It is indeed a New Year now ...and I thanked the year that passed for the lessons learned for the meaningful reminders that beseeched my Country the Philippines when a month before Christmas November 8, 2013 to be exact Typhoon Yolanda has visited us ravaged and damaged all that she can in all her might.
Typhoon Yolanda gave a magnanimous lesson in the eyes of the whole world. A lesson may it be to a country, to a political leader, to businessmen, to middle-class men, to the elite society, to churches and its leaders, to religious orders and their hierarchy, to the privilege and underprivileged people of my country.
May i remind you that on May 21-May 27 2013 the Tribal Government of the Philippines initiated the International Tribal Congress with Emphasis on Customary Laws and Traditions with the theme " Sharing Worldwide Indigenous Wisdom and Culture in Addressing Global Climate Change ". This International Tribal Congress is not to show that we are ostentatious with our wealth or to show off that we can do it. The International Tribal Congress is a "Message" a message from our ancestors to awaken the political leaders of my country on how the Indigenous Peoples can help address Global Climate Change.
It was a decisive move from the Tribal Government of the Philippines to share and impart what the ancestors wanted us to do and what they would do if we are not united in doing what they wanted us to do.
Being a Governance that follows the orders of the Greater Spirits we cannot but obey the orders may the listeners follow or not, may they believe or not...what matters is that no matter how impossible things may be we did what the ancestors have commanded.
In our modern world, this twentieth century, ladies and gentlemen, the Customary laws and Traditions, beliefs and practices of our ancestors seems to be a subject or a performance that is so stranger to the new blood of today may they be indigenous peoples or not.
The traditional systems and knowledge of the ancient times has not been given preference either propensity though time and again they have been talking about it, writing about it, but the unified and combined efforts towards its realization performed by the dynamism of indigenous and non-indigenous people is unconsummated.
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples is "Salvation to Mankind"...why? for it respects and empower the Indigenous Knowledge , Practices and Customary Traditions that since time immemorial immortalized our ancestors and connects deeply to the remorse effect of Global Climate Change ,..it is the lead ,the source , stoolpigeon of the Natural Law or the Law of Nature.
We must believe that there are creations other than what we see by our naked eye and there should be harmonization between the seen and unseen beings ,this is the gist,the core and the substance of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997 and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples. The unification of the Spirit world is the Unification of Mankind and vice-versa irregardless of race, religion, faith, belief, denomination, country and others.
And therefore, let me welcome this year with LOVE and HUMILITY. Let me welcome HOPE and PROSPERITY. Most of all i respect, i bow down, i salute, i acknowledge those who pray , moved and act for the greater good, for the greater Light and for the best and goodness of Mankind, for those who build rather than destroy, for those who cooperate rather than hinder, for those who edify rather than obfuscate.
let us fill this year and the years ahead of the One True Light from the Supreme Good Spirit to shed more hope, genuine peace, rightful love and divine unity. To all indigenous peoples of the world , the divine aspect in life is immortality achieved through righteousness and believing in the beliefs and traditions of the Olden Times. let us not squander what our Ancestors have fought and believed in for we shall be traced by blood and by lineage... no matter how far you go and how far you achieved in life...there are Traditions, there are beliefs that goes through your vein and you can not scape...the only way is to uncover your past , know your past so you would know the future.
By knowing who you are is an innate power within that would manifest , would reign, becoming the "YOU" who your Ancestors want you to be.
Happy New Year Everyone...