Panibagong Digma

Ni John Carlo S. Gloria
Tula

           Palabay said the lumad farmers were on their way to their farms when they were gunned down in Sitio Datal Bonglangon, a T’boli-Manobo community located within the vast coffee plantation of Silvicultural Industries Inc.–DMCI.

Philippine Daily Inquirer, 25 Dis. 2017

Marahang nahawi ng iyong mga paa
ang mga damong ligaw
na sa taas ay yumuyukod na, sumasayaw
sa mga hiling at lambing nitong hangin.
Naroon ka,
sa lupang ninuno,
sampu ng iyong kapwa magsasaka—
saksi ang inyong ugating mga binti at braso,
talâ ang mga gatla sa noo—
handang muling tamasahin
ang handog-biyaya
ng nilinang ni’yong lupa.

Subalit hindi pag-ani
ang gagambala
sa payapang umaga.
Hindi paggapas sa bukid ang aalingawngaw
sa tamlay ng araw
kundi mga kalabit sa gatilyo ng punglo
na sasaluhin ng inyong katawan at bungo.

Naroon ka, sampu ng iyong kapwa magsasaka—
walang ani’t muling nagdidilig-dugo sa lupang ninuno.
Sakbibi ang paligid sa pagsangsang ng bukid.
Sasapaw ang amoy-pulbura sa dugong
ilululan ng hangin.
Pigil na hikbi at impit na sigaw ang tugon sa mga katawang
iniwang                        tiwangwang.

Ay! Datu Victor, Pato, To, Artemio, Samuel,
matapos takasan ng kaluluwa,
bininyagan nila kayong mga tulisan
gaya ng sa naratibo ng Kabesang Tales.
Sa ganitong paraan nila kayo muli’t muling papaslangin.

Kaya’t dito, sa inyong minsang pinagyaman at pinatabang lupa,
tutubo’t yayabong ang isang panibagong digma.

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Editors and Contributors

EDITORS

Eric Gerard H. Nebran is an educator and illustrator from General Santos City. He is currently a PhD Comparative Literature student at the University of the Philippines–Diliman. His research interests include orality, history, and literary productions of his hometown.

Jude Ortega is the author of the short story collection Seekers of Spirits (University of the Philippines Press, 2018) and has been a fellow for fiction at two regional and four national writers workshops. In 2015, his stories received honorable mention at the inaugural F. Sionil José Young Writers Awards and at the Nick Joaquin Literary Awards. He divides his time between Senator Ninoy Aquino and Isulan, both in Sultan Kudarat.

CONTRIBUTORS

Anna Liz Cabrido is from Koronadal City, South Cotabato, and works for the provincial government, handling the open communications projects such as “Chikaha si Gobernadora” and “Hinun-anon sa Barangay.” Bulawan, her play for this issue, has been staged years ago by Apat sa Taglamig, a Koronadal-based theater group, and recently as part of the Integrity Week of the provincial government.

Kenneth Michael L. Dalimbang is a Tboli spoken word artist from Maitum, Sarangani Province. He is a member of the volunteer organization Katutubo Exchange Philippines and a college student at Edenton Mission College Inc.

Henry G. Dalon, the translator of the song “Kastifun,” teaches at Koronadal National Comprehensive High School–Senior High School. He is a member of the Blaan tribe, and he earned his AB Filipino degree at Mindanao State University in General Santos City.

John Carlo S. Gloria earned his Bachelor in Secondary Education (major in Filipino) at Philippine Normal University. He is currently teaching language and literature at the University of Sto. Tomas and at the Loyola Schools of Ateneo de Manila University.

Mark Banday Lu is a Dulangan Manobo with Maguindanon and Chinese blood. He works in his family’s farm in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat. Sambiling Banday, his maternal grandfather and whose story appears in this issue, was a tribal healer in Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat.

Mary Ann S. Ordinario is the director of ABC Educational Development Center, a school for children in Kidapawan City, Cotabato Province. She is the author of twenty-five children’s books. Her book The Crying Trees won the 2016 Grand Prize in the Samsung KidsTime Authors Award in Singapore, while four of her other books won the second prize. These books also won Best Short Story for Children in the Catholic Mass Media Awards and were distributed in Asian countries and translated into Bahasa Indonesia and Japanese. Her famous book War Makes Me Sad is used in therapy sessions for children, and her book My Muslim Friend was published by the Christian Child Welfare in Japan.

Silek Musical Ensemble hails from Tampakan, South Cotabato. It is composed of lead singer, guitarist, faglong player, and composer Pammie Malayon, singer and percussionist Jeanalyn Sanuhay–Wales Lerios, percussionist and coordinator Jose Nilo Vargas, wind instrument player and percussionist Arbie Lerios, bassist Nestor Padal, and drummer Alexander Oracion. The word silek means “new generation.”