Blaan is one of the Indigenous Peoples groups of the Philippines thriving in the provinces of Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, Sarangani Province, Davao Del Sur, Davao Occidental and the cities in these provinces. Intermarriage with other IP groups like Tboli, Tagakaolo, Bagobo, Manobo, Maguindanaon is also evident with the cultural materials shared or used by the Blaan these days. The influx of migrants/Christian settlers in Mindanao also paved the way for more cultural mix of the younger Blaan generation. Some few and very far flung communities have retained traditional way of living. There are also younger generation Blaans working as Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and those that are married to another nationality living in different parts of the world.
Bai Yabing Masalaon Dulo declared as National Living Treasure of Manlilikha ng Bayan for "her commitment to the safeguarding and promotion of the Blaan mabal tabih (ikat weaving) tradition."
Photo credit: Kim Tiblani
Bai Estelita Bantilan declared as National Living Treasure of Manlilikha ng Bayan for "her commitment to the safeguarding and the promotion of the Blaan igem (mat weaving) tradition."
Photo credit:Leonardo Rey S. Cariño