Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

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.

Tboli People News

  • RMA Hosts Talk On Indigenous Peoples Of Mindanao

    RMA Hosts Talk On Indigenous Peoples Of Mindanao

    Bea Blahing, a member of one of the Hill Tribes in the Philippines, will discuss her peoples struggle to join the 21st century with their cultures fully intact during the next Retired Mens Association of Greenwich meeting on Wednesday, April 11, at 11 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, 1 West Putnam.

    She will give a brief history of the indigenous people of Mindanao, the second largest island in the Philippines. Through her personal narrative, she will reveal some of the challenges her tribe is currently facing. She will address the efforts her people are making to recover their indige ...

  • Race For Culture

    Race For Culture

    The Alveo Ironman 70.3 Davao medals are handmade miniatures of kulintang gongs where swimming, cycling, and running symbols are embedded surrounded by the curlicues and bells that are distinctly Mindanao.

    Unveiled along with a sculpture where a giant replica of the medal is featured, the design seeks to underscore the Mindanaoan spirit in defending its land and striving for peace.

    The medal is designed by Mindanao artist Rey Mudjahid "Kublai" Millan and contracted out to a clan of brassware artisans led by Joel Blunto. Each symbol and pattern on each if the 1,800 medals are shaped and pl ...

  • Gen Santos Citys Kaleidoscope Of Cultures

    Gen Santos Citys Kaleidoscope Of Cultures

    General Santos City conjures images of the worlds best-tasting tuna caught off its waters which has tickled the palate of gastronomes around the globe.

    But beyond being acknowledged as the countrys "Tuna Capital," GenSan, as it is fondly known, is a city of divergent cultures being a frontier land in Mindanao once upon a time.

    This kaleidoscope of cultures was brought to the fore once more as it recently celebrated its 79th foundation day as a municipality with the multiawarded Kalilangan Festival.

    The city traces its roots to February 27, 1939, when Gen. Paulino Santos, head of the N ...

  • Lake Sebu Goodness Despite The Bad Lucks

    Lake Sebu Goodness Despite The Bad Lucks

    To get it straight, I was actually disappointed during our visit in Lake Sebu. Hasting our butts off just to arrive on time with our itinerary only to be disappointed by several factors when we arrived in Lake Sebu.

  • The Tedious Craft Of Brass Casting

    Brass casting is one of three major crafts of the Tbolis in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. The others are weaving and beadworks.

    Brass casting, like beadworks and weaving, is a craft that has been handed down from generation to generation, although how they came to learn the craft remains vague and how the first Tbolis got hold of brass, a mystery.

    Bundos Fara, one of the brass casters of this town was just as vague when asked since when the family had been casting brass. "I learned it from my father, who learned it from his father," he said in Visayan.

    Prodded on where his father learned ...

  • Dreamweaving The Tradition Continues

    Dreamweaving The Tradition Continues

    Mention dreamweavers and Tnalak and the name of Lang Dulay pops up; the lone Tboli Gawad Manlilikhang Bayan (Gamaba, or National Living Treasures Awardee) who have passed on in May 2015 at the age of 91.

    The art of weaving tnalak among the Tbolis did not die with Lang Dulay, in fact, she has inspired many to look at the craft as a gift and an art, there are still those who seek the wisdom of the goddess Fu Dalu to teach them designs and the inspiration for yet another tnalak cloth. Among them is Barbara Ofung, who at 60 is regarded as among the best among the living weavers.

    Ofung said s ...