Photos and text by Jose Raymond DG Panaligan
摄影＋文字：Jose Raymond DG Panaligan
Made up of seven tribes (Hanunuo, Alangan, Iraya, Gubatnon, Tadyawan, Buhid, Bangon), the Mangyans are bearers of a glorious past. But they are now struggling for rights and ownership of their ancestral lands.
Backed by the military, mining firms and logging concessionaires have been encroaching the Mangyan ancestral lands.
These places, where the last remaining forests are located, have given life and sustenance to the Mangyans, as well as the lowlanders, since pre-Hispanic times.
Like other indigenous groups, the Mangyans have always lived in balance with nature. Their dreams and laughter are etched like the Ambahan poems, carved onto the bamboo trees along the mountain trails with the siyaw (small knife).
“The mountains give us life… That is why we honor them by giving them names,” says a Mangyan elder.
This is a struggle for life, a fight to defend the Mangyan ancestral lands against the greed of mining corporations.
The land is sacred. It is the lifeblood of the tribe.
Jose Raymond “Bogsi” Panaligan (b. 1969, Manila) is a freelance photographer who works for Philippine publications and local/international NGOs. Since 1992, he has been documenting the plight of the Mangyan people on Mindoro, the Philippines. Panaligan is a member of Alyansa Tigil Mina-ALAMIN, an alliance of anti-mining advocates at Mindoro.
Jose Raymond “Bogsi” Panaligan于1969年出生于马尼拉，从事独立摄影，为菲律宾媒体和国内外的非政府组织工作。自1992年起，他致力记录菲律宾Mindoro岛上Mangyan族的生活遭遇。他也是反采矿联盟Alyansa Tigil Mina-ALAMIN的成员。