Empowering Ethnicity and Womanhood-A GAD Showcase

Events April 02, 2024


With the theme, “Ang Papel ng mga Kababaihang Mangyan sa Pagtataguyod ng Kultura at Karapatan ng mga Etnolinggwistikong Grupo”, CHED MIMAROPA Region and Mangyan Heritage Center Inc. (MHIC) partnered with City College of Calapan (CCC) that served as host to a thought-provoking exhibit at the New Building Kalap Hall lobby to showcase the rich culture and heritage of the Mangyan people on March 13-20, 2024.

Organized by Mr. Omar E. Uycoque, faculty of CCC and Ms. Emily L. Catapang, Executive Director of MHIC, Inc., the eight-day event started with the traditional Ambahan, a unique poetic expression of the Southern Mangyans of Mindoro by Mangyan Culture Bearer Uyan Daay together with Mr. Uycoque.

Discussions and presentations followed.

Ms. Catapang gave a lecture about “The Mangyans of Mindoro: Myth and Meaning.” Dispelling myths about the Mangyan people, she encouraged the audience to learn more about their traditional ways of life. Through the display of a wide range of photographs, poems, and handicrafts, the exhibition sought to promote an authentic and sensible understanding of the Mangyan way of life.

Ms. Lovelyn Lasac-Chen, Education Supervisor II and GAD Focal Person of CHEDRO MIMAROPA, stressed that, “One of the Commission on Higher Education’s mandate is to promote quality education and ensure that education is accessible to all. With these, we want to understand the Mangyans as members of our community to help us align our programs and projects within our mandates to cater the needs of the region regardless of gender, ethnicity and age.” Mr. Roni Pedrosa, Education Supervisor II and GAD Alternate Focal Person of CHEDRO MIMAROPA moderated and shared significant points in the discussion.

Awarding of Certificates to Speakers


To further support and recognize Mangyan heritage and culture, Mangyan crafts were made available for purchasing.