1dVisiting a pure Manobo village like Misulong for our scheduled  immunization was indeed a real struggle of adjustment for me. Misulong is 70 kilometers from Tagpopoot, via Maniki and Sto. Nino, by jeep and motorbike. It is populated by the Talaingod Manobo tribe. To reach Misulong, you either have to climb a steep path for 1 ½ kilometer or hike 3 kilometers along the main road. We brought a lot of baggage for our medical outreach: vaccine carrier, medicines, food supplies and personal things… so I requested the Manobo men to help carry some of them. One Manobo church elder tried his best to help us, in spite of his fractured right arm and a 2 year old child he was carrying. He requested his friends to help too. To my surprise, they were not listening! So, we tried our best to carry everything. Deep inside, I was so discouraged and disappointed with what I observed. To think that we were going to their village to help them out! If this is their attitude, I decided then and made up my mind not to visit Misulong anymore! Anyway, we reached Misulong at noontime – exhausted, hungry and thirsty. While we were resting and waiting for our lunch, Miñosa cone of the church elders, explained to me that all Manobo men, especially the unbelievers, will not carry even their own things. Usually, it’s the women who will carry the vegetables, root crops, clothes, etc. These are placed in a native pack called “liyang”. The baby is carried in a cloth called “patadjong”, wrapped in front of the mother. If awake, the child is placed on her back or on top of her “liyang”. Their husbands, as well as the other men, will only take their spears with them as defense against enemies. Those who are new Christians are trying to do away with this practice little. Minosa’s explanation was indeed a blessing to me. It helped me realize and be aware that not all cultures and people are alike. The following month, we visited Misulong again – not only the immunization, treatment and consultation, but also to comfort those who needed God’s massage and to pray for those who needed encouragement. This time, we returned with a greater burden for these people. By: Ligaya Delfinado Staff Nurse Tagpopoot, Davao del Norte, ’80s

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