Another home for the
lumad, of the lumad, by the lumad
31 May 2006
Tulugan sa Madaguing.
Madagway ha pag-uma dini ta
tulugan ta Madaguing [Welcome
to our home in Madaguing]. Stuck along the road going up the
hill, this is the wooden signage that greets everyone who visits the
newly constructed tulugan or home of the Higaonon tribe.
Today, the Balay Tulugan is
happily inaugurated by the Higaonon tribe and the people who helped
in the setting up of this tribal hall in Barangay Madaguing,
Claveria, Misamis Oriental.
Barangay Captain Samuel
Abrogar was very thankful that a tribal hall can now serve its
purpose. After a tree-planting activity, a turn-over ceremony was
made where the keys of the hall was passed on from Balay Mindanaw’s
President Kaloy Manlupig, to LGU Claveria’s representative Vice
Mayor Len Ong, to Barangay Captain Abrogar and finally to Datu
Matagon, the caretaker and tribal council leader of the Higaonon
tribe of Madaguing.
This has been the dream of
most people in the barangay and the neighboring communities. Eighty
percent of the total population of the barangay comprise the
Higaonon tribe. After two years of on-and-off construction, due to
limitation of funds, this tribal hall now stands on top of a hill,
overlooking the Kabulig River on one side and the Tabok Cluster
barangays of Claveria on the other side.
With a floor area of 30-by-60
feet, this tulugan was built by the community members
themselves with the determination and perseverance of its Barangay
and the Tribal Councils. Abrogar was inspired then by the tulugan
in Barangay Sangalan located in the hinterlands of Gingoog City when
he attended its inauguration in May 2003. After three years, a
tribal hall with a similar design is now blessed by his local people
through a ritual called tampuda, which tried to solve the
long standing conflict of the two clans of Barangay Minalwang and
Madaguing. This ritual was made by four datus: Buotan, Pignauwan,
Kalutan and Matagon.
Witnessing the inaugural
ceremony are the tribal leaders and barangay councils of Barangays
Rizal, Panampawan, Minalwang, Tamboboan and the Ane-i, all from
Claveria. Also present were the Sangguniang Bayan Member of
Claveria, Orvil Achias, ABC President Pempe Casino, representatives
of various support organizations like LANDCARE, MOSCAT and the World
Agroforestry Center based in Claveria. The construction was jointly
supported by the Philippine Business for Social Progress, Local
Government of Claveria, Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental,
Barangay Council of Madaguing and Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc.