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harsh reality

Harsh realities? Or maybe, just my post processing that is a bit jarring and unpleasant. The reality of poverty is not actually unpleasant to them, they were born that way, a lot of them were born in the mountains, in a shack, or even under a tree. They are the Mangyans, one of the indigenous tribes in the Philippines. They are primarily nomads, that roams in the mountains of Mindoro island, in which they are native to. Before Spain conquered the Philippines, the Mangyans were already practicing the barter trade to the Chinese, who traveled to the shores of Mindoro with their ancient boats. The Mangyans traded their local products of cotton, root crops, medicinal plants and bees wax for beads, gongs, plates and jars. Nowadays, a lot of them have settled in popuplated towns, like the Irayas in these photographs (one of the eight Mangyan tribes) who lives in the mountain and beaches of Puerto Galera. The Irayas are shy and peaceful people that are expert in nito vine-weaving and other handicrafts that are derived from nito, like trays, plates, jars and cups of different sizes.