Sunday, June 5, 2016

The everyday vendor who does not only sell fruit but also offers the strength of her spirit. Respect.

Manang came by everyday to offer some fruits. I always buy from her - bananas, oranges, apples. Each time, we talked about the usual happenings in the market and those she encountered along the street where she passed by. She refused to sit down to have coffee with me. She had to go and get about selling door to door to finish the day with a good collection. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Begging in the streets of Baguio

Women and children telling strories
and having fun
It is better to see them this way..
than see them knocking on car windows
with eyes blank, hands outstretched,
and sadness etched on their faces. 

Transported to beg
They learned their trade
Emote for coins, or better, bills 
I gave out a new bought sandwich
the mother shakes her head
but the baby's thin arms
shot out to grab
the food 
with eyes hungry 
but filled with delight!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Giving back ♥

The beloved child of this universe 
is giving back the love 
that she has been given 
in life

The Last Pine Tree Stand overlooking Dizon Subdivision... Somewhere between Pinget, Dreamland,Quirino Hill in Baguio City Aug 9, 2013

The houses are closing in
The pinetrees await
the encroaching

Quicker, and nearer
they build
and closer
They grieve
Their hearts weep
Their roots steadfast
Oh, more strength
for their last stand ;(

Thursday, October 24, 2013

My Angel Orchid Story

 When my dad moved on to the everlasting life, his physical absence created an abyss of sadness within. I have to fill the void with his memories and anything tangible that would imbue his presence. The spray of scented angel-like orchids, coffee moments, making thank you cards, and other things gave comfort. Life goes through a process and it takes heart to be creative as you grieve.

Thursday, August 29, 2013


"Indigenous peoples have the right to practice and revitalize their cultural traditions and customs, which includes the right to maintain, protect, and develop the past, present, and future manifestations of their culture." ~UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Igorot Global Organization 9th International Consultation (IIC9)Festivities

During the 9th Igorot International Consultation (IIC9), speakers urged the youth to revitalize culture. Workshops on culture and arts were conducted.

"The Ninth Igorot International Consultation (IIC9) held in the City of Baguio, Philippines from April 11 to 14, 2012 has been and indeed a resounding gong echoing the voices of the Igorots throughout the world. Tackling the timely concerns and issues of the Igorots, the IIC9 has been true to its mandate and has been fruitful in its goal."


Friday, February 17, 2012

THE KAYABANG LOVE BASKET: A multicultural literature which represents our distinct cultural group

Red, Sam, and Annika were curiously scanning the pages of the book "The Kayabang Love Basket". Just like the many other children who were born and raised overseas, they would occassionally come back home for visits and they get integrated with their ancestry in the Cordillera Region, Philippines.
How else could we educate our children about their roots but to make them read books which we ourselves had written based from our culturally rich oral tradition..?

The introduction of multicultural literature which represents our distinct cultural group is needed to enlighten the future generation about their heritage through the accurate portrayal of their future in rich detail.


In this picture: Jannah Faye and Zannel Zabala (Georgia, USA), Sam and Annika Gomeyac (GA, USA), Red (NZ), Yzy Ry Basil (Philippines)
Thank you for the photos 
March 11, 2011 

THE KAYABANG LOVE BASKET: A story for all ages

 This book is a contribution in providing our children a reading material where they are represented. It introduces them and the many other children to cultural experiences which they might otherwise miss. Such knowledge of other cultures is an important - and useful component of education for students who live in a multicultural society.

In this picture: Christine, Tessie, and Justine Amogawen - school children living in Asin road, Baguio City; Pureza Gomeyac Egmalis; Carl T Cariño, artist/photographer, Baguio City


Friday, November 12, 2010

ABOUT THE BOOK: The KAYABANG Love Basket - Symbol of Bounty & Gift Giving

THE KAYABANG LOVE BASKET is a story book which is meant to promote multicultural education. This is to help integrate our culture by providing teaching and reading materials where our children in the Cordilleras could feel that they are represented.  This helps in building up their self-esteem and dignity to be more competitive in school and in their community.

Life in the mountains is bliss! This is the essence of the story. It is significant to educate other people by sharing our way of living. This is intended to promote the appreciation and respect of diverse cultures.

“There is no substitute for books in the life of a child. “

Please be a BOOK BENEFACTOR by sponsoring my book. Sharing your blessings could benefit a number of recipients, which could be your own loved ones, friends or relatives or the underprivileged children who would be happy to receive a gift of inspiration from you.

The book project responds to the global campaign on Basic Education for All! Hence it collaborates with agencies, groups, organizations, and institutions by participating with their cause.  It also supports advocacies on environment, health, culture and art. The proceeds would finance the ongoing development, production, publication, and distribution of resource materials.  It is also used to promote educational activities, research, and documentation.

Please help the book project prosper  by recommending it to other sponsors and inviting other generous book benefactors. Thank you so much. 

