Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

The Tau-buid Mangyans live in the municipalities of Socorro, Pinamalayan and Gloria, but mostly in Occidental Mindoro. The Tau-buid Mangyan are known as pipe smokers and even children begin smoking at a young age.

Standard dress for men and women is the loin cloth. In some areas close to the lowlands, women wrap a knee-length cloth around their bark bra-string and men wear cloth ins ...

tead of bark. Bark cloth is worn by both men and women in the interior and is also used for head bands, women's breast covers, and blankets. Cloth is made by extracting, pounding and drying the inner bark of several trees.

Tau buid Mangyan People News

  • The First Defense Against Biodiversity Loss: Establishing Local Conservation Areas

    The First Defense Against Biodiversity Loss: Establishing Local Conservation Areas

    First of two parts

    With limited financial and human resources, the protection and conservation of the rich biological diversity remain a major challenge in the Philippines.

    Although not an entirely new concept, many Filipinos, including policy-makers remain oblivious to the word "biodiversity" and its economic importance to ensure sustainable growth and development.

    The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) defines biodiversity as "the variability among living organisms from all sources, including terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of whic ...

  • Traditions Tamaraw The Challenges Rangers Face Protecting an Endemic Species In The Philippines

    Traditions Tamaraw The Challenges Rangers Face Protecting an Endemic Species In The Philippines

    The heat and humidity were stifling as the Tamaraw Conservation Program (TCP) rangers and I mustered our kit for the trek to Mts. Iglit-Baco National Park on the Philippine island of Mindoro. The TCP rangers (a special unit of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources) formed in 1979 as a direct response to the multitude of threats faced by the Critically Endangered and endemic Tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis). A species of dwarf buffalo, these animals exist in a few isolated populations on the island, and the national park is home to the majority, an estimated 400 individuals.

    I tra ...

  • Festival Highlights Conservation

    The municipality of Sablayan in Occidental Mindoro celebrated unity in nature conservation during the Dugoy Festival held on its 116th founding anniversary last week.

    Dugoy means pagkakaisa or unity, a term from the local Tao-buid people of Mindoro.

    During the festivities, nature enthusiasts and environmental groups such as Haribon Foundation took part in celebrating Sablayans conservation successes.

    According to the foundation, conservation is key behind many tourism initiatives in Sablayan today. Haribon has been doing environmental programs in Mindoro for over 10 years.

    "Ang Sab ...

  • Youth Groups Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Month With Mangyan People

    In observance of Philippine's National Indigenous People's Month, Rotary Satellite Club of Fort Bonifacio Global City TITANS and Rotaract Club of Fort Bonifacio Global City in cooperation with Sigaw ng Kabataan Coalition (SKC) organized another outreach activity to the Tau-buid Mangyan tribe in Malubay, Gloria, Oriental Mindoro.

    The outreach program which is launched in December 2014 has been annually done with various community partners. This year, there is an initial activity in May and followed up with a bigger activity with more young professionals from the Rotary Satellite Club of FBGC ...

  • The Mindoro Story

    WWF-Philippines has worked with the local government, park rangers, and tribe community to protect Apo Reef, Tamaraws, and the Tawbuid tribe. Together, they prove that humans can live in harmony with nature.

  • A Journey With Mindoros Tau Buid Mangyan

    A Journey With Mindoros Tau Buid Mangyan

    It is raining heavily in the Iglit-Baco National Park and we are hunkered in a thatched hut in the forest.

    Inside we sit with three ancient Fufu-amas, elders of the Taw Buid, a tribe from Mindoro.

    They are clad in loincloths while smoking a mysterious herb in wooden bak to pipes. It is supposedly tobacco, but smells like something else.

    I was last here in 2012 to photograph the tamaraw, a critically-endangered buffalo WWF is working to conserve. I have returned to learn more about the Taw Buid, an indigenous tribe helping to protect the tamaraw.

    They wish to visit our village tomor ...