Imelda and the Carabao – notes from the author

Imelda and the Carabao by Steven Wiseblood

Imelda and the Carabao by Steven Wiseblood

It has been a year since I wrote Imelda and the Carabao which is loosely based on my travels to the Philippines in 2012.

During my travels I learned about life on a Philippine farm, growing and harvesting rice, farming equipment as well as growing vegetables and selling them at the Philippine market.

Carabao in water

Carabao in water

kuliglig -  farming equipment

kuliglig – farming equipment

I highly recommend  my book,  Imelda and the Carabao for anyone who wants to learn something about Philippine rural life in the  Cagayan Valley, which is  in the far northern part of Luzon.  Imelda and the Carabao is also available on AMAZON.COM and at a kindle book also. I hope that you will read it and  enjoy it!

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some of my photos of Manila – Ermita

Philippines map

Philippines map

Manila map

Manila map

Here are a few of my photos that I took while staying in the Ermita section of Manila in 2012.

The photos were taken from my 4th floor hotel window

Manila -Ermita

Manila -Ermita

Manila - Ermita

Manila – Ermita

Manila - Ermita

Manila – Ermita

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The AETA peoples of LUZON Philippines

The AETA peoples of LUZON

Among the FIRST INDIGENOUS people of the Philippines are the AETA.

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The Aeta (Ayta, pronounced EYE-tə), or Agta, are an indigenous people who live in scattered, isolated mountainous parts of Luzon, Philippines.

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They are considered to be Negritos, who are dark to very dark brown-skinned and tend to have features such as a small stature, small frame, curly to kinky afro-like textured hair with a higher frequency of naturally lighter hair color (blondism) relative to the general population, small nose, and dark brown eyes.

Aeta peoples of northern Luzon

Aeta peoples of northern Luzon

They are thought to be among the earliest inhabitants of the Philippines, preceding the Austronesian migrations

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeta_people

They have a LIFE EXPECTANCY of 27 years.

The Aeta were included in the group of people termed “Negrito” during Spanish colonial rule. Various Aeta groups in northern Luzon are known as “Pugut” or “Pugot,” a name designated by their Ilocano-speaking neighbors, and which is the colloquial term for those with darker complexions. In Ilocano, the word also means “goblin” or “forest spirit.” However, these terms are considered by fellow Negritos of northern Luzon as inappropriate and offensive.

Aeta boys playing basketball

Aeta boys playing basketball

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeta_people

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