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Phase II documentation of Philippine traditional knowledge and practice on health and development of Traditional Knowledge Digital Library on health for selected ethnolinguistic groups: The Hanunuo Mangyan people of Sitio Dangkalan, Barangay San Roque and Sitio Balugo, Barangay Budburan, Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro.


Arthur C. Sebastian,
Leah Rizza A. Dando,
Ricka Marie Goco,
Rainier M. Galang,
Isidro C. Sia

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University of the Philippines Manila

University of the Philippines Manila

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Publication Information

Publication Type
Research Report
May 16, 2012-August 30, 2013


An ethnopharmacological study of the Hanunuo Mangyan was conducted from May 2012 to May of 2013. The one-year study included documentation primarily of the indigenous healing practices and ethnopharmacological knowledge of the Hanunuo Mangyan. The ethnohistorical background of the tribe was also included in the study. The study covered (2) Sitios, namely Sitio Dangkalan and Sitio Balugo of Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro. Our main host organization here is the Pinagkausahan Hanunuo sa Daga Ginurang (PHADAG). The researchers and the Hanunuo Mangyan community selected Sitio Dangkalan as the study satellite site. Immersion in the community was the primary method employed. Interview and participant-observation, and forest visits were the techniques utilized to gather data. Focus group discussions were also done as a form of data validation. Formalized informed consent for this study was asked from different peoples' organizations, religious institutions, and from different key individuals prior to the documentation and collection of medicinal plants. A total of 143 plants and 2 other natural products, 8 traditional healers in the community were documented. Documentation of materia medica and non-materia medica employed the use of prepared ethnopharmacological templates which include: medicinal plants and other natural products, herbarial compendium of selected medicinal plants, local terminology of condition and treatments, rituals and practices, and traditional healer's templates. Among the various illnesses and condition documented, the researchers selected illnesses and condition most common in the community which include: diarrhea, fever, wound, and common colds and cough. These afflictions stated were mostly experienced by the community members therefore needed attention. The complete copy of the research could be acquired by seeking permission from the Hanunuo Mangyan community of Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro through sending a request letter to the University of the Philippines Manila, Ermita, Manila, Philippines 1000. For the scientific community, interested parties may acquire the available information from the www.herbs.ph site.

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Philippine Council for Health Research and Development Library PRp 418 Fulltext Print Format
Philippine Council for Health Research and Development Library Fulltext pdf (Request Document)

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