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Friday, November 17, 2017

Dimash with that incredibly stunning vocal power and prowess

Dimash Kudaibergen 

You've never heard anyone sing like Dimash, I swear! He has a vocal range of 4-octaves (that's according to his mother, but other reports claim 5-octaves), plus a little more... (like hitting a D8 with sheer clarity!) 

I recently came across a YouTube video with this artist singing a highly emotional French song. Turns out it was a cut from a singing competition held in China earlier this year.

Couldn't get enough of him afterwards, watching his live performances, till I find myself agreeing with this one YouTube comment: 
A once-in-a-century genius, with amazing voice, perfect techniques and special charisma. His live performance is solid and brilliant, being able to replicate notes hit in the studio when in a live setting. Even though he speaks only a little English, his voice is transnational, trans-cultural and transgender.
(Update: In a recently posted YouTube video Dimash was asked how wide really is his vocal range, five or six octaves? His answer: "Possibly wider than six octaves. But that is not important to me. Success to a singer is his/her pursuit of music and their inner feelings. Neither bass nor treble is important. Most important thing is singing beautifully.")

Who's Dimash?

Dimash (pronounced di-ma-shi or di-ma-xi in China, elsewhere it's di-mash') Kudaibergen (Kudaibergenov is the longer name), is a 23 year-old male singer well known in Kazakhstan where he won national competitions for young performers. The outside world started to notice him after winning the Grand Prix in the 25th International Contest of Pop Song Performers "Slavic Bazaar 2015" in Vitebsk (Belarus).

At age 5 he was sent to music school by his grandmother who raised him,
after finding his "ear for music".

Then, earlier this year he joined the Singer 2017 (Chinese TV series on Hunan Television), the winners of which were determined by audience voting. While he won the first round, his combined score in the semifinals and final placed him second in the competition, with Sandy Lam, a veteran singer from Hong Kong as the winner.

During the competition Dimash set the record for singing the most number of songs in different languages (English, Mandarin, Russian, French, Kazakh and Italian). And the only baritone, tenor and soprano in one singer. He only speaks Kazakh and Russian fluently. 

He has since won the following awards: 
2017Fresh Asia Music AwardsBest Overseas ArtistWon
2017Hong Kong Golden Music AwardsMy Favorite Male SingerWon
2017MTV Global Chinese Music AwardsBest Overseas SingerWon
2017MTV Asian Music GalaMost Popular Overseas SingerWon
2017OK! Style Music GalaFavorite Male Singer Of The YearWon
2017Top Chinese Music AwardsBest International ArtistWon
2017Chinese Top Ten Music AwardsMost Popular Asian SingerWon

"SOS d'un terien en detresse" (SOS from a distressed human being), that song I first heard him singing was from the repertoire of French singer Gregory Lemarchal. It is now one of Dimash songs that has become much talked-about and my favorite, too. 

Says a YouTube subscriber (Ian Kain), of this "ever most beautiful interpretation" of this song: "His presence and the power of his voice is not just making goosebumps, it rather makes people cry. The tears of remembering who we are, where we come from, (there we go again), and that this planet is a very tough place to live on." 

One could listen to other interpretations of the song by other acclaimed singers and find that their excellent versions may be weighed but found paling side by side with Dimash's incomparable interpretation, apparently the most reviewed Dimash song on YouTube right now.

Watch/listen to two of the older versions at the bottom of this page. (By song artists Gregory Lemarchal and Daniel Balavoine)



Best to listen to Dimash himself as he tells his personal, developing story in this well-crafted video:



French - S.O.S. d'un terrien en détresse 

(with English translation courtesy of YSGBSongs

Pourquoi je vis, pourquoi je meurs

Pourquoi je ris, pourquoi je pleure
Voici le S.O.S. d'un terrien en détresse

J'ai jamais eu les pieds sur terre
J'aim'rais mieux être un oiseau
J'suis mal dans ma peau

