Subanen

Don Victoriano Chiongbian, Misamis Occidental

Subanen (Subanon or Subanun) is a tribe indigenous to the Zamboanga peninsula area, particularly living in the mountainous areas of Zamboanga del Sur and Misamis Occidental, Mindanao Island, Philippines.

The Subanons have been living on Mount Canatuan since the 17th century.

The Subanon people speak the Subanon language. The name means "river people", which is deriv ...

ed from the word "suba" or river, and the suffix "-nun" or -non" which indicates a locality or place of origin.

The Subanon of western Lanao originated one of the country's highest tradition of pottery. The 50,000 Bukidnon of east Lanao are a tribe of fiercely independent highland dwellers.

Subanen People Subanon News

  • Ozamiz Street Dance Tilt Showcases Subanen Tribal Rituals

    Various Subanen tribal activities were highlighted in the recently held ?Subayan Keg Subanen? Festival 2017 Street Dancing and Ritual Showdown on July 15, at the Cota Square.

    This is yearly festival of Subanen showcases different way of rituals as a form of thanksgiving like planting and harvesting, courtship, wedding, hunting, healing of sick and baptism.

    This festival is part of the week-long activities in celebration of Ozamiz City?s 69th Charter Day Anniversary and Feast of Nuestra Se?ora dela Concepcion y del Triunfo.

    This year, 17 contingents had joined the festival coming from ...

  • Tesda Opens Its Door To Indigenous People

    Tesda Opens Its Door To Indigenous People

    Some 100 Subanens and Kalibugans have attended the provincial consultation organized by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), in cooperation with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

    The forum was held in Dipolog City on March 30.

    Engr. Alan Bacatan, Tesda-Zamboanga del Norte head, said the forum is the first undertaking under the new administration to solicit from tribal leaders and members about the projects needed by the indigenous people (IPs) in their communities.

    NCIP Regional Director Salong Sunggod urged the IPs to take advantage of ...

  • Guardians Of Our Remaining Rainforests

    Guardians Of Our Remaining Rainforests

    In 2010, the European Union (EU) and Anthropology Watch (AnthroWatch) spearheaded the program "Consolidating Forest Corridors through Sustainable Ancestral Domain Management" in northern and central Mindanao. The initiative was carried out in partnership with Upholding Life and Nature (ULAN), Rain Forest Restoration Initiative (RFRI) members, Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Program (NTFP-EP) and the Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE).

    The project had a reforestation component using "rainforestation," a forest restoration strategy promoted by the RFRI network that uses only ...

  • Feature IPs Pantawid Helps Preserve Subanen Culture

    While it is true that one language dies every two weeks and some languages are in danger of becoming extinct, the Subanen tribe in the province of Misamis Occidental has started to push forward in passing their own dialect to the present generation.

    Simeon Limbago, 58 of Matugas Bajo, Jimenez town here claimed that he and his fellow Subanen learned to speak fluently of their dialect because they used it during Family Development Session (FDS), a co-responsibility of an indigenous people-beneficiary under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous People (MCCT-IP) of Pantawid Pami ...

  • Indigents Culture Art On Display In Pagadian

    The National Commission for Culture and the Arts opened last week its "Schools for the Living Tradition Gallery" at San Francisco district here.

    A city official said this was to preserve the arts and culture of increasing number of Indigenous Peoples in Zamboanga del Sur and its adjacent provinces of Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga Sibugay.

    City Councilor Bienvenido Culve said the gallery serves as the craft center where the artworks and hand-woven crafts??"baskets, mats, hats, textile and the like??""are displayed to popularize the arts and culture of local IPs or lumad who include Su ...

  • Burying Zamboanga Citys True Cultural Identity

    Zamboanga City is home to five indigenous cultural communities, the Subanen, the Sama Bangingi, the Kolibugan, the Bajau and the Iyyakan (yakan). These Indigenous Peoples supposedly have existed before the establishment of Zamboanga City and even the Philippine Republic.

    These five cultural communities have established ancestral domiciles with historical and oral traditions ranging from 100-300 (or more) years of existence in their particular communities.

    Zamboanga City presents a case of cultural extremism, while utilizing the symbols of the Bangingi and the Badjao in the vinta and the ...