The Bagobo constitute one of the largest groups among the indigenous peoples of southern Mindanao. Bagobo are the predominant inhabitants of the vast areas extending from the west coast of Davao Gulf to the high reaches of Davao's famous and significant mountain ranges of Mt. Apo or Apo Sandawa to the tribal people.
Illustration by: Don Aguillo
A rite-of-passage dance performed by sons of the datu, or chieftan. The dance shows the maturation of an eagle (lawin) from egg to adulthood. As the eagle battles with strong mountain winds, he eventually finds his strength.
A prayer for choosing fertile fields. The field is selected, the men dig holes with talapak poles, women place grains of rice, and then the dancers celebrate. The music is played on agung drum, and on unique Bagobo tangunggo gongs hung on bamboo frames.
Photo: This Is It Photography
Culture Bearers: Arlyne Desabilla Salazar, Sonia Desabilla Mangune, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group