Philippine Tribal Tour

Tribes of Mindanao
Mindanao, Philippines
January 18-30, 2011

Join the 2011 Kularts Tribal Tour! Embrace the majesty of the Southern Philippines and dispel fearful myths about one of the most complex and misunderstood regions of the world...

Deadline Extended!
Due by Sept 24, 2010:

Application, including $50 non-refundable application fee:
Tribal Tour Application (PDF)

If you have already been selected to participate in the Tour and need to make a payment, please select from the options below:

October 1, 2010: $300
November 1, 2010: $500
December 1, 2010: $500

Tribal Tour Info Form (PDF)
Tentative Schedule (PDF)

Since 2002, Kularts has conducted its one-of-a-kind Tribal Tour, a hands-on field study, custom-designed for participants to explore, discover, and draw empowerment from indigenous Pilipino cultures of Mindanao.   During the 12-day trip, participants will engage in meaningful interactions with T’boli, B’laan, Maguindanaon and Manobo tribal leaders, shamans & healers, and masters artists in their ancestral homes in Davao del Sur, Sanggani, South Cotabato, and Maguindanao.

Through this unique program, you will…

  • Bask in lush natural environments: enjoy Maitum’s turtle sanctuary, Lake Sebu’s meditative energies , Pulangi River’s  sacred power, and more!
  • Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Southern Philippines’ myths, cosmology, and ancient ways of knowing.
  • Empower your ‘babaylan’ self by  participating in traditional rituals led by tribal shamans and ritualists
  • Learn the meaning of sacred and secular dances and music: from epic chants to award-winning street dancing.
  • Observe craft-making by master artisans: learn about natural dyes and the “dream weaving” of the exquisite t’nalak fabric, “lost wax” gong-making techniques, and more.
  • Inform your cultural consciousness with lectures on current indigenous social and political struggles.
  • Savor the flavors of delicious Mindanaon cuisine – a departure from your lola’s traditional lumpia and pancit offering!

Program Cost
The cost of the 2011 tour is $1,300 per person plus a $50 non-refundable application fee.

This price covers land only.
Cost does not cover international or domestic airfare to/within the Philippines.
This price includes:

  • Philippine land transportation
  • Two Daily Meals
  • Housing (both home stays and 3 star hotels)
  • Coordination and translation costs
  • Fees for all cultural activities, performances and workshops

Schedule of Payments
Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.
Payments for the Tribal Tour may be made in full, or you may choose to follow the payment plan below:

  • September 24, 2010: Application, including $50 non-refundable application fee
  • October 1, 2010: $300 1st payment due
  • November 1, 2010: $500 2nd payment due
  • December 1, 2010: $500 3rd payment due

Application Eligibility Requirement
Please note that there is an application and interview process for each prospective tour member. Eligibility for participation in this tour requires contacting Kularts for an application and meeting the Participant Qualifications.
The application deadline w/ $50 non-refundable fee is September 24, 2010.
In order to be eligible for selection, you must meet the following Participant Qualifications:

  • Must hold a current U.S. Passport (if a U.S. Citizen) or a legal VISA (if not a U.S. Citizen)
  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Ability to participate in walking tours and moderate physical activity
  • Ability to embrace local traditions and rustic living conditions
  • Interest in actively participating in a cultural exchange with indigenous people
  • Ability to contribute positively to a group dynamic
  • Ability to live communally and acclimate to rustic, non-western conditions of the tribal communities
  • Completion of required health form, listing any health problems, special dietary needs, and physical conditions.

This is what past participants have to say:

"Kularts Tribal Tour was for me a life-changing experience.  It was expertly and sensitively organized not only to expose us, the participants, to Filipino cultures that have often been derided and stigmatized. It also allowed us to experience these cultures through active and collaborative participation in local cultural practices and rituals.  In the process—and this was the most meaningful to me— we were able to help indigenous populations preserve vitally important cultural traditions, sustain their often precarious economies, and finance their social projects for community development and improvement.  For me, the Kularts Tribal Tour was not tourism, not even of the well-meaning kind; it was immersion and solidarity with peoples and societies that are in the process of developing sustainable economies while preserving, energizing, and innovating their brilliant, though often stigmatized, cultural traditions."

Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé
Professor Fordham University

"The first couple of hours I had a hard time not romanticizing things because everything just seemed so beautiful."

Mia Villanueva

"When you think about how we get our food in the US. It just ends up packaged on our plate. Here, there is a belief that every living being has a life force and that when you kill something the life force is transferred to yourself. You can’t imagine Americans doing that when they just bulldoze things."

Dan Begonia

If You Are Selected to Participate in this Field Study
** fees are non-refundable after October 1, 2010
** you must sign a liability agreement stating that unless the tour is canceled, fees are non-refundable after October 1, 2010.
We recommend the purchase of travel insurance in case of personal emergency or tour cancellation.


FOR MORE INFO:, 415.239.0249



»Tribal Tour Info Form (PDF)
»Application Form (PDF)
»Tentative Schedule (PDF)

Last updated: 2010-09-17 16:14:15

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