Board of Trustees

Mrs. Lolita Delgado Fansler (President)

Mrs. Fansler has been an NGO volunteer for almost five decades and a freelance writer for more than two. She coordinated the first Bishops-Businessmen's Conference in 1971 and organized the Association of Foundations in 1972. She is the executive director of the Ala-Ala Foundation and a trustee of other foundations in Manila. Her articles have been published in books, magazines and newspapers in Manila, Seoul, California, and West Virginia; as well as the Reader's Digest. She has co-authored a college textbook, Sustainable Development: A Philippine Perspective; and is working on Bamboo Whispers, the best 100 Mangyan Poems in two scripts (Mangyan and the Roman Alphabet) and four languages (Mangyan, and translations in Filipino, English and Spanish by poets).

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 (Treasurer)

Fr. Dinter has lived in the Philippines for more than fifty 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 thirty 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

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 

Quint was initially sent to Mindoro in 1998 as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Program, after finishing a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Living in Mindoro through 2000, and visiting frequently ever since, he co-founded the MHC with Antoon Postma and Fr Dinter, and remains an active board member in the organization. Quint holds an MBA from Thunderbird Graduate School and has worked in the non profit, public and private sectors both in the Philippines and abroad, including the USA, Kazakhstan and Brazil. Quint lives in Manila and works in the private sector; is married and has one son.

Ms. Marie Grace Cristina Garong Faylona 

Ms. Faylona 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, she has led and managed public diplomacy and development projects on civic participation, peace and security, governance training, and reform advocacy in a multi-sector setting. She has been engaged by aid agencies, the Asia Foundation, the Asian Development Bank, and the embassies of Norway and the Netherlands in some of these projects. As Philippines Consultant to the International Crisis Group, Ms. Faylona wrote the latest country report, Renewing Prospects for Peace in Mindanao.

Restituto R. Pitogo

Mr. Pitogo is an alumnus of Ateneo de Manila University (BS-Legal Management 1982, MA-Theology 1992) with multiple exposures in law, philosophy, economics and management. A professional trainer and development consultant, he works with several companies and cooperatives in Manila. A former Jesuit Volunter year who served the Alangan-Mangyans (1985-86), he received priestly formation at San Jose Seminary (1986-1992) and later joined clergy of Vicariate Apostolic of Calapan (1992). He left the ministry in 1996 and received from Pope John Paul II his dispensation from clerical state in 2004. His major contribution to Mangyan studies is his Ambahan Filipino translation and his studies of the Hanunoo-Mangyan literature and philosophy. After writting his book, Nagmamagandang-Loob Po!, he continues to write articles and give lectures on the Mangyan culture.

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. Mrs. Catapang oversees the implementation of MHC's various culture-based programs and activities.