The Culture and Art of the Mangyan
by: Jericho Paul Santos
September 2012--The Mangyan tribe has been included in the history of Mindoro. Spaniards have long documented the life of the Mangyan people. However, much is still to be learned from the culture of one of the Philippines’ richest ethnic group.
A Mangyan bracelet
Some Mangyan crafts
Ara kaw bala kasapo Didn’t you notice before
Ga buyong-buyong ang barko That a boat turns left and right
Nagapangita rikudo Looking for a landing-place
Yadtong punduhon maayo Where it can anchor safely?
(Finding the right and well thought decision)
Nos anod di anod wan Its a fact that we all know
Nos anod ti tuo wan A truth wherever we go
Kayaw toy was lanbungan The sun is in the afternoon
Kayaw ambaba yi man will be setting very soon.
(Accepting the ageing and dying is something we all share)
The simplest form and sample pattern design of pakudos
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Service, E. Primitive Social Organization. New York: Random House. 1971
*Images from the Mangyan Heritage Center were used to accompany this article.
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