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Our mission is to help the Mangyans on the Island of Mindoro, Philippines

 

Mindoro is the seventh largest island in the Philippines by land area

The principal language in Mindoro is Tagalog. The Mangyan language is spoken in the southern part of the island

 

Mangyan is the generic name for the eight indigenous groups found on the island of Mindoro.  Each group has its own tribal name, language, and customs. The total population may be around 280,000, but official statistics are difficult to determine under the conditions of remote areas, reclusive tribal groups and some having little if any outside world contact.

 

The Mangyans were once the only inhabitants of Mindoro. Being coastal dwellers at first, they have moved inland and into the mountains to avoid the influx and influence of foreign settlers. Today, the Mangyans live secludedly in remote parts of Mindoro but eventually come down to the lowlands in order to make usual trades. Their sustenance are farming for their own crops, fruits, and hunting.

information courtesy wikipedia

VULNERABLE. This beautiful but tiny bird (it's only 10cm long) is endemic to the Phillippines and is found only in Mindoro.

Its small population is rapidly declining.  It has been classified as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)Red List of Threatened Species due to habitat loss.

On top of that, there isn't a lot of research about them, so it becomes even harder to save them without the proper funds and support.

Eruption of Volcano Taal has made conditions worse for this beautiful bird.

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