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.

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    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.

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    After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations and kindred and people and tongues, stood before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes and with palms in their hands. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, 'Salvation to our God who sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb!' " (Rev. 7:9-10)

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    The Philippine Tour Operators Association (Philtoa), in partnership with the Department of Tourism and the local government of Regions 11 and Region 12, recently embarked on a Destination Update of (Soccsksargen)+ Davao, billed as "Tuna na, T'boli Pa Myx".

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