Dr. Patricia Araneta, project leader of Edukasyon Mula sa Kalooban, consulting with Tagbanwa elders in Palawan

Tagbanwa students proudly show off their work at a recent JASMS workshop in Calauit Elementary School

JASMS teachers led by Norman Ramirez (left) visit Calawit

PWU Trustee Dr. Patricia Araneta (right) listening to Tagbanwa women

Tagbanwa Visit PWU

Posted: April 5, 2019

Calawit is one of the many islands in the Calamianes in Palawan that is the ancestral home of the Tagbanwa, one of the oldest indigenous groups in the Philippines. Over 250 Tagbanwa families were removed from Calawit in 1976 to make way for a safari park. In 1987, the Tagbanwa ancestral rights were restored and they returned to Calawit. Tribal leaders recognized the need to preserve and maintain Tagbanwa culture especially among the youth who have become disconnected from their heritage and traditions due to displacement and relocation.

For the past 18 months, The Philippine Women’s University in cooperation with the Samdhana Institute, has been sending teachers from JASMS to develop methodologies building on the knowledge and cultural capital of the Tagbanwa. Dr. Patricia Araneta, who heads the PWU JASMS team, credits the Tagbanwa elders of Saragpunta (Saragpun Yang Kalamyan Tagbanwa) for initiating this unique and collaborative project called Edukasyon Mula Sa Kalooban (Education From Within) which will be formalized through the signing of a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding by Tagbanwa leaders, PWU and the Samdhana Institute on Friday, April 5, 2019 at the PWU Taft Avenue campus.

Edukasyon Mula sa Kalooban is an interdisciplinary learning process developed by PWU JASMS, based on its learner-centered philosophy known as the JASMS Way. Working with the Department of Education’s public school teachers assigned to Calawit, the project aims to produce a community-based educational program that affirms the heritage, indigenous knowledge and cultural values of the Tagbanwa so that it will be passed on to future generations.

JASMS is the Basic Education Department of the Philippine Women’s University, which is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year. The Edukasyon Mula Sa Kalooban initiative is part of the University’s continuing commitment to a progressive education centered on holistic character formation and the preservation of cultural and national heritage.

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