I hope to blog about them someday or maybe share them with my grandchildren when I am old and grey. When I had lost all hope of a story, fate intervened and I met both Innug and Noel on my 3rd day while exploring Hungduan. I stumbled while on the way down as my left foot stepped into a ditch, I was getting absent-minded and careless. I laughed and fluffed my shirt.
This is a regular weekend event where slots get filled up fast, so Ian and I signed up right away last November 5. While none of us have had any actual trekking experience that involved hours climbing a mountain a hill in Batanes for me maybe?
The supposed 3-hour drive to Zambales extended into 4. The second problem was the trek was supposed to start at 8: The trek I am definitely not a morning person but I had to wake up bright and early as the roundup for the tour starts at 8am.
Raf Dionisio of The Circle Hostel and MAD Travel protects himself with an umbrella, a must when trekking because seriously you will burn without ample protection. Beside him is Chieftain Erese who will lead us to his tribe in Sitio Yangil.
With rainforests, hot air during the warmer months are cooled down and then transformed into precipitation i. Calamities are also manifestations of lack of trees as each tree holds about 1, Aeta tribes of water in its roots.
Local trees are unable to repopulate because of the soil condition, with the drought in this area reaching 6 months. The trek was in fact, a good avenue to introduce this very urgent condition to us city folk, and to make us experience first-hand how the tribes of Zambales need our help.
Who else tried tiyakad in high school? I remember trying them out in school and failing miserably. These beautiful kids are timid but their smiles are genuine, they were happy we visited. Fresh seafood, veggies, and chicken personally prepared by the tribe members, super delicious and filling!
Having a laugh with Elder Milyang, one of the few remaining elders who can still speak pure Zambal. The solution — plant more trees! But not just ordinary trees! It grows unbelievably fast in only 2 years, with long outstretched branches that will help provide a canopy for step 2 of the reforestation process.
This Calliandra canopy gives shade and will help shelter the other saplings from the harsh sunlight. Its leaves also shed regularly creating mulch that brings back the nitrogen into the soil, keeping the soil moist and healthy for planting.
When the soil is ready, they can employ step 2 where the team can now plant [local] prime trees that used to inhabit the area. How can we help?
Join the treks, bring your friends, learn more about the environment, and pitch in. Our group was divided into two: I think we did a stellar job, whistling while we worked.
The end goal is to reforest Zambales and replicate this method in all the other provinces around the Philippines in order to save the rainforests.
This is a massive enterprise so invite your all friends to join in on the fun — we need all the help we can get! This was a great experience indeed and I am deliriously excited to bring in a couple of blogger friends who are flying in next year.
I believe this is such a great initiative as Zambales is only about 3 hours away from Manila making the activity accessible to everyone. And the interaction with the Aetas was truly heartwarming, they were very open, friendly, and generous. And I do hope we follow suit and help them preserve their land.
On the way back to Manila, we missed another turn and ended up back in Clark. By the way, Ian will make an appearance on my upcoming blog post on island hopping in Zambales. For CSR inquiries, email raf madtravel.You will also have the chance to meet some of the indigenous people who are part of the Aeta Tribe, the Aeta people who live here are considered to be some of the oldest indigenous tribes in the Philippines.
The Ati are a Negrito ethnic group in the Visayas, performers are also painted to look supposedly like Ati and are organized into "tribes", called "tribus", Ati and Aeta fotos; Boracay Island from the eyes of an Ati | Boracay Island.
The Aeta is an exceptional tribe which does not marginalize women from participating in big hunting games women’s use of weapons for hunting. However, there are specific weapons and strategies for different genders.
The Aeta (Ayta / ˈ aɪ t ə / EYE-tə; Kapampangan: áitâ), or Agta, are an indigenous people who live in scattered, isolated mountainous parts of the island of Luzon, the Philippines.
Since the Aeta people had many small tribes that roamed the Philippine mountains in the never ending quest for survival, the cultural landscape that they inhabit branches out over the entire mountain range, as they never had a set location where they tried to manipulate nature to make their lives easier.
Indigenous Aeta Tribes need you. - The indigenous Aeta are small, dark-skinned, and kinky-haired people who once occupied the forest areas of Mount Pinatubo, Cenral Luzon, Philippines. They were referred to as Pygmy Aeta or Negritos (little negroes) by the early Spanish settlers in the early s.