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

  • Aetas Of The Luzon

    A country divided by the sea and mountain ridges offer us surprises and happiness that we would not expect to find in the corners of the forest. A trip worth remembering to the Aetas in Bamban, Tarlac.

    It was 30th of November 2014 when I joined a team of doctors, nurses, pastors, and volunteers of Solid Rock Ministries to do a medical mission to the Aetas in a small community in Bamban, Tarlac. Well, this is one of the activities that I love the most. Going to communities that are in need of something. And this time, they need medical help. Im not a doctor, so I would not dare do some check ...

  • Pampanga Awards P385,000 Worth Of Grant To 63 Aeta Scholars

    The local government of Pampanga distributed on Monday P385,000 financial educational assistance to 63 Aeta scholars.

    Twelve Aeta college students received P10,000 each while 51 of them were given P5,000 each.

    Elizabeth Baybayan, provincial social welfare and development officer, said aside from the allowances, the Capitol also shouldered the tuition fees of the grantees who are presently enrolled in the different public and private schools in the province.

    Rhe 12 Aeta scholars are enrolled at Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (DHVTSU), followed by Mary the Queen Coll ...

  • Aeta Warriors Hold Marksmanship Competition

    Over a hundred Aeta "warriors" from the six tribal villages here converged at the Pastolan area for this year's "Haribol Katutubo," a sports festival using indigenous weapons.

    The male participants from Aeta tribal communities Iram, Old Cabalan, New Cabalan, and Mampueng in Olongapo City, Tribong Ayta in Angeles City and the host tribe – Ambala – at Pastolan in Hermosa, Bataan took part in the marksmanship competitions wearing traditional bahag or G-strings.

    According to Col. Jeff Tamayo, president of the National College Athletic Association and Haribol Katutubo organizer, the event ...

  • Aeta Warriors In Central Luzon Preparing For World Indigenous Games

    More than 100 "warriors" from six Aeta tribes trooped to a "battle ground" in Hermosa, Bataan, to join this year's Haribol Katutubo, a sports festival using indigenous weapons. Wearing only G-strings, locally known as "bahag," the all-male participants arrived Saturday in batch from Aeta tribal communities in Iram, Old Cabalan, New Cabalan and Mampueng in Olongapo City; from Tribong Ayta in Angeles City, and from Pastolan in Hermosa, Bataan, the host tribe.

    Col. Jeff Tamayo, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), said the event was very similar to World Indigenous ...

  • Caragan Fest To Highlight Mabalacat Citys Heritage

    In line with its month-long fiesta celebration, this city will glass-case its rich culture and heritage through honoring its ancestry, the Aetas, on February 17-24 at the Xevera Plaza, Tabun.

    Caragan was named after a certain village chief named Haring Garagan who was married to Laureana Tolentino, and believed to have discovered this former town.

    It was in 2008 when Mayor Marino Morales Festival Chairman Jun Magbalot and Co-chair Diosdado Pangilinan opted to stage 'our very own festival' at the Poblacion Court beside the Our Lady of Grace Parish in Barangay Poblacion. Back in 2012-2013 ...

  • Mulberry Tree Growing Gives New Hope For Pampanga Farmers Aeta Villagers

    A Japanese company making artisanal tea is introducing mulberry trees as a cash crop for farmers in Pampanga, a province devastated by Mt. Pinatubo's eruptions 25 years ago.

    Kuwanosato, a firm based in the Yamanashi Prefecture, said it succeeded in its three-year trial period for mulberry trees grown at the foot of Mt. Arayat in Pampanga.

    In a program here on Monday night, Han Seong Min, president of Kuwanosato, said the company was bringing tea-making machines to the Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU) in Magalang town through a P15 million grant from the Japan International C ...