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

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    Whang-Od And Lang Dulay And The Legacy Of The Filipina As Artisan

    "The Filipinos are extremely capable in any handicraft there are excellent embroiderers, painters, silversmiths, and engravers whose work has no equal in the Indies, and could be considered elegant in Paris and Rome," wrote the Spanish Jesuit priest and cartographer Murillo Velarde in his 10-volume series on world geography entitled Geografia historia (1752).

    Craftsmanship in the Philippines goes back to pre-colonial times. Filipino artisans express themselves through pottery, engraving, basket making, sculpting, and weaving by using bamboo, rattan, earth-based clay, abaca fibers, shells, ...

  • What I Wish Everyone Knew About South Cotabato

    What I Wish Everyone Knew About South Cotabato

    When I told my Mom I wanted to live in South Cotabato for a month, her immediate response was, "Okay, but is it safe there"?

  • House Wants To Preserve Indigenous Games

    House Wants To Preserve Indigenous Games

    In this digital age, the House of Representatives wants to make sure that the country does not lose its cultural heritage by preserving indigenous games such as sepak takraw.

    A statement posted on the official website of the House said its members voted unanimously with 206 votes, without abstention, to approve on third and final reading House Bill 8626 or the proposed "Philippine Indigenous Games Preservation Act of 2017" before Congress ended its sessions for this year.

    Under the bill, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), in coordination with the Department of Educa ...

  • Lake Holon Tboli Tribes Other Gem

    Lake Holon Tboli Tribes Other Gem

    Also called Lake Maughan, the 304-hectare Holon is perking up human traffic in T'boli more than the gold mining industry, which has transformed it into a first-class municipality since gold deposits were discovered there more than three decades ago.

    While the town also hosts vast plantations of pineapple and banana, it is the once obscure lake that has drawn tourists for the past few years, with some adventure seekers coming from countries such as those in Europe, the United States, India and China.

    Holon is a crater lake nestled on Mt. Melibengoy, also known as Mt. Parker, where a rare ...

  • Lake Holon: A Proof That Faith Can Indeed Move Mountains

    Lake Holon: A Proof That Faith Can Indeed Move Mountains

    Nature has a way of arriving unannounced. Either you take it as a great surprise or transgressed demise would highly depend on the way you perceive the unexpected. In the end, whatever is meant to happen, will happen; we only need a deeper means of understanding that everything laid out is for the good. And this, my friend, is what we call as faith.

  • Sesotunawa The Unity Of Spirit

    Sesotunawa The Unity Of Spirit

    When people hear of the Tbolis of South Cotabato, what first comes to mind is the famous Tnalak cloth which by now is used by different fashion designers to incorporate in their couture. The province is in fact celebrating Tnalak Festival every July of the year as a means to recognize the artistry of these dreamweavers.

    However, only a few people know that aside from weavers, the Tboli has more innate skills such as brass casting (temwel) and beading. These products are widely available in Tboli but perhaps not as popular and widely-distributed as the tnalak cloth.

    One of the few Tboli b ...