Sacred Land

There are unique features of indigenous culture in the Philippines, both with regard to the culture of all Indigenous Peoples relating to specific understandings and links to their land and a general philosophy on life based on traditional knowledge. Of course there are also many differences between the distinct indigenous peoples across the whole of the country, and the site will over time try to cover information as many of those peoples as possible. The key section of this site is given over to statements by Indigenous Peoples themselves.

A Joint Position Paper on the Proposed Mindoro Nickel Project by Intex Resources

Source: 
Municipal Government of Victoria and Mangyan Mission
Date of publication: 
6 May, 2009

For the record, the underlined signatories manifest our vehement objection to the resolute attempts of Intex Resources to proceed with the operational phase of the mining project, despite the long-standing opposition of the local government units, the Church and the civil society groups both in Oriental and Occidental Mindoro.

We fully support and enforce our provincial mining moratorium calling for a stop to the conduct of public hearing in view of completing the EIA process to secure the Environmental Clearance Certificate (ECC) that Intex needs to commence the environmentally-critical pr

Lumads seek help from Government Historical & Museum Institutes

Source: 
Legal Rights & Natural Resources Center Cagayan de Oro Regional Office Press Release
Date of publication: 
8 December, 2009

Manila – The recent industrial developments in areas of Mindanao have endangered the lives and the very existence of various tribes in Mindanao, especially for the Manobo tribe in Bukidnon. Located in the area of Barangay Mikasili, Damulog, Bukidnon, is the centuries old sacred burial site of Apo Mamalu, the supreme ancestor of the Manobo, T’duray and other Lumad tribes in Mindanao. He was the brother of Apo Tabunaway, the ancestor of the Moro tribes.

According to oral traditions, Tabunaway and Mamalu were Manobo brothers.

Apu Mamalu Burial Site Listed as National Cultural Treasure

Source: 
Legal Rights & Natural Resources Center Cagayan de Oro Regional Office Press Release
Date of publication: 
26 April, 2010

Manila, Philippines – The National Museum is now finalizing the declaration of Apu Mamalu Burial in the tribal Barangay of Mikasili, Damulog, Bukidnon as a National Cultural Treasure. “It’s on the 3rd of our list for approval after Maribojoc Church of Bohol, and Manila Metropolitan Theater in Manila” an update made by Angel Bautista, Curator from the National Museum today to LRC-KsK. Maribojoc Church and Metropolitan Theater are classified as important cultural property as enshrined in the R.A.

Mt Firis is Sacred Ground

Source: 
A Unified Statement of Non-Islamised Indigenous Peoples in the ARMM
Date of publication: 
18 August, 2012

A Unified Statement of Non-Islamised Indigenous Peoples in the ARMM

We, the Indigenous Peoples of the ARMM, particularly the Téduray, Lambangian and Dulangan Manobo, who are directly affected by the recurring cycles of violence in the Mt Firis Complex call upon one and all to hear our plea;

- That the recent armed conflict between the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and the Armed Forces of the Philippines as we all know has done indescribable harm not only upon each other but most especially to the peaceloving non-Islamized Indigenous Peoples of the Mt Firis Complex;

- That this

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