Babaylan: Filipinos and the Call of the Indigenous

Babaylan Filipinos and the Call of the Indegenous (click see a larger version in a new window.)

The Babaylan mandala on the cover represents the artists’ vision of the Filipinos’ “inner gold”. (click to see a larger version in a new window)

BABAYLAN : FILIPINOS AND THE CALL OF THE INDIGENOUS will have its Philippine launch at the Bahay Nakpil-Bautista in Quiapo on November 29, 2010, at 1:00 pm. It was first made available to the public during the First International Babaylan Conference held last April 17 – 18, 2010 at the Sonoma State University in the United States.  This book is the first of its kind to integrate research about primary Babaylans in the Philippines; research about Kapwa psychology and the Babaylan tradition; and narratives of decolonization and indigenization by Filipinos in the diaspora.

Conceived and edited by Prof. Elenita Mendoza Strobel, this book includes essays by Sister Mary John Mananzan, Katrin de Guia, Agnes Miclat Cacayan, Girlie Villariba and Teresita Obusan from the Philippines.  Among the writers from the diaspora are Ceres Pioquinto, Tera Maxwell, Venus Herbito, Eileen Tabios, Michelle Bautista, Maiana Minahal, Karen Villanueva, Trisha Agbulos Cabeje, Marjorie Light, and Charito Basa.

BABAYLAN : FILIPINOS AND THE CALL OF THE INDIGENOUS is beautifully designed by Babaylan-inspired artist Perla Paredes Daly. The Babaylan mandala on the cover represents the artists’ vision of the Filipinos’ “inner gold”. Ateneo de Davao University Research and Publications Office is the publisher of the Babaylan book.

Minamahal naming kaibigan,

Sama-sama tayong magdaos ng diwang babaylan. Hihintayin ka namin sa pagdiriwang na ito. Salamat at Bathala Nawa.

‘Babaylan’ Book Launch Organizers

For details about the Bahay Nakpil-Bautista book launching, please contact:

Tessie Obusan – Landline:+63 (2) 704-8955, email: tesobusan@yahoo.com

Reimon Cosare – Mobile: +63 (927) 563 3376, email: raymcos@yahoo.com

Minifred Gavino – Mobile: +63 (928) 554 5824, email: babaylan_pi@yahoo.com

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