Updated: Apr 10
The Philippines has an estimated 14- 17 million Indigenous Peoples, living in the North to the South of the Islands. Spared from Spanish or American colonisation, the mountains is where most of the sacred groups dwell, allowing them to practice their traditional ways of life.
In the face of colonisation, the communities embrace their ancient customs and traditions, preserving cultural identity. However as history goes with cultural peoples around the world, the tribes remain some of the most poorest and most disadvantaged members of society.
Despite the systemic discrimination and exclusion they face, including policies on lands and forests, the Indigenous People have historically opposed with full passion.
To this day, the Indigenous Peoples of The Philippines are fighting against corporate business that force eviction, harassment, massacres and other forms of human rights abuse.