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Isis International-Manila is a feminist non-government organization committed to creating spaces within information and communications structures and systems, that promote the many voices of women, particularly those from the South.

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Indigenous People



The Badjaos are popularly known as the "Sea Gypsies" of the Sulu and Celebes seas. They are generally boat dwellers whose religion is ancestor worship mixed with Islamic influences.The term "Badjao" is a Malay-Borneo word which connotes "man of the seas" or Orang Laut in Bahasa Malayo.The Badjaos call themselves as Sama Laus(Sea Sama).

Badjaos maybe divided into two groups: the southern Badjao and the northern Badjao. The southern Badjao is located on the islands of Tawi-Tawi, Sibutu and Semporna(Sabah)


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