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Draft Thesis with Grade

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CHAPTER 1THE PROBLEM AND ITS BACKGROUND
Introduction
What makes Mindanao so fascinating is the innate mystery it holds. With the huge number of undiscovered, unexplored areas, the life drama behind its continuous existence will go undocumented if not for a few who have taken interest in seeing and experiencing the glory that is of Mindanao.Unfortunately, this island was brought to the limelight recently because of the notorious acts of violenceof the Abu Sayyaf and other insurgency groups making Mindanao a home to the savage. As far as theresearcher is concern, the southern island is not deserving of this kind of presentation considering theimmensity of its natural resources, geographical make-up, economic viability and diverse cultural composition.In other words, Mindanao is a depository of culture to which the Philippines is known for.It is the dream of the researcher to fuse the two fields she has great passion for: communication andanthropology. Though the two have entirely different disciplines, the researcher would like to find a way toconnect them. With this project, she saw the chance of realizing her dream.The researcher is aimed to show the truth about Mindanao. Though areas to be covered are limited to just a portion of the whole island, the project would want to present a different angle and focus more on therichness of its culture and natural resources through the people in the grassroots. Social issues on how peopleaddressed them through communication have a vital role in the progress of the study. This will, in one way or another, form the point of view of the readers/audience on the indigenous people of Mindanao to a more
 
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positive direction. Summing-up, the overall tone of the project will be positive in the desire of the researcher tobridge the gap of how the rest of the Philippines should view Mindanao in a manner, which is balance and with justice.
Who are the indigenous people of Mindanao?
Lumad, meaning “born of the Earth,” is the collective name for the non-Muslim indigenous people (IPs)found in Mindanao.
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They are regarded as the original inhabitants of Mindanao and used to comprise themajority of the Island.
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In the survey made by the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), the IPpopulation in the year 2000 is 17 percent out of the total population of the Philippines. In Mindanao alone, thereis an IP population of 61 percent with the Lumad covering 48 percent. See Table 1 below.
Table 1 Estimated Total IP Population, 2000Population % to Total
Philippines 12,887,291 100%Luzon 4,168,694 33%Visayas 800,780 6%Mindanao 7,917,817 61%Lumad 6,153,678 48%Proportion of IP Population to total Philippine Population 17%No. of Indigenous Tribal/Ethnolinguistic Groups 110
Note: Non-Lumad population is composed of indigenousMuslim tribes and majority Filipinos.
Source: NCIP
(lifted from IBON Facts and Figures)
 
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Ibon Foundation, Inc., “The Lumads of Mindanao,” Ibon Facts and Figures, 31 August 2001, 2.
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