Abellen Aytas

Tarlac ProvinceThe Aytas are called Negritos for their dark skin and kinky hair. They landed on the archipelago more than 30,000 thousand years ago and are thought to be the earliest inhabitants of the Philippines. The Negritos share some physical features with African pygmy populations.

Nowadays, rare is the Ayta wearing traditional clothing: the bahag (loincloth) for men and wraparound skirts for women. They now use urban attire. Ayta women are skilled in weaving, plaiting, and producing household containers, rattan hammocks, and winnowing baskets of excellent quality. Nomadic Ayta build temporary settlements made of Continue reading

Mount Pinatubo

Mount PinatuboMount Pinatubo is an active stratovolcano located on the island of Luzon, at the intersections of the borders of the Philippines provinces of Zambales, Tarlac and Pampanga. It is located in the Cabusilan Mountain range separating the west coast of Luzon from the central plains, and is 42km (26mi) west of the dormant and more prominent Mount Arayat, occasionally mistaken for Pinatubo. Ancestral Pinatubo was a stratovolcano made of andesite and dacite. Before 1991, the mountain was inconspicuous and heavily eroded. It was covered in dense forest which supported a population of several thousand indigenous people, the Aeta, who had fled to the mountains from the lowlands during Continue reading

Mount Pinatubo Documentary

Nova In the Path of a Killer VolcanoThis video takes you into the middle of a terrifying rescue scene. Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines is about to erupt. Hundreds of thousands of people live in the middle of the volcano’s path. Is there time to safely evacuate the townspeople before the volcano erupts? Nova beautifully captures the fear and astonishing footage of the world’s largest volcanic eruption in 80 years. Continue reading