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Spirit Breath, A Healing Concert

May 4, 2011 in Creative Expressions, Performances, Art, Poetry by admin

While pictures are worth a thousand words, this offering of words is additional reflection of the CFBS event, Spirit Breath, A Healing Concert, held on April 30 at Lizae’s home in Oakland. My pre-event blog post speaks of Lizae’s original intention and how this intention was shared by CFBS volunteers and sound healers who came forward to manifest our healing intentions.

“It is like building a mandala,” Lizae said. And indeed it is.

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Sacred Journey exhibit by John Paul “Lakan” Olivares’

February 28, 2011 in Creative Expressions, Performances, Art, Poetry

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For those of you in Manila, please view John Paul “Lakan” Olivares’ Sacred Journey exhibit of stunning, contemplative, mind-bending, soul-baring drawings… Prof. Olivares shares drawings that reflect his spiritual journey during his 11-year hiatus. 


February 28 – March 14, 2011
Galerie Y, 4th FLR SM Megamall Artwalk


Cocktails will be on March 4, 2011, 6:00PM, Galerie Y. 

Click link for more details


You might be able to get a glimpse of some of his works online here:

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Song of the Babaylan

April 21, 2010 in Creative Expressions, Performances, Art, Poetry, Events and Conference by admin

(Lyrics and melody by Lissa G. Romero)

I have been waiting for you
Outside of time
In the forest of your dreams

You have heard my voice on the wind
Calling you back home
To the warmth of my embrace

I have heard the beating of your heart
Yearning for a love
Deeper than the sea

I am in the silence of your Soul
Hear my love come home
Like waves on your shore

When you meet the Other in your Self
Feel your heart unfold
To take in the Sun

Let this Love break the walls within
And pour into the world
The balm that heals all wounds

I have heard the beating of your heart
Yearning for a love
Deeper than the sea

I am in the silence of your Soul
Hear my love come home
Like waves on your shore

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Babaylan Mandala Fine Art Series

December 5, 2009 in Creative Expressions, Performances, Art, Poetry by admin

Babaylan Mandala I-I

Beginning over 400 years ago, the coming of Western colonizers shaped the identity of Filipinos. As the gold of our ancestors and the motherland were wrested away and loaded upon Spanish galleons to be delivered to the conquerors’ home across the seas, so too was the richness of Filipino identity and spirituality replaced with dysfunctional perceptions of the superiority of the conquerors’ race, religion and ways and the innate inferiority of the indios’. 

 

Filipinos today who awaken and stand strong in their identity, history, heritage and the center of their being(Loob), find their inner light, their inner gold. The Babaylan Mandalas and all their symbols of the 4 elements and baybayin scripts represent the reclaiming of the Filipinos’ Inner Gold… We know when the Babaylan Spirit rises within any one of us when She guides us to help our Kapwa find theirs.

Fine Art Prints Available for Purchase:  
To order please visit the babaylan mandala page at Center for Babaylan Studies.

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Ritual Gathering of Sacred Music, Dance & Poetry – Pictures II

September 26, 2009 in Babaylan and Community Healing, Creative Expressions, Performances, Art, Poetry, Events and Conference by admin

Please click here to view Leny’s photo album of this magical event>>
Click here to get more information on this past event>>

Join our facebook group to get announcements and event updates>>

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Ritual Gathering of Sacred Music, Dance & Poetry – Pictures

September 26, 2009 in Babaylan and Community Healing, Creative Expressions, Performances, Art, Poetry, Events and Conference by admin

Please visit the Picasa Photo Album by Bill Naiditch and Nus that generously shares the images of this special evening of Sept. 19, 2009.
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Chanted Poem/Song by Mila Anguluan-Coger

September 26, 2009 in Babaylan and Community Healing, Creative Expressions, Performances, Art, Poetry, Events and Conference, Modern Practices by admin

YA PALLABBET | ANG PAGBABALIK LOOB | THE JOURNEY HOME
By Mila Anguluan-Coger, 09.18.09

Chanted Poem/Song at the Ritual Gathering of Sacred Music, Dance & Poetry
Saturday, September 19, 2009. Berkeley, CA

Intan intan… labbet tan intan
Intan intan… labbet tan intan
Halika na uwi na… halika na uwi na…

Kaam ta kunukunnay ya kwammu?
Bakit nyo po ginagawa ito?
Why do you do this, Lola? As a child I’d wonder
Why grandmother chanted to call me, even while beside her
After visiting strange places and it was time to go home
Why do you do this, I would repeat
And slowly, she’d look at me, and say gently
Whispering a secret known only to both of us
So that you won’t get lost, my child
So that you won’t go wandering too far
Too far that you’d never return again.

And then she’d chant and do it all over
Intan intan… labbet tan intan… Intan intan…. labbet tan intan
Imploring with her voice, singing softly with the wind, distinctly
Calling… for my fragmented selves in fragmented places
Come home… come home… time to come home…
Come to this body again… come to this mind…
Come to this heart… come back into this inner space
Come… all you wandering selves together
Come home… and be whole again.

And she’d take hold of my hand
Wrapping my tiny hand, enclosing it in hers
In her strong hand, her nurturing hand and
All at once I’d feel like it was the safest place to be
Despite the creeping darkness, despite the chilling night.

Other nights have come: nights of doom, nights of sorrow.
Many other places: places of torment, places of pain
Many lands traversed, many more to be traveled
Lands that are jagged, cruel, leering, eerie
Oceans that are frothing, seething, smearing
Places where our many selves go
Wandering into…peering into… swallowed into.

