Talipanan Mangyan Village

Beautiful handicrafts at a Mangyan village

A Mangyan weaving a small basket's cover

A Mangyan weaving a small basket’s cover

We stopped at a dirt road just before a beautiful wooden bridge made from bamboo. Beyond it, were native bamboo houses neatly lined up in one part and another just beside the river. To the left were other bamboo buildings that were bigger in size, more open and there was a beehive of activity.

There on the bamboo floor were several Mangyan men, women and children of different ages, busily weaving handicrafts that this Mangyan Village in Sitio Talipanan, Puerto Galera, Mindoro Oriental is known for. Some were in a huddle, talking and laughing and some got quite, oblivious of our presence as some of us started to take photos. We were greeted with smiles and afternoon greetings.

Mindoro is home to the indigenous Mangyan people and, depending on the location within this big island, further subdivided into eight ethnic groups. In the Talipanan Mangyan Village, it is the Iraya Mangyan that inhabits this part and is just at the foothills of Mt. Malasimbo.

It was through the efforts of the philanthropists Beatriz and Jaime Zobel de Ayala, the latter, heads one of the country’s big business conglomerates, who organized the Iraya Mangyans in this village in 1989 thru the Ayala Foundation. There were several projects that were implemented, from education, housing, health and livelihood development.

What we actually saw when we arrived was one of the fruits of that project. Weaving, like most tribes in the Philippines is one of the traditions of the Mangyans. The main material is nito, a kind of low vine found in many parts of the country and is rather common in Talipanan. Most of the products that the Iraya Mangyans make are baskets and other receptacles that are functional for the home as well as an item of trade.

Other than reviving that weaving tradition and giving the Iraya Mangyans a means of livelihood, the products, actually prized crafts, have found their way in affluent homes here and abroad. Thanx to the efforts of the foundation.

Interested to have a piece of indigenous craft that at the same time help uplift the lives of these indigenous tribes? Check the details below for contacts.

Small case, cover and tools of the trade atop a beautifully woven mat

Small case, cover and tools of the trade atop a beautifully woven mat

Mangyans working on their wares

Mangyans working on their wares

A group of Mangyans busily weaving their crafts

A group of Mangyans busily weaving their crafts

Finished nito products are on display at the adjoining hut

Finished nito products are on display at the adjoining hut

Native wrist bands made from nito on display

Native wrist bands made from nito on display

Separate stalls also sell different types of woven wares from brooms to wrist bands to baskets

Separate stalls also sell different types of woven wares from brooms to wrist bands to baskets

The activity hut where the Iraya Mangyans weave their nito products

The activity hut where the Iraya Mangyans weave their nito products

The Mangyan village with their houses

The Mangyan village with their houses

Iraya-Mangyan Nito Products
Sitio Talipanan
Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

Branches:
Greenbelt 5, 3/F &
Glorietta 3, 2/F
Ayaala Center
Makati City

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Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces.

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  1. Estan Cabigas (@EstanCabigas)
    July 9, 2014 @ 21:18

    Beautiful handicrafts at a Mangyan village: A Mangyan weaving a small basket’s cover
    We stopped at a dirt road… http://t.co/PqUaN7x11t

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