The Indigenous People (IP) of the Island of Mindoro are collectively known as Mangyans. There are eight Mangyan ethnic groups and one of them is the Iraya-Mangyan. In Puerto Galera, there are approximately 300 Iraya families who live at the foot of Mt. Malasimbo in Sitio Talipanan.
Nito weaving is one of the livelihood activities of the Iraya. Through the support of Mrs. Bea M. Zobel, they were able to create beautiful and functional nito products. Some Iraya women were also taught how to weave and sew fashionable bags and accessories, which are included in the Iraya-Mangyan Art brand.
Purchasing these products will not only help our Iraya-Mangyan earn a living but will provide them the opportunity to promote and be proud of their own culture and traditions.
Ayala Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, manages the implementation of Iraya Mangyan Development Program in the said Iraya community. Development interventions include education, health, and livelihood.