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

  • 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 ...

  • Aeta Takes Post As Porac Town Councilman

    Porac town has sworn in an Aeta as municipal councilor representing the Indigenous Peoples (IP) Sector.

    Edwin Abuque was sworn in as IP Sectoral Representative by Mayor Condralito dela Cruz on Monday.

    The new ex-officio member is an incumbent three-termer Barangay Captain of Camias.

    Abuque fills in the vacancy for an Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) in this mountain town that covers several Aeta barangays. The IPMR is in accordance with the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (Ipra) on the representation of IPs in the local legislative functions.

    Under the Local Governm ...

  • Heritage Focus Of Mabalacats Caragan Festival 2018

    Heritage Focus Of Mabalacats Caragan Festival 2018

    Natives and residents here are set for an adventure to the past as the Mabalacat City 2018 Fiesta Committee slated various activities highlighting the citys rich culture and heritage through the Caragan Festival.

    Themed "Malasakit King Milabas, Para King Maunlad a Bukas," the celebration will tell the history of Mabalacat since it was founded by an Aeta village chief named Haring Caragan to becoming one of the booming cities of the country.

    Two major activities, namely, Mga Katutubong Laro (February 2) and Linggo ng Katutubong Aeta 2018 (February 21 to 22), will be held in honor of the ...

  • SBMA Signs Accord With IP Group For Ayta Conservation Project

    The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) formally signed an agreement with the Subic Indigenous Peoples Assistance Group (Sipag) last week for the implementation of a conservation program to benefit the Magbukun Ayta tribe in this free port.

    SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma signed the agreement with Sipag President Betty Fielder in the presence of Magbukun tribe leaders on Wednesday at the SBMA office.

    Eisma said the SBMA will give its all-out support to the program as it complements the agencys conservation and environment-protection program.

    "We have pledged our all ...

  • More Than Just About Aetas

    The yearly week-long Ati-atihan Festival of Kalibo, Aklan every January has gained global popularity over the decades. It has become a must-see event in international tourism calendars.

    Ati-atihan is linked to historical events in the Maragtas epic written by historian Pedro Alcantara Monteclaro, that has gone through repeated scrutiny, but which significance and provenance have never been debunked.

    Recent discussions about Ati-Atihan have interestingly highlighted more preponderant themes associated with literacy, peace, culture, and ethnology. In his June 1852 Relacion de las Yslas Fil ...