TEXT AND PHOTO BY EUDEN VALDEZ
ALMOST four years since Duterte administration’s bloody war on drugs took the lives of thousands, this fact remains: Families are left dealing with losses of their loved ones. Wives without husbands. Children without fathers. Parents without children.
Justice is far off, not within reach nor within sight.
Healing, on the other hand, may be a step closer to some of these family members. They are taking the steps forward, upward and downward along the trails of mountains.
Continue reading “Step Up for Healing in the Mountains”
TEXT AND PHOTOS BY EUDEN VALDEZ
“Takot kami dati sa mga Unat.”
This was an overheard statement from an Aeta from an upland community in Limay, Bataan during a group’s Christmas outreach. The elderly woman was referring to lowlanders or Filipinos outside their tribe. Unat is a Filipino word that means someone with straight hair, that differentiate them from Aetas who have curly hair.
We can’t blame the Aetas, or any other indigenous tribes in the country, for harboring fear toward their fellow Filipinos who have periodically abused and displaced them in the past and even to this day.
Continue reading “Reaching Out, Breaking Grounds: A Christmas Celebration for Aetas of Limay”
TEXT BY EUDEN VALDEZ, ADDITIONAL PHOTOS BY COLEEN SALAMAT
This is one concept that Random Act of Kindness – RAK Ph Mountaineers live by. That whatever you give, you also receive. By extending kindness in the form of our Christmas outreach called “Give Light on Christmas Day and Pasko Fiesta,” we also received so much more from our Aeta recipients.
Our beneficiaries, 36 households residing in an Aeta Resettlement in Sitio Camiling, Brgy. Papaac, Camiling, Tarlac, through their very own hands, dug earth crops like ube, cassava and ginger from their own lands as gifts in exchange of our donations.
Continue reading “When You Give, You Receive: RAK Holds Annual Outreach for Aetas of Tarlac”