J'voudrais voir le monde à l'envers
Si jamais c'était plus beau
Plus beau vu d'en haut, vu d'en haut

J'ai toujours confondu la vie
Avec les bandes dessinées
J'ai comme des envies de métamorphose
Je sens quelque chose
Qui m'attire
Qui m'attire
Qui m'attire vers le haut

Au grand loto de l'univers
J'ai pas tiré le bon numéro
J'suis mal dans ma peau
J'ai pas envie d'être un robot
Métro boulot dodo

Pourquoi je vis, pourquoi je meurs
Pourquoi je crie, pourquoi je pleure
Je crois capter des ondes
Venues d'un autre monde

J'ai jamais eu les pieds sur terre
J'aim'rais mieux être un oiseau
J'suis mal dans ma peau

J'voudrais voir le monde à l'envers
J'aim'rais mieux être un oiseau
Dodo l'enfant do

English - S.O.S. from a distressed human being

Why do I live, why do I die
Why do I laugh, why do I cry
Here is the S.O.S of a distressed human being

I never had my feet on the ground
I would rather be a bird
I am not comfortable in my own skin

I would like to see the world upside down
In case it was more beautiful
More beautiful viewed from above, viewed from above

I always mistook life
For a comic strip
I feel the need to transform myself
I feel something
That is pulling me
That is pulling me
That is pulling me towards the sky

In the great lottery of the universe 
I didn't pick the right number
I am not comfortable in my own skin
I do not want to be a robot
Working eating sleeping*

Why do I live, why do I die
Why do I scream, why do I cry
I think I am picking up waves
Coming from another world

I never had my feet on the ground
I would rather be a bird
I am not comfortable in my own skin

I would like to see the world upside down
I would rather be a bird
Sleep, child, sleep

Gregory Lemarchal's version:






Daniel Balavoine's version: 



And where is Kazakhstan?

Kazakhstan is the world's largest landlocked country, sharing borders with Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan, and also adjoins a large part of the Caspian Sea.

An important nation along the ancient Silk Road, Kazakhstan has had a long relationship with its Chinese neighbors. It is a democratic, secular, unitary, constitutional republic with a diverse cultural heritage. In the 13th century, the territory joined the Mongolian Empire under Genghis Khan.

Political map of Kazakhstan


Sources:
Dimash Kudaibergen - Wikipedia
Dimash Kudaibergen: Biography Of The Famous Kazakh Singer
Dimash Kudaibergen newest symbol of Sino-Kazakh relations
Kazakhstan - Wikipedia
YouTube

Autographed photo of Dimash
Trivia: Dimash also sang Contessa + The Diva Dance. The latter was from the movie "The 5th Element" sung by Albanian soprano Inva Mula and recorded with the help of computer editing (she was able to sing 80% of the aria, but the other 20% was computerized. It's the part that was deemed not possible to be sung by humans. But Dimash sings it live without the aid of computer editing to the amazement of his audience.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

'Like the Galleon Trade': Duterte wants ASEAN to become Asia-Pacific trade hub


"Similar to the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade that leveraged the central position of the Philippines in the Asia-Pacific region, ASEAN can be a hub for the Asia-Pacific region in relevant areas," he said, referring to the colonial-era trade between then Spanish-occupied Philippines and Mexico that is considered the precursor to modern trade.

Among Duterte's proposed areas of collaboration are digital and maritime connectivity, efficient logistics, disaster preparedness and management, and technology.



President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday told world leaders that he hopes to see collaboration between the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to build an economic hub in the region.

"Inspired by APEC’s model of open regionalism, ASEAN has opened the door wider to the eventual achievement of liberalized trade in Asia and the Pacific," Duterte said in remarks during ASEAN's informal dialogue with APEC leaders in Vietnam.

"Similar to the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade that leveraged the central position of the Philippines in the Asia-Pacific region, ASEAN can be a hub for the Asia-Pacific region in relevant areas," he said, referring to the colonial-era trade between then Spanish-occupied Philippines and Mexico that is considered the precursor to modern trade.

