MAASIM, Sarangani (MindaNews/21 May) – It is one acrophobic’s worst nightmare but also a child’s ultimate fantasy fulfillment. How many of us once dreamed we are the caped action heroes who crushed the evil and outlaws and once saved a damsel from falling from the Empire State building, or wherever, like Superman?
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/10 January) – I cannot remember when was the last time I felt so tired that I had to exert too much effort to stand up from bed. I woke up later than usual, violating my New Year’s resolution of waking up before sunrise. I realized that the combined heat of the sun and the weight of the boxes we carried yesterday was just too much that I lay flat on the bed that night and had a very hard time convincing myself not to violate my promise to myself.
I woke up with a sense of panic when I heard the sudden impact of rampaging flood waters entering our room. I was even more shocked when I saw that it was coming from the airconditioner which was one foot feet from the floor. It was about 12:30 a.m. Immediately I woke up my wife Belle and grabbed my son, Kuya Danni, from his bed. I then ran to the room of my daughters, Ate Gabbi and Sammi, who were still asleep. The water inside the house was already knee-deep but it was rising so fast that all the things on the floor started floating and falling. The kids were shouting and I told them to keep silent.
This article looks like just a collection of the practical aspects of Bukidnon life. There is a deeper significance, however, to be observed in many of these practices. These, too, are part of their culture, connected to it through construction of meanings that incorporate them into the greater whole. These traditional practices make use of the resources that spring from the land. Practicing them allows the cultural meanings attached to them to deepen the tribe’s connection to their ancestral domain.
MARILOG DISTRICT, Davao City (MindaNews/6 June) – Who says backpackers are the only good hitchhikers? Count the teachers assigned in this district who may have mastered the art of hitchhiking after all these years. Public school teacher Marilyn Camarillo wakes up at 4 a.m. everyday to prepare her packed lunch, which she would bring to school. Camarillo, who lives in barangay Maa, has to take a jeepney going to Ulas junction as early as 6 a.m. because she needs to catch the 7:30 a.m. flag ceremony at the Sto. Niño Elementary School at Barangay Datu Salumay in this district.
ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/01 June) -- For the average teenager, life revolves around Facebook, parties, and relationships. The biggest problem he’s faced might have been about winning over that girl in Psychology class, or perhaps about convincing his parents to give him an extra P500. He might have stepped out of Jollibee, stomach full, arms heavy with pasalubong, to be swarmed by street kids reaching for his food.
BISLIG, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/23 April) – Ever since we joined the Wild Bird Club over five years ago, we have always been advised to visit Bislig forests before they finally disappear from the face of the earth and soon. There were gory tales of trees capriciously cut down by settlers and loggers, of kids as old as 10 wielding chainsaws, of murders and killings of those who got in the way of these malefactors.
There is always something very appealing about an art work which is a labor of love! This is especially so, if it happens to be the artist's first major production. One can tell that such artists invest their soul into their first creative production. Consequently, the appreciative viewer responds favorably to the artists' assertion of a soul seeking to express deep longings and aspirations even as they take the risk to be vilified and damned for over-estimating their gifts.
MALAYBALAY CITY -- As the bus approached a village in Salay, a town in the eastern side of Misamis Oriental, it slowed down to a stop beside a military checkpoint that leaned against a craggy slope. A soldier clambered aboard and shouted, “Tanang lalaki naug” (All males go down). He then inspected the passengers’ baggage presumably in search of firearms. Below the other soldiers frisked the males and randomly asked for cedula (residence certificate) and other identification documents.
PAQUIBATO DISTRICT, Davao City (MindaNews/22 February) – It’s a sunny day and Ka Ruben, a New People’s Army guerrilla, turned the dial of his portable radio to scan for FM stations. He stopped turning the dial upon hearing “Carrie,” a hit song of Swedish band Europe, and started to sharpen his bolo beside his hammock underneath the young ipil-ipil trees.
MOUNT KITANGLAD, BUKIDNON - A peso coin drenched in chicken blood is the welcome offered to visitors to this mountain, which soars 2,899 meters over the city of Malaybalay, and the towns of Lantapan, Libona, Impasug-ong, Sumilao, Manolo Fortich, Baungon and Talakag. "This will serve as your identification," says Bae Inatlawan as she hands over the bloody coin, "so that the spirits will allow you to enter."
Davaoenos can't help but appreciate what the city turns to during Christmas. Malls come up with unique themes to go with the spirit. Restaurants offer Christmas discounts on their meals to give foodies an excuse to indulge this time of the year. Establishments such as hotels and offices shine with Christmas lights and decors. And of course, stores are filled with what could be possible gifts - for others or for the shoppers themselves. These treats (and more) make Christmas in Davao wonderful.
The tribe's art is everywhere in the Talaandig village in Songco. It is in their music, paintings, inside their houses and even on their doors. Children learn to beat the drums as soon as their hands can reach thecowhide canvases and Talaandig grandmothers see to it that this tradition is passed on by teaching the children how to dance to the beat of the drums.
In terms of numerology, the three tens placed side by side look quite impressive. 10 October 2010. That is what these three tens are all about: the second Sunday of October this year. For the Catholic Church in the Philippines, this is the celebration of the Indigenous Peoples or IP Sunday. On this day, priests are expected to give homilies and invited IPs provide commentaries on the sad plight of the IPs as well as encourage Christian lowlanders to express their solidarity with the IPs' struggle for self-determination.
Roel Panuga is so excited that he wished the red bus he was riding to Barangay Kuya, Maramag town, has a pair of wings and can fly. The 36-year-old leader of the Danggawan Landless Farmers Association had just come from a meeting in nearby Malaybalay City and wanted to tell his fellow farmers the good news. At the meeting, officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform told Panuga that they have rejected the final legal impediment over the 100-hectare Ocaya ranch owned by the late Bukidnon Governor Timoteo Ocaya in Barangay Kuya, Maramag town.
Berdan Medes, a “habal-habal” (motorcycle for hire) driver put a cap on his head and tied a raincoat to the rear of his vehicle as he prepared to take passengers rain or shine to any of Valencia’s 20 interior barangays where close to 200 habal habal drivers like him are “king of the road.”
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 May) -- Young children sprinkle petals on the isle while walking all the way to the altar not to litter but to honor Mama Mary.
It is the month of flowers once again and children are in the chapels for the traditional Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May), a month-long Catholic festival introduced by the Spaniards as a tribute to the Virgin Mary.
MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/17 April) - Sultans, swords , streamers. Where East meets West, visiting Marawi City in central Mindanao is like having a blast in the past. Women walk the streets in their colorful malongs. Kids singing hiphop converge in karaoke bars.