Malita, Davao del Sur

The Tagakaolos or Tagakaulo, inhabit the western shores of the gulf of Davao and southern part of Mt. Apo. 'Tagakaolo' ('from the mountains') indicates that they came from the river sources. At present, they are also found in the coastal towns of Malita and Lais and Talaguton rivers.

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  • Mountains Music Weaves

    Mountains Music Weaves

    This is what happened at the Kalonbarak Summer Music and Mountain Adventure (Kasumma) Festival held recently in the mountaintop of Malungon, Sarangani, which featured multi-awarded neo-ethnic musician Joey Ayala.

    The sought-after songwriter performed his well-loved hits Magkaugnay, Tabi Po, Karaniwang Tao, Maglakad, Agila and other folk rock hits before a crowd composed mostly of indigenous peoples.

    Jamming with him in rocking the mountains was his famed Bagong Lumad band composed of Onue Badiang (bass), Malou Matute and Tapati Itapat (vocals and percussion) and Chong Tengasantos (drums) ...

  • Proper Protection For Traditional Rice Varieties

    Indigenous people (IP) living in Sarangani have tapped the assistance of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) to protect their traditional rice varieties (TRVs).

    Because Sarangani is one of the areas that are most vulnerable to drought, preserving the seeds is important in breeding new climate-change ready seeds for the area.

    B?laan, Tagakaolo, T'boli, Manobo, Ubo, and Kalagan tribes live in the upland areas of Sarangani where most of the TVRs are planted.

    Starting this year, the locals and the Genetic Resources team of PhilRice will start to collect, conserve, survey, an ...

  • Buyag Bandayan Danwata Tagakolu Weaver Teacher SUN Awardee

    Buyag Bandayan Danwata Tagakolu Weaver Teacher SUN Awardee

    Seventy-nine year old Buyag Bandayan Danwata, a Tagakolu weaver and teacher from Kalatagan, Datu Dawata, Malita town in Davao Occidental, is one of ten winners of the Sampung Ulirang Nakatatanda (SUN) Awards.

    Buyag Bandayan is the lone Mindanawon and lone Lumad (Indigenous Peoples) among the 10 awardees honored by the Coalition of Services of the Elderly, Inc. The Sun Awards was launched in 1991 and awarding is held every first week of October, to recognize and honor the important, selfless contributions and services of older persons in the society and as part of the organizations observa ...

  • Lumad Scholars In Our Midst

    Lumad Scholars In Our Midst

    Something quite historic took place in the Board room of the Finster Building at Ateneo de Davao University last Wednesday, 15 March 2017. No, it was not the celebration of the 496th year since Magellan occupied what they later referred to as "Islas Filipinas" (which was to be remembered the following day, 16 March), nor to commemorate William Shakespeare's reference to the assassination of Julius Cesar in the year 44 BCE in his play with name of the Roman Emperor.

    It was far more modest, but for those of us constituting the Department of Anthropology of the Ateneo de Davao and the ADDU-Ate ...

  • Strengthening Cultural Ties

    Strengthening Cultural Ties

    For several generations now, the people of southern Mindanao and the Indonesian province of North Sulawesi have been trading goods and fishing in the porous international waters of Celebes Sea.

    Once part of the ancient Sri-Vijayan and Majapahit Empires, the two island groups share many cultural practices, as if they were rooted from one big family tree in the Southeast Asian subcontinent.

    Thousands of Indonesian Sangir families have made the islands and coastal towns of Sarangani Bay and Davao Gulf their home, and have become embedded into the Filipino communities due to intermarriage.

  • Munato Festival Is Back To Back

    Munato Festival Is Back To Back

    Merging 2014's Yesterland Theme Park and 2015's International Music Festival, Sarangani stages an immersive and interactive roster of activities for all this year.

    This November 24 to 26, Sarangani will celebrate its 24th foundation anniversary with the Munato Festival.

    Highlighting the unison of indigenous groups Tboli, Blaan and Tagakaolo in the seven municipalities, the province paves way for vibrant and interactive cultural festivities.

    On the first day, ladies representing each municipality will compete for the crown of the Pearl of Sarangani.

    Following last year's performance ...