Preservation and Promotion of the Hanunuo Mangyan Syllabic Script and Poetry, Mindoro Oriental

Program Year:            2012

Grantee:                     Mangyan Heritage Center, Inc.

Grant Amount:          US$4,528

Awarding Agency:     Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy in the Philippines

Project Summary:     The Project supported the promotion of the Pre-Spanish syllabic writing system and poetry of the Hanunuo Mangyans. Specific activities included: a) teaching the script in ten Hanunuo Mangyan schools located in the towns of Mansalay and Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro for school-year 2012-2013; b) encouraging  Mangyan students to learn their ambahan (traditional poetry) by integrating it in the teaching of the Mangyan script, and by conducting “Premio Ambahan” (Ambahan Writing Contest); and c) promoting the use of the script in all schools in Mindoro through the Mangyan Heritage Center’s “Mangyan Photo and Artifact Traveling Exhibit”.

Citation:                     The Hanunuo Mangyan Syllabic Script is listed as a National Cultural Treasure in the Philippine Registry of Cultural Properties, and is inscribed in the Memory of the World Registers of UNESCO.

Status:                        Completed in September 2013