The Mangyans  

Mindoro is the seventh largest island in the Philippines, with an area of 10,224 square kilometres and two provinces – Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro. Of the total population of one million, the indigenous population is estimated at 100,000. Mangyan is the collective name for the eight indigenous groups living in Mindoro, each with its own name, language, and set of customs.

Mangyan refers to the Philippine ethnic group living in Mindoro Island but some can be found in the island of Tablas and Sibuyan in the province of Romblon as well as in Albay, Negros and Palawan. The word Mangyan generally means man, woman or person without any reference to any nationality. Social scientists documented Mangyan tribal history and categorised them into several major tribes, predominantly into Northern and Southern areas. The Northern tribes include the Iraya, Alangan and Tadyawan tribes while Southern tribes include Buhid, Bangon Batangon and Hanunuo Mangyan.


Despite all being grouped as Mangyans, the tribes differ in many ways. In comparison to the technological advance between the two geographical divisions, the Southern tribes are more advanced in areas of  weaving, pottery and a system of writing. The Northern tribes are simpler in their way of living. Their language the Austronesian language family. Even though are defined as one ethnic group, the tribes used different languages. Another difference between tribes is the date of their arrival in the Philippines. It is said  that the Southern tribes were present by 900 AD while the Northern tribes are said to have arrived hundreds of years ahead before the Southern tribes.  Historians’ suggest the Mangyans may have been the first Filipinos to trade with the Chinese. Mangyans live in peaceful societies  characterized by egalitarian social organization. Like most indigenous peoples, they are usually treated as second class people and marginalised.

Mangyans and CPRSX form historical JV Partnership

CPRSX’s Filipino management team members enjoyed their unfettered hospitality in Occidental Mindoro, at which time the effects of the CPRSX Climate Change Action Plan™ was discussed in terms of social and economical development and employment opportunities, within a self sustainable business ownership and partnership framework.  The Mangyans are forestry dependant with a very long history of environmental dependency and understanding. The Mangyan elders, families and  younger generations easily understood the importance of carbon emissions and climate change mitigation because they have experienced the losses of their forestry habitats. The Mangyans were excited about the opportunities and prospect of their JV partnership with CPRSX and we look forward to implementing our Protected Food Production, soil detoxification and afforestation projects with them, on their Ancestral Domains.

Training and information sessions for Mangyans in Mindoro

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