The mountainous regions of Bohol hide one of the province’s well-kept mysteries—the Eksaya Tribe. It is one of the many places less visited by tourists. For those who want some taste of Bohol culture, the Tribu Eksaya Learning Tour provides a great opportunity to get to know the mystery of the Eksaya Tribe.
The tribe’s unique oral history can be traced back to biblical times. It is believed that the Eksaya originated from a butterfly called Pinya Paypay Ping. The butterfly interacted with a lion and lioness which conceived a monkey that gave birth to the humans.
Photo Caption: Members of the ESKAYA Council of Elders wearing the traditional “Sinamay” barong hand woven by Eskaya women. Sinamay is made of abaca fiber. This is usually worn by the elders during special occasions and when visitors come to see the tribe.
Their written characters are derived from the parts of the human body as depicted by hand-carved wooden depictions. Much of their history is still only passed on through word of mouth at the schools using their language. Sadly, it is only the elders who continue to study the tribe’s language and history.
Photo Caption: The Eskaya Tribe center is where classes are being held. Duero Municipal Mayor Hon. Conrada C. Amparo with some SB Members posed with the BTO, Eco-tourism Bohol Committee and several Eskaya tribesmen.
Passing On The Tradition
The tribe call their teachers “tutulaye.” They have the noble task of teaching their students the Eksaya alphabet which is based on the human body. The Tribe Center is where the classes are being held.
The Eksaya Tribe also produce their own supply of strawberries. The climate in Duero, Taytay is ideal for growing such fruit.Even though there are some places in Bohol where strawberries can grow, it is only Eskaya Tribe where they have their own farm of strawberries.
Lady shown above is one of the JICA volunteer who visited Taytay, Duero. She was very much elated showing the strawberry fruit produced by the Eskaya Tribe.
Information of eco-tour
|Precondition||Nothing in particular|
|Address||Taytay, Duero, Bohol|
|Access from Tagbilaran||45 minutes by car|
|Required time for tour program||Approx 3 hours including travel time|
|Tour fee||Php 20.00/person|
|Precaution statement/ What to bring||The participant should have their own vehicle.|
|Contact personTel. No.|
|Mae Angelee B. Gales09274884523|