Local Aetas work to protect the Mount Pinatubo area and the Aetas who live there. Carlito Domulot, a chieftain of the Aeta tribe, fought to secure one of the first Ancestral Domain titles of the Aeta community in an effort to protect them against potential land grabbers. The Aetas develop their ancestral domain through sustainable agriculture, diversified farming and agroforestry. They replant rar ...
e species of trees and medicinal plants that they retrieved and stored in nurseries to rebuild the biodiversity in Mount Pinatubo.
Mount Pinatubo Aeta News
The usually quiet Miranda King doesn't need goading to enumerate what his tribe had lost after Mt. Pinatubo exploded on June 15, 1991, in the 20th century's second largest volcanic eruption.
"Bagbag" (or forests in the Aeta language) tops that list, according to King, the elder of Barangay Inararo in Porac town.
The eruptions forced King and hundreds of Aeta people to flee. He settled back in Inararo in 2012 after living for five years in Nueva Ecija province and spending 15 years shuttling between the Villa Maria resettlement site at the foot of Pinatubo and climbing back to his home vi ...
Mt. Pinatubo shook the entire world during its massive eruption in 1991. The catastrophe was so enormous that volcanic ashes from the eruption filled the atmosphere affecting even the remotest corners of the Earth. Thousands of people lost their homes and livelihood as the aftermath was even more devastating. That year marked the saddest Christmas for the people living in the provinces surrounding Mt. Pinatubo that forever will they bear the memories of that dreadful day this majestic volcano made its presence felt.
Norman King suffered through poverty, discrimination, and calamities to get to where he is: the first ever Aeta to graduate from the University of the Philippines Manila.
Last June, Norman climbed the prestigious university's stage wearing a lubay (bahag) to thunderous applause.
But a documentary on GMA Public Affairs' Tunay na Buhay showed that the journey getting there did not start on the first day of school several years ago. Having an education was something Norman struggled for his whole life.
Norman was born in 1988 at the foot of Mount Pinatubo, merely three years before the d ...
For A deeper understanding of culture, the Cordillera News Agency in tandem with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts conducted the first "Luzon Cultural Sensitivity Training."
The training aims to put into proper perspective how indigenous peoples groups (IPs) should be reported on, the manner of reporting which highlights the role of arts, culture and heritage in the entire island cluster of Luzon.
The training gathers over 100 media practitioners, bloggers, educators and information officers for a 2-day training held on Monday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 4, to craft the fi ...
It's not too difficult to find Norman King in Barangay Macapagal, a settlement put up by former first lady Imelda Marcos on a hill at the northern side of this former United States military base-turned-economic zone.
Pointing to the King family home, an "unat" (lowlander) running a tricycle repair shop nearby described King as "the 'kulot' (Aeta) who recently graduated from UP (the University of the Philippines)."
It's a distinction that the Aeta community around Mt. Pinatubo wears with pride. No other Aeta has been known to have graduated from the state university before King, who obtai ...
To Celebrate Charisse's Birthday, we joined MAD Travel's Tribe and Treks Tour and help plant a 3000-hectare rainforest to support the local Aetas' sustainability.
Learned a lot this weekend, how the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo is still affecting the lives of the people around Zambales and how helping plant trees can at least reverse some of its effects.
It was a totally fun (and tiring) weekend adventure. We got to ride on a Carabao and met a lot of new like minded individuals too!