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Behavioral Sciences Department of De La Salle University, Manila

Dindo Palce Café

Discipline: Cultural Studies



This paper is anchored on the basic contention that although a myriad of other factors may impinge on the cultural heritage of ethno-linguistic groups, the discourse of globalization manifested through mining exploration is a critical force on the dynamism and velocity of change of the paragon ethno-linguistic cultural identities. The inquiry centers on the interplay between etic/global, and emic/local cultural identities contextualized in a mining exploration. Ethnographic accounts were gathered through qualitative methods such as in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, and observations. The study shows that mining exploration in the ancestral domains of Alangan Mangyans is instrumental in changing the landscape of cultural identities. However, the Alangan Mangyans are not passive actors to etic/global culture and remain active to renegotiate, re-imagine, and re-construct their cultural identities.