Saturday, 31 October 2015

Happy Samhain!

Happy Samhain!

Enjoy Samhain, happy Celtic new year with justice for the Lumád folk. 

Despite celebrating a different holiday such as those from the west, Samhain, known as Halloween by many, is more than just a celebration of a renewed commitment to the struggle such as those of the Indigenous folks, but also a celebration of hope as these folks and its lowland friends are enjoying each other's company with warm embraces and a fusion of both folk and contemporary sounds.

In fact, according to Celtic legend, Cú Chulainn going into battle in the Táin Bó Cúailnge, which was said to have begun at Samhain. While yesterday, Bai Bibyaon Bigkay, well known amongst the Manobo Elders, spoke angst against the system for harassing their kin and occupying their land in the name of interest. These two beings, both legendary and real, shared the same goal and that is to struggle against the hordes of evil if not defending their folk and home.

There may be no bonfire as in the west, nor even the usual commercialised trick or treating, but the music of struggle has been played so much knowing that as in the past, the drums of war may have felt its adversaries fear especially that these folks are marching towards Liwasang Bonifacio. Last Tuesday they lit their candles at Palma hall to remember their fallen kin as well as reaffirming in their commitment, and yesterday they afforded to dance with the lowlanders with both having enjoyment. They even enjoyed free food such as Pizza, Fried Noodles, to those of Caldereta, Afritada, Barbecue, and Lugaw to satisfy their appetites and souls in preparing for the battle.
Perhaps those from the otherworld, particularly those of the fallen folks may also enjoy with these people, especially with their kin and its friends knowing that their struggle is just with all the hardships they have passed in hope of attaining justice.

Anyways, let the candles burn and prayers be prayed not to appease  fallen souls, but to guide the living towards their cherished aspiration. 

Trick the system, treat the people!