Among Duterte's proposed areas of collaboration are digital and maritime connectivity, efficient logistics, disaster preparedness and management, and technology.

"Collaborating with APEC on common areas of interest, ASEAN can potentially play the role of a regional pathfinder for APEC’s initiatives," he said.


President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the APEC CEO Summit, taking place ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang, Nov. 9, 2017. Hoang Dinh Nam, Pool/Reuters

Duterte said having more open trade among nations could potentially "reduce poverty" in emerging economies.

Seven ASEAN members- Brunei, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam- are part of the APEC, alongside some of the world's largest economies such as the United States, China, Japan, Russia and Canada.

World leaders including US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese Prime Minister Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau converged in Vietnam this week for a series of APEC meetings. 

Most world leaders will proceed to Manila over the weekend to attend the 2-day ASEAN Leaders' Summit and related meetings. - NewsABS-CBN


Also read:


Mexican book calls Marinduque 'one of the most beautiful places in the world'; beginnings of Moriones you've never heard about



Saturday, October 28, 2017

Via satellite call from Vatican, Pope talks meaning of life with Space Station astronauts

Two weeks earlier I asked the same questions so beautifully depicted in a Paul Gauguin painting, read here. Now the Pope raises the very same questions:

“Astronomy makes us contemplate the horizons of the universe and raises questions in us: Where did we come from? Where are we going?” the Pope said, as the Earth turns at a rate of 10 km per second


Pope Francis connecting live audio-video with the crew of Mission 53 onboard the International Space Station on Oct. 26, 2017. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano.

Pope Francis conversed with astronauts orbiting earth on the International Space Station on Thursday, discussing questions as diverse as man’s place in the universe, the fragility of life and the planet, and international cooperation.
“Astronomy makes us contemplate the horizons of the universe and raises questions in us: Where did we come from? Where are we going?” the Pope said.
His first question to the astronauts: “What is your thought on man’s place in the universe?”
Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli responded, saying that man’s place in the universe is a “complex question,” especially for him since his specialties are in the technical realm.
However, he noted that being in space has helped him to realize that the more humanity learns, the more clearly we can see how much we still do not know.
“I would love for people like you, not just engineers, not just physicists, but people like you (Holy Father) – theologians, philosophers, poets, writers... – to come here in space, and this will surely happen in the future, I would love (for them) to come here to explore what it means to have a human being in space,” he said.
Pope Francis contacted NASA's Internationl Space Station via a satellite call from the Vatican on. Oct. 26. Aboard the space station are a total of six astronauts, including three Americans, two Rusians and one Italian, who have been orbiting the earth, about 220 miles away.
Josef Aschbacher, director of the earth observation programs (ESA), told journalists after the call that for the astronauts, speaking with the Pope was an “experience of a lifetime.”
He said the Pope’s questions were all “very interesting” because they have to do with “our life, as humanity.”
For example, Francis asked the team what motivated them to become astronauts, and what they enjoy about being in space.
“Traveling in space modifies so many things that are taken for granted in everyday life, for example the idea of up and down,” he said, also asking if there is anything about living in the space station that has surprised them.
American Randolph Bresnik said that what gives him the greatest joy in space is being able “to look outside and see God's creation maybe a little bit from his perspective. People cannot come up here and see the indescribable beauty of our earth and not be touched in their souls.”
There’s an incredible peace and serenity to our planet when you see it in orbit, he said, and there are “no borders, no conflict, it’s just peaceful.”
He also said that from space you can see “the thinness of the atmosphere, and it makes you realize how fragile our existence here is.”
Pope Francis responded by saying that he loved that answer, how Bresnik had pointed out the earth’s fragility, how it’s a “passing moment,” the earth turning at a rate of 10 km per second. = CatholicNewsAgency

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Duterte declares October 26 holiday in Cebu for Cardinal Vidal's burial



PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte formally issued on Monday a proclamation declaring October 26, the burial of Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, as special non-working day in Cebu. 

