Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Good morning Lumad

It was 8:00 o’clock already in the morning and I was still laying here on my bed. I didn’t want to get up because the weather is cold outside and it was nice to stay in bed and wrap my body with the blanket. I don’t need to get up early because it’s already vacation time from school. While I was inside my blanket, I heard drums and a guitar playing. It sounds like somebody dancing our “ati’atihan” or our native dance here. I asked my son what was that sounds outside, he said, it was the mountain people, they were dancing and singing in front of the houses here, big or small as a way of caroling. My son said, they asked for used clothes in exchange for their native dance. As soon as I heard this, I got up and went outside. I was happy and I enjoyed watching them while they were dancing and playing their own musical instruments It was too late when I remembered my camera but still, I ran back to my room to get my camera and when I tried to turn it on, the batteries were not working and I don’t have extra batteries here. I feel so bad because I can’t take a picture of them. I went back outside again and I just continued watching them until they were all finished dancing in the whole area.

My sons and the other kids here were so happy to see that because the native people will only go down from the mountains every Christmas just to ask simple things from the people as a Christmas gift for them. They just ask used clothes, a pair of slippers, foods, blanket, towel, can goods but not money. We called them as “LUMAD”. Mayor Rody Duterte, our good mayor here in Davao , gives them a place to stay while they were here in the city and they are not a few people, but many. They are hundreds of them including the babies. The mayor also gives them food, slippers and clothes etc. so that when they go up to the mountain again, they will be happy.