Bongabong, Occidental Mindoro

Mangyan is the generic name for the eight indigenous groups found on the island of Mindoro, southwest of island of Luzon, the Philippines, each with its own tribal name, language, and customs. The total population may be around 100,000, but official statistics are difficult to determine under the conditions of remote areas, reclusive tribal groups and some having little if any outside world contac ...


The ethnic groups of the island, from north to south, are: Iraya, Alangan, Tadyawan, Tawbuid (called Batangan by lowlanders on the west of the island), Buhid, Hanunoo. An additional group on the south coast is labelled Ratagnon.

They appear to be intermarried with lowlanders. The group known on the east of Mindoro as Bangon may be a subgroup of Tawbuid, as they speak the 'western' dialect of that language. They also have an alphabet which is called the Ambahan.

Mangyan People News

  • 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 ...

  • Mindoro Part 1 The Trek

    This video is in partnership with Kalingang Kapatid Program (KKP).

    KKP exists to house Mangyan students who live mountains away from their high school. We wanted to find out how far their community actually is, and so we went on a trek.

    Hope you enjoy this, and watch out for the second video next week!

  • The tamaraw Of Mindoro

    Last week, I was in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro for the planning workshop of the Mounts Iglit-Baco National Park, which is the remaining stronghold of the tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis).

    The tamaraw, also known as Mindoro dwarf buffalo, was the focus of discussion during the workshop, since it is the most iconic species found in the national park. It is endemic only to Mindoro, and could not be found elsewhere in the country, or the entire world. If one is not so familiar with the tamaraw, it can be mistaken as water buffalo or popularly known as carabao. It is relatively smaller and slight ...

  • Netizens Commend Mangyan Member Who Finished College In Mindoro

    Netizens Commend Mangyan Member Who Finished College In Mindoro

    The Mangyan tribe in Mindoro is one of the many indigenous groups in the country. They are mainly composed of eight distinct groups that have their own tribal name, custom, and language.

    Many members of indigenous peoples live below the poverty line. Nevertheless, despite being on the poverty line, most of them still manage to withstand the hardships of life.

    Recently, a young Mangyan is making rounds in the internet after he proved that poverty is never a hindrance to success. On a photo shared by Occidental Mindoro State College on their official Facebook page, they commended an unname ...

  • Ecotourism For Wildlife Conservation

    Ecotourism For Wildlife Conservation

    Endowed with rich natural resources, white sandy beaches, pristine waters, astonishing landscapes surrounding inland water bodies and a variety of wildlife, the Philippines has the potential of pump priming the economy through ecotourism.

    According to the latest report from the Department of Tourism (DOT), the first seven months of the year yielded the country 3.93 million foreign tourists a marked increase of 11.02 percent from the same period last year.

    Visitor receipts from January to July 2017 hit some P179.86 billion, an increase of 21.07 percent from the same seven-month period in ...

  • DOH Mimaropa Launches Health Caravan For IPs

    The Department of Health (DOH) in Mimaropa recently launched its health caravan for indigenous cultural communities and indigenous peoples (IPs) simultaneous with the opening of the "Balay Mangyan Para sa Kaunlaran at Kalusugan" at Sitio Banti, Barangay San Roque, in Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro.

    "We would like to make basic healthcare services available, and also culture sensitive. Most important is to ensure the sustainability of health-care delivery among our indigenous communities in the region," Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo said.

    He said indigenous communities concept of heal ...