The following are videos about the story of the Tasadays of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. The Tasaday story revisited 30 years later  was produced by GMA News and Public Affairs  and was aired on GMA-7's I-Witness, a documentary program last June 22, 2009. I-Witness host's Kara David visited a very remote rainforest in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato in-search for the Tasadays, a band of cave-dwelling people allegedly living a very paleolithic lifestyle during the time of their discovery.

The Tasadays were discovered in the year 1971 by Manuel “Manda” Elizalde,Jr., a Spanish-American Filipino who headed an organization that assisted Philippine tribal people in their struggle to survive the onrush of modern civilization. However, in the year 1986 a Swiss journalist came out claiming that the Tasaday tribe of Lake Sebu were a hoax. Watch the documentary and you decide.



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  1. Amaaing how people survive inthe world these days. an inspirational story. thank you for sharing.

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  2. seeing this kind of living right now makes us to realize how hard it is to live from the past.

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  3. It's good that their younger generations are already studying and have been more aware of the changes in the society.

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  4. I know their story we discussed it in our school way back HS. I remember one Tasaday interviewed by a journalist that they are asked to take off their clothes to make it more "CAVE MAN" thingy. And promise them to have lots of money if they do so and give them protection and security from counter-insurgency and tribal fighting. The tribe become the laughing stock of the world. When they found out it is a HOAX. Poor Tasadays. Politics that time really make them look like a HOAX. Hope they give justice to this. And knowing now that they are change for the better.

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  5. We should travel and discover the Philippines more. I bet we have a lot of places to go to. :)

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  6. Wow! I admire the effort in bringing up this documentary.

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  7. Thanks to GMA7's various documentaries we were able to discover and learn more about the Tasadays and other tribes in our country.

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  8. Yes, I remember the Tasadays way back in high school. Its in the current events lesson that time. Its good to know that little by little they are becoming literate so that they will not be easily manipulated and deceive by people who are trying to take advantage of them =)

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  9. I've never been to this place. Sana makavisit ako sooN!

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  10. Great research and docu. Kudos to the research and docu team covering the Tasadays.

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  11. This is a great documentary about the Tasadays. I love I-Witness documentaries.

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