CLARK FREEPORT -- The University of the Philippines Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga (UPDEPP), through its Ayta Studies Center, will showcase the culture of the indigenous group through its first Ayta Week on February 25 to 27.

Agta or Ayta is an indigenous group in the country that lives in scattered, isolated mountainous parts of Luzon with a significant tribe concentration in the areas of Zambales, Tarlac and Pampanga area.

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Professor Juliet Mallari, UPDEPP director, said this year's event is dubbed "Adwangan: Ugnayang Ayta." Activities will be held inside the UP Clark Campus in Clark Freeport.

"The activity is UPDEPP's way of reaching out to our Ayta neighbors in Clark Freeport Zone. The celebration will consist of Ayta crafts and products, a cultural presentation, public lecture on food utilization, bazaar, and medical and dental mission," Mallari said.

Mallari also highlighted the need for more government programs and support for Ayta groups in Pampanga.

Pampanga Aytas are located in the mountain settlements deep into the Porac Mountains while others reside in the boundaries of Angeles City and Mabalacat.

Mallari said some 50 to 60 representatives from different Ayta communities will participate in the events.

Visitors may also see the display images and information about Ayta culture alongside products and crafts of different Ayta communities.

The celebration will also feature talks on alternative food utilization procedure that can be a source of livelihood for Aytas, Mallari said. (Ian Ocampo Flora)