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On Tuesday I did two painting session with the girls. Actually I planned two, but actually it was just one big one. When I started the project I thought the girls would just painting for like 20 minutes and then just leave because they don’t like it or because they get bored. But they don’t I practically have to force them at five o’clock to give me those paintbrushes back. It is amazing. They are so creative and they have so many ideas of what to paint and how to do it. Especially Sarah (SA) and Alexis and Elaine Joy (CSEC) are totally into painting. Sarah can sit for hours infront of the painting and just paints away. Alexis and Elaine Joy sometimes leave or run around but they always come back. Also Jaybee and Cristalyn made their picture with a lot of patience. It is just great seeing them do that. Ruffa also made almost all the white paint by herself. Later on she even advised the older girls on how to apply the paint so that it would look even. Julie
This week was amazing. On Monday I was together with the “Human Rights Development”-Group and we visited a lot of schools and they were speaking of children’s and women rights. Even when they talk Tagalog, I tried to understand and with the help of a younger member of the group I could follow very good and I enjoyed the talks and the discussions with the parents of the students. Especially in the native mountain area the people were very interested and were leading a big discussion on the topic, while their kids were amazed by my visit because they wanted me to play with them baseball and talk in Tagalog with me and even with my “kaunti lang”-Tagalog we were “talking”. The following day, I joined the “Legal Office” and learned a lot doing the summaries of the children’s cases, both girls and boys. I was doing this also on Wednesday after the meeting and newsreport about the “Aeta”-village, given by Ares. From thursday to saturday afternoon we stayed with the “Aeta”-people and it was most probably the most impressive experiences in my 8 months in the Philippines till now. The idyllic and native stay brought us to another world and opened up a new view about a lot of problems and things in the world and in general. We helped in constructing the houses from bringing the stones to the preparation of cement and anything else. Especially the encounter with the Aetas in the evenings on the bonfires and the games with the kids were the best parts of it.
But I have to admit that I find it kind of sad that the capitalism and all its bad appendices will slowly destroy the native culture in the Philippines till they are just “normal” filipinos and they will have lost all their specialialities like their own religion, their dances and songs and all the other stuff which makes them special and the heirs of an old culture. But I can of course understand that they also want to reach the amenities of the 21th century. DOMINIC from Germany