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

  • 200 Aeta Families Benefit From Govt Owned Firms Food Aid

    Aglow with excitement, indigenous peoples (IPs) from "Baras Baras," an Aeta community located in Sitio Mainang, Barangay San Nicolas in Bamban orderly lined up in anticipation of receiving food assistance from a government-owned firm.

    The beneficiaries who are majority Aetas were estimated at about 200 families.

    Smiles of relief were seen from the recipients of the recent gift giving activity of the Corporate Social Responsibility and Placement Division (CSRPD) of Clark Development Corporation (CDC).

    The gift packs include a kilo of rice, canned goods, instant noodles and three in one ...

  • Mother Teresa Of Sta Ana Cagayan

    Mother Teresa Of Sta Ana Cagayan

    "The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread". This is one of the famous lines of Mother Teresa which is perhaps the inspiration of an Aeta woman who lived tragic, yet, meaningful life.

    She belongs to the "Agtas" tribe at Barangay Nangaramoan, Sta Ana, Cagayan. To one, she may just be an ordinary person. But in her community, she is an extraordinary, yet, a real woman with substance.

    Her life is inspired by Mother Teresa of Calcutta who was recognized for her dedication in helping the poor, caring for the sick and loving the neglected.

    When she was s ...

  • Mt Pinatubo Memorial Readied In Pampanga

    Mt Pinatubo Memorial Readied In Pampanga

    Business and government leaders gathered here on Tuesday for the unveiling of a clay miniature study of what would be a 38-foot monument commemorating the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in June 1991.

    The monument will honor the triumph of Kapampangans who rose above the second worst eruption in the 20th century.

    Designed by artist Wilfredo Layug, the clay study features a pyramid that bear images of destruction that began with a 7.7-magnitude earthquake in northern Luzon on July 16,1990, steam explosions in April 1991, the eruption on June 15, 1991 which was capped by yearly flows of lahar (volca ...

  • Thousands Witness Caragan Festival

    Thousands Witness Caragan Festival

    Thousands of tourists and spectators watched the Caragan Festival that highlighted the street dancing participated in by 49 public and private elementary and secondary schools in the city last Friday.

    City Mayor Crisostomo Garbo said this years festival is the biggest so far with more than 30,000 participants and visitors.

    During the free dance interpretation Thursday night, more than 25,000 trooped to the Xevera Plaza where school kids performed and interpreted the native Aeta dance.

    Garbo said that the festival, dubbed "Malasakit King Milabas Para King Maunlad A Bukas" (Love for the ...

  • Foundation Gives Joy To Mountain Villages

    The AIM Global Philippines and Alive Foundation recently held a community outreach program for Barangay Diaz and Villa Maria in Porac in a bid to help in the lives of the local Aeta communities.

    Always Live in Victory Everyday (Alive) Foundation is the charitable arm of Alliance in Motion Global. The company is not just a typical business, but also focused on different charitable efforts.

    AIM Global gives back to the community and one of the companys important goals has been to support communities in need and be a "force for good" in the world.

    Three areas are being supported: the str ...

  • Farmers Undergo 12-week Training On Agricultural Practices

    Farmers Undergo 12-week Training On Agricultural Practices

    Farming can still work in the urban set up and even in cities like this capital city as some 200 farmers here are now undergoing a 12-week training on agricultural practices with the help of the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) program of the SM Foundation Inc.

    The 12-week program include lectures and actual demonstrations at the at the Hansel Farm in Barangay Maimpis where farmers will be training on backyard planting, new techniques in farming methods, harvesting fruits, vegetables and other crops.

    SM Foundation AVP for Outreach Programs Cristie Angeles said that the event is in a bid to ...