Lola, like other ancestors, was babaylan
She whose voice kept calling with the wind, dispelling despair
She whose pungent herbs curling in burning coals would flow into dreams
And deep sleep where soft smoke soothed the unseen pain
Healed the open wounds, brought together flesh and soul torn apart
So that healed, daughters, granddaughters and great granddaughters
Sons and grandsons, sondaughters and daughtersons
Heir to her power of peace, silence, resilience, song, dance, touch
Animate once more the babaylan legacy of dispelling darkness
Healing pain, praying peace, chanting to all our little selves

Intan intan… labbet tan intan… intan intan… labbet tan intan
Come home… come home… time to come back home…
Come to this body again… come to this mind…
Come to this heart… come back into this inner space
Come… all you wandering selves together
Come home… and be whole again.

YA PALLABBET
ANG PAGBABALIK LOOB
THE JOURNEY HOME
By Mila Anguluan-Coger 091809

Intan intan… labbet tan intan
Intan intan… labbet tan intan
Halika na uwi na… halika na uwi na…

Kaam ta kunukunnay ya kwammu?
Bakit nyo po ginagawa ito?
Why do you do this, Lola? As a child I’d wonder
Why grandmother chanted to call me, even while beside her
After visiting strange places and it was time to go home
Why do you do this, I would repeat
And slowly, she’d look at me, and say gently
Whispering a secret known only to both of us
So that you won’t get lost, my child
So that you won’t go wandering too far
Too far that you’d never return again.

And then she’d chant and do it all over
Intan intan… labbet tan intan… Intan intan…. labbet tan intan
Imploring with her voice, singing softly with the wind, distinctly
Calling… for my fragmented selves in fragmented places
Come home… come home… time to come home…
Come to this body again… come to this mind…
Come to this heart… come back into this inner space
Come… all you wandering selves together
Come home… and be whole again.

And she’d take hold of my hand
Wrapping my tiny hand, enclosing it in hers
In her strong hand, her nurturing hand and
All at once I’d feel like it was the safest place to be
Despite the creeping darkness, despite the chilling night.

Other nights have come: nights of doom, nights of sorrow.
Many other places: places of torment, places of pain
Many lands traversed, many more to be traveled
Lands that are jagged, cruel, leering, eerie
Oceans that are frothing, seething, smearing
Places where our many selves go
Wandering into…peering into… swallowed into.

Lola, like other ancestors, was babaylan
She whose voice kept calling with the wind, dispelling despair
She whose pungent herbs curling in burning coals would flow into dreams
And deep sleep where soft smoke soothed the unseen pain
Healed the open wounds, brought together flesh and soul torn apart
So that healed, daughters, granddaughters and great granddaughters
Sons and grandsons, sondaughters and daughtersons
Heir to her power of peace, silence, resilience, song, dance, touch
Animate once more the babaylan legacy of dispelling darkness
Healing pain, praying peace, chanting to all our little selves

Intan intan… labbet tan intan… intan intan… labbet tan intan
Come home… come home… time to come back home…
Come to this body again… come to this mind…
Come to this heart… come back into this inner space
Come… all you wandering selves together
Come home… and be whole again.

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mangotahiti.com by margarita certeza garcia

September 21, 2009 in Creative Expressions, Performances, Art, Poetry by admin

margarita has graciously offered to design the logo for the babaylan conference of 2010.
Please take a look at her online gallery at mangotahiti.com.

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Babaylan Mandala

September 16, 2009 in Babaylan and Community Healing, Creative Expressions, Performances, Art, Poetry, Kapwa and Other Indigenous and Filipino Values, Modern Practices by admin

Babaylan Mandala I-I


Beginning over 400 years ago, the coming of Westerner colonizers shaped the identity of Filipinos. As the gold of our ancestors and the motherland were wrested away and loaded upon Spanish galleons to be delivered to the conquerors’ home across the seas, so too was the richness of Filipino identity and spirituality replaced with dysfunctional perceptions of the superiority of the Westerner’s race, religion and ways and the innate inferiority of the indios’. 

Filipinos today who awaken and stand strong in their identity, history, heritage and the center of their being(Loob), find their inner light, their inner gold. The Babaylan Mandalas and all their symbols of the 4 elements and baybayin scripts represent the reclaiming of the Filipinos’ Inner Gold… We know when the Babaylan Spirit rises within any one of us when She guides us to help our Kapwa find theirs. 

This art piece, on 29×29 sugar cane watercolor paper, is up for silent auction as part of a fundraiser for the Center for Babaylan Studies, Babaylan Rising, this December 5th in the Bay Area. 

These are also available for order on 18×18 watercolor paper. You can place your order at www.babaylan.net.

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Baybayin and Decolonization

August 23, 2009 in Creative Expressions, Performances, Art, Poetry, Decolonization and Filipino Identity, Events and Conference, Feminine Divine, Kapwa and Other Indigenous and Filipino Values by admin

In my blog Baybayin Alive, I encourage people to explore an indigenous way of thinking in order to understand the deeper meanings of the Baybayin Symbols. You can read that post at Holistic Approach: Returning to Ancestral Thinking.

Here is my latest post:

Fertility Symbols, Feminine Principle and BA

In summary it talks about the BA baybayin symbols…
both of which are yonni symbols or fertility symbols.
I also talk about the fertility symbols of the  lingling-o and the dinumug
lingling-o on left and dinumug on right
(Source: Kipas Gallery – http://www.kipas.nl/Beads/BontFertSym.htm)
The lingling-o is a common ancient artifact symbolizing fertility found around Southeast Asia and the Philippines(ca. 500 B.C.–100 A.D.); dinumug is a fertility symbol and symbol of prosperity and love found in the Ifugao, Bontoc and other Cordillera regions of the northern Philippines.
This particular post at Baybayin Alive goes on to talk about how the fertility symbol shape could very well be the imagery from which the BA baybayin symbol (clefted version) evolved from.