FEATURED PHOTO: In the Eyes of a Manobo Child

“SMILE baby! Smile!” That was already a repeat plea. We were aiming to get her interest to playfully pose and smile for us in front of our cameras. But this little girl seemed to care less. She was just so innocent. She was one of those adorable kids we met at Arakan Valley in the Province of Cotabato.

Arakan Valley is the home of the remaining descendants the Manobo Tribe who were the early settlers of these vast mountain ranges. In fact, the word Arakan is derived from the Manobo term “ARA” which means abundance of natural resources in the valley and “KAN” which means heroism, bravery and valor of the early Manobo leaders and settlers of the area. Manobo are proud people. They are proud of their heritage and their culture.

Today, these remaining members of the tribe commune as one in the Sitio Inamong of Barrio Matigol and lived together in peace as one community. When they are visited by visitors, they happily welcome them with their innate courteousness and genuine warmth.

This little girl along with the other Manobo kids of Arakan Valley greeted and welcomed us happily during our worthy visit to their tribal village – a visit that we can never forget.

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  1. She looks so adorable! 🙂
    I prefer her being careless than when she would have granted your request for a smile.

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  3. Nice shot! I loke the first shot. Im a photography enthusiast too, And photographing kids is never an easy task! I have several good photos of kids from a hundred shots! Hehe… I let them play so they will be carefree and I just take photos, as if I’m not there. 😉

    • Thanks Violy for dropping by. 🙂 Photographing kids has always been a great part of my photog hobby. 🙂 The Monobo kids of Arakan were so adorable kids we loved to play with cameras. This girl however was just so innocent and timid. 🙂 But we love her still. 🙂 She just so cute. 🙂

  4. I find your blog very interesting. I have to see more of your archived stories. Your Featured Video is equally great. Very professional!

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Oh no, the photos are poignant. It speaks a thousand words.

  6. Love her defiant nature. All too often, Filipino children are forced to do anything–incl smile for strangers–by their parents. This is one assertive child indeed!

  7. In the eyes of a child, there is laughter and innocence. But most of all, the sincerity. :-).

  8. Hi Olan,

    I am Dave, Dabawenyo pud. At last I found your blog. Im so proud you are the Mindanao level winner. I just started my travel blog and I added you on my blogroll. You are an inspiration. Keep your trails going! I am following you… ^_^


    • Hi dave. 🙂 Thank you so much. Reading your message today made me realized that somehow I have touched other people’s lives. Thank you for this. Please keep on blogging especially our Island Mindanao. Let us join hands to showcase the beauty of our ilsand and change this negative impression about us and about Mindanao. 🙂 for sure I will be following your blogs too. 🙂 Thank you dave. 🙂

  9. Hey Olan nice blogsite…I’m a mestiza Manobo, my papa is the pure one…We came from province of Jose Abad Santos, Davao del Sur…:-)

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