Lawyer Burt Miquiabas Estrada or Datu Manhan-ayan of the Bukidnon Tagulwanen Tribe, an Indigenous Community in Malaybalay City, Bukididnon is the new National President of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and Chairman of the 25th Board of Governors of the IBP.

photo by Burt Estrada

Here’s a brief info about Atty. Estrada (from

Burt is the son of Retired RTC Judge Benjamin Propia Estrada who is the Chieftain of the Tribe. After Judge Estrada successfully secured the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title of the Tribe in 2015, Burt continued his father’s work and secured the confirmation of the tribe’s Indigenous Political Structure and Organized its Indigenous Peoples Organization in 2017. Aside from being the “Siel” or assistant to his father, Burt now acts as the Tribal Chief Datu of the tribe and also the General Manager of the tribe’s own IP cooperative which has just started to establish a 100 hectare cacao plantation within their Ancestral Domain.

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Burt is a product of Ateneo de Cagayan – Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City. Earning both his Bachelors Degree in Philosophy and Law in the said institution. After passing the Bar in 2007, Burt returned to Malaybalay City, Bukidnon with his wife and sons and started his private practice in the province. A member of IBP Bukidnon Chapter, Burt served as chapter officer for the last 10 years. He was chapter president in 2015-2016. Other than the IBP and his tribe, Burt has been active in several other civic organizations in Bukidnon which includes: the Junior Chamber International Bukidnon Century Jaycees, Malaybalay City Eagles Club, and Fraternitas Scintilla legis.

He is currently the senior lawyer of the Estrada and Associates Law Office in Malaybalay City and a part time law instructor at the Bukidnon State University College of law. He is married to Dianne Reyes Estrada and is the proud father of 4 handsome boys.

photo by Burt Estrada

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