Mangyan Village
Mangyan Village
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smurphetteee
Singapore, Singapore608 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
My partner's family is local to Puerto Galera and they recommended me to visit the Mangyan Village to understand how natives live on a daily basis. I'm from Malaysia, so this place reminded of a similar 'kampung' lifestyle back home. The houses were made out of bamboo and wood but very beautifully laid out. I visited on a raining day, so it was rather muddy walking around the area.

The Mangyan community were very welcoming to their village and offered me to purchase some of their rantan goods. There was no hard-selling of their products and I would buy them all if I could. I left with a cute, rectangular rattan basket and am still using it to neatly arrange all my toiletries in my bathroom.

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Written April 14, 2020
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Nashvillecleanfreak
Manila, Philippines111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Friends
This village was built by a very wealthy foreign philanthropist that erected more than 250 hut/homes. The people who live there also make wonderful baskets and containers from local natural fibers that are wonderful as a presentation for sticking some locally purchased South Seas pearls and taking them back as gifts.
Written February 5, 2018
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Fernando M
Washington DC, DC40 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Solo
The Mangyan Village sells a large variety of handicrafts and one can watch skilled artisans at work. There are handbags and tableware (place mats, trays, coasters, etc). The prices are reasonable and the sellers are not aggressive, so it's possible to browse without being hounded and pestered. However, it was a bit saddening to see how hard they work in the heat and how little they earn. The whole place is basic in its decor and there is one tiny store to buy drinks and basic groceries. It is very interesting to visit but the deep poverty comes through.
Written May 2, 2018
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070OKH
Shanghai, China156 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
Not quite sure how best to describe my visit to Mangyan village. My local guide was very proud of his culture and explained how his tribe had moved lower down the mountainside to be able to both maintain their way of life and make a living / sustain their families. You are made to feel quite welcome and while it is endearing and humbling to be given a tour and get hear about the traditions and culture, I must admit it feels a bit awkward and zoo-like to be gawking at people going about their life. There are many children, playing by the small waterfall or on the basketball court. There is a small museum showing what the Mangyan used to wear and traditional cooking utensils. You can also admire an old traditional hut (that used to sleep a family of 6). Current traditional houses are much larger than the originals and seem more comfortable. The bamboo bridge connecting the two parts of the village was destroyed in the recent typhoon. Considering the village lives off tours and sales of their indigenous handwoven baskets, I am happy I went despite feeling a tad awkward during the entire visit. Most souvenirs for sale are handwoven items. While sales are appreciated, the locals are absolutely not pushy at all. The entrance fee is undetermined and left to the individual traveller. I would definitely recommend a visit, if only to support a lovely people continuing their way of life.
Written December 12, 2019
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Jeffrey A
Beijing, China93 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Interesting looking place. But, when we tried to enter, they would not let us unless we had a tour guide.
We were really disappointed.
So, if you want to go there, make sure you bring a guide with you.
Written June 22, 2019
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Caroline H
London, UK40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
I felt this was an important visit to make to see and support the fine handcraft of the villagers, the elementary school and to learn of the impact of the generosity of the philanthropist and founding couple, Jaime Zobel de Ayala and his wife Donya Bea on the preservation of the traditions of these people.
Written March 22, 2022
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Philippines - D... C
Philippines103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Nice place to buy Mangyan gifts and handmade items. You can get a lower price if you ask. Best that a Filipino buys the item to get low price.
Written March 13, 2022
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chris w
Wellington, New Zealand143 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
A local told us about this place so we went to observe the weaving and sewing. There was no pressure to buy like some places. You can get a guide and head up to the falls, which we regretfully didn’t do. We purchased books, pencils and other school supplies for the school before we went., as it was all pretty humble.
Written August 21, 2019
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Abby2766
Edinburgh, UK83 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
An eye opener more so with using natural resources. They are using reed to make their crafts. Very talented people and resourceful.
Written July 23, 2019
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Tyaskin
Mebane, NC349 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
This is an interesting place to visit, although not a traditional village in the strict sense. The village was set up some years back by a philanthropist who brought the people in to live. From seeing other villages, I suspect the layout of the homes would have been different, not so much lined up as is shown in some photos. The village is also much larger than what you see on a guided tour, as it runs up the side of the mountain out of sight. What you will see is the "display" part of the village.The basket making is quite handsome, and very reasonable, and makes nice, small items for the folks back home. It can be a little hard to find, but if you hire a tricycle driver, any of them i the Puerto Galera area can take you there.
Written May 28, 2019
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