Wednesday, April 9, 2014

When I visited Abreeza Mall for our family bonding, this booth near Chowking at the activity area caught my attention. I've noticed these two kids holding a big loop of hand bands made of "ratan". Aside from the beautifully made hand bands, they also offered hand-crafted bags. Many people are taking pictures of the booth with these two kids and their offered items. Some are making "selfie" to with the boys as a remembrance.

As a lumad in Davao City, we are blessed because of our culture and tradition. Our city is a melting pot of different tribes which still exist nowadays. To give honor and respect for our tribe, culture and tradition, Kadayawan was held during August. The festival is a celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and serenity of living.

The Matigsalug are the Bukidnon groups who are found in Tigwa-Salug Valley in San Fernando in Bukidnon Province. "Matigsalug" is a term, which means "people along the Salug River (now called the Davao River). Although often classified under the Manobo tribe, the Matigsalug is a distinct sub-group of indigenous peoples from the Manobos. They are presently inhabiting the ranges of Central Mindanao.

Matigsalug means, "people living near the river" are one of Davao's colorful lumad tribes. Mostly located at highlands of Marilog, Baganihan or the Paquibato area.

These are one of the reason that we Dabawenyos should be proud of, that our tribes was preserved despite the modernization and development of our City. We have to respect them because they are one of the hidden treasures of Davao City.




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