Mangyan Heritage Center

Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro

The Mangyan Heritage Center (MHC) is a library, archive, and research and education center located in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. Established in 2000, the MHC builds upon the collection of Dutch anthropologist and Mangyan historian Antoon Postma.

The MHC preserves, documents, and conducts research on topics concerning the eight Mangyan groups and undertakes activit ...

ies which celebrate and promote the rich Mangyan culture. The Mangyan Heritage Center is located in the St. Augustine Bldg., Sto. Nino Street Ibaba East, Calapan City, beside Calapan Park, across from the old City Hall.

Mangyan Heritage Center News

  • Oriental Mindoro The Hanunuo At Panaytayan Mangyan Settlement

    Oriental Mindoro The Hanunuo At Panaytayan Mangyan Settlement

    The island of Mindoro is also home to the indigenous people of Mangyan. There are eight tribes scattered around the island, from Oriental to Occidental Mindoro. I?ve encountered several tribes already from my past visits and wrote extensively on the Buhid and Iraya Mangyans. Won?t be repeating the same general information from them but rather focus on our visit with the Panaytayan Mangyan Settlement at Manansalay. This time we take a glimpse on the life and culture of the Hanunuo Mangyans.

  • Puerto Galera Travel Diary Mangyan Village

    Puerto Galera Travel Diary Mangyan Village

    We didn't pre-plan out trip to Puerto Galera down pat. We just kind of winged it and hopped on a boat. (Looking back I think this is the most YOLO-ing I've done in my life. LOL. I've always been a planner but I wanted to let loose sometimes and here's the chance.) We thought we'd figure things out when we reach the island. If not, we can always waste our time by the beach which is already pretty inviting on its own. Luckily, Ate Tessie, the caretaker of the unit we rented, was one jolly fellow and she told us about the different places we could go to. She even helped arrange a land tour for us ...

  • Puerto Galera Travel Guide Blog Budget Itinerary

    Puerto Galera Travel Guide Blog Budget Itinerary

    Puerto Galera gives you a choice: either you plunge into bliss or go out with a bang. Situated in Oriental, Mindoro Philippines, this municipality was once dubbed as "One of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World", and it came as no surprise. Here, forest-clad mountains drop hundreds of feet into the sea, surrounded by crashing waves, while coconut trees rise up from powdery white to cream sand beaches, lapped by a beautiful mix of azure and seafoam green sea. But its most beautiful asset is found underwater, where rainbow-hued fishes congregate and play around sprawling coral gardens. No wonde ...

  • Mangyan Dutch Is A Culture Bearer

    Mangyan Dutch Is A Culture Bearer

    Anya Insik Postma did not know how great her Dutch anthropologist-father has been until she started to work with the non-government Mangyan Heritage Center Inc. (MHC) in the City of Calapan in Oriental Mindoro province about 10 years ago.

    Her father, Antoon Postma, 86, deciphered for the National Museum the Laguna Copperplate Inscription, which is believed to be the oldest Philippine document. He also published Mangyan studies, according to Emily Catapang, director of MHC, which is located next to the city plaza.

    The Mangyan are the indigenous people of Mindoro Island, with eight subtrib ...

  • Teaching Of Surat Mangyan And Ambahan In Hanunuo Mangyan Schools

    Teaching Of Surat Mangyan And Ambahan In Hanunuo Mangyan Schools

    PH NatCom's Education Committee contributed to an ongoing initiative began by the Mangyan Heritage Center (MHC) in 2012 which seeks to keep alive Surat Mangyan and Ambahan by teaching these in schools servicing the Hanunuo Mangyans of Oriental Mindoro. The Hanunuo Mangyans are Mindoro's upland tribal communities, and Surat Mangyan is their own (pre-Spanish) syllabic script which they used to inscribe their traditional chants/poetry known as Ambahan on bamboo tubes and plants.

    As increasingly younger generations of Mangyans attend contemporary schools and are exposed to modern lifestyles and ...

  • Doon Po Sa Amin Mangyan Ay In Na In

    The Mangyan Heritage Center is a non-profit, church-based institution that serves as the haven of our Mangyan brothers where their culture is preserved and promoted. It was initiated in 1999 by Father Ewald Dinter, Father Antoon Postma and Father Quint Faller. Today, it is acknowledged by many government organizations for the purpose it serves.