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Waway Saway on videos and books on peace for children

“Iitsa, tamoka, yataki, tumbi!”  “Iitsa, tamoka,
yataki, tumbi!”

Iitsa, tamoka, yataki, tumbi! (That’s throw, catch, step and stamp!)

I thought for a while it was a line in a Kenyan song I learned from
someplace else, but the words sounded familiar even if it was belted
out in a universal beat.

Waway Saway’s song lingered in my hearing perimeter even hours after
watching a video on it, which he posted at

The song was about care for the environment in which the singer urged
the listeners to throw, catch, step and stamp on one’s fear against
caring for the environment.

The video showed Gali (“fellow” or Binukid equivalent to Cebuano’s
“Bai”) perform in an international audience with fellow Talaandig
artist Balugto Necosia in a peace concert in South Korea’s tourist
favorite Naminara Island. Read More…


Mindanao banana chip export spared from Chinese crackdown

DAVAO CITY (MIndaNews/03 August) —  Banana chips exports from Southeastern Mindanao were not included in the items confiscated in China by authorities reacting to a reported shipment of banana products from the Philippines that contained high levels of the preservative sulfur dioxide, a Department of Trade and Industry official said.

Roberto Barlis, chief of the DTI consumer protection and trade regulations bureau, told MindaNews in a text message Thursday evening they have verified the report from the local exporters and did not discount the possibility the incident may be China’s reaction to a local crackdown on a China-made candy.

Read the rest of the report on

(Updated) Death of a child in New Bataan, Compostela Valley

Parents of Grecil Buya, 9, who was killed in an encounter between the military and communist rebels in NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley said their daughter is not a member of the NPA.

The MindaNews report (updated as of 4.p.m 04 April) quoted: “Dili NPA ang among anak” (Our daughter was not a member of the New People’s Army), Gregorio Galacio and Virginia Buya said of their eldest daughter. The military and the media identified her to be a “child soldier” of the NPA killed in an encounter Saturday morning just outside their house in Purok 6, Barangay Kahayag, New Bataan, Compostela Valley.

Galacio, a tuba(coconut wine) gatherer, told military officials that on Saturday morning while he was still atop a coconut tree to collect tuba, a group of five NPA guerrillas arrived at their house to ask permission to use their pots to cook lunch and to take a bath at the nearby creek.

He told Brig. Gen. Carlos Braganza, chief of the 1001st Infantry Brigade that he said yes to the request because he felt he had no choice. The group was armed.

The is sad. 😦

Dabawenyo art work in New York

SURREAL. Philippine Art is suitably represented in ‘Brave Destiny’ by the artist Lindall once described as “the greatest living surrealist in the Philippines” — Bienvenido Bones Banez, Jr. of Davao City. Banez’s contribution is this multimedia work “My Warlock Dream 666.” Read story at the MindaNews website.