Tiger Grass

An Obo Manobo carries his harvest of “tahiti” (Tiger Grass) used to produce walis tambo, locally known as walis paypay in Magpet, North Cotabato. Tiger grass is grown for a year before it can be harvested. It takes around 45 minutes to make a broom.  Many of the Obo Manobo rely on broom-making for livelihood. They sell the brooms at 100 pesos for a set of three. On the background is the Tausavan Falls, accessible via a 15-minute drive on paved road from the town of Magpet. Photo by JULES BENITEZ