Meet the Manobo-Tagabawa children of Sitio Tudaya in the village of Kapatagan in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

Theirs are smiles and faces oblivious of the bleak future awaiting their faith, culture and tradition--their lives--with the looming establishment of a hydroelectic plant in their village.

The problem with the hydroelectric plant of the local electric giant Hedcor, is that it will be put up right at the very place considered sacred by the villagers, the Tudaya waterfalls.

The waterfalls is what defines the faith, culture and tradition--the lives--of the Tagabawas.

Another unfortunate misplaced development.

(Note: This story coming out soon in the paper)

11 comments:

Jhed said...

People are becoming inconsiderate with the people surrounding them. Nawawala na rin ang respeto ng iba sa kultura ng iba.

So sad.

utakGAGO said...

Wow. With your posts I can really see the obliteration of our cultural heritages and natural resources. The exploitation, the abuse.

This blog is not just a blog but an eye opener 'FOR ME'.

And well, walang kapalit ang ngiti ng mga batang yan.

Saaaaad.

Nga pala, my apologies for my irregular visit to your blog. Sensya, medyo hectic ang sked but my devotion for your blog is still alive! Wooo! :)

tin-tin said...

buti talaga nanjan ka to make the people environmentally aware.

sa bohol, may hydroelectric plant, tapos leading yun sa falls. wala lang. sharing lang. labo. hehe

Lyka Bergen said...

Great ang pics... pang national geographic. Ching!

Seriosuly, salamat sa mga taong katulad mo. May puso sa kapwa.

charles said...

yeah i agree what lyka bergen said. Anyway, cant wait for the whole story!

jase said...

beauty with a purpose ka talaga day!

* diday kampupot * said...

this is sad. :(

it reminded me of the Igorots in Banaue. in their case, formal education's driving the Igorot children away from their hometown. some got blinded by the bright city lights already...

hay. the dismal truth behind this so-called development.

nice pics, btw! :)

Joy said...

sad, so sad ...

I can feel your passion for human rights, Banz. It's flaming within. I so admire you for that. Keep on writing. You are our shoutbox!

BTW, I love the pictures.

Jerome aka Bridget Jones said...

but what happened? how was it approved? sigh. whatdapak talaga...

aka ZORD said...

nice pics, iot catured the souls of the kids in the pic

its a good thing na meron paring mga certain people bna sumusubaybay and those people who looks after our cultural heritages

kendi said...

hala daghan kau na weho nila dinhi cebu doc ay. grabe. mangilog ug food. masuko pa jud kung dili taga-an. yati kayo.