The Bukidnons have distinct physical characteristics who may be described as with slightly built bodies, slanting eyes, relatively high noses and with skin color that ranges from medium and brown to light. They speak binukid, which is distinctive with up and down tone, unlike other dialects.
While the Manobo is a Negrito mixture who have small bodies, dark skin, curly hair with broad to flat noses. Socially, the Bukidnons live in the relative flat-lands of the Bukidnon plateau and have already adopted Christian ways and utilized modern technology while the Manobos live in the mountains and do not want to mingle with the Christians and other people.
These tribes are the following: Bukidnons, Matigsalugs, Tigwahanons, Umayamnons, Talaandigs, Higa-onons, and Manobos.
Impasug-ong: Home of the Higa-onon
The town’s name “Impasugong” is a Higa-onon term which means “make the current come up stream”. The present site of the town, the seat of the Municipality of Impasugong was named after a spring located northwest of the Poblacion. It is said that water coming from this spring flows and returns to its source when it meets another body of water from a creek that runs alongside the spring. Thus, the original inhabitants called the spring; Impasugong. When this area became a municipality on September 1, 1914, the people named it Impasugong after the name of the barrio which is now the Poblacion.
The term higa-onon means “people of the wilderness.” The Higaonons occupy not only parts of Bukidnon Province but also the hinterlands of Agusan del Sur and the boundaries of Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon Province.
Please click the following links to know more about the Higa-onon
The Tribe: http://www.unahi.org/higaonon-tribe.htm