Region 10

There are many distinct peoples living across the many islands of the Philippines. We have chosen to break the regional section of the site down via administrative region, as opposed to via specific tribe or people, in numerical order of those regions (leaving out the National Capital Region), as this may make it more precise in locating information.

The war of Bae Bibiyaon Likayan Bigkay

By Jeffrey M. Tupas, Inquirer
Date of publication: 
28 October, 2007

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—She riffled through the pages of the Inquirer,
her hand steady and careful, and hurriedly flipped back to the front
page and stared at the photos.

Bae Bibiyaon Likayan Bigkay recognized the images: the man was “Pek’yeo”
while the woman between two Indian officials was “Ori’yeo.”

Slowly chewing a betel nut—traces of being a longtime partner evident in
her lips—the Ata-Manobo chieftain from the hinterlands of Bukidnon said
she admired Pek’yeo because the man fought well. Pek’yeo is Filipino

Gov't not serious on implementing IPRA: Lumads

SunStar Cagayan de Oro City
Date of publication: 
10 October, 2008

ELEVEN years after the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (IPRA) has been implemented, only one Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) had been awarded to indigenous peoples or lumad in Misamis Oriental.

In April 7, 2006, Pamalihi, a Higa-onon tribal council in Misamis Oriental, rejoiced when their ancestral domain claim in Mt. Balatukan was finally awarded to them.

It took them though seven years of lobbying before their claim was awarded to them.

Today, even that small victory is slipping away.

The National Government has declared the entire mountain range of Mt.

Mega Dam Threatens Historical Heritage Site

LRC-KsK release
Date of publication: 
8 October, 2008

This archeological site compose of stone formations similar to England stonehenge has never been recorded in the National Museum.

Found at the tribal Barangay of Mikasili, Damulog, Bukidnon, the stonehenge is in a hill with hundred of burial rocks. The site is near the riverbank of Pulangi river.

The “stonehenge” formation is an impressive engineering feat which could require present day workers huge time and effort to construct.

A stonehenge is a standing stone circle which can also found in England.

Lumads: militarization is number one problem

Carolyn O. Arguillas / MindaNews -
Date of publication: 
1 March, 2009

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 February) — Twenty three years after the dismantling of the Marcos dictatorship, leaders of regional organizations of indigenous peoples (IPs or Lumads) in Mindanao say militarization remains their number one problem. “Sa pagsumada namo.. sa kasinatian..

Conserving the Mt Kimangkil Forest Corridor: an example of Higaonon ecological and cultural advocacy

Forest Corridor Conference Press Release
Date of publication: 
1 April, 2009

Cagayan de Oro City – The Higaonon are the first peoples, the original peoples of Northern Mindanao. Through generations they have been able to assert their rights to cultural integrity and maintain ecological stability. This concept becomes all the more clear if one takes a closer look at the intact forest ecosystems of the Higaonon in Bukidnon, especially in the areas surrounding Mount Kimangkil.

The Higaonon residing in and around Mt. Kimangkil form a corridor of ancestral domains with good quality forests.

Higaonons save forests of Bukidnon

By Ma. Cecilia Rodriguez, Philippine Daily Inquirer
Date of publication: 
19 April, 2009

OUT THERE IN THE WILDS IN the last forest covers of Mindanao live the “katomtumanodan,” the spirits who are the real protectors of Earth. So the Higaonons believe.

Asserting the sanctity of nature, indigenous peoples have embarked on an initiative to preserve the Kimangkil forest corridor that spans almost 14,000 hectares of watershed areas bordering four provinces in Mindanao.

Through a pact sealed by the “Mintapod Declaration,” five major Higaonon tribal councils swear to unite in protecting the sacred mountains of Kimangkil, Balatukan, Kalanawan, Pamalihi and Sumagaya.

Green groups encourage anti-mining mayor to stay strong

ATM Press Release -
Date of publication: 
19 May, 2009

Tuguegarao City, Cagayan Valley (19 May) — After two weeks of his 60-day preventive suspension from an alleged abuse of authority imposed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board), publicly known anti-mining advocate Mayor Ignacio Taruc of Buguey, Cagayan Valley, is again slapped with another suspension yesterday, filed by Provincial Board the due to a case of simple misconduct.

Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), an advocacy group and a people’s movement that upholds the rights of the present and future Filipinos against the persisting injustices related to mining, encourages the Mayor of

NCIP orders cleansing of list of tribal leaders in Region 10

Date of publication: 
21 October, 2008

MALAYBALAY CITY – The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples has ordered a review and revalidation of the roster of datus and baes (chieftains) in Northern Mindanao over the alleged existence of fake tribal leaders, an official said.

Ma. Shirlene D.

Lumads need to know impact of mining, climate change, says NCIP official

Walter I. Balane/MindaNews -
Date of publication: 
29 September, 2009

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/28 September) – Indigenous peoples need to know and should demand full disclosure of the impact of mining projects on their environment, culture, and economic conditions before deciding on the proposed entry of such projects in their communities, Commissioner Janette Serranoof the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) said.

“What is imperative is equitable benefit sharing,” Serrano-Reisland said.

The commissioner, who spoke at the First Mindanao Tribal Summit here over the weekend, also said it is imperative to educate the indigenous communities on

4000 signatures of opposition of the Biggest Hydro-Dam in Mindanao filed before DOE today

Date of publication: 
16 October, 2009

Manila, Philippines – The Menovu-Pulangiyen and Menovu-Dunnguanen tribes of Southern Bukidnon, particularly the Municipalities of Damulog, Kibawe, Dangcagan, Kitaotao, and Pres. Roxas of North Cotabato gathered 4000 signatures as a manifest of their strong opposition and objection of the proposed Pulangi V hydro-Electric Project.

The opposition was filed and officially received by the Department of Energy (DOE) Central office in Taguig City, Metro Manila today.

The proposed Pulangi V Hydro dam is the biggest in Mindanao which would generate at least 300 Megawatts.

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