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Hinilawod

Hinilawod is an epic poem written by the early inhabitants of a place called Sulod in central Panay Visayas, Philippines. The Term “Hinilawod” means Tales From The Mouth of The Halawod River".

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When the goddess of the eastern sky Alunsina (also known as Laun Sina, “The Unmarried One”) reached maidenhood, the king of the gods, Kaptan, decreed that she should marry. All the unmarried gods of the different domains of the universe tried to win her hand to no avail. She chose to marry a mortal, Datu Paubari, the mighty ruler of Halawod.

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Dagway sa Katigulangan Bisaya

(The Face of feudal Visayan)

The Face tattoo is only restricted for those Elite Warriors of Feudal Visayas, according to Book Barangay sixteenth-century philippine culture and society by William Henry Scott, ‘Bangut’ is what they called the face-tattoo, other Visayan language probably? had a different term for the face-tattoo, the design which mimics a crocodiles jaw is called 'langi’ it also mentioned about a beak design, In Pigafettas journal he mentioned that Rajah Humanbon of Cebu had a flame-like design tattoo on his face.

“The Red head-gear or Pudong/Purong is what they called “Magalong”, it signifies the most valiant warrior in Feudal Visayas.”

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The Misunderstood Island of Mindanao,

Music by Joey Ayala

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Austronesian Migration (Crossroad and Civilization)


Austronesia, in historical terms, refers to the homeland of the peoples who speak Austronesian languages, including Malay, Filipino, Indonesian, Maori, Malagasy, native Hawaiian, the Fijian language and around a thousand other languages. The Austronesian homeland is thought by linguists to have been prehistoric Taiwan.

The name Austronesia comes from the Latin austrālis “southern” plus the Greek νήσος (nêsos) “island”.

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Badlit script / Suwat Bisaya (Baybayin Bisaya) - is an Ancient pre-Filipino writing system, it’s member of the Brahmic family and closely related to other writing system in Southeast Asia, Badlit is an Abugida or an alpha-syllabary writing system, like most writing system used in Southeast Asia, where any consonants is pronounced with a vowel and using a diacritical marks to express other vowels. It is written from left to right and requires no spaces between words, space is use only after end of a sentence or punctuation, although in modern writing it usually contains spaces after each word to enhance readability.

There is a resurgence of interest on Pre-Hispanic Philippine syllabaries (baybayin or surat).  This interest is very much welcomed.  Anything that is older than Philippines 1521 is something worth exploring and analyzing. read more…


This was taken in 2005, with myself (Fisherman hat dude) and my Cousin Paul (Red shirt dude) along side with our soldier friend and Mr. sleeping soldier. My cousin’s father invited us to come in some sort of a military exercise just outside the road to Maria Cristina Falls, Iligan. My Cousin’s father is a reserve Major and also worked in the Maria Cristina Power plant in Mindanao.

We listen and learn on how life of a Philippine soldier is, how minimum their wages are, how they part with their families in order to do their duty as a soldier, one of them told us “a life of soldier is just big adventure.” and also told us stories.

When I was little kid I always dreamed about being a soldier that’s when I shifted dreaming about being a Pirate and a spaceman xD. I remember my aunt asked me why do I want to be a soldier? one thing that always pop in my mind is “protecting our own” I really don’t know where I get that, but I grew up with it.

I’ve been away from home for almost 6 years now, I remember whenever we visit other towns and cities, there are always check points, there always marines posted everywhere, and you always see armored cars and choppers passing by, we sometimes waved at them hoping they wave back, that was actually fun times,

now we hear the news about the Progress in Mindanao, we hope this peace and progress will last forever, no! we want this to last forever. 

I really miss home.

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Remember those days, in High-school we used to bring our acoustic guitar to school and during Lunch break we played some popular OPM songs and everyone in the class-room started to sing, those were the good times.  ^-^

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Speed Coloring (Dagway sa Katigulangan Bisaya) (by Akopito)