“Susan’s line of work has long focused on embroidery and handcrafted art pieces. From doing beadwork for former clients to embroidering for fellow Mangyans who do not share the same skills that their community was gifted with, Susan and the Hanunuo women have always been immersed in this livelihood,” wrote Elizabeth Ruth Deyro of Filip+Inna, a partner of Indigenous groups in the Philippines in reviving and preserving their culture while improving their livelihood.

Far Eastern University’s Community Extension Services (CES) partnered up with one of the Mangyan tribes, the indigenous people of Hanunuo from Sitio Emok, Magsaysay, Occidental Mindoro to craft lanyards using their bare hands. This is only one of the many programs under the Project Mangyan pioneered by CES.

“For every purchase of the FEU lanyard crafted by the Hanunuo Mangyan tribe, we are able to give support toward their livelihood,” said a promotional video published by CES in Filipino.

This economic project paves way for more possibilities and opportunities for the tribespeople since all proceeds will be given back to their community. It is also a form of uplifting their self-determination to continue the splendid work they are doing.

This piece of accessory comprised of green and gold beads is symbolic of FEU colors and its name, “Maisog” means bravery derived from the language of the Hanunuo Mangyan. It serves as a reminder of the hardworking values of the Filipinos.

The lanyard is available at the Tams Bookstore. Supporting this product allows the buyers to extend nationalism and be patriotic toward the country’s local merchandise. It is also gifted by the institution to some guests in various events, reaching even international people to proudly present the beauty of Philippine craftsmanship. Every bead inserted through the thread is tied with love from the Mangyan community. (Abrielle L. Bato)