Lang Dulay: T’boli’s T’nalak Master Weaver

Just a few years ago, wings of circumstances inadvertently brought me along with a small band of dedicated field educators to the inauguration of the unprecedentedly culturally sensitive T’boli Senior High School program in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. Thereafter, we proceeded to the nearby Sitio Tukolefa, Barangay Lamdalag.

In particular, we went to the Manlilikha ng Bayan Center to pay respects to the late Lang S. Dulay, the T’nalak Master Weaver and National Living Treasure Awardee, who passed away exactly a month ago then.

Starting with the pounding and stripping of the abaca stems to produce fibers and make them even thinner by coaxing, to the manual dying of the strands and meticulously arranging them on a bamboo frame, and to the month-long backbreaking weaving process, T’nalak fabric is indeed a product of love and passion.
T’nalak is undoubtedly woven by the passionate hands of a fervent lover who is captivated by the charming countenance of beauty, enamored by the enticing glances of arts, and enthralled by the warm embrace of craftsmanship. It is a lasting canvas of Beauty, the Beautiful and the Beautiful-lover.

Lang Dulay is the Dreamer of not only the more than a hundred T’nalak designs, but also of the more important design to preserve her people’s ethnic identity and to pass on the cultural heritage to the generations to come.

She is an eloquent interlocutor with her people about the simultaneous processes of globalization and localization, of homogenization and heterogenization, of fusion and fragmentation. As she weaves, she is most expressively dialoguing; engaging in the perennial dialogue between the logos of tradition and that of post-modernity; between the logos of preservation and that of adaptation; between the logos of isolation and that of integration.

Like a translator who serves as a cultural bridge between the original (text) language and the target (translation) language, the late Master Weaver is a cultural bridge between historical past and the fast-changing future of the T’boli tribe.

As a cultural bridge, her litany is weaving; her voice is her nimble hands; her slogan is silence and concentration; her banner is the roll of T’nalak; and her hymn is the praise for immortality and transcendence.

After bidding farewell to the Center’s attendants before noontime as I had to catch my flight for Metro Manila via Davao City, an adjacent old mosque caught my attention. I asked permission from a young man sitting in front of a small store for me to take a picture of the aging house of worship. And I learned from Faisal Dulay, a Muslim great grandchild of the late Dreamweaver and T’boli icon, that their clan members, numbering around two hundred, who peacefully live side by side in Sitio Tukolefa are followers of different faiths – Catholicism, Protestantism and Islam.

As I was on board the aircraft, I had one more realization: Lang Dulay’s bamboo-built Center is also a school of a parallel living tradition – the ideal tradition of religious tolerance, peaceful coexistence and mutual understanding.

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National Anthem of Iran

Sar zad az ofoq mehre xâvarân,
Foruqe dideye haq bâvarân,
Bahman, farre Imâne mâst.
Payâmat ey Emâm, esteqlâl, âzâdi, naqše jâne mâst.
Šahidân, picide dar guše zamân faryâdetân.
Pâyande mâniyo jâvedân.
Jomhuriye Eslâmiye Irân!

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Sha’ban Tawashih

Formed according to Arabic language rules and rarely encountered in English texts, “tawashiḥ” is a plural form of the Arabic word “muwashshaḥ” which literally means “girdled”. Another plural form of “muwashshaḥ” is “muwashshaḥāt” which is the most commonly encountered in English texts, the other being “muwashshaḥs,” which is formed according to English language rules.

Tawashiḥ is an Arabic ode, or short poetical composition proper to be sung or set to music. Especially now, it is a lyric poem characterized by sustained noble sentiment and appropriate dignity of style. It is a multi-lined strophic verse poem, generally of five stanzas alternating with a refrain.

Sha‘bān, meanwhile, is the eighth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and the last lunar month before the fasting month of Ramaḍān. It is associated, among other things, with humanity’s innate yearning for the ultimate reign of the universal government of justice and peace in the world.

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Little Heydar – My New Teacher

He is Little Heydar.

Heydar means Lion – a symbol of courage and bravery.

“Heydar wa la karrar.”

“He is Heydar who knows no retreat in the battlefield.”

Heydar is learning how to walk.

As he is doing this, I am reminded of 2 things:

(1)Persistence in trying to achieve one’s goal, and
(2)What matters is not the falling down, but the resolve to stand again after falling down.

