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First Posted 23:50:00 07/19/2015
Sitio, Palayan, Caucab –Almeria, Biliran is found at the foot of Mount Panamao. Palayan derived its name from the “word” palay as rice terraces were carved in their mountains. It is home to the Biliran’s minority tribe the Manobo or Aeta as they are known. They are thought to be the earliest inhabitants of the Philippines and often lived in isolated and mountainous areas.
With their small stature, dark skin and curly hair they are easily recognizable. The Manobo’s lived in Palayan village. Their homes are made of bamboo and nipa huts. The Palayan settlers survived mainly in palay and abaca. Slowly they are adapting to the customs and traditions of the Biliranons’.