Vision

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.


Mission

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.


Manabayukan

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 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!

Packages:

  • 2D/1N at Php 4,600

Includes:

  • Bus transportation: Manila – Capas | Capas – Manila
  • Jeep transportation: Capas – Patling | Patling – Capas
  • 4×4 Transportation: Patling – Manabayukan
  • Gariton (a cart pulled by a carabao): Manabayukan – Patling
  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Kultura Kamp Facilitators
  • Registration Fees
  • Pre-Camp Orientation and Preparations
  • Introduction to Sambal words (MP3)
  • Camp Journal and Worksheets
  • Kultura Kamp T-shirt

List of Activities

Day 1:

  • 4×4 Journey Into the Lahar (4×4 ride and discussion of history of Tarlac)
  • Introduction / Orientation
  • Afternoon Sessions: Sambal Lessons / Healing Herbal Remedies 101 / Farmville: Basic Farming
  • Stargazing & Storytelling (Istoriyahan with the Aeta Elders)
  • Cultural Night (Gabi ng Kultura)
  • Dororo (Prayer)
  • Community Sharing & Presentations
  • Dinner by the Bonfire
  • Traditional dances

Day 2:

  • Swimming in the River
  • Food Gathering
  • Boodle Lunch: Salo Salo by the River
  • Target Practice: Bow and Arrow Trial
  • Carabao Ride
  • Debriefing Session

Alunan

Set in higher lands, the Sitio Alunan can be reached with via a 4×4 ride 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. The campers in Sitio Alunan will be shown the ways of the tribal community living there, and maybe even 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!

Packages:

  • 2D/1N at Php 5,200

Includes:

  • Bus transportation: Manila – Capas | Capas – Manila
  • Jeep transportation: Capas – Patling | Patling – Capas
  • 4×4 transportation: Patling – Alunan | Durungawan – Patling
  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Kultura Kamp Facilitators
  • Registration Fees
  • Pre-Camp Orientation and Preparations
  • Introduction to Sambal words (MP3)
  • Camp Journal and Worksheets
  • Kultura Kamp T-shirt

List of Activities

Day 1:

  • 4×4 Journey Into the Lahar (4×4 ride and discussion of history of Tarlac)
  • Introduction / Orientation
  • Grounds Exploration and Firewood Gathering
  • Bamboozle: The Uses of Bamboo
  • The ways of the Itak: Proper Usage of the Itak
  • Stargazing & Firefly Watching
  • Cultural Night (Gabi ng Kultura)
  • Dororo (Prayer)
  • Talbeng (Traditional Ritual)
  • Community Sharing & Presentations
  • Banana and Kamote Roasting by the Bonfire
  • Traditional dances

Day 2:

  • Hike to the Gasak
  • Breakfast at the Farm
  • Food Gathering (Using Newly Learned Skills)
  • Lunch at the Farm
  • Hike Down and Sightseeing
  • Debriefing Session

6 Humble Experiences That Didn’t Make It To My Bucket List (But Should’ve)

Before I begin, I just want to make one thing clear: This is not about extravagant life changing travels, wild exciting adventures or once in a lifetime experiences. Instead, this is about the small things things, such as activities that seem too common or potentially even mundane, that I have witnessed or been a part of…

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.


Contact Us

For questions and comments, feel free to leave us a message via online form or via

0917 880 7967
triboco@kulturakamp.com