Maximo is the oldest member of Kisluyan and the acknowledged leader of the community.  Maximo's biggest worry is for the future generations. Living in relative isolation high in the mountains, the Mangyans have done well to hold on to their culture despite increasing external interference. The Mangyan are one of the only indigenous groups in the Philippines that have managed to hold on to their traditional script, which they continue to pass on to their children. For the Mangyan, their land is the very foundation of their identity. Generation after generation, the Mangyans have been taught to care for their land; "we take care of the land, and the land will take care of us."  Deeply superstitious, many of them worry that disaster will befall them if their lands - especially their ancestral burial grounds - are desecrated. (image by Allan Lissner)
Maximo is the oldest member of Kisluyan and the acknowledged leader of the community. Maximo's biggest worry is for the future generations. Living in relative isolation high in the mountains, the Mangyans have done well to hold on to their culture despite increasing external interference. The Mangyan are one of the only indigenous groups in the Philippines that have managed to hold on to their traditional script, which they continue to pass on to their children. For the Mangyan, their land is the very foundation of their identity. Generation after generation, the Mangyans have been taught to care for their land; "we take care of the land, and the land will take care of us." Deeply superstitious, many of them worry that disaster will befall them if their lands - especially their ancestral burial grounds - are desecrated.
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