Yours Sincerely,


It is a pleasure to share with you this storybook. It promotes discussion of social issues and advocacies on: Education, Environment, Health, Culture , Art & Spirituality.
This story was written in 1998, which was inspired by the nuances of the mountains and the simplicity of life in a far-flung barangay in the Cordilleras, Philippines. This fiction story showcases life in the highlands.. It is a symbolic reflection of the struggles of people and issues in a community. It communicates the mountain peoples’ ideals and their collective aspirations.
This story was presented in a number of occasions abroad and in the Philippines, adapting the storyline but on the process, changing the version. HIGHLAND BLISS, the first naïve painting used for the book artwork was done in Los Angeles, California, USA in 2002, to give life to the story. There were at least seven (7) naïve paintings that were defragmented into photo images. These book art pieces were used to illustrate this story and its other versions. The naïve paintings reflected the highland people’s endearment to the mountains and how they are anchored to their roots. The painting images are presented on the cover of the book. They resonate the essence of the sacred spaces of the mountains.
The book presents the ingenuity and ingenuousness of highland dwellers as they survive self-sufficiently in their mountainous environment. It is replete with imagery of how blissful it is to live in the mountains!


The Gran Cordillera is the highest and largest series of mountain range in Northern Luzon. It is a resource base for the Philippines, an archipelago in the orient seas. It offers a haven of natural beauty, cool weather, and abundant organic products. It has
diverse flora and fauna, rich mineral deposits, and supplies the country with major resources.

The elements of this story highlight the cultural values that are worth emulating. A handicap made it happen that a basket called KAYABANG be created. Simple it maybe, but it became a symbol of generosity and gift giving. Its utility was valued like gold, and its making became a tradition. The virtue on humility coupled with the theme that ‘creativity flows in the midst of adversity’ behooves that indeed, “Disability is an art. It is an ingenious way to live. ”

Read the book. J
It is deliberately simple and easy to read, yet the depths in its simplicity can unravel threads of essentials and analogies… certainly a springboard for an interesting roundtable discussion on man, language, art and culture… for all ages!”
Ursula Alfa Bangaan-Daoey July 4, 2010

Share a blessing.
Be a Book Benefactor ¨
Do you remember your first book J?

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”¨

It is a treasure forever. Share your blessings.

Sponsor books as gifts to inspire and strengthen the appreciation of READING and WRITING. The proceeds of this book project will help implement a Multicultural Education Program to:

"The Philippines has a pressing need for multi-cultural education. We have a plethora of ethnic minorities but there is no real representation of their existence in our textbooks, curricula, or history.This book is a contribution in providing our children a reading material where they are represented. It introduces them and the many other children to cultural experiences, they might otherwise miss. Such knowledge of other cultures is an important—and useful component of education for students who live in a multicultural society.” (Education and Race Handbook ARC 1998)
In solidarity with the global campaign to advance basic education for all, the goal is to share this book not only to the indigenous peoples of the Cordilleras in the Northern Philippines, but also to all Filipinos nationwide, and to all peoples around the world!

The Book Project collaborates with institutions, organizations, groups, and individuals to promote and effect advocacies on: Education, Health, Environment, Culture & Art.

IPhone # (63) 74 916238 5874
Brent School, Baguio City
Brent Road 2600 PHILIPPINES

Thank you very much.
May God bless you.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010



  • ACKNOWLEDGES  book benefactors 

  • COLLABORATES/NETWORKS with groups, organizations, and institutions in the local and  international levels.

  •  DOCUMENTS services delivered to secure operations and make accountabilities transparent.

  •  REFERS fairly selected beneficiaries as recommended by  authorized agencies and institutions.

  •  CONDUCTS information, education, communication activities to promote the advancement of  BASIC EDUCATION FOR ALL and to integrate MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION in the school system.


BOOK benefactors are persons who love books. They consider owning books as a birthright, hence they share their blessings by sponsoring books. They give books as gifts to  help benefit a person, groups or organizations, and at the same time contribute assistance for an  endowment to help a cause.

They value books as a foundation of  education. They “traveled the world twice over, met the famous; saints and sinners, poets and artists, kings and queens, old stars and hopeful beginners, They had been where no-one's been  before, learned  secrets from writers and cooks All with one library ticket to the wonderful world of books!”

Being a BOOK benefactor is a privilege as you would help nurture young minds and give inspiration to ADVANCE   BASIC EDUCATION FOR ALL!The gift of a book is a treasure forever. THE KAYABANG LOVE BASKET is specially   created as a novelty book item to be given away with your own dedication, message, and information. The page at the back cover of the book is    specially reserved for book benefactors.

Perpetuate the Generosity:



1.  Production of Multi-cultural teaching resources and  development of a curriculum to be integrated with the school system.

2.  Promote basic educational activities such as READING, WRITING, VISUAL &  PERFORMING ART activities through seminars, workshops, fora, contests,  projects, exhibits, exposures, and productions.

3.  Research and documentation to help develop and promote  the advancement of basic education and the integration of culture, art, and spirituality of the   Cordilleras in the national and international levels.

4.  Support  Advocacies on the global campaign to alleviate  poverty through education, sustainable  environment, preventive health, and the protection of women and children.

5.  Production and Marketing of the
    18 Versions of  THE KAYABANG Story

Photo Acknowledgement: Miss Andrea Domique Cosalan
Ms. Glo Abaeo, photo