Updates on the Aeta Ram Pumps

February 19th, 2012

We received updates and pictures abut the Aeta ram pumps in Botolan, Zambales. After the religious ritual to appease the spirits, the two AIDFI technicians and the Aetas were able to work on the catchment tank and the cement base of the two ram pumps. But not immediately. There was another interruption, as they had
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Ram Pumps and Other Aeta Dreams

January 31st, 2012

It’s been a long time coming. More than a year ago, at an evening meeting in Barangay Villar, inside the Aetas ancestral domain, we shared our dreams which started with our partnership for Aeta learning and leadership. After a lot of discussion, they agreed on one priority – water for drinking and for irrigation. But
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A Ram Pump for Barangay Villar

September 6th, 2011

Posting some pictures for a workshop on Alternative Learning System in Edinburgh. Using the “Context-Content-Method” framework we developed in 1986-87 for popular education, one of the contexts I selected is “sustainable development of Aetas’ ancestral domain.” I visited Barangay Villar inside the ancestral domain. In a community assembly, Barangay Chairman Palab identified water supply as
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10:30 pm June 15

June 15th, 2011

What happened at 10:30 pm on June 15, twenty years ago? In fact, something stopped happening at that hour, on that date. According to scientists, that was the official end of the 1991 eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. What happened since then has become part of one  “most significant story”  in my life – my lifelong
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A Young Aeta’s Farewell Talk

November 18th, 2010

Christopher “Butog”Domulot is a young Aeta who has been studying at the Asian Rural Institute in Japan. In a few weeks, he will be returning to the Philippines, to apply what he has learned. The following is his last “morning talk” to his classmates at ARI. At this time I want to be slightly serious
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