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

  • Subanen Kids Get Own School

    Subanen Kids Get Own School

    Children of Subanen families at Sitio Slide here on Monday were relieved that they did not wake up early to start a two-hour hike so they could attend classes at the center of Barangay Kidalos.

    Ciriaco Guminlin, 48, the community's "gukom," or chieftain, was emotional and happy for the local "lumad" (indigenous peoples) families. It was the day the Department of Education (DepEd) opened the school in their subvillage, where some 100 Subanen families dependent on farming lived.

    Roy Angelo Gazo, Lanao del Norte schools division superintendent, said at least 80 Subanen children would be att ...

  • Subanens Buklog Ritual Nominated To Unesco Endangered World Heritage List

    Subanens Buklog Ritual Nominated To Unesco Endangered World Heritage List

    The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) National Commission of the Philippines nominated the Subanen ritual buklog for listing in the Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Safeguarding.

    The list, established in 2008, is different from the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, also by Unesco, in which the country has three inscriptions the Darangen epic of the Maranao people of Lake Lanao, Hudhud chants, and the punnuk-tugging ritual of the Ifugao.

    Unesco n ...

  • The Vanishing

    The Vanishing

    In a small, remote village of Lamlifew in Datal Tampal, Malungon, Sarangani, where there is a sizable population of Blaan, one of the indigenous peoples of southern Mindanao, a Blaan teenager makes her way to a large bamboo-and-grass hut where she will be learning how to tie strands of abaca fibers before dyeing them to create intricate patterns. In the following days, she would begin to weave by hand, using the native back-strap loom, the indigenous, Blaan, abaca, ikat textile, the mabal tabih, which has been woven by ancestors and many generations after of her community. The art of handweavi ...

  • Dancing With Filipino Tribe At School In Mindanao Learning In The Philippines

    That was awesome! It was so much fun visiting the Subanen Tribe here in Calamba, Misamis Occidental, Mindanao. This was a last minute spontaneous trip for Finn Snow, JunJun and I... and something we truly appreciate and will always remember!

    I hope to go back and visit these kids and their school again! It was so fun learning with them in Mindanao.

  • Onward Culture

    Onward Culture

    Amid finely selected furniture, home furnishings, holiday decor, and fashion accessories, a group of artisans garbed in native wear enticed local and foreign visitors alike as they showcased world-class crafts.

    At the Hibla Pavilion of Textiles and Weaves at the Manila FAME in 2012, 10 indigenous groups demonstrated their weaving traditions the Ivatan and Gadang traditional weaving, Iraya Mangyan nito basketry, Hanunuo Mangyan weaving, Panay Bukidnon panubok embroidery, Subanen pulaw weaving, Ekam Maguindanao mat weaving, Ata Talaingod liyang weaving, Tboli tnalak weaving, and Blaan mewel w ...

  • 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 ...