Pag-alingasa/Pag-aalumpihit (A poem by Beting Inangcob-Colmo)

Ms. Beting Inangcob-Colmo

Ms. Beatriz Inangcob-Colmo was one of the resource speakers at the Jesuit Basic Education Congress in the panel discussion called “Mindanao Voices: Feelings and Wish Lists.” Herself an indigenous woman, Beting, as she is called, spoke on behalf of the lumad people, sharing with her audience of educators the unheard feelings and concerns of the Indigenous Peoples of Mindanao.

Here she shares with us a poem she wrote called “Paga-alingasa” or “Pag-aalumpihit” in Filipino. Here is a translation:

Malalim na ang gabi
ngunit ako’y hindi mapakali
sa kalooba’y may sinasaliksik
bakit tribe nami’y nagkaganiri

Dating may ari ng kapatagan
ngunit ngayon doo’y alipin na lamang
dati naghari ang pagmamahalan
bakit ngayo’y nagkanya-kanyahan.

Sa ibang bansa tribo nati’y ipinapakita
Sa kabukiran binalot ng pangako
dahil tayo raw ang ebidensya
Pilipinas ay may sinaunang kaugalian

Kaya sa fiesta pinagsasayaw
at pinagkunan ng litrato ng mga dayuhan
pag-uwi sa bundok may ipinadala
sardinas, kaunting bigas at “quick chow”

Napakasakit namang isipin
tribo nating mahiyain
natatakot makasakit pag humindi
kaya naloloko tuloy parati

Oy, tumitilaok na ang manok
nalilikutan sa aking isip
mabuti pa matulog na ako’t managinip
na bukas tayong mga tribo
ay respetuhin bilang tao.

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About Fr J

Jesuit priest by vocation, educator by profession, struggling scholar by accident.
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One Response to Pag-alingasa/Pag-aalumpihit (A poem by Beting Inangcob-Colmo)

  1. Hi Fr. Johnny. 4th line of 1st stanza should be tribo, not tribe. My bad. I failed to undo auto-correct. Then again, another proof how minority cultures are threatened by powerful languages that make us default into their way of thinking…

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