Executive Salvador Medialdea, by authority of President, signed Proclamation 333 declaring October 26 as special non-working day in Cebu province, including the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu, to allow Cebuanos to pay their last respects to Vidal.

 "Archbishop Vidal has enjoyed great affection by the people in the Roman Catholic Church and deep respect by the people of other Christian denominations and Islamic faith," Proclamation 333 read. "It is but fitting and proper to give the people of the province of Cebu the opportunity to remember, honor and show respect, and join the interment of the late Archbishop Vidal," it added. Duterte's declaration came a day after his visit to Vidal's wake at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral on Sunday, October 22. The declaration of a holiday in Cebu was initially suggested by Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Diño. Vidal, who passed away on October 18, will be interred in the mausoleum of Cebu Metropolitan on October 26. 


"A native of Mogpog, Marinduque, Vidal was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Cebu on August 26, 1981. He was installed Archbishop of Cebu on September 18, 1982 and elevated to the College of Cardinals on April 24, 1985. He also served as the president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines from 1986 to 1987. - SunStar Philippines

Friday, October 20, 2017

Pope Francis has joined in mourning the passing on of Cardinal Vidal


Pope Francis is greeted by Cardinal Ricardo Vidal as he meets the cardinals for the first time after his election, at the Vatican, March 15, 2013. L’OSSERVATORE ROMANO
MANILA— Pope Francis has joined in mourning the death of Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, a leader of Catholics in Cebu for 29 years, commending his “untiring and devoted service to the Church”.
In a letter to Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, the pope said he was “deeply saddened” to learn the death of the retired cardinal.
“I extend my sincere condolences to you, and to the clergy religious and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Cebu,” Francis said.
The pontiff praised the cardinal “for his constant advocacy of dialogue and peace for all the people in the Philippines”.
“I commend his soul to the infinite love and mercy of our heavenly Father,” he said.
“As a pledge of consolation and hope in the Lord, to all who mourn his passing in the certain hope of the Resurrection, I willingly impart my Apostolic Blessing,” the pope added.
His wake started on the 18th at Cebu cathedral and will be held for eight days except on October 21 wherein his remains will be brought to the St. Pedro Calungsod Shrine, located inside the archbishop’s residence compound.
Vidal’s funeral will take place on October 26 at 9am at the cathedral. He will be buried at the mausoleum at the back of the sacristy. CBCPNews

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Mexican book calls Marinduque 'one of the most beautiful places in the world'; beginnings of Moriones you've never heard about

 
Marinduque photo by: Warren Valenzuela Roldan

The book is of course in Spanish, and it's about the romance between Mexico and the Philippines during the years of the Manila Galleon. Excerpts (translated): 


Two hundred and fifty years of contact and trade between Filipinas and Mexico left enormous footprints in the villages. In a Mexican print of the nineteenth century the artist represents the port of Acapulco. He is a painter of the romantic era, when the sea always looked frizzy. So in the picture the waves break on the beach of Hornos, while some sailboats lean in the wind. And almost in the foreground we see something surprising, something that is not from America.... In no other part of America, not even among the Caribbeans, great navigators, could one find such an artifact that has reached Acapulco as the Philippine seamen who manned the Manila Galleon...

Then somewhere in the said book, Mexico en Filipinas. Estudio de una transculturacion by Rafael Bernal (Mexico in the Philippines. Study of a Transculturation), published by the Institute of Historical Research of the Instituto de Investigaciones Historicas (UNAM), 1965, the island of our fondest dreams, Marinduque, is praised to the highest skies like this:


"En estas grandes fiestas delos santos encontramos otras aportaciones mexicanas. En la Isla de Marinduque, uno de los lugares mas hermosos del mundo, por Semana Santa se celebra el festival de los Moriones." 
(In these great festivals of the saints we find other Mexican contributions. On the island of Marinduque, one of the most beautiful places in the world, during Easter is celebrated the Moriones festival).
Morion mask on old PAL cover (1972)

