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

  • 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 ...

  • Voluntourism Brings Cheer, Hope To Far-flung Zambales Villages

    Voluntourism Brings Cheer, Hope To Far-flung Zambales Villages

    Homegrown travel outfit Bisikleta Pilipinas is revolutionizing the tourism scene in Zambales, successfully bringing in visitors to local adventure sites while providing community service to residents of far-flung villages.

    A start-up founded just a year ago, Bisikleta has conducted projects in remote areas here, as well as in similar locales in Bulacan and the Mountain Province beginning January this year.

    But Bisikleta does not simply arrange tours for travelers; it actually makes them pay to serve as volunteers for community service. And more volunteers are coming each time.

    Travel ...

  • Wild Nights At The Zoobic Safari

    Wild Nights At The Zoobic Safari

    The Zoobic Safari recently opened its gates to guests after hours for their much-anticipated Night Safari. Not for the faint of heart, the Night Safari offers close encounters with creatures that go bump in the night lions, tigers, crocodiles oh my!

    The tour starts out pretty tame with a short tram ride where guests can view animals like zebras, potbellied pigs, horses and ostriches at a healthy distance.

    However, Zoobic Safari is known for its hands-on, close encounter experiences. Among the highlights are a tour of the lion cages, culminating in a photo op while feeding a baby lion.

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  • Energy Corp Provides Affordable Medicine To Indigenous Communities In Subic And Olongapo

    Energy Corp Provides Affordable Medicine To Indigenous Communities In Subic And Olongapo

    The indigenous families in the highlands of Subic and Olongapo now have access to inexpensive medicine thanks to three new botikas, courtesy of Redondo Peninsula Energy Inc.

    The botikas (pharmacies) are RP Energy's program through its Corporate Social Responsibility arm, "Botikas sa Sitio."

    Botikas sa Sitio provides access to affordable medicine and hygiene items for its partner community. The program also provides jobs for the neighborhood once the botikas operate as cooperative stores.

    The beneficiary organizations of Botikas sa Sitio are Cabalan Ayta Development Association Inc., t ...

  • Tribes And Treks: Where Seeds Outweigh The Sun

    Tribes And Treks: Where Seeds Outweigh The Sun

    With MAD Travel's Tribes and Treks, travelers walk through volcanic ash, plant trees, get to know the local tribe, and hopefully find something meaningful along the way.

    Not many people have been to Sitio Yangil in Zambales, but those who have wont soon forget.

    The journey alone is the kind that sears itself into memory. To get there, one has to walk for an hour through lahar-covered valley, which, whether muddy or dry, makes each step a test of balance. Depending on the season, one may also have to cross rushing streams, or endure an unrelenting sun.

    Its a route thats been taken by t ...