National Geographic : 1898 Jun
NOTES ON SOME PRIMITIVE PHILIPPINE TRIBES 287 MANGYAN GROUP, WITH HOUSE - MT HALCON, MINDORO pines," on account of the enormous rice crops raised in the fer tile lowlands to the east and west of its central mountain chain, but the mohammedan pirates from the south preyed upon its civilized inhabitants, decimating the population; an epidemic nearly exterminated the buffaloes depended on for tilling the soil, and today the once fertile fields have for the most part grown up into forest land, while the coasts are peopled chiefly by escaped criminals from the neighboring islands, who find in the miasma of the forests a most effective ally against the troops which are from time to time sent against them. They band together and organize forays against the peaceable Spanish and native planters, and are a constant terror to the region around. Even in the days of its greatest prosperity the cultivated dis trict in Mindoro was restricted to a belt along the coast. The interior of the island stands today as it was in the beginning. Under the perpetual shadows of the mighty lowland forests, and in little clearings on the mountain sides, dwell a tribe of natives who show little kinship in speech or customs and none whatever in dress with the remaining Philippine peoples. They are called by the Spanish " Mangyanes " or " Manguianes," but I adopt their own pronunciation of their name, and call them Mdngyans.