Only in Davao, People, Tribes
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Lumad portrait: Matigsalog

 

Shy Matigsalog woman by Jojie Alcantara

Shy Matigsalog woman by Jojie Alcantara

Lumad portrait : Matigsalogs of Marilog District, Davao

LUMAD is a term for a group of indigenous peoples of the southern Philippines. It is a Cebuano term meaning “native” or “indigenous”, or a collective identity of the non-Islamized indigenous peoples of Mindanao.

The peace-loving Ata Matigsalog (or Matigsalug) is a tribal group found in the hinterlands of Bukidnon and the mountain districts of Davao City. This tribal woman was laughing uncontrollably during our shoot. I waited for her to warm up to me and lose her shyness.  :-)

Shy Matigsalog woman by Jojie Alcantara

Shy Matigsalog woman by Jojie Alcantara

 

Matigsalog woman by Jojie Alcantara

Matigsalog woman by Jojie Alcantara

 Matigsalog by Jojie Alcantara

View more photos in my gallery of the Matigsalog tribe

 

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The author is a multi-awarded photographer, journalist, and artist whose works are featured in tourism campaigns (It's More Fun in the Philippines), covers and spreads of books and international magazines. A long time columnist of SunStar Davao, she is a frequent traveler in search of inspirational heartwarming stories of human interest. She is also an  influencer and motivational speaker who gives photography workshops in universities and organizations. A former TV personality, she has done several print and TV commercials, event hosting and speaking engagements. In 2013, she has received an award from the City Government of Davao for her significant contribution in the social media. She was one of the speakers in Photo World Asia 2017.  A web designer/blogger since the 90s, she has seen the evolution of the internet and social media transition from the perspective of a traditional media person.

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