About Us

Hineleban Foundation Incorporated (HFI) was formed in 2006 as a non-profit, non-stock organisation whose main advocacy is to reforest the high mountain ranges of Mindanao. To accomplish this, HFI partnered with the Indigenous People who live within the buffer zones of these mountains. Providing them with Family Food Security and sustainable disposable livelihoods through the model of Transformational Business Partnerships. Thus, restoring their role as “Custodians of the Rainforest”.

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, protecting and reforesting the mountain ranges of Mindanao
  2. Food security & sustainable livelihood programs through Cooperative- Corporate Transformational Business Partnerships
  3. Food and aid distribution during the recent El Nino
  4. Advisory role on environment and watershed conservation
  5. Shared Values and Leadership program

Its 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.



We are Stewards of God

We aspire to restore the high mountain forests of Mindanao,

from where the rainfall sweeps down the plains,

through the months of the year and,

pure water in rivers flow in abundance.

Core Values and Mission

We are a God-centered organization, united as One Family with our diverse cultural communities.

We share God’s values of Love, Compassion, Truthfulness, Trustworthiness and Perseverance.

We engage our high mountain forest communities and provide them sustainable livelihoods, thereby reviving the role of Indigenous People as Custodians of the Forests.

By doing so, we build Bridges of Peace and provide Beacons of Hope to those who have the least on the island of Mindanao,

in a partnership of equals, respecting the dignity of the unique culture of the Indigenous People.