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Phase II Documentation of Philippine Traditional Knowledge and Practices on Health and Development of Traditional Knowledge Digital Library on Selected Ethnolinguistic Groups: The Tau-buid Mangyan people of Sitio Safa, Barangay Sabang, Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro.


Arthur C. Sebastian,
Leah Rizza A. Dando,
Sheryl H. Dando,
Rainier M. Galang ,
Isidro C. Sia

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University of the Philippines Manila

Philippine Council for Health Research and Development - Department of Science and Technology

Publication Information

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


An ethnopharmacological study of the Tau-buid Mangyan was conducted from May 2012 to May 2013. The one-year study included documentation primarily of the indigenous healing practices and ethnopharmacological knowledge of the Tau-buid Mangyan. The ethnohistorical background of the tribe was also included in the study. The study covered Sitio Safa, Barangay Sabang, Pinamalayan Oriental Mindoro. Our main host organization here was the Mabayan Tarabangan Fagayu Tau-buid sa Mindoro (MTFTM). A total of 68 plants and 6 other natural products, 3 traditional healers in the community were documented. Documentation 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. Immersion in the community was the primary method employed. Interview and participant-observation, and forest visits were 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.

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