Children series: Not even grime can make children ugly

My favorite subjects are children in their natural state, the more natural the better, because it is in that state when their beauty stares right back at you, undeniable. These are children of sitio Lapinig in the hinterland village of Marilog up the boondocks of Davao City. Up there where only horses and carabaos are […]

Sun.Star Davao: Mindfulness and respect

This article can also be accessed here… http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/opinion/2012/05/05/estremera-mindfulness-and-respect-219955 “FOR those who are ready and willing, we can teach you vermiculture,” Ma’am Betty of Kinaiyahan Foundation said to a group of Matigsalugs in sitio Guilon, one Thursday afternoon. Four hands came up, to which Ma’am Betty asked once more in Visayan, “Have you asked permission from […]

The Talaandig and Daraghuyan tribes of Bukidnon

There are opportunities that I simply cannot resist. This study about the tribes of Bukidnon is among them. It gave me an opportunity to sit down with them and their leaders, and learn a little about where they are coming from. http://www.growingforestpartnerships.org/impact-of-protected-areas-indigenous-communities-thailand-and-philippines http://www.growingforestpartnerships.org/sites/growingforestpartnerships.org/files/Philippines%20PA%20report%20received%2029Nov11.pdf Meet Bae Inatlawan, a ritualist of the Daraghuyan tribe. Inatlawan means touched […]

Sun.Star Davao: Finally, real farmers

Here’s the Sunday cover story of Sun.Star Davao. http://www.sunstar.com.ph/weekend-davao/finally-real-farmers The story tells more about our friends, the Matigsalugs, one of the original residents of Davao City who now live in the fringes… After 40 years, agricultural technology finally reached their upland villages, the sloping agricultural land technology. The message on the boy’s shirt seems to […]