About Us

Hineleban Foundation, Inc. is composed of a group of people who are ardent and passionate about the restoration of the environment and sustainable livelihood for the Lumads and the Bangsamoro through Transformational Business Partnerships.

Starting with our own back yard, Hineleban together with its sister company, Unifrutti Group of Philippines, signed in Dec 2012 the “Sacred Customary Compact” with the Seven Tribes of Bukidnon, duly recognizing their role as the Custodians of the Forest.

Our efforts are focused on:

  1. Restoring, enhancing and protecting the environment
  2. Food security & sustainable livelihood programs through Cooperative- Corporate transformational business partnership
  3. Food and aid distribution during the recent El Nino
  4. Advisory role on environment and watershed conservation
  5. Values and leadership transformation program

It’s commitment has shined over proven models. GO TO PROGRAMS

Meaning of Hineleban

“The spirit of the gathering and giving Mother Tree of the Rainforest that sustains the cycle of all life”

‘Hineleban’ is symbolized by an abundant Bagamumu (ficus) tree in the midst of the rainforest, swarming with bees gathering nectar.

In the Talaandig-Higaunen language, Hineleban is a sacred word (hieros logos; pamalihi ha lalang) that stands for the highest mystical Spirit-Tagulambung of Service-Leadership in the Talaandig-Higaunen Tribal tradition. It comes from the root-word “heleb” which means “the virtue to gather others towards oneself”. A servant-leader who is infused by the Spirit of Hineleban is the center of unity and peaceful convergence of communities and peoples.

“Kaliga-en” is a sacred ceremony of the Talaandig- Higaunen Tribe where in the spirit of the Tagulambung Hineleban is invoked for inspiration and infusion of the spirit. A holy festival completed in nine nights of communal rights and rituals celebrating the life of faith with chants, songs, dances, story telling, riddles, games and feasting.

The Foundation was given exclusive permission to adopt the name by the Provincial Consultative Body of the Indigenous People of Bukidnon and by PASAGI (Council of Elders)  representing the Seven Tribes of Bukidnon – a permission bestowed based on the sacred Five Pillars of Kinship.

The Hineleban Logo represents a symbiotic relationship of man and the environment. The cycle of life and man’s dependency on the Mother Tree is represented by the human figure (representing the physical being) embracing the tree, and the living tree (representing the spiritual being, Hineleban) reciprocating by providing the life-supporting anchor to human beings.

Our Vision


As stewards of God, we aspire to be a Beacon of Hope for Mindanao and its People, committed in our collective resolve that envisions an island where all members of society can live in peace, their natural and cultural heritage respected and preserved, and decent economic livelihood ensured for All.

Our Mission

We are a God-centered organization working as one family, united in our movement for engaging in transformational partnerships with the Indigenous People, Bangsamoro and small farmers in their quest for dignity of life.

We deliberately contribute to the promotion of sustainable peace and development to empower communities and improve livelihoods;

We actively pursue the restoration of degraded environments to ensure the sanctity of ecosystems; and

We respect cultural values of all communities.

Thus, we pray for God’s grace and mercy.


Core Values

We uphold God’s values of Love, Compassion, Patience, Truthfulness and Perseverance.

We respect All cultures and we build trust with All communities.