An acknowledgment of your generosity

I have written several blog posts on our last visit to indigenous peoples communities in Kalinga (Tinglayan and Buscalan), Mountain Province (Sabangan and Guina-ang), South Cotabato (Lake Sebu), Bohol (Duero), capping it with a swim on the rocky beach of Samar (Marabut) and buying banigs in the province (Basey).  When I first shared this with my friends, they were all wondering where I would get the money to finance this trip, given that I am officially unemployed.  And, have been since June 2012.

But, as I had learned over the past couple of years, lack of money shouldn’t stop me from living the life that I love.

It took me a while before I asked for support from my family and friends.  I considered every option available that would allow me to get the money to pay for the trip expenses.  On my own.

For those who know me, it’s a well established fact that I hate asking for support.  I would always endeavor to complete anything I set my mind into getting on my own.  Specially, when it comes to money matters.  So, why did I ask for support this time?  Because I acknowledge that I can’t do everything alone.  And, this is also my way of inviting people to contribute to the cause that I am committed to, i.e., preservation of our art, culture and traditions.

So, I shared my intention with my friends and family.  I shared with them why I am so interested in visiting indigenous peoples communities.  I shared why I would love to know more about our art, culture and traditions.  I shared why I would like to take pictures of the places we’d visit and the people we’d meet.  I shared the contribution that I would like to make while and after doing this.  I shared, shared, and shared some more.

I had no expectations.  I was clear that they can say “no”.  But, I was also clear that they might give a “yes” to my request. And, I was overwhelmed by the support and love that I got!  Friends from high school to college to work and relatives whom I haven’t seen for years now have responded to my call for support.  Some of them providing monetarily and some lending their energy and talents to this project.  I will forever be grateful.

To those of you who have contributed:  Mommy, Daddy, Jan-Jan, Tara, Kuya Rey, Ate Darling, Ate Caroline, Shailoe, Gladdy, Therese, Carla, Kuya Pao, Mel, Rhea, Arlene, Honey Lou, Apple, Flaj, G-anne, Arianne, Raisa, Angge, Mavic, Sarji, Cel, Tin, Ate Tanya, Pao – maraming, maraming salamat!  This trip became possible because of your generosity.   You gifted me with courage, fulfillment, friends, and a new love and admiration for the Philippines and our people.  I love you all!


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See ya,
Monica

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