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

  • The Ties That Bind

    The Ties That Bind

    Senator Loren Legarda was always known as a passionate advocate of arts and culture. It is not surprising that she has an unmatched love, enthusiasm, and passion for cultural weaving and traditional textiles. During her talk for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Ministers Spouses Program at the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Malou Lopez, wife of DTI secretary Ramon Lopez, she said that weaving culture and traditional textiles reveal a lot about a nations identity and narrate s ...

  • TBoli Tribal Festival 2017

    TBoli Tribal Festival 2017

    During September, the locals of the province of South Cotabato in Mindanao celebrate an important event called the TBoli Tribal Festival. Based on the shared information about this event, this particular celebration is very symbolic because it highlights the thanksgiving of the people who here for the blessings they receive continuously.

    The different tribes of the province are gathering in the designated venues and at the Lake Sebu to celebrate the scheduled activities such as the annual horse fight in completing their historic traditions.

    Definitely, the TBoli tribes are one the popula ...

  • Biz Highlights Works Of Mindanao Weavers

    Biz Highlights Works Of Mindanao Weavers

    Kaayo Modern Mindanao (KMM), one of the enterprises showcased during the Great Women Asean Trade Fair, has been making Mindanao culture more known while promoting and helping Mindanao weavers with their livelihood.

    Mary Ann Montemayor, the owner and founder of KMM, said they had been helping indigenous tribes with their livelihood activities for about two decades now but it was only last year that she and her daughter came up with the idea of KMM with the intention of sustainable livelihood for the indigenous people (IPs).

    From August 25 to 27, the products of KMM was displayed at Pentho ...

  • Artifacts And Crafts

    Artifacts And Crafts

    It was a rare treat as we were invited through buddy Kublai Millan to a simple birthday celebration at the house of Archt. Jose Racho. The pansit and the plate of lechon that welcomed us, however, was but the trimmings to the real reason we were there.

    Archt. Racho collects artifacts and crafts, mostly brass but just as many wood, majority of Maranao origin, but many of long-gone days when the other tribes were also into brassworks; like the Blaan belt and bracelets that Leonardo Rey S. Carino said is no longer worn nor made.

    A tiny sampling of Racho's collection can be found at the lobb ...

  • The Gems Of Lake Sebu South Cotabato

    The Gems Of Lake Sebu South Cotabato

    The dream of traveling to Mindanao is one that many from Luzon and Visayas share. Tales of unrivaled natural beauty is heard over stories of conflict. Indeed, Mindanao has long been beleaguered but there's no denying that beneath this clout of discord, the country's southernmost parts are some of the most beautiful.

  • Experiencing Tnalak Festival, Travel Guide

    Experiencing Tnalak Festival, Travel Guide

    Just like the Dream weavers of South Cotabato who are responsible for making the beautiful fabric, I had been dreaming of witnessing the T?nalak Festival.