“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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