Caring for the Cradle: Mangyans and Maternal Health

TitleCaring for the Cradle: Mangyans and Maternal Health
DirectorJewel Ranier Ocampo
VDP Selection YearCare-2012
Screen Time20min
TagsMindoro, Indigenous People, Medical Care, Maternal Health, Rights


This documentary looks at how an indigenous group called the “Mangyan” (Alagan), in Mindoro Oriental, an island 6 hours away from Manila. It documents how their traditional birth methods are threatening them and why it’s not so easy for them to get modern medical assistance. The documentary also shows how a simple idea can help the Mangyan reduce their maternal mortality rate.

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