Sibuyan Island (the original) | Our Special: The Back to Nature Tour
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Sibuyan Adventures - Tour Operator in Sibuyan Island

This special tour, which is offered only in limited sense, gives you the opportunity to get to know the endemic flora & fauna, leads to the far unknown native Sibuyanons, also known as Mangyan Tagabukid and allows you an impression of the current affairs of this native people.

If you like to take this special tour, please inform us at least 3 days before the start. This give us the opportunity to contact the chieftain for permits and to coordinate/organizethe whole tour.

some background information

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The indigenious people (IP), also called "Mangyan" is a collective term for several ethnic groups who live in the remote and wooded mountainous regions of Mindoro in the Philippines.

The Mangyan are considered the original population of the island and represented approximately 1.5% of the total population of the island of Sibuyan. Originally, the Mangyan live on the slopes of Cajidiocan and San Fernando.

The Christianization by the Spaniards and the attacks of the Moro pirates forced them, however, in the mountainous retreat where they still live.

Lead a semi-nomadic lifestyle, the family is at the heart of social life. Material possession will be distributed in the case of an inheritance between men and women on an equal footing. The main source of income is agriculture, which operate in the Highlands.

Their agriculture system is called Kaingin. This means that they clear forest to then grow Highland rice, sweet potatoes, taro and other root vegetables.

Bayanihan, the mutual help is an important tradition of these ethnic groups. The villagers help each other in various work, for example in harvesting, housing construction or preparing meals for larger meetings.

Sibuyan Adventures - Houses of the indegenious people
Native Houses

The native houses are made of various materials such as bamboo and NIPA, Cogongras (Philippine jungle grass) and have different heights. There is no documental rules and laws. All customs and traditions passed orally from one generation to the next. The elders, the Gurangon, at the same time are village elder and decisions in moral and legal questions.

Like other indigenous peoples, the Mangyan today are threatened and confronted with many difficulties in their existence. The discrimination on the part of the inhabitants of the lowlands and the lack of access to basic infrastructure are the most important. Often, they as "ignorant", "Wild", "Pagan black" and "Tribe" be stamped, which exacerbated their poverty.

The Mangyans are not uneducated. You can look back on a long tradition of handwriting, which dates back to the era of trade relations with Chinese traders before the Spanish colonization.

Sanskrit, the font is unique because it consists of 18 characters - three vowels and 15 other characters which connect the vowels. When writing the Mangyan use a siyaw or cone-shaped knife to make the characters on bamboo, either divided or used as a whole hold.