Technology such as google maps & asking people for directions do not always work for the good... but, by luck or a series of fortuitous events, we end up with the best!
A video crew documented some of the communities of the Forest Foundation Philippines& Philippine Coffee Alliance which we visited for this leg, (1) Kitanglad Guard Volunteers of Imbayao Malaybalay KGVI , (2) MANTALA Manggayahay Talaandig Tribal Assn Inc , & (3) Bayawon Lucday Lungayen Pendonay Talaandig Tribal Assn BLLUPENTRAS.
We shall feature here the children of Bukidnon’s different tribes who manifested strength, creativity, curiosity and assertiveness which are traits that the elders instill in them.
These are the same traits we will harness in the tribal children so they can sustain their culture & traditions , strengthened by their coffee livelihood and the Datos’ dreams for the next generations.
The Mindanao strategy for community based coffee social enterprise is now brewing. Again, Basilio: Coffee is at the forefront 🇵🇭☕️
google map pointed us to this road. we asked the locals for directions going to KGVI c/o Benjie Maputi of Imbayao. ‘Saan po yung papunta kay Maputi?” the locals looked at our car and the tires. they said “maganda ang kalyeng yan. kaya ng sasakyan! paakyat yan sa Imbayao”
The tower gave us strong signal to call our friends and ask for help. In a small town or sitio, our drive up the tower was the current ‘chismis’. The community appreciated our efforts in reaching their highest towns .
non-stop banana and corn 🌽 plantations are everywhere in Mindanao... unfortunately, these only serve well the multinationals and big players . btw, going thru inside these plantations was one of the reasons we got lost (for a good adventurous & fortuitous reason hehe 😂)
their tribal halls also serve as sleeping quarters for them
We finally reached our first destination for the documentary shoot.
a celebration followed immediately after the ritual prayer offering done by Dato Boy. Most of us could not eat the chicken as they were the same chickens which were used for the ritual offering
they are all watching as if they were watching a movie..