ANGARAY’S TAKE: Goodbye Summer 2014

By Loreta Sol L. Dinlayan/Bukidnon News.Net

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News.Net/12 June) May 31, 2014. I watched a documentary show on the Mount Everest Avalanche Tragedy which claimed 16 lives of Sherpas, the unsung heroes of every successful climb in the highest mountain peak of the world.

The 29th day of May 2014 marked the 61st year of remembering the historic step of Edmund Hillary on top of Mount Everest. The step of Norgay Tenzing, a Sherpa, was equally significant with Hillary’s. That documentary film moved me upon remembering few local people who acted like local Sherpas during my humble climbs.

Summer 2014 is one of the best summer seasons I had because I have nurtured flower plants in 6 pots. It was a simple act to honor my late mother who loved flowers and whose flower plants are still blooming despite of her absence. I acquired those plants from Daraghuyan, a secluded place at the foot of Mount Kitanglad, last April when

I was still plotting my summer activities. One of them, a Kilala plant, struggled through days to grow that I have to give extra care and ‘encouragement’ to survive. New leaves sprouted, I saw last week.

Summer time gives me chance to have closer look at what is available in the local community like the trees in our Plaza Rizal. I can’t stop myself thinking about those trees, hurt for almost every season that comes: Christmas, Feast of San Isidro Labrador, Araw ng Malaybalay, Kaamulan Festival, City’s Charter Day, Caravan Sale, and even during election period. Unattended nail-pierced trees in the middle of a city is not a good sign of a claimed environmentally friendly community and foremost, not worthy of calling itself as ‘a city in the forest’. My heart sinks each time I see signs of tents or shanties pitched on those trees. Hello! Does anyone hear this appeal?

On May 25, I talked to a group of kids during their Vacation Bible School with the theme: The Wonder of God’s Creation. The pictures I shared to them included the beautiful sceneries of mountain ranges in Bukidnon like Kitanglad and Kalatungan because of my desire to make them part of my ‘green’ advocacy. A day before that talk, I instructed them to pray for their planted flower (their teacher required them to plant flowers individually). I was delighted in seeing 4 obedient kids. Facing their newly planted green, hand-clasped and head-bowed kids prayed. I regret for not instructing them further to pray for those suffering trees in Plaza Rizal. Or, I could be like those praying kids. A kid from Barangay 9 named Catalino proudly lined up the other kids’ plants while doing my silent prayer.

I could feel the Bukidnon Centennial celebration’s preparation this summer which would launch by August 1. I started a few researches about Bukidnon in 100 years last year. Twenty political leaders have been selected as governors of Bukidnon in 100 years, from 1914 to 2014. The list comprises the name of Ombra Amilbangsa, governor of Bukidnon in March 1941 to May 1942. He was the Assemblyman of Sulu in 1937. This portion of Bukidnon’s history may provide us a glimpse of Moro’s participation in the development of the province. Out of 20 governors, 12 were appointed, five were elected, two were both appointed and elected; and one was through succession. The 10 decades of the province brought concerned people together to pave the way of a grand and substantial historical celebration, as it is said that there could only be one centennial celebration in our lifetime. I, too, would see to it that this centennial celebration will not just be one of those usual Kaamulan festivals.

I treasured summer 2014 as I treasured the importance of Bukidnon language and culture by designing a 10-session of Binukid class intended for individuals who want to learn it, like the members of Barog Bukidnon. Pastor Johnny Dumala, who helped the Summer Institute of Linguistics work on the Binukid translation of the New Testament, is one of our consultants in this project. Since May 10 during its launching at Bukidnon State Univesity, the students are now in Session 4, busy preparing for their individual recitation in Binukid during their graduation. By June 7, students are expected to visit a museum and to wear any Bukidnon ‘accent’ during the class just to have a foretaste of the centennial celebration.

This day marks the end of summer but not of the events done during its season. I feel done and fulfilled this summer though I have to re-visit Barangay Mendis of Pangantucan to see Bob and Kanyu, the two local ‘sherpas’ who helped me and Crystal Flores through the trail of Kalatungan Range last May 16 to 18. Those two able-bodied guys who carried our more than 25-kilo load throughout the climb are worthy to be thanked for the second time around.

Sharing the same honor are the two young boys from Intavas who lightened my load for my Kitanglad climb years ago. How could I forget the team of Sgt. (a fictitious title) Ungasis of the Higher Ground, based in Davao City, who provided us the ‘board and lodging’ during Mount Apo adventure last year? I’m grateful to my new friends in higher places, George Ty, Amir Flores and Graham Villanueva who patiently synchronized with my slowed steps just to appreciate the wonders of mountains.

Indeed, a fruitful summer! I’m not hesitant to say – goodbye summer.

(BUKIDNON VIEWS is the opinion section of Bukidnon News. Loreta Sol L. Dinlayan is currently the in-charge of the Ethno-cultural Museum of Bukidnon State University, where she teaches social science and other subjects. She is the daughter of the late Datu Bagangbangan Lorenzo “Aki” Dinlayan. Angaray’s (lady friend’s) Take is her column for BUKIDNON VIEWS. She can be reached through