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

  • Bakit Hindi? Bataan Politiko Eyes Aetas As Forest Rangers

    Bakit Hindi? Bataan Politiko Eyes Aetas As Forest Rangers

    A Bataan politiko is pushing for the designation of the indigenous Aetas as forest rangers of the province.

    Provincial Board Member Danilo Salonga, who is also the Indigeneous People?s Mandatory Representative (IPMR) in Bataan, said the Aetas knowledge of the forests and mountains will make them the perfect guardians of nature.

    Salonga is proposing to designate six to 12 rangers that will come from the 18 indigenous peoples? communities in Bataan.

    He also said the communities themselves should endorse the rangers that will be assigned for the roles to ensure their track record.

  • Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda Lauds Norman King 1st Aeta Graduate From University Of The Philippines

    Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda Lauds Norman King 1st Aeta Graduate From University Of The Philippines

    Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda lauded on Monday Norman King, the first Aeta tribe member to graduate from the University of the Philippines (UP)-Manila, during the flag ceremony held at the Capitol Grounds in the City of San Fernando.

    Pineda said that King serves as an inspiration to the Aeta community who want to pursue their education in college.

    Wearing his tribe's traditional attire, the "bahag," at the university's 108th commencement exercises, King received his diploma of Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science.

    King acknowledged his family and the members of the Aeta community a ...

  • Kairukan Falls A Day Hike In Morong Bataan

    Kairukan Falls A Day Hike In Morong Bataan

    One of the wonders of Morong Bataan is the majestic Kairukan Falls located in Sitio Kanawan in Barangay Binaritan. Its waters flow from Mt. Silangan, part of Bataan National Park, a forest reserve established in 1945. Hiking to the heart of Mt. Kairukan is a jaw-dropping experience because of its dense trees and undergrowth. Its diverse flora and fauna are similar to the trekking experience to Pasukulan Falls in Mt. Natib on the northeastern part of Bataan's National Park.

  • Ayta Tribesmen Eye Mall Sales Of Native Craft

    Ayta Tribesmen Eye Mall Sales Of Native Craft

    About 30 families belonging to the indigenous Ayta tribe in this province are now setting their sights on selling handcrafted native products in high-end retail stores after completing a government-sponsored livelihood-training program.

    The Ayta folks, who live at the Dampay Resettlement Area in this town, had mainly lived off the land by tilling upland farms and by foraging ever since they relocated here in 1992 after the Mount Pinatubo eruption.

    Now, armed with a new skill set, as well as modern tools from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), they are starting to make furniture ...

  • Kilalanin Unang Aeta Na Nagtapos Sa UP-Manila

    Gumawa ng kasaysayan ang isang Aeta sa pag-akyat sa entablado bilang kauna-unahan sa kanyang tribu na nakapagtapos sa University of the Philippines-Manila. Samantala, lubos namang ipinagmamalaki ng janitress ang kanyang anak na nagtapos bilang cum laude at gustong maging scientist.

    Ipinagmamalaki ng kanyang pamilya at kapwa katutubo ang kauna-unahang Aeta na nakapagtapos sa UP-Manila.

    Gumawa ng kasaysayan si Norman King sa pag-akyat sa entablado nang naka-tradisyonal na bahag bilang kauna-unahang Aeta na nakapagtapos sa nasabing unibersidad.

    Sa pagtanggap ng kanyang diploma, isinama n ...

  • Pagputok Ng Mt Pinatubo Pinsala Noon Biyaya Ngayon

    Pagputok Ng Mt Pinatubo Pinsala Noon Biyaya Ngayon

    Para sa mga residente, delubyo kung ituring ang pagputok ng Bulkang Pinatubo noong 1991. Ngunit ngayon, pinagkukunan na nila ito ng biyaya.

    Ayon sa National Geophysical Data Center, umabot sa 350 ang mga namatay sa pagsabog ng Bulkang Pinatubo noong June 15, 1991, eksaktong 26 na taon na ang nakakaraan.

    Umabot naman sa 722 ang kabuuang bilang ng mga namatay dahil sa pananalasa ng bulkan. Marami sa mga biktima ay nagkasakit sa mga evacuation center, hanggang sa tuluyang mamatay.

    Libo-libo rin ang nawalan ng tirahan sa itinuturing na ikalawang pinakamalaking pagsabog ng bulkan noong 20t ...