Board of Trustees

Mrs. Jocelyn Quiaoit Bae (Corporate Secretary)

Mrs. Bae lived among the Alangan Mangyans as a Jesuit volunteer in 1983-1984, then remained for a decade as a social development worker. She has a Master's degree in Cultural Anthropology, for which she wrote a thesis on the man-land relationship of the Alangan Mangyans. She was the first recipient of the Lawrence Trust Fund for Volunteer Efforts Recognition Award in 2002.

Mr. Cardel Macatangay Layda (Vice-President)

Mr. Layda is half-Tau-buid and half-Tadyawan Mangyan. He finished a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science at Divine Word College of Calapan. He has been serving his fellow Mangyan as Legal Affairs Officer and Coordinator through the Mangyan Tribal Church Association (MTCA) for the past five years. He has been a columnist in a bi-monthly local paper in Oriental Mindoro since 2002.

Fr. Ewald Hauck Dinter, SVD

Fr. Dinter has lived in the Philippines for more than forty years, and has been working full-time with the Mangyans since 1986. He has been the Executive Director of the Mangyan Mission (MM), a church-based NGO, for the past twenty years. Mangyan Mission had a partnership with the Asian Development Bank for the Low-Income Upland Communities in the early 1990s. Work for land security as requested by the Mangyans is a priority program together with community organizing. MM is involved in formal, non-formal and indigenous education, and other programs.

Atty. Renato Zosimo Bilog Evangelista (President)

Atty. Evangelista, the first Mangyan lawyer, is a managing partner of Crisologo, Evangelista and Associates. He finished his Master of Laws, Major in International Law and Human Rights, in the United Kingdom, and graduated with distinction for his paper, Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights and the Indigenous Peoples' Rights. A gifted pianist, Atty. Evangelista has inherited his mother's talent for music.

Mr. Quint Delgado Fansler 

Mr. Fansler was a Jesuit volunteer in Mindoro from 1998-1999, and lived in Mindoro from 1999-2000 to establish the Mangyan Heritage Center and build its library. He served as the MHC president between 2003-2005. He has worked in the Philippines, the USA, Kazakhstan and Brazil; and in various roles in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Mr. Fansler holds a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and an MBAfrom Thunderbird Graduate School.

Ms. Marie Grace Cristina Garong Faylona 

Ms. Faylona is the Senior Political and Cultural Affairs Officer of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Manila. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo de Manila University, where she wrote a thesis on The Law of Biodiversity Conservation and Intellectual Property Rights of Indigenous Peoples. For more than 15 years, Ms. Faylona has led and managed development projects on civic participation, governance training, and reform advocacy in a multi-sector setting. She has also been engaged by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in some of these projects. Before working with the Dutch embassy, Ms. Faylona managed the electoral reform program of The Asia Foundation.

Mr. Antoon Vreeze Postma

An anthropologist and linguist, Mr. Postma has lived with the Hanunuo Mangyans since 1965, publishing books and articles on their culture, poetry and writing system. Among his most important works are the translation of the 900 A.D. Laguna Copperplate Inscription, which is the oldest written document found in the Philippines, and the editing of the oldest Spanish-Tagalog dictionary. The founder of the Mangyan Research Center in Panaytayan, Mansalay, Mr. Postma is in charge of MHC's research operations. His collection forms the bulk of the materials in the MHC library.

Mr. John L. Silva

Mr. Silva is Senior Consultant to the National Museum of the Philippines. He has been in the non-profit sector for over twenty years, working as development director for Oxfam America, the American Cancer Society, Greenpeace, and other community organizations. Mr. Silva's articles on heritage preservation and the arts have been published in various local and international publications.

Mrs. Lolita Delgado Fansler (Treasurer)

Mrs. Fansler has been an NGO volunteer for over four decades and a freelance writer for almost two. She coordinated the first Bishop's-Businessmen's Conference in 1971 and organized the Association of Foundations in 1972. She is the chair of the Gregorio Araneta Development Foundation, executive director of the Ala-Ala Foundation and a trustee of other foundations in Manila. Her articles have been published in the Reader's Digest, and in books, magazines and newspapers in Manila, Seoul, California, and West Virginia. She has also co-authored a college textbook, Sustainable Development: A Philippine perspective.

Mrs. Emily Lorenzo Catapang (Executive Director)

An Ibanag from Tuguegarao, Mrs. Catapang has been working with the Mangyans since 1992. In 2005, she received a fellowship for visiting archivist at the Rockefeller Archive Center in New York, which gave her the chance to give lectures on the Mangyans at several organizations and universities, and search for Mangyan documents and artifacts in libraries and museums in the United States. She also gives lectures about the Mangyans to educational institutions and organizations in the country and abroad.