"Men with masks of Roman centurions chase Longinos through the streets and under the coconut trees or the dry river beds, until they capture him and behead him, removing his mask. Longinus is punished because he has accepted the divinity of Christ. This custom, according to a very old tradition, was taken from Mexico by a Jesuit missionary who had been in Cuernavaca previously."
(Hombres con mascaras de centuriones romanos persiguen a Longinos por las calles y entre los cocotales o el lecho seco de los rios, hasta que lo alcanzan y lo deguellan, quitandole su mascara. El castigo de Longinos se debe a que han aceptado la divinidad de Cristo. Esta costumbre, segun una muy vieja tradicion, fue llevada de Mexico, por un misionero jesuita que habla estado en Cuernavaca anteriormente.)
Morion mask woodcut on the cover of Hemisphere Magazine (Australia) 1961

This part certainly comes as a surprise for many of us, but a 'Jesuit missionary' who had been in the Aztec city of Cuernavaca as someone actually behind Moriones was echoed by no less than the late National Artist for Literature, Alejandro Roces, who was instrumental in popularizing the Moriones Festival. 

Wrote Roces in his newspaper column Roses and Thorns, titled On Fiesta. He whose nonfiction was always well researched:


"In Marinduque, the masks used during the Moriones are painstakingly handcrafted during the year. The Moriones also references another aspect of our history; our close ties with Mexico. The Moriones was introduced by a Jesuit from Cuernavaca, Mexico sometime in 1859; after the Jesuits were readmitted to the Archipelago.." 
Well, Padre Dionisio Santiago who was believed here to have introduced Moriones/Moryonan was a secular priest from Bulacan.

The Mexican book says that the Jesuit missionary 'had been in Cuernavaca previously', Roces says he was 'from Cuernavaca', yet both did not say what was to be found there. 

Could this Wikipedia article on that very famous place give us some lead then?
The Huehuechis, a dance group, was started in Cuernavaca in 1870 by a group of young people. They dressed up in old boots and clothes, covering their faces with cloth, dancing spontaneously in the streets with whistles and shouts. The name comes from a Nahuatl word for old, worn-out clothing. The event spread to other municipalities. It became popular enough among participants and spectators alike to be organized formally in 1871, when it became a traditional way to celebrate the days just before Lent, or the Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday of Carnival. The tradition spread to Tepoztlan, where it became even more famous after the people there modified the clothing worn, adding masks with beards and large mustaches.
Time to sing Madonna's song:

Where do we go from here?
This isn't where we intended to be
We had it all, you believed in me
I believed in you
Certainties disappear
How do we keep all our passions alive?
What do we do for our dream to survive?
As we used to do?

‘Miracle’: Cebu’s Cardinal Vidal of Marinduque wakes up from coma

In the two days that Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Vidal was in coma, his doctors thought it would be a miracle if he'd be revived. He opens his eyes Friday. 

Resulta ng larawan para sa cardinal vidal

CEBU CITY – Physicians attending to Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal described the former prelate’s revival from a two-day coma as a miracle, saying they were preparing for the worst.

Vidal, 86, the country’s most senior cardinal, was rushed to the Perpetual Succour Hospital past 2 am on Wednesday, October 11, due to fever and shortness of breath. The retired cardinal, however, collapsed a few hours later in the same hospital and fell into a coma.

“We were preparing for the worst because he was not responding and was in a semi-coma state,” Dr Rene Josef Bullecer, one of Vidal’s physicians and a close friend of the prelate, told Rappler Friday afternoon.

Bullecer clarified though that the cardinal did not suffer cardiac arrest, as what has been reported by other media outlets, but fell ill due to sepsis, a result of a massive immune response to bacterial infection that gets into the blood.

“All his vital signs are now normal. His heart condition is normal. It was not cardiac arrest but sepsis. We still do not have any idea how he got the infection,” Bullecer said.

