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

  • 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 ...

  • What Media And Bloggers Should Know About IPs

    The Philippines as a multi-cultural nation prides itself with its diverse indigenous communities that are spread throughout the archipelago. An estimate of fourteen to seventeen Million Indigenous Peoples belonging to over a hundred ethno-linguistic groups are found in these islands and a fraction of that particularly those in Luzon are the focus of a study that we undertook on cultural sensitivity.

    With the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and its mandate to preserve, develop and promote the varied arts and integrate traditional culture to create expressions that further ...

  • On Sacred Grounds And Respect For Cultural Taboos

    While bloggers and social media influencers are getting more mileage online than the traditional scribe, non-cinema cameramen and wedding photographers are also getting more creative in producing audio-visual presentations of their clients.

    One striking pictorial of a groom and bride was shot taken at a place considered sacred by the upland people of Northern Luzon. The shot of a couple in an intimate pose just below the hanging coffins of Sagadas Echo Valley was probably meant to depict and conform to the old adage till death do us part but the whole thing is simply not acceptable to all c ...

  • Romblons Sibuyan Mangyan Tagabukid Celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day Commemorates Awarding of Ancestral Domain Title

    Romblons Sibuyan Mangyan Tagabukid Celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day Commemorates Awarding of Ancestral Domain Title

    The Sibuyan Mangyan Tagabukid (SMT), an indigenous group in Sibuyan Island, Romblon, celebrated the Indigenous Peoples (IP) Day on August 8, 2017, a day prior to the Worlds Indigenous Peoples Day, to commemorate the awarding of their Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title on August 8, 2004.

    Dubbed Adlaw ng Kasadyahan (Araw ng Kasayahan), this is the second IP Day observance in Sibuyan Island, following the first celebration in 2013. The Adlaw ng Kasadyahan showcases indigenous culture and tradition of Sibuyan Mangyan Tagabukid through a parade, cultural presentations, and product exhibit, am ...

  • IP Day Celebration In Cordillera Set

    IP Day Celebration In Cordillera Set

    In celebration of the international day, different Lumad (Indigenous People) groups in the region are united in commemoration.

    The Cordillera People's Alliance (CPA), with its partners, will lead simple celebrations at the People's Park on Thursday, August 10, to commemorate the day for Lumads.

    Windel Bolingit, chairperson of the CPA said "we stand in solidarity with all indigenous peoples of the world in celebrating World Indigenous Peoples' Day, in assertion of our right to self-determination, identity and culture."

    CNA has immersed in seven indigenous peoples groups covering the en ...