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Created on March 22, 2012, this blog is dedicated to the rich and diverse Philippine cultures and it's people. You will find here pictures of the indigenous, music, dances, baybayin art, places in the Philippines, tattoos, animistic beliefs, myths and legends, deities, food, martial arts, and everything that makes us Pilipinx.

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Comments Apr 17 16 @11:55pm  with 28,367 notes — via merbaklajapmikel)




The Ultramar Leones Troop | West Philippine Sea Defense Force

Three extraordinary scouts were secretly deployed on an island to monitor suspicious Chinese activity near the West Philippine Sea border.


This makes me feel powerful.

Comments Apr 08 16 @11:20am  with 93 notes — via gerilya


Live Art by Gerilya
Flat Latex on Plywood
For Art in the Park 2016
Salcedo Park, Makati City
Photo courtesy Aldrich Alarilla

Comments Apr 06 16 @8:35pm  with 51 notes

“The aftermath of the biological family reunion – where does an adoptee go from here? How does one balance two families? These are some of the questions that James Beni Wilson will attempt to answer in his next film project, Once Upon An Ochia.

There are not many documentaries that highlight the ongoing relationship of an adoptee after reuniting with their biological family. I will be will be mapping out a collective narrative focusing on the inter-cultural interactions between my families and myself. It will also include genealogy work of putting together a family tree and capturing the living oral history. This film is dedicated to adoptees, specifically trans-racial or trans-national adoptees, who are finding their way building and balancing new and old relationships, how it may impact one’s identity; to bring you a glimpse of what it may be like after post-reunion of an adoptee “finding their roots.

Please help me reach my goal in fundraising for my latest documentary film here!  Even if you don’t donate, that’s fine as long as you help me share my indiegogo campaign I’ll be very grateful!”


I invite you to join me on the rest of this journey to reach back as I move forward.

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- James Beni Wilson

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Mt. Daraitan - Tinipak River, Tanay Rizal
January 28, 2015

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Philippine Clothing~

also character design practice

based on these

Comments Mar 13 16 @1:51pm  with 5 notes — via baybayin


@Baybayin : #NYC kapwa! lanewilcken and I will be in the #Brooklyn/#Manhattan area in June to give talks at… # (via Twitter #)

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Comments Mar 12 16 @10:46pm  with 438 notes

Meme na Mindanaw
(A lullabye for peace in Mindanao)
by Albert Alejo

“Meme na, O Mindanaw
Iduyan-duyan ko ikaw.
Sa gubot di maminaw
Aron dili ka mapukaw.
Damguhon mo ang kalinaw
Sa umaabot nga adlaw
Ugma ipohon makalakaw
Ngadto sa wala na’y mingaw.
Ssshhh! Ayaw mo pagsaba
Mapukaw ang bata!
Ssshhh! Ayaw na mo pag-away
Ang bata madamay!
Damguhon mo ang kalinaw
Sa umaabot nga adlaw
Ugma pohon makalakaw
Ngadto sa wala na’y mingaw
Pasagdi ang bata intawon
Magdamgo nga malinawon.
Magmata na, O Mindanaw
Ania na ang kalinaw.”


Sleep now, my dear Mindanaw,
I will cradle you to sleep,
Don’t allow the fighting outside
Awaken you from slumber.
Dream, dream of peace
In the coming days
Tomorrow, who knows, you can walk
To where there are no more tears.
Husssh! Don’t be noisy
You might disturb the child asleep
Hussh! Stop all this fighting
You might also hit the child!
Dream, dream of peace
In the coming days
Tomorrow, who knows, you can walk
To where there are no more tears.
Please let the child sleep
And let him dream in peace
Wake up, my dear Mindanaw
Peace is coming to us now

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Comments Mar 12 16 @10:43pm  with 132 notes
balmesza: This might seem a bit random, but do you know any plants that played some significant role(s) in our mythology/folklore? Just curious if plants held some symbolic meaning back then

There were a few yes. Ginger is one and is prevalent in a lot of our myths often associated with gold.

Then there are the anahaw palm leaves that were used by the babaylans in their ritual dances as well as being their symbol seeing as they were buried with it.

The bamboo and coconut obviously which is prevalent in many creation myths such as the Bisayans creation myth where the fir st man and woman came out from after floating in the sea to land.

Betel nut, though not so much focused on mythology and folklore, it was a sacred plant that was chewed and used in the blackening and reddening of teeth which everyone did prior to the Spaniards and is still being practiced today by those groups who weren’t colonized. This symbolized beauty as it was considered ugly and you were compared to a pig if it was white and besides blackening and redding the teeth they also filed it into pointed teeth and put gold plating which we do have examples of such as the Bolinao skull.

Rice, of course was considered sacred and was used as a major offering as rice, rice cakes, or rice wine like pangasi.

The balete or banyan tree is another which was considered sacred and where the spirits lived.

Ya thats what I can think of at the top of my head and the most important ones.

Comments Mar 12 16 @10:29pm  with 62 notes
shadowkiller91234567-deactivate: I just want to say I love your tumblr. As a Filipino I am glad that this blog is dedicated to spreading the knowledge our true culture and our history. My question is that are their any Filipino deities that represented knowledge?

Thank you! And yes. The Ilokanos had Apo Lang-aw who was not just the god of wisdom and knowledge but also progress and prosperity. Not much else is known about this deity though other than there being a revolt in Ilocos in 1811 focused around those who worshiped Apo Lang-aw and resisted the Spaniards and Catholicism. There was also Bathala Maykapal among the Tagalogs who was the supreme god.

Other than those two there isn’t any other deity specifically known to represent wisdom and knowledge. A majority of deities were focused on agriculture, the sea, afterlife, the fields and forests, fishing, and war which pretty defines the societies our ancestors lived in and depended on and still do today for the most part.

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