Mount Isarog in Camarines Sur

Mount Isarog Volcano Naga Camarines Sur Luzon Philippines Elevation Height Hiking Trail Tours Location HistoryMount Isarog National Park was declared a national park since 1938, and harbors rainforest, endemic wildlife, waterfalls and is home to nomadic Negrito (Agta) tribes people. Mount Isarog is a large, isolated peak in Camarines Sur Province, on the Camarines Peninsula in southeastern Luzon. It is the highest forested peak in Southern Luzon, and is part of the Bicol volcanic chain, and could still be active although no historic eruptions are known. The volcano has active fumaroles, steam vents and hot springs. The mountain is a dormant volcano that rises to 1,976 meters (6,483 feet) tall. The vegetation there includes parang grasslands mixed with patches of secondary forest from the lowlands to 900 meters, lowland forest below about 1,000 meters, and montane forest above about 900 meters, including mossy forest above 1,500 meters. However, most of the remaining forest is Continue reading

Isarog Agta

Mount IsarogCommonly referred to as Negritos, Agtas do belong to the Negrito ethnolinguistic group. There are many Agta tribes, scattered over Regions I to V in the island of Luzon. The Isarog Agtas live on Mount Isarog, east of Naga City in Camarines Sur, Bicol Region. This tribe is by far the most endangered ethnolinguistic Negrito population, as only a few remain today. Agtas are characteristically short, dark-skinned, kinky-haired, thick-lipped, and small-nosed. Their traditional clothing is tapis (skirt) for women and bahag (breechcloth) for men. Breastfeeding mothers wear uban, a piece of fabric slung from the shoulders. Most men scar their bodies, using various designs that have been passed down to them by their ancestors. Today, most Agtas have abandoned their tribal attire for “civilized” clothes. Continue reading