This is dedicated to cultural immersion with the local Mangyan tribe. Ten percent of the total population of the people who live in Mindoro are Mangyans. Before Spain conquered the Philippines, the Mangyans were already practicing the ‘barter trade’ with the Chinese, who traveled to the shores of Mindoro in their ancient boats. The Mangyans traded their local products consisting of cotton, root crops, medicinal plants and bees- wax for beads, gongs, plates and jars. They have curly to kinky hair and dark skin, but could easily be distinguished from the Aetas, who are the most predominant indigenous tribe of the Philippines. Today, most of the Mangyans wear civilized outfit. They are expert in nito-weaving and other handicrafts that are derived from nito like trays, plates, jars and cups of different sizes. (B, L, D)
Start in the morning on a half day excursion to
the Mangyan Settlement. You can also bring old clothes to give to the Indigenous People of Mindoro, they are more than happy to receive them.
Take a 45 minute boatride to visit the Mangyan Village and Mangyan Project Shop Optional Outreach Program
Send a Mangyan to School – Sponsor a deserving member of the minority and send him/her to School.