For individuals or groups that seek to embark on a new journey, TriboCo. Kultura Kamp is the only travel and tour service that delivers an immersive experience. Grounded in the values of kapatiran and cultural relativism, the company allows participants to learn and foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the different Filipino indigenous cultures.
TriboCo. Kultura Kamp puts together the value of kapatiran with avenues for learning that educates the participants and, at the same time, empowers indigenous people through their role of educators of their culture.
To empower Filipino indigenous people to embrace, celebrate and preserve their culture and identity by providing an avenue for urban dwellers to experience, understand and appreciate their culture and way of life.
Our mission is threefold, summed up by our tagline: Embark. Embrace. Empower.
EMBARK. Our camps are about immersing oneself in the lives and culture of the indigenous groups of the Philippines. It is about experiencing their culture and way of life with your own five senses.
EMBRACE. Through having a glimpse of who they are and having all these observations to ponder on, we hope to foster among our participants a sense of kinship with our indigenous brothers and sisters that allows one to understand, accept, and develop deep respect for their culture and way of life. We call this, the value of Kapatiran.
EMPOWER. In the end, through our short camps, we hope to empower our indigenous people to embrace their own identity as they become teachers of their own culture. We hope to empower our participants to have a more open disposition allowing them to be able to understand and respect those who have a different way of life from their own. And all this, is ultimately, geared towards our fight against cultural discrimination.
For those ready for a simple adventure, the Manabayukan area is located by a riverside, a walk away through a scenic flatland route, with the mountains in view. Campers can easily appreciate the natural beauty of this location, not to mention the opportunity to swim in the river. Relax as you lie on the riverbed and the current hits you, washing coolly over your back! At the riverside, campers can also try their hand at fishing, one of the local livelihoods.
In this area, campers can experience the local way of planting banana plants and clearing out weeds in the day, or resting in the peaceful shade of the plants. At the bonfire at night, campers can share stories and dance with the people of Manabayukan, who are a resourceful and cheerful folk.
For the adventurer looking for a different kind of camping experience can leap right into the warm and welcoming environment of Manabayukan!
Campers who would like a bit of a bigger challenge can brave the trek to Alunan. Set in higher lands, the Sitio Alunan can be reached with a challenging climb up a breezy track, surrounded by the mountains. Campers will be rewarded with a great, scenic view of the surrounding landscapes, where verdant hills roll every which way, and the beautiful mountains rise against the sky. Here, the locals live off fresh vegetables like kamote (sweet potato) and kalabasa (squash).
The campers in Sitio Alunan will be shown the ways of the tribal community living there, such as the threshing and preparation of the palay, pounding the rice to make pinipig (rice crispies) or mixing it with coconut milk. They might also learn how to properly start a fire with only the wood lying about, and using it to cook their own brand of suman. By the light of the fire at night, share stories and riddles with the people, who are very fond of brainteasers and puzzles. The stars come out at night in Alunan, numerous and much brighter than they ever might in the city.
This is for those who are itching to push themselves to greater heights – literally!
When our group was told that we were going to accompany some members of the community to the gasak, or the harvesting grounds, I figured that it would be just a short distance away from the village. What I failed to realize was that the Aetas’ idea of “a walk” was far different from our own…Continue Reading →
1. What’s the process of going on a trip?
Book by clicking “Book Now” on the sidebar! A confirmation e-mail will be sent to you and all pertinent information and documents will be there. Payment should be made no later than 5 days after receiving the confirmation e-mail. Please prepare to submit the waiver form, contract, medical certificate and deposit slip during your orientation.
2. Am I required to attend the orientation?
YES. You will be briefed of what exactly will happen in the trip, as well as the things to bring, things to do and things to avoid. This is essential because we are going do not want to disrupt the day to day traditions and way of living of the Aeta communities that we are visiting. Also, the orientation is best place to raise your questions and concerns.
3. What if I can’t make it to the said orientation date?
Please let us know as soon as possible so we can make the necessary arrangements for a make up orientation.
4. Do the trips require intense hiking?
For Manabayukan, no. For Alunan, yes. The hike up to the tribe is quite challenging because it is mostly uphill. You must also be prepared to walk for quite a while, because their farm grounds are far from where the town proper is. It’s pretty exciting!
5. What are the essential things that I need to bring?
Extra clothes and slippers/sandals; bug spray and sanitary spray. Jackets, blankets (it gets really cold after dark!) and flashlights (no electricity) for the night.
6. Where will we be sleeping?
All participants will be assigned to a foster home for the duration of the trip. Think of it as a home away from home!
7. Why do I need to live in a foster home? Why don’t we just camp out using tents?
Both Aeta communities expressed that want to host participants in their homes. As respect to their wishes and culture, participants will be staying in their homes during the duration of the camps.
8. How does TriboCo. Kultura Kamp help these Aeta communities?
For every participant of the camp, a part of their fee goes to the sustainability fund of the community visited. The sustainability fund is used for the sustainability plan customized to fit the nature of each community. These plans are made through continuous consultation and dialogue with the partnering communities thus it remains flexible and non-imposing to ensure the protection of the communities. The plans are expected to grow and become more complicated as it is to progress from, for example, funding the farming seeds and tools needed by the community to hopefully, funding the transportation of the produce that the community harvests to selling points. This is because, the end goal is to make each community sustainable; to enable each community to stand on its own feet. The end goal is for each community to reach the point when they do not need TriboCo. Kultura Kamp, or the help of any NGO in order to survive and thrive anymore.
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