Níccolo José — Ayala Museum "Bamboo Whispers" Exhibition


Filipinas Heritage Library and the Mangyan Heritage Center proudly present BAMBOO WHISPERS: A People Writes Their Story.

An exhibition on Mangyan script and ambahan poetry (2/F Function Room, Free Admission), and ticketed activities (G/F Lobby).

October 7-25 | EXHIBITION of artifacts, photographs, and artworks inspired by Mangyan script and poetry

October 7 | SYMPOSIUM in honor of Antoon Postma (with Masaru Miyamoto, Tish Agarrado Javier, Anya Postma, Quint Fansler, and Ewald Dinter SVD)
IPalengke BAZAAR of products from IP communities

October 14 | TALKS on the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA), indigenous peoples (IP), and Mangyan issues (with Nestor Castro, Resti Reyes Pitogo, and Kevin Kunishi)

October 21 | LECTURE/WORKSHOP on ambahan writing (with Danton Remoto)

October 24 | LAUNCH of Bamboo Whispers, book of Mangyan poetry with photographs

Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City, Philippines

For inquiries, contact (+632) 759 82 88 local 8281 or e-mail asklibrarian@filipinaslibrary.org.ph.


The Mangyan Heritage Center (MHC) is a library, archive, and research & education center located in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. The MHC promotes awareness of the indigenous peoples of the island of Mindoro.

If you would like to help the MHC, please contact (+63) (43) 441 3132, mhc@mangyan.org, or mangyanheritage@gmail.com.

This is in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Month.

Featured Work by Níccolo José —

Banig, a sculptural three-seater Rocking Chair made of up-cycled century-old Philippine hard wood (Magkono, Molave, Makaasim), 2017

Inspired by the Mangyan poem Ambahan 237.

Ambahan 237


Mangyan Ambahan 237


At this hour of the dark night
we are still together now
on the woven sleeping-mat.
But when the sun rises soon,
and the stars become detached,
our bond might break up too.
When we’ll ever meet again,
it is not with mortal eyes,
but the eye-sight of the soul.


Sa sandaling karimlan
Kahit kita magtipan
Sa banig na higaan
Pagsikat nitong araw
Talang maghihiwalay;
Buklod nati’y bibigay;
Pagkikita’y daratal
Paningi’y mapawi man
May bagong kaanyuan.