There are many reasons why I call it a new blog, apart from the new theme and header. I hope to share more about it at the right time.
Just a few things about the photo in the header. I took it in December 2005 along the highway in Kumalarang town, in Zamboanga del Sur. I was asked to document the Local Health Program in the town.
As I visited a barangay for interviews, I saw the boy crossing the highway.
I asked for his name. I took it down in my notes but I will never be using it anywhere. I will just call him Jonas. This photo is captioned “Jonas’ feet”.
The choice of photo is very personal. In fact, the reason why I took the photo is because Jonas and I shared almost the same kind of makeshift toy when I was his age.
I remember Kuya Norbing, an older neighbor in Sinangguyan, Don Carlos, Bukidnon, who made me a toy like that. Mine was more sophisticated though. It had wheels made of old rubber slippers in different colors.
I believe that a photo of Jonas on barefeet, his feet touching the rough surface of the earth, and tagging a makeshift toy is an image of resilience. Despite his family’s poverty, Jonas still asserted his right to play, his rights as a child, and his right to live.
Resilience, in my own view, is the attitude of every Mindanawon in the past, today and in the future.
I would also like to see myself as being resilient. I would like that flexibility and determination to manifest in this blog.