the indomitable eastern visayan
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Eastern Visayan(A GUIDE TO KNOWING WARAY FOLK
VIEWS AND LORE)
The Waray is the epitome of the “BISAYA”, the fun loving, warm, kinship nurturing peoples of the eastern islands of our archipelago namely Samar, Leyte and Biliran. Aside from giving importance in life their domiciles, families, relations and their material environs; they treasure so much and hold in endearment their pride as peoples of the Philippines and their strong connection to their Faith in the Supreme God whose will and intervention is greater than their own and in any human or natural phenomena…
KNOWING THE PAST>>>
"The Bisayans are called Pintados because they are in fact so, not by nature although they are well-built, well-featured and white, but by painting their entire bodies from head to foot as soon as they are young men with strength and courage enough to endure the torture of painting. In the old days, they painted themselves when they had performed some brave deed. They paint themselves by first drawing blood with pricks from a very sharp point, following the design and lines previously marked by the craftsmen in the art, and then over the fresh blood applying a black powder that can never again be erased. They do not paint the whole body at one time, but part by part, so that the painting takes many days to complete. In the former times they had to perform a new feat of bravery for each of the parts that were to be painted. The paintings are very elegant, and well proportioned to the members and parts where they are located. I used to say there, captivated and astonished by the appearance of one of these, that if they brought it to Europe a great deal of money could be made by displaying it. Children are not painted. The women paint the whole of one hand and a part of the other.“
Alzina, Francisco S.J., “Historias de las Islas y Indios de Bisaias…1668”
THE WARRIOR “GARBOSO” The first impression of the western man on the native in Leyte could be read in Pigafetta's account in Limasawa when he described the brother of Rajah Siani of that island: He "was the handsomest among these people. His hair was very black and of shoulder length; he had a silk cloth on his head and two large gold rings hang from the ears. He wore a cotton cloth, embroidered with silk to cover himself from waist down to the knees. On his side, he wore a dagger with a long handle, all of gold, with its scabbard made of carved wood. With this he wore upon him scents of storac and binoin (benzoin). He was tanned and his face was all painted... The painted king was called Colambu and the other Rajah Siani." (Blair & Robertson))4]Pigafetta described the garb on Siani as painted, although the markings were tattoos which were shared by many peoples of the Islands upon the period of discovery by the Spaniards. He was describing then the manner of grooming of Pintado men especially those who belonged to the upper structure of society.
MYTHS, ORAL TRADITIONS AND LEGENDS
THE LEGEND OF MOUNT DANGLAY or HOW TACLOBAN GOT ITS NAME – Artworks by Dulz Cuna (From an Oral Tradition)
THE LEGEND OF BUNGANSAKIT – A BASEYNON TALE
SUGUIHON the triumphant SUITOR and the Vengeful WARRIOR
Suguihon, Bungansakit’s lover and consequently husband may have consequently belonged to the Visayan Aristocracy and warrior class. He is said to be a converted native for recent interpretations of the legend described the marriage of Bungansakit and Suguihon to be in a Christian ceremony..
“Bisan han mga bisan, Saypa han mga Saypa” (Waray idiom)
Alden Lugnasin as SUGUIHON in Ballet Philippines “BUNGANSAKIT” (Fruit of Sacrifice)
Familiar Utensils and Crafts
Flora, Fauna , Transpo and Warfare
WHERE THE STUFF OF THE LORE COMES FROM>>
FOLK BELIEFS AND THE SUPERNATURAL
USA NGA GAB-I HA DAPITAN by Dulz Cuna (oil)
Early Sto. Nino Church 1860 by LEO VILLAFLOR (oil)
FOLK RELIGIOUSITY IN BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT
THE SYNCRETISM OF THE SACRED AND THE PROFANE
THE TRADITION OF THEWARAY BARD
VICENTE DE VEYRA
KATIG-UBAN CONCEPTSPINOY “HORROR VACUI”
National Artist Francisca Reyes-Aquino on Reserch of the Dance KURATSA in Samar
TAGAY by Platon Varquez
THE TRADITION OF WINE,
SONG AND GENERALLY, FUN!
HISTORY, HERSTORY, THEIRSTORY>>>
To be Continued thru Story….