Social Science Diliman

Social Science Diliman: A Philippine Journal of Society and Change (SSD) is the flagship journal for the social sciences of the University of the Philippines Diliman. It is internationally refereed, semi-annual, and bi-lingual (in English and Filipino). SSD publishes works on the social sciences and its applications, including multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary works that have a broad focus and will be of interest to scholars beyond a single discipline, area of study, and time frame. Book Reviews are also published.

SSD provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


Ma. Mercedes G. Planta, PhD

Associate Editors:
Geoffrey M. Ducanes, PhD
Gerardo M. Lanuza, PhD
Joseph Santos E. Palis, PhD
Manuel Victor J. Sapitula, PhD

Book Review Editor
Gerardo M. Lanuza, PhD

Managing Editor
Gonzalo A. Campoamor II, PhD

Editorial Assistant
Patricia Jamie A. Muli

Layout Artist
Dercylis G. Mararac



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Vol 11, No 2 (2015)

Cover Page

"Sa Ilog ng mga Iraya"

It was midday one Friday in September 2015 when I saw a middle-aged woman and her little daughter in the river of Pagbahan in Sitio Barogante, Brgy. Alacaak, Sta. Cruz, Occidental Mindoro. They are just two of many Iraya Mangyan who fish for food using less efficient means. It was clear in their faces that the difficult search for food weighs more than minding the scorching heat and the numbness of their feet after hours of work, drenched in muddy water.

The river is an integral part of their daily lives because it links their community to the main town of Sta.Cruz. In travelling trades and basic goods, the Iraya Mangyan uses a timbulan (salbabida/rubber-made life buoy) from their community to go to town. Iraya Mangyan is one of the minority groups of Mangyan who live in the mountain ranges of Mindoro Province. Due to inaccessibility to their Sitio (a small unit of community), most of them have not attained formal education.

This photo was taken while we were on our way to Sitio Barogante for a documentary shoot about teacher-to-the-barrios advocates who fearlessly cross the rapid waves of Pagbahan river to educate the Mangyan.

Princess S. Suyat is a graduate of Bachelor in Broadcast Communication at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. She is currently a Researcher and Documentary-Journalist for GMA News and Public Affairs. Her research work for the story ALS, aired in Front Row, a documentary TV show in GMA News and Public Affairs, has won a Gold World Medal in the New York Festivals and a Gold Camera Award and 2015 One World Award in the US International Video Festival.