@heyksantos waiting for her cue. #AsikGirl #PAMANAcanada #Singkil #Filipino @pamanacanada
When you think of Buddhism one doesn’t really think of the Philippines as a nation with a history of the religion. Today Roman Catholicism is the dominant religion of the country followed by Islam. Due to Spanish colonization, missionaries brought Christianity into the islands and over the 333 years of colonization the majority of the people converted from their indigenous beliefs to the new faith. However prior to the colonization, there is a history in the Philippines that is relatively unknown, that is the influence of Buddhism and Hinduism. We have no awe inspiring monuments like Borobudur in Indonesia or Angkor Wat in Cambodia that indicate that Buddhism was prevalent. However we do still have evidence through the oldest document in the Philippines, the Laguna Copperplate, and various recently discovered artifacts. One of these artifacts is the Golden Tara, also known as the Golden Agusan Image, one of the only deity representations recovered in the Philippines.
In the words of UP scholar Dr. Juan Francisco, he described the golden statue as, ”One of the most spectacular discoveries in the Philippine archaeological history.” But how exactly was it discovered and who discovered it? In July of 1917 a flood and storm swept through Agusan Del Sur in the barangay Cubo Esperanza. After the storm a Manobo woman named Bilay Ocampo was on the banks of the muddy Wawa River where she eventually found the figure where it washed up from the river. The 21-karat gold figure dating to around 850 to 950 C.E. weighs 4 lbs and depicts a woman sitting in the lotus position in Buddhism, is ornamented with jewelry on her body, and wears a headdress. This figure turned out to be a representation of the Bodhisattva Tara. It is said that the Golden Tara after her discovery was handed to the former Deputy Governor Bias Baclagon then it was passed to the Agusan Coconut Company, because of a debt. It was then being sold and was purchased for 4,000 pesos by the wife of American Governor-General Leonard Wood, Faye Cooper-Cole, who was the curator of Chicago Field Museum’s Southeast Asian department. They then donated the Golden Tara to the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois, USA where it is currently held in the Grainger Hall of Gems. Dr. H. Otley Beyer, known as the father of Philippine Archaeology and Anthropology, tried to encourage the government to buy the artifact however all attempts failed due to lack of funds.
The story goes that when Bilay Ocampo found her, she decided to keep it as a doll. However she was told to give it over to Baclagon because they believed it was a diwata. Because of this it was previously called Buwawan ni Baclagon or Ginto ni Baclagon. However according to Bilay’s granddaughter, Aling Constancia, the Golden Tara wasn’t handed over but it was stolen from her lola.
Manila, Philippines: Protest in solidarity with Gaza, July 18, 2014,
'Hey Israel and USA, how many kids have you killed today?'
Lakota girl, ca.1875
This isn’t a Lakota girl she’s a Filipina mestiza de sangley
Bah! way to erase the woman’s identity.
Check your sources, gdi. *glares*
And her portrait is one of the most famous old portraits and recognizable among many Pilipin@s. The photo, which is called Mujer de la clase rica, was indeed taken in 1875, but not of a Lakota girl but a Filipina/Chinese mestiza by Dutch photographer Francisco van Camp who was well known during the 19th century for his refined portraits in the Philippines.
The fact this post got so many notes with misinformation, poor research, and thus erasing her ethnic identity saddens me.
I’ve been itching to share this for a while now. My last project was Cinderella, and since there’s already one version of Cinderella for Far Faria, I decided to do a Filipino version version just to mix it up.
Throughout the world many groups of people have created their own diverse creation stories to help explain our existence. While often times they may be seen as a fabrication of the human imagination, there are often elements of truth to the history of that certain group of people and their culture. Some myths depict the genealogy of the group, of where their ancestors came from while others describe the creation of the entire world. Our ancestors that called the islands of what is now known as the Philippines as their home were no exception to this human trait of understanding where we came from. Many of the different ethnic groups throughout the Philippines have their own creation myths, some very similar to another while others are vastly different. In this post I will talk about the Bisayans creation story and how it shaped their lives and culture.
This is some bullshit. My friend, undocumented immigrant, journalist and immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas, had been detained in Texas. #FreeJose #IStandWithJose
Photo via Ryan Grim & huffpostpolitics
For those who are wondering he is a Pilipin@ activist for undocumented immigrants and is the producer of the documentary Documented. For those in New York there will be a peaceful vigil in Union Square tonight for support and solidarity of Jose and for his release. More on Antonio, his work, and updates on his detainment in Texas will be on this blog within the next couple of days.
Just wanted to fact-check (for the sake of facts and not to rouse anyone up!): Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and undocumented American (Vargas and the org he works with, Define American, is trying to change the language around undocumented folks here in the United States). He was brought here at the age of 12 and did not find out he was residing in the United States illegally until the age of 16 when he tried getting his driver’s permit. He’s written for The New Yorker, the New York Times, and Huffington Post to name a few. He was also the first to do a one-on-one groundbreaking interview with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, covered social media for the re-election of President Obama, and has done numerous interviews for CNN, MSNBC, and Fox.
In his own interviews that I’ve seen via YouTube and on TV, he doesn’t identify as an activist. He doesn’t call the work he does as “activism.” He says that he simply living his life as he always did, but no longer in hiding. He acknowledges his undocumented status and knows the privileges he benefits from as an award winning journalist in a country that considers his existence illegal.
He was transported and is currently detained at the McAllen Border Patrol Station. Please follow the Define American Twitter for updates.
UPDATE: Jose Antonio Vargas has been released!
So after months since I created the site and bought the domain last year (in which the site has been sitting in my corner of the web collecting dusts until now) , I have finally officially opened the blog. One of the major reasons for this site is to actually blog and write, not just reblog and post pictures like I have been doing on Tumblr. Not only does it make it easier on myself in regards to blogging but also to my readers who look forward to the cultural and historical information they learn.
So are there any new changes? Not really. The Tumblr blog will still be up and running however for the most part it will gradually just be reblogs of others posts and photos. All future written blog posts will be posted up on this blog from now on with links to the post to Tumblr and other social networking sites like Facebook. Basically this will be the main blog from now on in regards to actual written content on various topics.
As you can see I have a few old blog posts from Tumblr up on the site from 2012 all the way to August of 2013. Any written content on the Tumblr blog after this timeframe will eventually be added on to the site gradually.
But ya feel free to browse around the blog and read old blog posts if you haven’t read them already and enjoy the new site!
- Ate Ligaya
Expired 35mm Kodak film - June 12 2014