Salupongan means “unity” or “solidarity” in the native language of the Manobo, one of the 18 indigenous tribes, collectively known as Lumads, in Mindanao, Southern Philippines.

Salupongan International (SI) is a solidarity network inspired by the aspirations of the Manobo Talaingod tribe who united their villages and defended their ancestral land and rainforest from being destroyed by corporate loggers decades ago in the Southern Mindanao Region of the Philippines. 

Today, they continue to protect their ancestral land, educate their children and empower their communities in the spirit and legacy of Salupongan Ta’ Tanu Igkanugon “Unity in Defense of Ancestral Land”.