By KATHLEEN T. OKUBO
“Money, gold and silver will be consumed very fast, so will our life, but not the forest, the mountains and our water sources that sustain our ricefields. As long as they remain nurtured and protected they shall continue to sustain the generations that shall come after us – our children, grandchildren and great grand children and so forth, forever,” an excerpt translated from the Ilocano speech of one who had drawn life sustenance, nurtured the faith and trust of his congregation for fifty years in Baay-Licuan.
The elders and officialdom of Baay-Licuan in the province Abra are worried that the entry of a big commercial mining company into their mountains would destroy their community, their homes, their livelihood…and, the continuity of their story as a distinct people. Read the rest of this entry →