On a warm sunny Wednesday, Melanio Umbit Ulama was born in Kabenge, Datu Piang, Maguindanao to Diwan Mamintal Ulama and Lucia Umbit Ulama. He graduated from Upi Agricultural School with a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Major in Agronomy in 1982. He studied Master’s in Public Administration at Notre Dame University. Luckily, he was married to a dedicated educator of Tenungol Elementary School, Darugao, Upi, Maguindanao, named Elsie Capillo Grajido-Ulama.  He is a father of two lovely daughters namely Melsheryl and Melsie Grace, who are both Registered Nurse.

Melanio is an Indigenous Peoples’ consultant of the MILF and heads the organization of Teduray and Lambangian Conference. He was a member of the MILF Implementing Panel representing Indigenous People. Melanio was endorsed by the MILF as a one of the Commissioner of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission for two consecutive terms and currently, a member of Bangsamoro Transition Authority and the Minister of the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs. At this time, he hopes to continue his track record of astounding leadership and values in the coming future.