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

Program Theme: Forms of Traditional Cultural Expressions (Languages)

Program Year: 2012

Awarding Agency: Public Affairs Section, US Embassy in Manila

Partner: Mangyan Heritage Center, Inc.                   

Amount: US$4,528

Status: Completed

Project Summary: The Project aimed to promote the Pre-Spanish syllabic writing system and poetry of the Hanunuo Mangyans. Specifically, the Project involved: 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.