Punduhan ng mga Dumagat : An Advocacy Tour with Lakad Pamana

Punduhan ng mga Dumagat ,Looban Sito Suha , Barangay San Mateo,  Norzagaray, Bulacan provine , Philippines

Punduhan ng mga Dumagat lies within a 10 hectare property allotted to the Dumagats by the NAPOCOR within Angat Dam, Bulacan

The word Dumagat originated from two words  duma means “hubad” or naked and gat means “gubat” forest ) loosely translated to naked people of the forest . However they are more appropriately referred as Agta-Bulos .  Dumagats are mostly in reference to the Aeta communities near Aurora and Quezon facing the Pacific ocean side.

Dumagats are known as Agta- Bulos ( Aeta ) who were semi-nomadic group of people that lives over a wide range of area in the province of Bulacan .

Sito Suha name originate from the word “suha”  -pomelo , which were planted by the “dayo ” or outsiders within the area. Hence the sito was named Sito Suha.

Punduhan ng mga Dumagat

Agta-Bulos are found from San Jose del Monte , Angat, Norzagaray and Sierra Madre range . They have a unique language that is distinct. Very few Agta-Bulos are fluent in 2 Agta languages – The other one is Alta-Kabulewan / Kabolewean of Doña Remedios Trinidad / San Miguel and Quezon province.

Mr. Gilbert Dino and Brother Martin Francisco

We were met by Brother Martin Francisco BSMP one of the founder  of Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Society, Inc. (SSMESI). an NGO group that is involve with the preservation of Sierra Madre range and helping the indigenous Agta ethnic communities.

We toured the Bato sa Bitbit Cave system or more popularly known as Monte Cristo cave since there is huge rock formation with a face of Jesus Christ . ( more information about the post in my future blog post)

Agta-Bulos children and teenager performed a song

Our group were ushered to the community learning center which also double as an activity center , where guest are formally greeted .


Binangkat is a type of fresh Tilapia fish seasoned with salt , pepper is encased inside bamboo poles and roasted on an open pit fire .

an agta cooking binangkat

The natural flavor of the bamboo infuse  with the tilapia fish adding more flavor to the dish . Cooking fish on bamboo poles were done by the Agta-Bulos for centuries on open pit fire even before the arrival of the Spaniards. This type of cooking is widespread all over the world within areas where bamboo plants are located .

binangkat laid out on banana leaves which served as plate

However , It was only in the past 50 years that tilapia fish became stable fish food among the Agta community living within Punduhan and at Angat dam.  Tilapia fish was introduce to the dam by BFAR authorities as an additional income opportunities .

condiments like soy sauce , calamansi fruit and freshly sliced tomatoes

sinabawon na manok

Sinabawan na manok with pechay or native chicken sinampalukan is another meal vian that was served to the group . The ingredients were pechay , cabbage , native chicken , onion  with some leaves of alibangbang added into the soup.


Siling Labuyo Binayu Sa Buho is also known as Sinagumpit , It is normally added to the rice or meal viand to add flavors . It is made from fresh chillies pounded to form a paste.

We were amazed that the Agta-Bulos like the spicy Sinagumpit . The Agta-Bulos also ate with the group and we also enjoyed their cultural presentation.

participants enjoyed the traditional boodle fight kamayan style

There will be another round of community immersion / outreach project  schedule on May 29 sunday . This will cover the tour of historic Pinagrealan cave, native rice cakes / kakanin  cooperative ,  Punduhan ng mga Dumagat , Monte Cristo Cave system , Angat Dam .

The group is composed of 20 plus participants like Ms. Rheeza Santiago Hernandez and Mr. Jonathan Hernandez ,Mr. Limuel Santos ,  Ms. Elvie Rayo Malabanan and daughter Sheryl, Mr. Denzel Gerona Sarmiento a  KenyoLakbay  from Mecauayan , Bulacan , Ms. Leilani Concepcion and Mr. June Bernardo of Malabon , Ms. Nellie Rodriguez , Chelle , Mr. Deandre Paul with his family , blogger friend Mr. Dennis Dy Kho of Loverboyz Avenue , Mr. Gilbert Dino ( Lakad Pamana ) Ma. Leonita Miciano of Kawaling Pinoy , Mr. Dennis Red Maristany  of Viajero King, Mr. Lea Barcinal , Ms. Maria Grace Artuz and Mr. Jeffrey Estalilia .

The group collectively donated old clothes, biscuits, vegetable seeds, canned goods, combs, candies and a councilor even donated some bottled water which was turned over to the head of the organization.

Note : For those planning to join the advocacy tour , We advise people to bring clothes, canned goods, blankets, biscuits , candies and school supplies to help the Agta- Bulos .

Here is an FB event page Minsan Pa sa Piling ng mga Dumagats for those who wanted to join the May 29 tour . This is a whole day affair .

For Booking & Inquiries:

Globe – 0975 733 6464
Sun – 0923 346 7575
Viber – (+63) 975 733 6464

Email – lakad_pamana@yahoo.com.ph

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