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Solar system installation in a Mamanwa community

I have visited the Mamanwa previously as mentioned in this blog to write a paper on Mamanwa politics, leadership and governance. I was so thankful for their hospitality and accommodation that I could not resist not doing something to repay their kindness. In my first visit they mentioned the obvious advantage of having electricity in their settlement. This particular band has only two cellphones for a group of 20+ people and they have to “go down” (because they live in the mountainous portion of the area) to have their cellphones charged. One household had a television set and a DVD player. [ ... ]

An analysis of Mamanwa politics, governance & leadership-Part 2

Last time in “An analysis of Mamanwa politics, governance & leadership part 1“. I gave you an introduction into who are the Mamanwas. We have been assigned to do ethnography in a Mamanwa community in southern Leyte and I was tasked to produce an ethnography of their politics, governance and leadership. I discussed my findings and the analysis of what I have observed there. Hopefully this will give you all a deeper appreciation and respect for the culture of the oldest inhabitants of the Philippine islands. I also wish that this will help contribute to the limited amount of information available [ ... ]

An analysis of Mamanwa politics, governance & leadership-Part 1

The Mamanwa is one of the oldest if not the oldest indigenous inhabitants of the Philippine islands. For several years they have been classified as part of the Negrito subgroup (a class of several ethnic groups that inhabit isolated parts of southeast Asia) It is not surprising that they have been classified as such considering that they bear a striking resemblance to the Negritos as their physical features, curly hair, dark skin tone and short stature more or less look like that of Negrito groups. (Agta, Atis and Aeta) However recent DNA analysis has proven that the Mamanwa appear to [ ... ]
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