It still happens folks! At least on the island of Kerikite!
Curious at the usual womanly commotion that is really not, I went back inside the multipurpose hall to watch them. All very obviously went into that ‘prim, proper and very well collected’ mode hehehe. As if I don’t know. I have been a customer service trainer, mystery shopper, quality auditor, project manager, process engineer and a self-proclaimed behaviorist (aka tsismoso) since 1989 ‘noh?! But I did not say anything, I just sat there pretending I was reviewing my pictures and videos hahaha! It turns out, I discovered a still-authentic mode of “bayanihan” in what they were doing.
Yeah yeah, cooeprativism, cooperative endeavor, not just with actions but even with material resources – and without regard as to the quantity or monetary value anyone was putting in. I absorbed this, all by observing them and listening to their conversations. In this Americanized capitalist mentality that we all are in, I can consider their actions really touchingly rare. Here are some of what I remember (translated to English):
“is this kalinayan already enough? I can still cook rice, just in case.”
“haaay, good that my husband went out to sea last night”
“here’s cooked bananas, did anyone cook cassava?”
a kid came with ripe mangoes… “nanay told me to bring these here”
“good that Maning txtd early, I almost sold all of my puto”
Ah women, always crazy fun when they take charge of things. One time I heard a lady shriek saying “mineral, an mineraaal hain na? ice, ice! mahagkot na an sopdrinks?”. A man said “kalma la, ready na”!
Then another man came carrying a big shell - probably a foot tall and a foot wide, or more. Pardon my ‘tourist mentality’ but I really (at first) thought he was coming in to sell that souvenir to us the ‘visitors’ - yeah, shame on me! My eyes really grew widest when he talked not to me but to the women saying “iya adi tilang” and all of them rejoiced, some clapping, some saying “wooooow”!
That "tilang" is my next topic! So keep watch folks!
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