Panaytayan Mangyan Settlement | Things to do in Mansalay-Oriental Mindoro
|Open:||Everyday, 6am - 6pm. Takes at least 30mins to explore.|
|Address:||Brgy. Panaytayan, Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro|
Mansalay Ecopark rests on the hills of Barangay B. del Mundo, overlooking the lowlands and the sea (Tablas Strait). While the ecopark's development have stopped abruptly, you may still visit the place for its 360-degree views and breezy atmosphere. Other than these, the ecopark serves as a pilgrimage site during Holy Week. Fourteen Stations of the Cross are erected along the dirt road going to the two view decks of Mansalay Ecopark. The first view deck is located right after the Stations, while the second is located at the next hill, with a telecommunications tower as its landmark. Thus, you may opt to trek from the Stations to the view decks (1.5 hours), or simply ride a motorcycle going straight to the second view deck itself.
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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