An Interactive 2D Animated Film


A film highlighting the life of the Badjau people through interactive animation

National University

DIVERSITY: Celebrating the Badjau People

Promoting Cultural Awareness

DIVERSITY is an innovative 2D animated film that celebrates the Badjau people, promoting cultural awareness. The Badjau people, also known as the Sea Gypsies, have a rich and vibrant cultural heritage deeply connected to the sea. This film takes you on a mesmerizing journey through their unique way of life.

It offers an interactive, immersive experience designed to engage viewers in the Badjau world. Through stunning visuals and compelling storytelling, we aim to foster empathy and understanding while dispelling stereotypes. Through a collaborative effort with cultural experts and the researchers, the project envisions a world where diversity is celebrated as a source of strength and unity. We believe in breaking down barriers and building bridges between cultures.

Join us in this exciting adventure to explore the Badjau culture, challenge stereotypes, and embrace the beauty of diversity. Together, we can make a difference and create a world where cultural diversity is cherished and celebrated.

The Bajau: Guardians of the Sea

A Dive into the Rich Heritage and Maritime Culture of Southeast Asia's Indigenous Bajau Community

The Bajau, also known as Sama-Bajau, are an indigenous community originating from the Philippines and Southeast Asia. They have a rich history and a strong cultural presence, particularly in the southern parts of the Philippines. As skilled fishermen, divers, and boat builders, the Bajau have a deep connection to the maritime environment.

They thrive in coastal areas like Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga, and the Sulu Archipelago, where they maintain their customs and traditions, forming tight-knit communities centered around family and cooperation. Despite modern challenges, the Bajau preserve their cultural practices, with their music, dances, and celebrations reflecting their profound affinity with the ocean.



Nomadic Seafaring Lifestyle
Nomadic Seafaring Lifestyle

The Sama-Bajau are traditionally a nomadic sea-dwelling people, known for their extraordinary seafaring skills. They live on boats or stilt houses, and their way of life is intricately connected to the sea.

Language Diversity
Language Diversity

The Sama-Bajau people speak a range of distinct languages and dialects, with slight variations depending on their location. These languages are part of the Austronesian language family.

Unique Architecture
Unique Architecture

In some regions, the Sama-Bajau build their stilt houses on the water, creating entire villages that float on the sea. These houses are often colorful and decorated with intricate designs.

Extensive Maritime Territory
Extensive Maritime Territory

The Sama-Bajau are found in various regions across Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and parts of Brunei. They inhabit coastal areas and small islands throughout this vast maritime territory.

Cultural Practices
Cultural Practices

Their culture is deeply tied to the ocean. They are skilled fishermen, pearl divers, and traders, relying on marine resources for their sustenance and livelihoods. Traditional boat-building is an essential aspect of their culture.

Challenges and Adaptations
Challenges and Adaptations

The Sama-Bajau have faced challenges due to changes in the marine environment, government regulations, and modernization. Many have had to adapt to a more settled lifestyle on land, but some still maintain their traditional seafaring practices.



Collective Voices

Exploring Sama Bajau Culture: National University Students' Initiative

In the project "DIVERSITY," National University students have collaborated with NCIP officers to create a 2D animated film spotlighting the Sama Bajau community, known for their maritime culture. This initiative aims to preserve and celebrate Sama Bajau heritage, showcase their resilient sea-based livelihoods, and ensure authentic representation through consultations with NCIP.

"DIVERSITY" educates a diverse audience about Sama Bajau culture and promotes inclusivity. It's a visually stunning 2D animation that transcends cultural boundaries, celebrating unity and collaboration. It's a heartfelt journey into the Sama Bajau world, shaped by NCIP officer consultations. a heartfelt journey into the world of the Sama Bajau people, fostering a profound appreciation for their unique traditions and way of life.


Team Member 1
Nico Lapaniete

Project Manager

Team Member 2
Lois Manlulu


Team Member 4
Andrea Gilhang


Team Member 3
Ian Yabut


As students from National University Manila College of Computing and Information Technology, majoring in Multimedia Arts and Animation, we proudly present our team—Collective. Our name embodies our collaborative spirit and unified approach towards our capstone project. Comprised of talented individuals with diverse backgrounds, we combine our collective knowledge and skills in multimedia arts and animation. With a shared passion for creativity and innovation, we work harmoniously to bring forth unique and impactful projects. Through our commitment to excellence, professionalism, and mutual support, we create a dynamic environment where ideas flourish and creativity knows no bounds.