For Teachers Too!

    Ayang (woman in white, far right), is the teacher to indigenous Bajau mothers who attend the Adult Capability Building Program sessions in Zamboanga, Philippines. She is indigenous Bajau herself, having been raised in the same community as that of her learners. As they remain a traditional seafaring people, Ayang takes pride in her capacity to dive deep and swim far--in the ocean, and in life!

    She struggled to remain in school as a young girl. Her father encouraged her to keep on, even when their family's challenges seemed overwhelming. Ayang is grateful for the reading, writing, and counti ...

  • Christmas With Badjao Children

    Dancing in multi-colored floral skirts, six Badjao girls sway their hips and gracefully twirl their hands to the tune of a popular song, dancing in front of an amused audience.

    Members of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PSAP) offered a Christmas party at the Cagayan de Oro City National High School covered court Wednesday, December 21.

    Spectators joined in the dancing girls as they ended their cultural presentation which ultimately ended with a symbolic joining of hands between the Badjao children and the organizers.

    Over the years, the group has provided the Badj ...

  • Boat School For Bajau Kids

    Karding was 6 years old when he and his family were forced to flee their Bajau community after their homes by the sea were burned down during the Zamboanga siege in 2013, and move to cramped bunkhouses at a site provided by the government.

    Today, all the boy wants is an assurance of protection to his new home, like many indigenous peoples (IPs) who had seen their dwellings destroyed, their ancestral land taken over by settlers, and basic social services denied them.

    But hope has risen in certain ethnic communities. Karding, for example, has found a safe space for learning in Angiskul Ma ...