He added that Vidal’s team of physicians – composed of cardiologist, neurologist, and pulmonary specialist – said on Thursday, that it will take a miracle to revive Vidal based on his condition on Wednesday and Thursday. 


Archbishop Emeritus Cardinal Ricardo Vidal had hoped to bridge the gap between the Catholic bishops and President Rodrigo Duterte.

Due to the seriousness of Vidal’s condition, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma administered the Sacrament of Extreme Unction, commonly called the final anointing, to Vidal last Wednesday.

“It was a miracle, indeed, that the cardinal opened his eyes this morning (October 13) and has become responsive after two days of being unconscious,” Bullecer said. He stressed, however, that Vidal was still unable to talk due to the apparatus attached to his mouth.

Vidal’s sense of pain has returned and he already reacted when doctors pinched him.

Bullecer, however, said the cardinal’s condition is still 50-50 and doctors continue to put him under thorough observation, although he personally said Vidal is showing good signs of recovery.

Bullecer added that doctors did their best to revive Vidal even as the retired cardinal had earlier told him that he no longer wants to be revived should he fall unconscious.

Vidal, whose resignation as Archbishop of Cebu on October 15, 2010, was accepted by Pope Benedict XVI, has been in and out of the hospital due to pneumonia. He was succeeded by Palma.

He is currently one of the 4 living cardinals in the Philippines, along with Manila Archbishop Emeritus Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, and Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo. – Rappler

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sa nangyari sa Marinduque 400 taon na ang nakaraan, Oct 10-15, 1617, nagluksa at nagdalamhati ang buong bansa

Eksaktong 400 na taon sa araw na ito, October 10, naganap sa Las Islas Filipinas ang isang kabanatang gumimbal sa buong bansa. At sa karagatang pumapaligid sa isla ng Marinduque ito nangyari.

Anim na mga galleong ang ilan ay ginamit sa digmaan sa pagitan ng Dutch at Spanish ang inabot ng malakas na bagyo sa dagat malapit sa Marinduque. Sa Marinduque ang destinasyon nila para sa kinakailangang pagkukumpuni makaraan ang ilang buwan matapos ang labanan (ang Battle of Playa Honda).


Tinatayang 1,000 katao na sakay ng mga galleon ang nangagsilunod. Kabilang dito ang mga katutubo, mga Intsik at sundalong Kastila, mga manggagawa ng barko at ilan pang mga mandirigma.

Ang kalamidad na ito ang tinuring na pinakamalaking trahedya na nangyari sa pamumuno ni Gov. General Geronimo de Silva. Nagluksa at nagdalamhati ang buong kapuluan.

Maikling account mula sa isang chronology ng matitinding bagyo o panahon mula nang maitala ang pandaigdigang kasaysayan. Ang petsa: October 10-15, 1617

Sa isang liham na isinulat ni Alonso Fajardo de Tenza kay Felipe III, Hari ng Espana, tungkol sa naganap ay ito ang kanyang sinabi: (Si Fajardo ang sumunod na Governor General pagkatapos ni de Silva).

"After our aforesaid misfortunes the six galleons that were to be fitted up at the shipyards were, while going there, overtaken by a hurricane, and were all wrecked, together with seven hundred persons whom, it is said, they were carrying -  namely, natives, Sangleys, and Spanish sailors and shipbuilders, and some infantrymen -  besides those who escaped, who were very few. 

"Consequently, these islands were left without any naval forces and with few enough on land, by the above-mentioned disaster and the many private persons who died on the expedition to Sincupura or Malaca. The result was very great sorrow to the citizens, because of these troubles."


