The Philippines is home to a large number of indigenous groups. Through the years, succeeding waves of migration and colonization have pushed them into the interior highlands of the islands where physical isolation helped them retain their customs and traditions.
However, improving access to roads, mainstream education, and media is changing their culture as the younger generations slowly assimilate into mainstream culture. This transition is not well documented. This project is a visual narrative of the transition of three indigenous communities in Luzon, the Aytas of Pampanga, the Butbuts of Kalinga, and the Ivatans of Batanes.
We are exploring the transitions to modernity–how old traditions are surviving, what remains under broader social pressure, and what new forms are emerging through the fusion of cultures.
This story is not one of abandonment, but of change. It is a story of passage.
This project was made possible through a National Geographic Society grant.