Hailing from the lush peaks of Pantaron Mountain Range in the Davao region, Abiok Ligkaian Bigkay, or “Bai Bibiaon”, is known as the only living woman warrior and chieftain of the Lumad people that has taken the helm in asserting the Lumad’s right to their ancestral domains and in preserving its rich biodiversity and natural resources.
Datu Guibang Apoga is the chieftain of the Ata-Manobo Talaingod, Davao del Norte province. In 1994, he and his community’s baganis (warriors) waged war using traditional weapons against the logging company, C. Alcantara & Sons (Alsons) to defend their ancestral land. After the event, in 1997, the military filed murder charges against him. Currently, he resurfaced after hiding for two decades due to the need to recover from his ailments.