Early before the sun rises, a Manobo man wakes up. He Fills a kettle with water and burns some dry wood. While waiting for the water to boil, he lights up a cigarette to warm himself in the cold of the early morn. The water boils and he pours it into a cup. He puts some coffee. He sniffs the aroma of the native black coffee and savors it sip after sip. It warms his stomach. Soon, his wife wakes up and drinks coffee too.

The man put on his long sleeve shirt, and finds his hat and grass cutter called garab. The man leaves the house and goes to the rice farm at the side of the mountain. The wife in the house cooks camote (sweet potato) for their breakfast and feeds their eight children.

Next door, a young mother wakes up early and boils water for coffee. Her husband soon rises up and they drink coffee together. The couple talks and when they finish their coffee, the wife leaves for the corn farm. The husband prepares the breakfast, cooks the rice and opens a can of sardines and feeds their seven children. When the man and the young mother return from their own farms, they have their breakfast together.

Never has every family enjoyed their breakfast like now. Before, they can hardly eat three times a day. Men depend on logging and hunting alone. Now, men shares in farming which commonly their wives do alone. Biao men farms extensively and diversely from root crops to vegetables to rice. Gone were the days when they are only warriors. Now, they help in the chores. Biao men have changed and women says, “ it’s miracle!”.


3 thoughts on “Breakfast in the neighbourhood

  1. Pingback: A picture of Biao: VOTE NOW « A single grain of rice

  2. I’m amazed how elegant your writing is. More proof that there’s no need for difficulty, but mere coherency of text and well chosen words. Smooth read, lovely how you described what you wanted us to portray. Thanks for sharing 🙂


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