The Hanunuo Mangyans, also called Hanunoo live in the municipalities of Mansalay, Bulalacao, and some parts of Bongabong in Oriental Mindoro, and in the municipality of San Jose in Occidental Mindoro.
In the past they cultivated cotton trees and from these obtained raw materials which they wove in a crude hand loom called harablon. The process of weaving was called habilan, which st ...
arts with the gathering of cotton balls and pilling them to dry in a flat basket (bilao).
The Hanunuo Mangyans practise swidden farming. This type of farming is different from the "kaingin" system practised by non-Mangyans which is often very destructive when it is done with no proper safeguards to prevent the fire from spreading to the surrounding vegetation.
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While most tourists are familiar with Puerto Galera, on the opposite tip of the province of Oriental Mindoro lies Bulalacao. Roughly 3-4 hours by land from the capital Calapan, the southernmost town remains a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered.
With a direct roll-on roll-off (Ro-Ro) Port in town, Bulalacao is linked to Caticlan in Aklan. FastCat, a fleet of modern fastcraft ferries, will also be launching a new route from Bulalacao directly to Coron in Palawan soon.
If you're looking for a quiet and remote destination to enjoy the beach minus the crowds, Bulalacao will definitely a ...
My own personal celebration of National Literature Month was my rather belated discovery of the ambahan, Hanunuo Mangyan poetry, thanks to a coffee table book, "Bamboo Whispers: Poetry of the Mangyans," published by the Mangyan Heritage Center (MHC) and The Bookmark, Inc. last year.
It is an extraordinary book in many ways. The cover and the title do not carry any authors name not because of any oversight. Lolita Delgado Fansler, MHC president and chief book editor, explains that individual authorship is not important to the Mangyans who want their ambahans read and enjoyed by all. So to ...
A monthlong sea journey from Holland (The Netherlands) was how fate brought anthropologist Antoon Postma to Oriental Mindoro province in the Philippines, where he found love and home.
Postma spent 50 years in the village of Panaytayan in Mansalay town with the Mangyan Hanunuo, documenting 10,000 photographs, artifacts and materials on the life and culture of the indigenous peoples.
"If not for him, I would not know how rich our culture is," said Unyo Insik, Panaytayan village chief.
As a sign of respect, the Mangyan people addressed Postma as "Bapa," their term for uncle. His work ins ...
Kanlungan ng mayamang kultura ng mga katutubong ang probinsya ng Oriental Mindoro at sa tulong ng mga kabataan sinisikap buhayin ang mga tradisyong tila nalilimutan na.
For hundreds of years they lived unnoticed and unknown, eight Mangyan tribes in the mountains of Mindoro. They harvested rice, corn, bananas and wild yam, and bathed in rivers and streams. They enjoyed the wisdom of innocence and the courage of strong men. And while their customs differed, they lived in gentle harmony and never had tribal wars.
Their existence was first documented by a Spanish historian in 1571. Originally the only inhabitants of Mindoro, they believed in animism and good spirits, revered shamans and healers, and used esoteric herbal cures. As civilization closed in on them ...
The information in this blog was taken from an interview with Kuya "Tito" (jokingly called Tito (uncle) Tito) from the Hanunuo Mangyan Tribe last May 6, 2015.
Mangyans are what you call the indigenous people group in living in Mindoro. Within this tribe are subgroups, the Alangan, Bangon, Buhid, Hanunoo, Iraya, Ratagnon, Tadyawan, and Taubuid. The Hanunuo inhabit southern Mindoro Island, particularly in the towns of Mansalay and San Pedro, but some have relocated to the towns. Their language is known as Hanunuo, same as what they call their tribe. The tribes are differentiated due to their ...