Bukidnon Views: Bukidnon Culture: The History By Loreta Sol L. Dinlayan (Second of a series)

Bukidnon Views:

Bukidnon Culture: The History
By Loreta Sol L. Dinlayan

(Second of a series)

(Bukidnon News releases this five-part series on the Bukidnon culture
with permission from the author. These materials have been previously
published by the BSU Ethno-cultural Museum and the Bukidnon Heritage
Foundation.

The script, Ms. Dinlayan says, in its simplest form, features the
tangible and intangible heritage of the culture of Bukidnon. She added
that culture is treated as a treasure in a precious container. In this
cultural presentation, the rituals, the history, the treasures, the
knowledge and the message of Bukidnons are portrayed.

She said this is a ‘cultural tour’ with a script.

“I invite each reader to treat each item as an access to explore the
depth and width of Bukidnon culture,” she said.

THE HISTORY

“Bisan pa hindun a
Lalag kug uli a ta Bukidnon.”(Wherever I may go, I long to go back home.)

We are as old as time.
We lived here since time immemorial.
Our forefathers’ stories brought us to the past.

Wars and warriors.
Stories and story-tellers.
Religions and religious.
Travels and travelers.
Politics and politicians.
Businesses and businessmen.
Schools and educators.
Books and writers.

All these invaded our land.
All these knitted our story lines.

Some story lines are short.
Some are broad.
Some are colorful.
Some are dull.
Some invade.
Some befriend.
Some respect.
Some profane.

Tribes.
Clans.
Bukidnon, Higa-onon, Tagoloanon and Talaandig.
Manobo, Matigsalog, Tigwahanon and Umayamnon.

Neighbors.
People from afar.
Dumagats.
Played the cultural rhythm.
Ate in our tables.
Slept on our floor.
They are brethren.
They are more wise.
They are more powerful.
They are as they are in our eyes.
They are as they are in their eyes.

Datuship.
May it be Datu of Namnam.
Or Datu of Kalabugaw.
Or Datu of Sinuda.
Or Datu of Katablaran.
With us, they are bearers of history.

Our real history is not read.
Our real history is heard.
It is heard from our daily stories.
Our plight.
Our struggles.
Our dreams.

Land-grabbing and land-giving.
Vote-buyers and vote-sellers.

Varied history pages.
As time goes, our history goes on.

Be a part of our history.

(Bukidnon Views is the opinion section of Bukidnon News. Loreta Sol L.
Dinlayan is currently the in-charge of the Ethno-cultural Museum of
Bukidnon State University, Malaybalay City. She is the daughter of
Datu Bagangbangan. She can be reached through angaray_bsc@yahoo.com.)

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