Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Reflecting on it

For Weeks, I have been grappling for ideas… making myself to write, finding inspiration in writing… exploring good things to write about.

Its been a while, I wonder how well I have become… have I been the person I want to be? I am in the place where I really want to be?

And it made me question myself… is this what I want? What do I really want?

Monday, November 10, 2008

Witnessing a Ritual

It was early morning, just before I start my interview with Manobo Tribal Leaders in Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, Datu Makalipay and Datu Mandagase started the day with a ritual first... this is to bless me before I start my task that it may be fruitful.

They have prepared a Betel Nut, tokens, wine, a lighted candle and a native chicken used for rituals. They started to rant in their dialect. Then after the whole ritual, I observed Datu Makalipay pour water at the four corners of the offering.

"This is to invite the spirit to wash hands and join a meal with us." He said.

That's what they call "panawagtawag"