Nicole Ann Lucas, one of many finalists within the Photograph Essay Contest organized by ASCCA-Romblon final April 2021, showcased the thriving group of the Aetas in Hambil. Learn her entry written in her mom tongue and translated into the English language:
An Aeta is Disciplined and Principled. Something Much less is Not an Aeta.
I went to Hambil or principally often called Carabao Island, then I visited the Aeta Neighborhood. I noticed Nanay Carmelita, the tribe chief who was in a rush to see us who had simply come from the paddy subject carrying the bolo knife. In that distance, she already knew that she had a customer.
After I talked to her, I used to be shocked that she has two daughters: a trainer and one other who’s a graduating faculty scholar of Romblon State College. They’re pure Aeta, however she has a daughter who married a special race referred to as “Putian” and already has grandchildren who married a non-Aeta, or, as they name it, “kalibugan.” Which means that on this a part of the Aeta group, individuals already settle for intermarriage.
We all the time used to say, “Aeta, Aeta lang gid man ran” or “As soon as an Aeta, all the time an Aeta,” however Nanay Carmelita actually desires to have a daughter and even three members within the household to maneuver out, end their research to assist the subsequent technology. Being the Aeta chief, she is the one who disciplines and all the time tells her tribe members to have ideas in life. The monetary help by the completely different races must be put in good issues so if ever the “Putian” will go there, they are going to see that it went a great way and won’t hesitate to assist.
On this Aeta group, their fashion of dwelling is farming; they’re staff of the Alam household. They obtain farming supplies, however additionally they have their very own supplies and tools. In addition they maintain goats that they share with one another.
“Aeta could prinsipyo kag disiplina bukon Aeta, Aeta gid ugali”
Nag ayan ako sa Hambil kag inayanan ang lugar et mga Aeta. Nakita ko si Nanay Carmelita ang lider et tribu nga halin pa sa lanasan, sa aton hay taramnan, bitbit ang sinduko. Layo palang kami hay usyan ron nana nga could bisita imaw. Kang gin-istorya ko imaw nakibot gid ako sa anang hinambal nga could unga ron imaw nga propesyunal, could maestra, could gaeskwela sa RSU nga matapos kadyang tuig.
Kag sanda hay purong Aeta gid, pero could unga maw nga naka-asawa et putian kaya could apo imaw nga kalibugan o nalahian ron et ibang lahi. Putian ang tawag nanda sa aton nga ibang lahi basi pirme naton ginahambal nga “Aeta, Aeta lang gid man ran”, pero si Nanay Carmelita hay gusto nana nga could unga gid maw nga makatapos agod sa sunod nga henerasyon hay could matudlo sa urihing tubo.
Kag bilang Aeta lider imaw, imaw ang ga-disiplina kag ginahambalan nana ang anang ka-tribu nga dalhon sa sadya ang ginatao nga bulig et mga putian kag dapat could disiplina kag prinsipyo sa buhay hay sabon mag-ayan ang putian kag makita nga uwat sadya nga inayanan ang bulig kag maglain ang buot. Sa lugar ngaya ni Nanay Carmelita sanda hay trabahador sa lugta et pamilya Alam. Andang pangabuhi hay sa taraman o lanasan.
Kang gin-istorya ko hay uwa ron sanda et ibang pangbuhi kag puro tanom lang et paray kag paalila et kambing kag kung mag-unga hay partehan sanda.
About Asi Research Heart for Tradition and the Arts (ASCCA) – Romblon
ASCCA – Romblon is a chapter of Romblon Dialogue Record – Cultural, Livelihood, and Instructional Help for Romblon (RDL-CLEAR), established in 1998. This non-profit group goals to revive and promote the tradition and heritage of the Bantoanon group. ASCCA has already hosted many workshops, conferences, cultural actions, and competitions to protect Romblon’s nature, native languages, tradition, and heritage and empower its group to cross its values to the subsequent technology.
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The Photo Essay Contest was organized by the social media arm of ASCCA-Romblon. It began to carry month-to-month on-line contests final February 2021 on its official Fb web page for the Romblon group. Every contest goals to encourage fellow kasimanwas to showcase their skills and promote their very own language, tradition, and heritage on the similar time. Comply with our FB web page at https://www.facebook.com/asilanguagewarriors/ for future contests and updates.