Woman with outstretched arms at sunrise. Image from Pixabay.

“Biyaya”

Woman with outstretched arms at sunrise. Image from Pixabay.

Sa tuwing nais akong panawan ng lakas, sa bawat pagkakataong madalas akong igupo ng pagod at sa di iilang beses na nais kong tumungayaw ng iyak dahil sa mga samu’t-saring bagay…

Sadyang napakaraming dapat pa ring ipagpasalamat sa Poong Maykapal. Minsan, kailangan ko lang ayusin ang gamit kong lente para mas maliwanag kong matunghayan ang Kanyang mga walang patumanggang biyaya


Susie Bangles-Baldo is a proud Igorota who belongs to the ethnolinguistic group Kankana-ey and a mother of three, two curious lads and a vigorous lassie. She spent her childhood savoring the blessings of simplicity in the ili; sidking-aparador, Chinese garter, bebe-ey (bahay-bahayan), climbing the caimito and swimming in the river were among the sundry fondest reminiscences that contributed to her yearning of going back to basics and reviving Indigenous poetry.

Susie is interested in the advancement of indigenous mental health and wellbeing that is grounded from the grassroots. She appreciates all sorts of writings (genially calling it as #KaisipangMalaya); believing that these are expressions of a person’s innermost thoughts and feelings, longings, hopes and dreams. Poetry is viewed as a vehicle that succor in reconnecting the dots from the past to make the present-day an opportunity for unlearning, relearning and development.

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