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 Tboli Tribe Of The Philippines

    The Tboli Tribe Of The Philippines

    Finally, the global social consensus states that the indigenous people of any land deserve far more than they have gotten thus far. Lets explore one of these groups - the T'boli tribe of the Philippines!

  • Perpetual Help U Stages Indigenous Tribal Games In Occ Mindoro

    Perpetual Help U Stages Indigenous Tribal Games In Occ Mindoro

    Hundreds of Mangyan indigenous athletes have engaged in a day-long indigenous tribal games sponsored by the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta(UPHSD) Mission School, in cooperation with the outreach project of Junior Chamber International (JCI)-Manila in Sitio Lawaan, Barangay Lumangbyan here.

    The cultural and native sporting events took place in the sprawling ancestral domains of the Mangyan indigenous cultural communities at the slopes of the Occidental Mindoro highlands, on riversides and forested areas, last Thursday (June 7).

    The Mangyan indigenous athletes displayed their sk ...

  • Lake Sebu: The Realization Of Those Woven Dreams

    Lake Sebu: The Realization Of Those Woven Dreams

    Im a big fan of Ed Sheeran and it has always been a dream to be able to watch him perform live on stage. I could always picture myself crying over "Supermarket Flowers" and headbanging to "Don't" and "Eraser". Oh, forget "Perfect" and all those mainstreamed songs of him. He's more than that. So imagine what a fool I've been for rejecting a ticket for his concert last April. Twice. The first offer was of lower price plus a pass for Lany's concert while the other one was care of a college barkada. Such memorable experience to miss. But life happened: I was broke as hell and emotionally unstable. ...

  • Magnificent Seven Falls Of Lake Sebu

    Magnificent Seven Falls Of Lake Sebu

    Already blessed with dozens of lakes, Barangay Seloton of the Municipality of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, has natural attractions that are must-see for waterfalls fanatics: Seven Falls. Cementation of access road paved the way to the booming of tourism of these natural wonders for the town. Imagine, not only one, but SEVEN magnificent waterfalls are waiting for you there.

  • Lake Sebu To Host Second Leg Of IP Games

    It's all systems go for the South Cotabato leg of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC)-backed Indigenous Peoples (IP) Games slated on June 14 to 16 in Lake Sebu town.

    PSC Commissioner Charles Raymond Maxey said Wednesday they are all set for the three-day games, which is the second in Mindanao since its launching in late April in Davao del Norte.

    In his letter to South Cotabatao Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes, Maxey said the games are part of the national government's efforts to preserve, promote and propagate the rich cultural heritage of the IPs.

    Maxey said such mandate was provided fo ...

  • 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 ...