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

‘Hineleben’ 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.