This is a short post about our visit to AMGUO B’laan Village in South Cotabato pre-COVID.
AMGUO village started gaining popularity since the beginning of this year. Because of that, more and more were coming to visit the village. Then, stopped because of COVID.
B’laan people, to those who are not from Mindanao, are one of the indigenous groups in the southern part of the Philippines. They have their dialect called B’laan. They normally live in mountains and hills and pretty much live a very simple life.
What makes AMGUO popular perhaps is because, for the first time, the B’laans has opened their village to outsiders. I think it’s a good thing. In this way, we could learn and understand their culture and way of life better.
That day we went there, they were still doing constructions but they already have the main spots ready like in my featured photo. It’s the viewing deck. Also, along that area, we saw nipa hut rooms which I’m assuming are for those who would like to stay overnight in the village. Hopefully, they’ll provide tent areas as well in the future, that would be nice.
The big house below is their welcoming area where they have tables and chairs for the visitors. You will need to pay an entrance fee, that fee includes free coffee. =)
Aside from the coffee, they also sell veggie burgers and banana fries. Burgers range from 25-40 pesos depending on size while the fries are from 60-100 pesos. They’re affordable and tasty.
The part of our visit I like the most was when this Kuya played his instrument for us, a tune his grandfather taught him when he was little.
B’laans are easily known in the province for their dance. I was looking for some videos to show you guys a sample and I found this one.
The road going up to the village was a long way and a bit tricky but with great views. It makes it an adventure already. Most people drive motorcycles as we did. But always be careful, I’ve heard several accidents that happened around the area of AMGUO.
Finally, it’s me being happy because of the view. =)
Take care, everyone!
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