Balik sa dagat means “Return to the Sea.”
Reconnecting to our ancestral heritage of a seafaring people, we gather as the Bangka Journey community building the World Bangka. We now look back so we can continue forward.
The bangka is almost complete, and we invite all to be in community with us. Come to sing, to dance, to weave, to carve, to celebrate as we near completion of the World Bangka.
There are many ways to support this project. If you cannot visit with us, please consider a donation to our GoFundMe campaign by visiting http://www.gofundme.com/mamertobangkajourney2017 All funds go toward completing the project, especially bringing Master Ifugaw Carver Mamerto Lagitan Tindongan to California to help finish the bangka.
We are so enjoying preparing for your arrival!
Yearning for the stars, mga bituin, to connect with loved ones of long ago, yet so close to our hearts
balatik ~ turuan mo kami
Learn more via:
BALATIK: Katutubong Bituin ng mga Pilipino
Dante L. Ambrosio
“Various Philippine cultures have long ago formed their own map of the sky by organizing the stars into constellations. They have, thus, claimed the sky as their own and put their own distinctive marks on it. As they made the sky part of their culture, it in turn, influenced the way they think, act and live. Though the colonial interlude brought changes to Philippine cultures, their high regard for the sky and the stars remained, reinforced and enriched by colonial experience.
Balatik and Moroporo are two of the more prominent star groups in the Philippine sky. Philippine cultures have myths that explain the presence of these stars in the sky and their functions in their lives. They consult them as they go on with their everyday lives as in determining the propitious times for planting, fishing and hunting. Together with the sun and the moon, the stars serve as symbols for ideals and values that these cultures hold on to.”