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Swearing by the Qur’an

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MAKATI CITY (1 April) – “Matalik den i pawakan a malini lemambuyug” Bapa Gharib, the ever-smiling sage of Tangguapo, texted me as I was sipping my favorite Myanmar teamix this morning. Literally, it roughly means “Any Asil (a fighting cock locally called ‘pawakan’) that habitually runs while fighting shall be caged [now].”

Bapa Gharib made this comment in relation to last Friday’s inaugural session of the newly instituted Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) whose distinctive hallmark, at least for him, was the swearing by the Qur’an of Bangsamoro Transitional Authority (BTA) members led by the Interim Chief Minister (ICM) Ahod B. Ebrahim (better known by his nom de guerre Al-Hadj Murad Ebrahim as Chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)).

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Salutatory Address Tips

Once again, it is a month of graduation. In elementary and high school, we can see the graduating class valedictorian and salutatorian delivering their valedictory and salutatory addresses, respectively.

In this video, let me talk about the latter – the salutatory address.

There are 3 things to remember
1.Should not a rival to the valedictory address.
2.Salutatory – salute – salutation – delivered first
3.S is for short

Parts of a salutatory address:
1.Greetings
2.The educational journey
3.Salutation and welcome remarks
4.Concluding lines

Let’s watch this salutatory address:

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“A Current of Narratives” – Now Published!

After seven months of photo shooting (http://mlimba.com/photoshoots-for-a-book-project) and writing, and countless copy-editing in between, the coffee table book is NOW out!  

“Muslim Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago: A Current of Narratives” presents a panoramic tableau of the rich culture of the Southern Philippines as shaped by the customs and traditions of its people. It leads us through an exploration of the life-giving waterways that abound in Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago; waterways that, for centuries, have connected the peoples of the region, borne witness to their struggles and hardships, and enriched their narratives and dreams.

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Acceptance Speech Tips

5 Tips for Delivering an Acceptance Speech

  1. Be brief in your speech
  2. Connect with your audience
  3. Be genuine in your feeling
  4. Mention the group’s goals
  5. Inspire at the end

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To our dearest school director, Sir Edison Morales, school principal, Ma’am Florence Buat, administrators, faculty and staff, parents, visitors, and my fellow Einsteinians, as-salamu ‘alaykum warahmatullahi ta’la wa barakatuhu, a remarkable morning, ladies and gentlemen.

For all those years I’ve been studying here, I’ve never really envisioned myself to be the future president of this club. Like other people, I too, had underestimated and underrated this club, until I realized . . .

The Einstein Circle of Shakespeare isn’t just merely a club. It is a medium- a way for me, for you, for us and our young creative minds to express and share our thoughts and ideas to the world. It is a way to be heard, to be seen, to be known, and to be acknowledged. Working with words and being part of it surely isn’t an easy job, but it would be my pride and honor to be the club’s president.

With that being said, I, Lady Zaynab Limba, humbly accept this key of responsibility. I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to everyone who’s been part of giving me this heartwarming opportunity and of course to you, Ate Asral, for you’ve been the no. 1 person who pushed and trusted me to be your next successor. I am now ready to face my awaiting battle.

I dream for the ECS to grasp what it truly deserves, to terminate the misconception, underestimation of the students, like my past self. I aspire to inspire all to start expressing and develop unity. And now, at this very moment, I shall now introduce to you my co-officers for the school year 2019-2020 who shall help me fulfill this dream. Starting with our

4th yr vice president: Michael Tristan Ikram Aquino
3rd yr vice president: Aragorn Javelosa
Secretary: Adina Radam
Treasurer: Lady Insheera Manar Ampatuan
Auditor: Grantly Jarman Cederio
PRO: Datu Sukarno Sinsuat
And our 2 Bus Mngrs: Faiqah Azia Malendo and Datu Rashad Ampatuan

Standing here, knowing that I’d fight the upcoming battles with you, I can say that I am now ready to hold the pen.

Please bow and please proceed to your assigned seats.

To all of us, the incoming officers, may all the luck and elixirs emanate our year, the Year of the Explorers.

Once again, a pleasant morning to all. Thank you and wassalam!

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Gambar’s New Revolution in the Offing?

MAKATI CITY (21 March) – “Baka pupunta si Chief Minister sa Gambar barangay assembly (Perhaps the Chief Minister will attend the barangay assembly in Gambar),” my Roommate excitedly told me last Tuesday night after receiving a text message.

“Okay, it will be a historic visit,” I replied.

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Video – What is Palendag?

What is palendag? What does it literally mean? What is the secret behind its melancholic sound?

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