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CAMOTE: An emblem of the Kalanguya

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The sweet potato, nationally known as camote, and locally called obi is an emblem of Kalanguyaness. It was a staple food for the Kalanguyas even decades before upland rice came into the picture. It has kept alive generations and generations of Kalanguya particularly those who settled in the mountainous regions of the eastern part of the municipality of Kayapa. I have a theory that people who eats more camote live longer lives. :) See, all my grandparents and my great grandparents lived to more than a hundred. :)

Why in the world am I writing about this strange-looking root crop? I don't know. It's just that when I bent down yesterday at my 'spice basket' to get some garlic for my neighbor, I saw a camote with my onions, ginger and other spices in my kitchen with young green leaves growing from it. So I took a cam and snapped a pic of it. It is a testimony that I have not been cooking for the last two months or so. I was busy (kano!:) Anyway, I thought I'd…

AN ASIDE (Wala lang magawa)

My last entry mirrors the state of mind I was in these last few days. I intended to follow up on the 'good and bad news' I blogged about two weeks or so ago but I can't seem to get myself into that frame of mind where I can write objectively (although I can't imagine how one can write dispassionately about something that touches too much of his/her 'myocardium'), not to mention that I was warned to keep my mouth shut or else.... I have like 4 drafts in my blog entry list right now and I can't bring myself to continue writing something about the topics I meant to rant about. So anyway, I just keep prowling around fellow bloggers' pages. So people on my blog roll, napuntahan ko na lahat at nabasa ko mga entries nyo pati nang blogs ng ilan sa mga nasa listahan n'yo pati mga comments na pagkadamidami kaya lang kung bakit di man lang ako makacomment kaya sabi ko sa sarili ko, teka, kelangan yata magsulat ng kahit ano ngayon...


Una, nakakapagod pala m…

MY IGOROTNESS

I was commenting on Bill's Igorots in EDSA 1 and noticed that I am going off topic so I just cut the rest of my comment and pasted it here and now I am forced to expand it a bit. I would like to ask any reader if they ever saw an elementary school textbook where Igorots were pictured as little black people with frizzy hairs and thick lips and flat nose.

Last time I was down South (in Zamboanga del Norte to be exact), my husband and I went to this church where I was given an opportunity to talk about what I do. Being the proud Igorota that I am, I started off by saying, "If you haven't yet seen a pure-blooded Igorot, before you is one." Can you imagine what response I got? Laughter. I was startled for a moment there so I decided to talk about other things. I finished my little speech and Mr. MC took the podium. He thanked me for visiting them but here's what made me flabbegasted! He said: "And thank you for that nice joke! " There I was telling t…

ELUSIVE HAPPINESS

Somebody asked me yesterday if I am happy in my work, home and generally, my life. It made me think.

What is happiness?I was browsing a card section at a bookstore sometime ago and in one card, I have read these sentences, “…what is happiness anyway but a figment of one’s imagination…” and it goes on to say that as long as people follow their heart, they will arrive nowhere but in the arms of the one they love.I felt sad for the writer of the message in that card and for all those people who believe that happiness is just an idea that the overwrought human brain has cooked up for lack of something better to do.

Happiness is a hidden treasure that the Maker has planted to each one of us a desire for it and one of the greatest journies that mankind has embarked on since the dawn of time is to find it.Different people have taken different roads and tunnels in search of true happiness.Some took the road of riches and comfort and I do not know if they were able to find happiness in the end.…