Bahagi ng isang pahina mula sa The Philippine Islands 1493-1898, Volume XVIII,1617-1620, edited by Blair and Robertson. Letter to Felipe III by Alonso Fajardo de Tenza


Ano ang mga pangalan ng anim na barkong lumubog at iba pang mahalagang katanungan


Hanggang sa ngayon, makaraan ang 400 taon, tila wala namang pananaliksik na naisagawa para pangalanang isa-isa ang mga barkong lumubog. Sa mga susunod na mga araw ihahayag natin ang anim na mga galleong nasabi base sa isang masusing pananaliksik at pag-aaral. Mga barkong lumubog sa karagatang tinagurian ni Pedro Murillo (ang gumawa ng kauna-unahang mapa ng Filipinas, Mother of all Philippine maps), na 'Tablazo de Marinduque'. 

Pagbisitang muli sa sinaunang Marinduque

Isang video na ginawa ko para sa YouTube noong Dec. 2009, tungkol sa sinaunang Marinduque, "My Ancient Marinduque". 

Ang arkeolohiya ng Pilipinas ay dito mismo ipinanganak sa Marinduque.

Bago pa dumating ang 1900, nang sinakop ng mga Amerikano ang Pilipinas, isang mahalagang sistematikong pagsisiyasat na arkeolohikal pa lamang ang naisagawa sa bansa: ang eksplorasyon ni Antoine Alfred Marche sa Marinduque mula Abril hanggang Hulyo 1881.

Bagamat may ilan pang hindi sinasadya na natuklasan at naitala sa pana-panahon noong araw, at ilang mga kuweba o mga yungib na libingan ang nagalugad na ating bansa ng ilang mga siyentipikong banyaga o lokal, walang sistematikong gawain ang naganap kahit saan bago ang mga pagtuklas ni Marche. Nauna naman kay Marche sa pagtuklas ng ilang mga katulad na artifacts sa Marinduque si Fedor Jagor (German ethnologist).

Takip ng ataol na may ukit ng mga dragon. Galing sa Pamintaan Cave na bahagi ng mga nahukay ni Marche.

Pagkatapos ng Marche, ang sumunod na mahalagang arkeolohikal na pag-aaral ay isinagawa ni Dr. Carl Gunthe sa Central Visayan Islands noong 1922. (Beyer)

Isang masaganang ani ng Chinese urns, vases, gintong alahas, mga bungo at iba pang mga palamuti na narito na bago pa dumating ang mga Kastila ang mga nahukay na ito. DInala ni Marche pabalik sa Pransya ang 40 crates ng Marinduque artifacts na kanyang natuklasan sa tulong din ng mga naninirahan sa isla.

Kasama rin sa mga natuklasan ang ilang kahoy na estatwang anito, na ang tawag ng mga katutubo ay 'Pastores'.

Pastores ng Marinduque

Bahagi ng mga artifacts ay napaunta rin sa Smithsonian Institution sa Washington, D.C. "Isipin natin na ang mga babasaging jarlets na ito na bumiyahe mula China papunta sa Pilipinas noong wala pang kasaysayan. Nabaon sa kuweba sa Marinduque sa loob ng mga dantaon, at nahukay noong huling bahagi ng ika-19 na siglo, dinala sa Paris, at sa huli ay napunta sa isang museum bodega sa labas ng Washington, D.C.  Bahagi ng ating kasaysayan ay matatagpuan sa mga museo sa ibang bansa at kakailanganin pa ng masusing pag-aaral sa mga artifacts na ito para mapagtagni-tagni ang ating prekolonyal na nakaraan "(Ocampo)

Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? ni Paul Gauguin

"Saan tayo nanggaling? Ano tayo? Saan tayo pupunta?" ang pamagat ng isang sikat na painting ni Gauguin (larawan). Isang lumang reproduction nito ay niregalo sa akin ng isang Norwegian diplomat noong araw at nakadisplay dati sa aking sala. Alam kong naging bahagi ito ng aking patuloy na sariling pagtatanong ng mga gayun ding katanungan. Ibinabahagi ko lamang.

Pamintaan Jar. Itinuturing na ngayon na isa sa tatlong pinakamahahalagang tapayan ng bansa sa sinaunang kasaysayan, kahanay ng Maitum Jar at Manunggul Jar.

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