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

  • 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 ...

  • Inaul Weaving One Maguindanao

    Inaul Weaving One Maguindanao

    Mention weaving and Mindanao women will be among those top of mind. Theres the Tnalak dreamweavers of the Tboli tribe in South Cotabato, the Dagmay weavers of the Mandayas in Davao Oriental, and the labur tiyahiran of the Tausugs, among several others.

    But little has been told about this recently promoted intricate woven fabric from Maguindanao, the Inaul.

    Inaul is the traditional woven cloth of the Maguindanaon. It is the Maguindanaoan word for "woven".

    For years this cultural icon has been a "given" among Maguindanao women: they wear it, they weave it, and sell it as "malong". It wa ...

  • Editorial Call For Appreciation Preservation

    Mindanao has been known for its rich natural resources and diverse culture.

    To say rich, maybe, is an understatement.

    Mindanao always rises above when it comes to weaving, its women are known for their expertise and intricacy in weaving fabrics and garments.

    There's the Tnalak dreamweavers of the T'boli tribe from South Cotabato and the Dagmay weavers of the Mandayas in Davao Oriental.

    But little has been told about the weaving of Inaul in Maguindanao.

    Inaul is a woven unique fabric and garment manually and meticulously woven mostly by Maguindanaon women weavers since 1920s by t ...

  • The Vanishing

    The Vanishing

    In a small, remote village of Lamlifew in Datal Tampal, Malungon, Sarangani, where there is a sizable population of Blaan, one of the indigenous peoples of southern Mindanao, a Blaan teenager makes her way to a large bamboo-and-grass hut where she will be learning how to tie strands of abaca fibers before dyeing them to create intricate patterns. In the following days, she would begin to weave by hand, using the native back-strap loom, the indigenous, Blaan, abaca, ikat textile, the mabal tabih, which has been woven by ancestors and many generations after of her community. The art of handweavi ...

  • Chanting An Oral Tradition

    Chanting An Oral Tradition

    "You have to listen to your spirit guide. Kung hindi ka makinig, there's no start and there's no end," this was how Dolores Loco Agor described what she waits for after saying a prayer (oracion) before starting to chant.

    Agor is a Tboli chanter who learned from the most esteemed chanter in their tribe, Mendung S. Sabal.

    She admits she was not inclined to chanting while young, having been attending school with the missionaries and thus was filled with Christian thinking. But her aunt Mendung, the first cousin of her mother, interested her in it, and though she still continues doing missio ...

  • Welcome To Kule A Tboli Culture Immersion

    Welcome To Kule A Tboli Culture Immersion

    The Philippines is so rich not only with natural resources but also of people and culture. Because of the physical attribute of the country, there is no wonder that the Philippines houses hundreds of tribes, culture, and languages. The Philippines has been one of the favorite spots for people who love adventures and wanted to discover and experience different cultures, I am not an exception. The last time I felt so immersed in the culture and in the place I visited, was when we stayed in the mountains of Cordillera. The community was miles away from the cityscape Im used to. The culture and th ...