This is a high school and college scholarship program for Hanunuo Mangyan teenagers from the Hanunuo Community of Panaytayan, in the town of Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro. The program also supports selected and deserving students from Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro. The foundation is currently in partnership with Manille Bienvenue; together we are supporting 3 Hanunuo Mangyan and funding their high school education.
SURAT MANGYAN EDUCATION PROGRAM
“Surat Mangyan” is one of the few remaining Filipino indigenous pre-hispanic “baybayin” or syllabic scripts. This program was designed for the preservation and teaching of “Surat Mangyan”, among its young generation who are fast becoming ignorant of a valuable cultural heritage. The Department of Education does not teach indigenous culture to schools attended by IPs. Therefore, the D’Aboville Foundation recognized the need to operate this program. Presently, there are 600-700 Mangyan student beneficiaries who are enrolled in three public elementary schools and one high school in Mansalay, Mindoro.