Aetas and the Time Paradox

October 16th, 2010

For two days and two nights, I had a non-stop conversation with Aeta leaders of LAKAS and PBAZ inside their ancestral domain. We planned our trip to be a “visioning walk and talk,” and we did talk a lot about the future. But our conversations also shuttled back and forth, to the past, the present,
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A Visit to an Ancestral Domain

October 15th, 2010

October 11-12, I joined 25 Aeta leaders of LAKAS and PBAZ to visit their ancestral domain. We crossed the river of mud and lahar on a three-hour trip to Barangay Villar, and had an evening assembly to discuss their priorities. The next morning, we went on a two-hour hike to Yamot, one of their original
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Walking with the Aetas

October 10th, 2010

Girlie has just finished packing my bag for  my early morning bus trip to Zambales tomorrow, for a two-day visit to the Aetas’ ancestral domain. She always helps me pack for any trip I make. Though she doesn’t say so, I sense that she worries about this trip. Perhaps she’s thinking of my legs; I’m
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Aetas Go Organic

September 30th, 2010

Last September 23 and 24, ELF brought four visitors from Bangladesh to Botolan Zambales, to meet the Aeta leader-graduates of our Grassroots Leadership Course. Imon, Aman, Bashir, and Rosy work with Protiggya Parishad, an NGO that is focused on the Comilla district in Bangladesh. We first met the Aeta basic literacy facilitators and A and
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Education and Camotes: A Korean Story

September 4th, 2010

You need not be as old as I am to have heard about this rude remark directed by Filipino teachers at slow learners or stubborn learners: “Go home and just plant camote!” Education is directly counterposed to camote: If you can’t study, then go farming. Not just any kind of farming, but primitive low-level farming,
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