T'Boli tribe of Lake Sebu in Cotabato have a wealth of crafts, elaborate ethnic costumes, and vivaciousdances and music. They are also admired for their handsome brasswork, which finds its way into figure statuary, heavy belts, chains and noisy anklets by much-beaded and broidery-bedecked tribal women.
Some locate the Tbolis to the vicinity of the Lake Buluan in the Cotabato Basin ...
or in Agusan del Norte. The Tbolis, then, reside on the mountain slopes on either side of the upper Alah Valley and the coastal area of Maitum, Maasim and Kiamba.
In former times, the Tbolis also inhabited the upper Alah Valley floor. After World War Two, i.e., since the arrival of settlers originating from other parts of the Philippines, they have been gradually pushed onto the mountain slopes. As of now, they are almost expelled from the fertile valley floor.
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When people hear of the Tbolis of South Cotabato, what first comes to mind is the famous Tnalak cloth which by now is used by different fashion designers to incorporate in their couture. The province is in fact celebrating Tnalak Festival every July of the year as a means to recognize the artistry of these dreamweavers.
However, only a few people know that aside from weavers, the Tboli has more innate skills such as brass casting (temwel) and beading. These products are widely available in Tboli but perhaps not as popular and widely-distributed as the tnalak cloth.
One of the few Tboli b ...
Last July 13, Friday, the brightest and most vibrant festival in the Province of South Cotabato officially opened. The week long festivities roared as participants, spectators and guests made their way onto the streets to celebrate their 52nd Founding Anniversary and the 19th T'nalak Festival.
From locals to foreign visitors, the province was decked in the most colorful of colors representing South Cotabato's rich culture and tradition. Boasting of fresh produce and weaves that has since caught the world by storm, the festivities was the province's way of saying thank you to everyone.
Thousands of spectators are once again expected to flock the major thoroughfares in City of Koronadal on July 18 for the street dancing competition, one of the main highlights of the annual Tnalak Festival and foundation anniversary of South Cotabato.
There will be a total of nine (9) contingents coming from different towns of South Cotabato that will be competing in the street dancing competition this year.
The contingents from Sta. Cruz Mission School Inc (Lake Sebu), Koronadal Academy of Tampakan (Tampakan) and Sto Nino National High School (Sto Nino) will be competing in the Madal Be ...
The second Indigenous Peoples Games (IPG) held June 14 to 16, 2018, in the Municipality of Lake Sebu in the Province of South Cotabato, although devoid of the usual ritual of offering animals and opened without much fanfare, left guests and spectators a deep appreciation of the province's rich cultural heritage.
A special prayer sang by international performer singer and composer Rosie Sula ushered the program after the parade of delegations from the municipalities of Tampakan, Tantangan, Tupi, Polomolok, Lake Sebu, Norala and Surallah.
"It's a praise song. Sarili ko lang yung gawa for t ...
The Municipality of T'boli clinched four gold medals in the recent second Indigenous People's Games held in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.
The Municipality of T'boli ruled the meyon kuda law event, likened to horse racing, but using wild grass as horse, over Tampakan and Lake Sebu-T'boli Tribe that settled for the silver and bronze, respectively.
The municipality's other golds came from the sudul event, with players JR Abid, Erwin Ala, Jessie Kalan, Victor Sugan and Junsie Dala, besting Lake Sebu-T'boli Tribe and Tubi; sedegol be klifak bliboy over Lake Sebu-T'boli Tribe and Lake Sebu Ubo Tr ...
South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes on Thursday, June 14, lauded the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) for bringing the 2nd Indigenous Peoples Games (IPG) here, which she said is an "eye opener" for her and the rest of the provincial officials.
Fuentes, in a message during Thursday's opening ceremonies at the Lake Sebu Municipal Gym here, said: "I am honored that we get to host this celebration. I am honored that this event happened because it opened my eyes, nabulaga ang isang realization na ang mga tribo ng ating probinsya ay may mga sports din na nilalaro kahit noon pa."