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11 Tribes in Davao City you must Know!

How about we get to know the 11 tribes/clans of Davao City. Their vivid and rich culture and customs are among the solid groundwork’s of the vibrancy, development, and personality of our prospering city – – our home. The clans of Davao are one of the fundamental justifications for why we are celebrating.



The Atas or ”tenants in high countries” are influential individuals who give off an impression of being a combination of Negritos and Malays. As tenants of the headwaters of Davao, Tuganay, and Libuganon Rivers, the Atas rely principally upon hunting as their business. The Atas are additionally known for being touchy and noxious however can be effectively placated whenever taken care of with the most extreme strategy.



They are viewed as the fiercest privateers in the Malay world taking on a commonplace oceanic way of life of ocean intruders and have progressed as anglers and significant distance brokers. They went after trader transportation and beachfront settlements in the Philippines, the waterways of Malacca, and the islands past Sulawesi. Nowadays they are known as angler and significant distance dealers.



The clan’s name was derived from the word kaog which means “whisper”. The Kagan public is known as agriculturists- – – developing rice, corn, abaca, and coconut for cash crops. The people who are living close to the coasts work fishing. They are Tagakaolo who have changed over to Islam either through intermarriage or contact with the Maguindanaons.




The Bagobo Klata are native inhabitants of Davao.They are known as one of the most extravagantly dressed tribes.Back then, at that point, they were feared warriors.

Klatas involves a tiny domain extending from Catalunan to Calinan inside Davao City. Their customary populace places included Blao, Tagakpan, Dulian, Sirib, Gunalong and Tamugan. They are known as the forest dwellers.




They are known as individuals of the floodplain in Mindanao starting from the province of Maguindanao. Outside the province, they are spread around the three locales of Davao City and other close by areas like Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental. Living for the most part along the mouths of streams, they blocked the Spanish colonizers’ endeavors at bringing different clans of Davao inside the Christian overlay.




Maranaos are said to have the best customary garments out of all Filipino ethnic gatherings. They are likewise called “people of the Lake” and are known to be fearless. All things considered, Maranaos are accepted to have offered penances with regards to their countries and to honor Islam, their religion. Among those the clan invests wholeheartedly in is their rich writing called Darangen as well as their complex wood and metal specialties communicated in their Torogan- – – a unique house worked for a Maranao lady and Okir- – – a creative plan.




Matigsalog or “Stream People ” are viewed as the most native occupants of Mindanao mainly possessing the Agusan waterway valley in Compostella, from Malalag to Sarangani and among Cuabo and Cape San Agustin. In Davao City, they are for the most part situated in the hinterlands of Marilog, Marahan or Paquibato. Their homes are worked close to the streams, regularly on the forks of trees. Of the Malay plunge, the Manobos are slightly assembled however athletic is from the words Matig (spot of beginning) and Salug (waterway). They are viewed as one of Davao’s vivid clans.




The Ovu-Manuvos are known for their perplexing projecting, fine weaponry, and gems. For their purposes, these things have spirits as spirits likewise have energize objects. Obu oral custom recounts Apo Sandawa’s excursion from the north to Davao. Apo Sandawa’s place of passage in Davao was at Ulas. From Ulas, Apo Sandawa and concealed family moved north towards the Talomo mountains, in any event, arriving at Mt. Sinaka. Apo Sandawa’s excursion finished in Mt. Apo where he was covered. Apo Sandawa is viewed as the ancestor of the Obus.




The Sama people are depicted as harmony adoring and firm individuals accordingly putting such a lot of significant worth on fellowship. Their ancestors are said to have exceptional abilities having the extraordinary capacity to welcome spirits called Jin to get things done for them. Greater part of the Sama public are generally living in Bunawan and other seaside regions in Davao City.




Tagabawa signifies “Individuals from the South” and they have been involved in the areas of Marilog, Baguio, Calinan, Tugbok and Toril in Davao City. Locals who recognize themselves as such are called Bagobo. This clan is supposed to be the most insightful of all locals in the Philippines. The Tagabawas involve the areas of Marilog, Baguio, Calinan, Tugbok and Toril.




The Tausugs overwhelm the island of Sulu. They are known as the People of the Current and are known for their fortitude and dauntlessness. Devotion is a significant attribute among the Tausugs. They practice the custom of blood minimal to imply the profundity of their dedication to each other. They are wild and perilous yet the second one becomes friends with one of them, the bond will persevere.



The eleven tribes represented are: Iranun, Ata, Kagan, Bagobo Klata, Maguindanaon, Bagobo Tagabawa, Maranao, Matigsalug, Sama, Obu Manuvu, and Taosug.

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