Aeta

San Marcelino, Zambales

The Aeta or Agta, are an indigenous people who have inhabited the mountains of the Sierra Madre on the island of Luzon for 30,000 years. They are one of the last peoples to live by the sea. Agta men and women are excellent hunters and gatherers, amongst the best in the tribal world.

There are many Aeta tribes, scattered over Regions I to V in the island of Luzon Northeastern Luzon, ...

particularly Cagayan and Isabela in Cagayan Valley, are the habitations of the Central Cagayan Agtas.

Once remote, the Sierra Madre is now experiencing rapid change. Since the 1960s, farmers, loggers, mining prospectors, and many petty traders have migrated to the area. The logging industry is now penetrating the remotest areas, bringing diverse peoples into contact with Agta. Immigrants hitch rides on logging trucks reaching virgin lands with ease.

As the social environment has changed, the natural environment has been degraded. Immigrant farmers burn logged forest areas. Efforts to reforest, when they exist, are usually thwarted by subsequent burning. Given both the social and environmental changes, the resource base of the Agta is disappearing.

Aeta Agta People News

  • Aeta Teacher Wears Ethnic Attire During Oath-taking

    Aeta Teacher Wears Ethnic Attire During Oath-taking

    An Aeta from Zambales on July 7 took his oath as a licensed teacher wearing his ethnic attire at Saint Louis University in Baguio City.

    Samuel Balintay Jr, said he decided to honor his Aeta roots after he passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers earlier this year.

    Balintay used to work in the in the BPO industry before he eventually decided to study again to be a teacher.

    "My life became routinary. I find it toxic so I consulted my wife if I can stop working, I proposed to work at home and study at the same time. She agreed upon me being approved for a study now pay later scholar ...

  • St. Theresa's College Helps Bantay Kalikasan Sites

    St. Theresa's College Helps Bantay Kalikasan Sites

    "Why don't we just go ballroom dancing? Why don't we just enjoy our lives? We started thinking, why don't we do something to pay it forward? That's what Jesus Christ also said. "Much is expected from those to whom much is given." We have been somehow blessed in one way or another. Let's not keep it. Let's give it,"

    This is the statement of Dr. Nona Legaspi during the turnover of their donation to Bantay Kalikasan of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation. She is the Class Coordinator of high school graduates of Batch 69 of St. Theresa's College, Manila.

    In preparation for the celebration o ...

  • Aeta Families Benefit From NFAs Tagpuan Rice Program

    Indigenous peoples (IPs) living in remote barangays here now have easy access to cheap rice from the National Food Authority (NFA).

    The NFA launched Tuesday the first "Tagpuan - Rice Response Delivery" program in the province in an effort to directly sell the cheap rice to the intended beneficiaries.

    NFA-Nueva Ecija, headed by Genoveva V. Villar, launched the program at the rice outlet owned by Eduardo Viernes Jr. in Barangay Cadaclan in this municipality in the presence of NFA Regional Director Rex C. Estoperez and Pantabangan municipal agriculturist Karen R. Salera.

    "The NFA rice wi ...

  • Aetas Claim Over Ancestral Land Gets NCIP Nod

    The Magbukun Aeta tribe of Sitio Kanawan in Morong, Bataan finally got approval of their claim for ancestral domain over some 12,000 hectares of land straddling parts of Morong town and the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

    During the third and final hearing on the Magbukun tribe's petition last June 18, the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) en banc found their claim valid and passed it.

    NCIP commissioners, led by chairman Leonor Oralde-Quintayo, with commissioners Basilio Wandag, Norberto Navarro, Ramcy Astoveza, Dominador Gomez, Boi Era Espana and Roy Dabuit approved the applicati ...

  • Norman King The First Aeta UP Graduate And The Words Of Wisdom That Helped Him Succeed

    Norman King The First Aeta UP Graduate And The Words Of Wisdom That Helped Him Succeed

    The moment Norman King claimed his diploma wearing the traditional Aeta bahag (loincloth), he made history. Norman is the very first Aeta to graduate from the University of the Philippines Manila who - just like his own father, a tribe leader - vows to become the voice for our Aetas and other indigenous groups.

    Along with a degree in BA Behavioral Science is a story filled with discrimination, poverty, and natural calamities. Norman King was born in 1988 at the foot of Mount Pinatubo, only three years before the deadly eruption. He was the eldest of seven siblings and worked at an early age ...

  • Perpetual Help U Stages Indigenous Tribal Games In Occ Mindoro

    Perpetual Help U Stages Indigenous Tribal Games In Occ Mindoro

    Hundreds of Mangyan indigenous athletes have engaged in a day-long indigenous tribal games sponsored by the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta(UPHSD) Mission School, in cooperation with the outreach project of Junior Chamber International (JCI)-Manila in Sitio Lawaan, Barangay Lumangbyan here.

    The cultural and native sporting events took place in the sprawling ancestral domains of the Mangyan indigenous cultural communities at the slopes of the Occidental Mindoro highlands, on riversides and forested areas, last Thursday (June 7).

    The Mangyan indigenous athletes displayed their sk ...