The geek in me truly appreciated this portion at the Gap Farming Resort - the Parade of the Philippines' Indigenous Tribes, otherwise known as the ethnic groups found in every region of the country. These were the folks who lived before; the ones who pioneered the lands and who embraced agriculture as a way of life. The resort's list is by no means complete; they even overlap, but which other local resort even tries to do the same? Indeed, if one of the resort's goals was to educate, it succeeded many times over by giving us this compendium of ethnolinguistic groups whose languages hail from the Malayo-Polynesian (Austronesian) base.
From the get go, here are just a few additions to the list: Badjao, Bol-anon, Waray, Manileno, Cebuano, Ilocano, Pangasinense, Kapampangan, Bicolano, Surigaonon, Hiligaynon, Gaddang, Moro, Sambal, Sumbanon, Kagayanen, Ilongots (the headhunting tribe of the Carballo Mountains), Tumandok (Central Panay island). Unfortunately, I seem to have missed the list from Regions 8 and 9.
For the record though, these are what's listed at the Gap Farming Resort:
Region 1 – Ilocos Region
Region2 – Cagayan Valley
Cordillera Administrative Region
Region 3 – Central Luzon
Region 4 – Southern Tagalog
* Region 4 is further divided into 4A (Calabarzon - Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Lucena, Quezon, Rizal) and 4B (Mimaropa - Marinduque, the Mindoros, Palawan and Romblon)
Region 5 – Bicol Region
Region 6 – Western Visayas
Region 7 – Central Visayas
Mangyans of Mindoro
Molbog (of Balabak island)
* Region 8 is Eastern Visayas which has Tacloban as the Regional Center (Biliran, Samar, Leyte, Ormoc)
Region 9 is the Zamboanga Peninsula with Pagadian as its Regional Center (Pagadian, Isabela, the Zamboangas, Sibugay)
Region 10 – Northern Mindanao
Region 11 – Southern Mindanao
Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
Region 13 – CARAGA
Region 12 – Central Mindanao
National Capital Region (NCR)
Some of these terms have been used pejoratively, almost defamatory by some sectors in referring to a group of people. Despite the differences, they make our culture rich and varied. In this regard, I am enjoining the parents to take your children here so they can realize the richness of our ethnographic landscape.
Gap Farming Resort is located in Ma-a, Davao City. It is a theme park paying homage to "agriculture", tourism and education.
This is the Eye in the Sky!
An Overview of Gap Farming Resort - http://eye-in-the-blue-sky.blogspot.com/2014/04/bridging-fun-education-history-at-gap.html
A Japanese Cave is found here, but there's another hotel/resort/restaurant nearby that has their own Japanese tunnel: http://eye-in-the-blue-sky.blogspot.com/2013/05/swim-dine-and-relax-at-d-japanese.html
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