Obo (Manobo)

Obo is a member of the Central Manobo branch of the Philippine language family. It is spoken by about 60,000 people on the northeastern slopes of Mount Apo on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, especially in the Davao and Soccsksargen regions between the provinces of Davao del Sur and North Cotabato.


Obo is also known as Obo Manobo, Bagobo, Kidapawan Manobo, Manuvu' or Obo Bagobo. It is written with the Latin alphabet, taught in primary schools, and used in literature and the media.

Obo alphabet and pronunciation

Obo alphabet and pronunciation

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Sample text

Mindanao kos iko-oruwa no dakkoo to langun no puu ka-ay to Pilipinas. Duwon maapung no mowwag no livuta nod kopuungan woy duwon martdad mgo bosakan, ini en iddos pattad to Lanao woy pattad to Bukidnon. Duwon mandad mgo pinorriuwannan woy mgo kamot riyot Cotabato Cordillera woyidda mandad so pattad no riyot Cotabato.


Mindanao is the second largest island in the Philippines. There are wide garden areas and rice fields in Lanao and Bukidnon. There are also gardens fields in the Cotabato Cordillera and the Cotabato Plain.

Source: Inis ingod ta (Our world)

Sample videos in Obo


Information about Obo

Philippines languages

Aborlan Tagbanwa, Agutaynen, Bantik, Bikol, Binukid, Blaan, Buhid, Bukid, Buol, Calmian Tagbanwa, Casiguran Dumagat Agta, Central Tagbanwa, Gorontalo, Hanuno'o, Iranun, Iraya, Isnag, Kagayanen, Kalanguya, Kapampangan, Klata, Maguindanao, Mamanwa, Manide, Maranao, Matigsalug, Molbog, Mongondow, Obo, Palawano, Ratahan, Rinconada Bikol, Sangirese, Suwawa, Tagalog, Tagabawà, Talaud, Tawbuid, Tboli, Tiruray, Tombulu, Tondano, Tonsawang, Umiray Dumaget, Western Subanon

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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