Friday, February 01, 2013

Daraghuyan Tribe, paying respect to their Customs and Tradition

Coins  on the plate of tribe's altar.

Blog Series 1 :  The Rocky and Muddy Trail to the home of Mountain People
Blog Series 2 : Daraghuyan Tribe, paying respect to their Customs and Tradition

Putting  a coin on the plate :

Filipino tradition has diverse practices. One of its specific example is the tribal practices of tribal people. Above all of these practices is to pay respect of one's tradition whatever religion we are with.

Respect to other religion as well as the Holy Teachers and its respective practices, is the key to world harmony.

I remember my old folks during our childhood days, they've been telling us that where ever we go and whenever we pass by an enormous tree like the "balete", they always gave us some reminders like to say "tabi apo" (asking permission from the spirit of the third dimension). 

After we hurdled the Rocky and Muddy Trail, to the Daraghuyan Tribe (also a Bukidnon Tribe), I was discreetly asked to pay respect, and put a "piso" coin on the plate at the altar and say a little prayer before entering the Heritage Center Building where the lecture-seminar  for the leaders of 7 mountains, was in progress. That also signifies that we are asking permission from the deities living in this place. 

So I did what they asked me to do of which, I also learned on how it was done.   
While I am on my way to the entrance door of the Heritage Center Building, I was greeted by the Daraghuyan Tribe Children with their happy and innocent smile,  welcoming me with full of enthusiasm, and without reservation.

Before I finally entered the Heritage Center house, I leave my shoes at the doorstep which I myself been practicing too in entering others' house. I caught up Bae Inatlawan, their lady leader of the Daraghuyan Tribe, doing some speech in welcoming visitors.

Bae Inatlawan is always present in every Kaamulan Festival doing some rituals (prayers to Magbabaya) as an opening rites before the start of the street dancing competition. 

The Heritage Center of the Daraghuyan Tribe is intended for tribe's gathering, for some occasions.  It is where the summit of the 7 mountains held, at least twice a year. The building is also utilized as their learning center for children and youth.
Bae Inatlawan offered us hot coffee, right after she was done with her speech. As a coffee drinker, I did not resisted her offer. It was a locally made corn coffee. Offering a cup of coffee to visitors is so similar with the urban people's practice. That means, if this practice existed long time ago before the existence of concrete jungle and the Christianization of Filipinos, I then presume that our origin is also an indigenous people.
Datu Miguel of Matigsalug Tribe in San Fernando, Bukidnon.

Like in any other seminars and gatherings that I have attended, this kind of gathering is way too different, since we sat down on the floor with a cross leg.
The KIN Executive Director (Easter) and her Deputy Executive Director (Domz) discussing some workshop strategies

So where ever I may be, what ever the tribe's practices and tradition, I always respect that and adapt some of their practices and hug it as if my own. 

What I've also learned from them? Aside from leaving the shoes and sandals at the doorstep?

As Christians, our altars were made of concrete or sometimes made of driftwood and house with roof. Theirs are often times a natural stone or made of bamboo slats and it is oftentimes built in an open space. And one thing for sure, they also pray to Magbabaya (God).  

Another thing that I've learned,  which I also learned in actual during my visit in this tribal land, that according to Sr. Carmelita Arenas, as a sort of reminder to Ms. Canoy, that;

"When you step into tribal lands, you are entering a sacred place. That means, to respect it, you have to remove your sandals or shoes, walk in bare feet to understand what kind of people they are". (source ).

4 Con Tour Passers by:

  1. This is an eye-opener for those who have lost touch with tradition. useful information here Sir Bonz. :)

    1. Hi Doc Wendz. There are some who even don't know how to respect these people. Thanks Doc Wendz.

  2. Wow! I want to experience this, too! It is a great honor to witness this!

    1. Ding, there are a lot of these in our Province, similar to Mountain Province.


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