Just a few kilometers away from the Subic Bay Freeport is Pastolan Aeta Village which is part of the town of Hermosa, Bataan. The village is also part of the Pamulaklakin Forest Trails Eco Tour where a local Aeta guide presents them with examples of Aeta culture and educates them on various types of medicinal plants.
Pastolan Aeta Village News
Formerly a major United States Navy facility, Subic Bay Freeport Zone (also known as Subic Bay or just Subic) is an industrial and commercial area in Region III or Central Luzon in the Philippines. Located on the west coast of the island of Luzon, 100 kilometers (62.1 miles) from Manila Bay, Subic Bay is known for its deep and protected waters surrounded by mountain ranges. It's also known for its collection of shipwrecks, which date back to the Spanish American War, in 1898.
Subic, to me, had always meant duty-free. Shopping. Imported goods. Seaplanes (for some reason). And AFAMs (yep, I went there again. Can't help it. Sorry). Yet amid retail black holes and fieldtrip destinations, a couple of out-of-the-ordinary activities exists in the freeport zone.
Members of the Ayta tribe at the Pastolan village in the hinterlands of the Subic Bay Freeport straddle the two worlds of the new and the old.
Eager and able to adopt the lifestyle of their brethren in the lowlands, the natives now enjoy the modernity of television, cellular phones and washing machines, while retaining their connection to the mountain and jungle around them.
The dichotomy is nowhere more apparent than during the October celebration of the Indigenous Peoples (IP) Month here when the Ambala Ayta tribe, along with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and some communi ...
Aeta tribal elder Dominador Liwanag, more popularly known as Tata Kasoy, was presented with an award and certificate of appreciation for his lifetime work in preserving the rain forest and culture at the recent Subic Ecotourism Festival.
The 67-year-old leader of the Pastolan tribe at the Subic free ports Pamulaklakin Trail serves as instructor of the jungle environmental survival training (JEST) course offered to tourists and American servicemen who undergo military exercises in the former US naval base.
Presenting the citation is International School of Sustainable Tourism President Mi ...
The Aetas were considered to be one of the first native settlers in the Philippines.
A largely nomadic people who once lived in the lowlands, the Aetas through the years gradually retreated to the hills and mountains when subsequent immigrants pushed them farther back into the forests.
They lived in scattered, isolated mountainous areas of the country, built temporary shelters and hunted animals and harvested forest produce for their food.
Dark-skinned, small in stature and physical frame and with curly or kinky hair, these indigenous people can be found in the provinc ...
Aetas in the Subic Bay Freeport in Zambales has agreed to the expansion of wind and solar projects in their ancestral land.
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), through Emerging Power Inc. (EPI), a renewable energy (RE) firm, will allocate $200 million for the project, which will cover 800 hectares in Mount Santa Rita, an ancestral land of the Aeta tribe of Pastolan.
The said project is expected to generate 150 megawatts of clean energy.
SBMA, the Pastolan Tribal Council, and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) signed a Joint Management Agreement (JMA) on October ...