Early this month, I got to travel again and view different perspective. Together with some of media friends and bloggers as part of our trip to Mount Malasimbo in time for the Annual Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival. In one of the places we visited, the community of Mangyan Village in Talipanan, Oriental Mindoro. It was a breath of fresh air, a total escape from busy city. It was an ideal location to unwind also away from the white beach.
The community activation was initiated by Bea Zobel de Ayala. As Ayala being known for their corporate social responsibility, Talipanan became a popular yet well maintained side trip for travelers and adventurers. Mangyan Village is not only more than a 4-hectare land but a growing community of talented locals. Started early in the 90s, Talipanan preserved its innocence, its calm ambiance as if it was there to host your visit for long. I felt like it was a neighborhood with people I already know.
At the entrance we were greeted by happy kids welcoming us. And while we walk toward the small houses made of Bamboo and shed, we saw ladies and wives weaving and knitting some world-class handwoven nito baskets, plates, bracelets, key chains and small containers.
I was fascinated by the smiles of everyone especially from some talented kids who also prepared a special dance number for us and other visitors.
After their performance we got the chance to tour the entire community. There were couple of houses designed uniformly. These houses comfortably located under huge trees and windows are totally open to welcome fresh air gets inside. From here I remember the house of my uncle way back. It was made of almost the same structure and we comfortably sleep at night without worrying if our windows and doors are open.
Mangyan Village is actually one of the programs of Ayala Foundation. I noticed that there’s also a school beside the residential areas to accommodate students. It was indeed a peaceful life and experience everyone must visit especially if you are travelling to Puerto Galera.
The visit was sponsored by The Tourism Promotions Board (DOT). Mangyan Village is just 9-kilometers away from the town proper.
For more information about the Talipanan Mangyan Village, you may contact the Provincial Tourism Office of Oriental Mindoro through (043) 286-7046 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com