Mansalay Ecopark | Things to do in Mansalay-Oriental Mindoro
|Open:||Everyday, 24 hours open. Takes at least 30mins to explore.|
|Address:||Sitio Barobo, Brgy. B. del Mundo, Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro|
Panaytayan Mangyan Settlement was developed into a tourist-friendly community by Antoon Postma. A notable Dutch anthropologist and paleographer, Postma has been living with the Mangyans since 1965. Postma, considered one of the experts in deciphering ancient script in Asia, and his Mangyan wife, Yam Ay, work together towards promoting and conserving the rich Mangyan heritage. Panaytayan Mangyan Settlement is an upland Mangyan community that is home to an estimated 500 Mangyan residents. With the help of Antoon Postma, the community has become focused on education, particularly on the preservation of the Hanunuo script and language. Visiting the settlement, you'll find a primary school, a chapel, a basketball court, houses made of nipa, and a small hut that serves as the community's receiving area.
An unremarkable indigenous plant called anabo (Abroma augusta) has found use as a durable material for handloom weaving in the town of Mansalay. Members of the Mansalay Corn-Based Farmer-Scientists Association (MCFSA) in Barangay Waygan have been using anabo fiber to produce shawls, place mats, table runners, and other woven products. The fiber is also ideal for making handicrafts. With the assistance of the local government and other agencies, the MCFSA was able to open a handloom weaving center, which provides an additional source of income for local communities.
Palaypay Burial Ground is a rocky islet in the middle of a mangrove farm. It is where Mangyans permanently store the remains of their departed, after burying them for nine months to a year in their backyard. The ritual of digging out the remains from their backyard and transferring them to a cave is called "pangutkutan". At the middle of the islet is a nipa hut, which serves as a station for coast guards. The cave where the bones are kept is found behind this hut. The cave is known to house the skeletal remains of about a hundred Mangyans. However, 2010 police reports indicate rampant theft of the remains. Today, only a few scattered bones could be seen in the cave. Palaypay Burial Ground is about 100 meters away from the coast, and can only be reached by foot during low tide.
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Sitio Barobo, Brgy. B. del Mundo, Mansalay, Oriental MindoroGet directions