Mabal Tabih

MABAL TABIH. This handwoven ikat fabric is traditionally worn as a tubular skirt for women and is secured with a brass belt. It is worn during special occasions, including weddings and festivals. Just like the t’nalak of the Tboli and the inabal of the Bagobo, the process involved in weaving the tabih includes harvesting of … Read more

Hypotheses on Negrito Origins

Hypotheses on Negrito Origins According to dominant thoughts on human origins and variation during the colonial period until the mid-20th century, all dark-skinned, curly-haired, and small-statured people dispersed across Asia, Australia, and the islands of Oceania belong to a single race. Portrayals of racial categorization among indigenous groups and the colonials in illustrations and photographs … Read more

Negritos of the Philippines

Negritos of the Philippines The Philippine Negritos. The word “Negrito”, a Spanish term pertaining to a small black person, was used by Spanish missionaries and chroniclers from the late 16th century onwards in documenting indigenous groups with dark-colored skin, curly or kinky hair and small-bodied physique. This term is also synonymous to “Negrillos” and “cimarrones”, … Read more


INABAL. In the Bagobo society, the inabal (ikat-dyed woven abaca cloth) is considered a symbol of wealth, offerings to deities, and gifts to those who officiate rituals. These finely woven fabrics become ikut or sacred objects when inherited and used as protective charms that guarantee the completion of houses. Among the weaving communities, textiles form … Read more

Amado V. Hernandez

Today (September 13, 2022) is the 119th birth anniversary of Amado V. Hernandez, National Artist for Literature. Amado V. Hernandez, poet, playwright, and novelist, is among the Filipino writers who practiced “committed art.” In his view, the function of the writer is to act as the conscience of society and to affirm the greatness of … Read more