Saturday is market day for the T’bolis and a smattering of them still turn up in a semblance of a traditional ensemble. Take out these lingering few; market day in Lake Sebu was quite a let down. Without them, the market looked like an ordinary tiangge (bazaar) with merchandise perhaps coming from Manila or even China. Despite this however, it was still an enjoyable endeavor, especially for me.
How likely is it that among the population of more than 95,000 Tbolis, I find (and more amazingly – I remembered) the same one a decade later?
Perhaps it was her earrings or a combination of the earrings and her striking beauty that rendered a high recall.
One of the indigenous peoples of Southern Mindanao, the T’bolis primarily live in the South Cotobato province of Mindanao (the southernmost part of the Philippines).
As with many indigenous groups, many have adapted the migrant’s way of life owing to the many settlers hailing mostly from Iloilo (a province in the Western Visayas region, still south of the Philippines).
The colorful traditional outfits (I think) are mostly worn these days on special occasions and on market day.
Some snaps taken that morning.