(opposite page) A Subanon woman of Zamboanga dances to the accompaniment of a set of graduated gongs – kulintang – on the occasion of another unique ritual, the buklog, that is performed on a flexible platform. SONDAYO IS THE SON of Datu Salaria, the chief of Tubig Silayan, and his wife, Salaong. One day, while bathing in the magical streams of Silayan, Salaong felt heavy after dipping seven times, even if she is not pregnant. Upon returning home, she combs her hair to dry and from it, a child falls out. This was how Sondayo was born. A magical child, he matures very fast. Within a short period, he asks his parents’ permission to go on a quest. His father gifts him with a mighty sword, while his mother provides him with beautiful raiments. However, a pigeon, limmon , gives him a dire warning not to embark on this journey. He ignores the warning and goes off flying on a magical scarf, monsala , into the center of the sun with the aid of lightning. He encounters two datus , Daugbolawan and Lemolak, and causes their enchantment. After several days, he hears the sound of the pounding beat of a buklog festival which enticed him to go and join the festivities. He and the two datus go there in spite of a warning again by a limmon, the omen bird.
- Summer '20
- Mindanao, Sondayo