san felipe, zambales

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Venture off the beaten track!

Two decades ago, a huge volcanic eruption changed the lives of thousands of people whose way of life has never quite recovered ever since. Join us on this unique journey to appreciate the deep traditions and the inspiring stories of the Aeta people.

 
Help rebuild a 3,000 Hectare Rainforest

Fight climate change by rebuilding a rainforest that will also provide food, medicine, and sustainable income for the Aeta community.

Discover the culture of the Aetas of Yangil Village!

Arrive in the Yangil community and learn about their way of living through food, dance, music, archery, and herbal medicine.

things to do and people to meet

Help reforest 3,000 hectares

Contribute to the Aetas’ dream of living more sustainable lives by lending a hand in planting seeds for the community’s rainforest, food forest, or medicine forest

Chief Erese

As the tribal chieftain, Chief Erese’s life is dedicated to the community. He finds ways to uplift the conditions of his tribe, whether or not he receives the support needed to do so. Don’t let his easygoing nature fool you, Chief has it figured out with his long-term plans for the community -- to rebuild the rainforest and engage in agribusiness.

Dance the Talipi

Gear up for some afternoon entertainment as members of the community share their unique culture through song and dance! Learn about it better by joining in and dancing it yourself!

Ate Vilma

As you enter the community, it won’t be a surprise if she’s one of the first one who greets you with a wide smile and tight hug saying “welcome to Yangil!” At lunch, when you finally get to taste their splendid cooking, she will remark that the secret ingredient of the dishes is love, and she will mean it.

Learn Native Archery

Until now, some Aetas still rely on hunting as a source of food. Learn how to do this yourself and experience first-hand the amount of skill needed to feed a family

Lolo Doyong

You will typically see him sitting in his little chair right outside the learning center, holding a set of original, native bow and arrows. He made those himself and he will gladly tell you how. In the afternoon, he might just surprise you with another talent -- native music -- if you’re lucky enough!

the community

Tourism brought in by MAD Travel, with the help of the San Felipe LGU and the Circle Hostel, has provided funds for the community to build a tree nursery, construct village infrastructures, and procure carabaos. Through the tour activities and guests’ volunteer work, members of the community are also given the chance to earn by assigning them employable tasks, uplifting not just their financial capacity but also their human dignity.

Monthly Income Increase

300% increase in 1 year

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10 families

worked with

14,000

Trees Saplings Grown

300,000

Pesos worth of investment from MAD & Guests

When our tour guide, Andrea, sat down with us pre-trip to explain the do’s and don’ts—like asking permission from the tribe before taking their photos and making sure we collect our trash to dispose after the trip—I knew this was a conscientious venture. No poverty porn, no treating the situation like a zoo viewing, and no exploitation.
 
Kate Alvarez of KateWasHere

The Aetas of Sitio Yangil is one of the eleven indigenous tribes that are living in San Felipe, Zambales.

book your visit today

Join one of our Regular Tribes & Treks tour or schedule a private tour for your group. Or create your own MAD experience and customise it with our different destinations

We also offer Educational Tours and Corporate Packages.

Invite your travel buddies!

how to get there?

Take Victory Liner from the Cubao Station or Pasay Station to Iba Zambales.

Tell the bus driver you will get down in the town of San Felipe.

From the town take a tricycle and tell them you want to go to Liwliwa near the pier ("sa may dating pier").

From the town center the tricycle will pass Bobulan Elementary School and turn right.

He will go straight to the end and make a left (you’ll see an electric post with purple spray paint) then go straight until a clearing.

He’ll make a right-ish straight. Keep your eyes peeled for The Circle on your left! 🙂

Take the NLEX until the last exit.

Take the SCTEX until Subic. *Inside Subic be careful and follow the traffic laws! Full stops at stop signs and follow the speed limit! First to stop, first to go!

Head to the Kalaklan Gate. Turn left upon exiting the Kalaklan Gate.

Go straight and pass through the following towns: Subic Town, Castillejos, and San Marcelino

You will hit an T-intersection with a Petron. Make a right.

Go straight through San Narciso until you see the San Felipe arch.

KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN!

You will pass a cemetery on your right

Then a little past that you will see the Bobulon Elementary School on your left and a green sign saying: “This way to Liwliwa".

Make a left here! Keep following the road (it will become a dirt/sand road).

Nearing the end make a left and follow the road. (You’ll see an electric post with purple spray paint).

You will come into an open area but the road will continue right-ish straight into a bamboo gate lined path. Go straight and you will find The Circle on your left.

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