This is 6th part of the list of 10 tribes in Davao.
|Deputy Mayor Datu Carlito A. Guinto, Sr. and family|
The Matigsalugs are found in the eastern section of Marilog, Davao City, and in the towns of Kitaotao, Quezon, and San Fernando in Bukidnon. Matigsalug means people who live along the river, and this river is specifically Davao River which the Matigsalugs simply call Salog. Its source is in San Fernando, Bukidnon.
It is not clear if the Matigsalugs paid tribute to the Kalagan Moros at the mouth of Davao River. But apparently the Kalagan Moros had control of territory up to Tamugan, or possibly beyond.
Despite the apparent subordination of the Matigsalugs by their neighbors, they were feared warriors. In san Fernando, Bukidnon, their chief leader was Datu Gapaw who fought off Moro (Magindanaw) invasions. The Matigsalugs allied with the Obus to effect a peace pact with the Magindanaws held in Kapuling, Kalagangan, San Fernando.
Linguistically, the Matigsalugs are classified under the manobo, although racially, they would be darker than the Manobos.
Lumads residing in Marilog District are of the Matigsalug Tribe.