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

  • Allianz Backs Aeta Youth In Obstacle Course Race

    Allianz Backs Aeta Youth In Obstacle Course Race

    Allianz is doing something that has never been done before. The global insurer is celebrating the strength of indigenous people, particularly the Aetas of Porac, Pampanga, by introducing them to the rising sport of obstacle course racing.

    Last Dec. 9, the third leg of the Allianz Conquer Challenge was held in Clark Global City in Pampanga, where 20 Aetas, between 16 to 21 years old, raced together with 20 Allianz employees in the pairs category. The Aeta participants are students of Villa Maria Integrated School, an adopted public school of Allianz PNB Life, atop the mountains in Porac, Pam ...

  • Japanese Group Aids Aeta Youth From Porac

    Japanese Group Aids Aeta Youth From Porac

    With its aim to reach out and strengthen ties with the Filipino communities in the country, the Japan/Philippines Fallen Soldier Memorial Association "MUSUBI" has recently distributed donation packs to over 400 Aeta youth from Porac, Pampanga.

    The non-profit organization has been contributing to the promotion of humanistic values and volunteerism for more than a decade and half now since it began doing charity works in the island of Marinduque.

    In the province, it has been relentlessly pioneering valuable causes for over four years, according to its top adviser, Shinkou Iwahashi, a Koyas ...

  • 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 ...