Beneath the Wonders are Woes 3 Ways to Genuinely Care for Indigenous Kababayans

Beneath the Wonders are Woes: 3 Ways to Genuinely Care for Indigenous Kababayans

Aetas. Lumad. Mangyan. Dumagat. Matigsalug.

Have you heard of any of these Indigenous Peoples groups before? What comes to your mind when you hear about them?

You would surely agree that indigenous communities are rich in traditions and cultureWhen it comes to livelihood, nature is their friend as they are talented in fishing and agriculture.

More than the vibrant-colored garments and tribal patterns, they take pride in their solid sets of beliefs, innate resiliency, and the ability to thrive on their own without having to conform to the standards of modernity.

However, beneath the beauty and wonders of indigenous communities lie countless woes.

The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples estimates that there are 14 million indigenous peoples in the Philippines. Even though they make up only 13of the country’s total populationthey are among the country’s poorest. 

Because they mostly reside in the mountains or far-flung areas, they have limited access to healthcare, education, and other basic needs. They are often excluded, discriminated against, and poorly represented. And while there isn’t one face to abuse and exploitation, the United Nations reports that the women and children of indigenous communities are among the most vulnerable.

Alleviating their difficult situation is possible, but with your help!

In your own little ways, you can support and uplift indigenous communities. Here are 3 ways to genuinely care for our indigenous kababayans:

1. Care to be informed

How well do you know your indigenous kababayans?

There are several reasons why people do not care for them. Most of the time, people are reluctant to support indigenous peoples because they are not aware of the latter’s unpleasant conditions.

Who are the indigenous peoples in your community? What help do they need? What happens to them when disasters strike? Is there an organization near you that supports them? 

As you educate yourself about their situation, you can help break stigmas surrounding themMore so, your compassion toward them could grow. You might find it easier to lend a hand out of love, not out of guilt or compulsion.

2. Care to invest in indigenous youth

Like any other Filipino, indigenous peoples have the right to quality education. Education doesn’t just help them escape poverty, it also helps them pave a better future for themselves and their families. 

Likewise, education could protect them from abusers, or anyone who might try to take advantage of their condition

However, due to worsening poverty, education becomes a privilege especially to our indigenous kababayans. And now, the current pandemic makes life even harder for their youth. 

If you are asking what additional value you can bring to the community, supporting the education of indigenous youth is one of the best gifts you can give. You can make a lasting impact in their lives by partnering with the Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm. 

Operation Blessing’s Back to School program offers scholarship and other assistance to underprivileged yet deserving indigenous students. And your help, no matter how small, is important to make a change.

3. Care to pray for indigenous peoples

The diversity of indigenous peoples is rarely celebrated; their communities are rarely supported. At the same time, they are rarely prayed for.

But your indigenous kababayans need your prayers, now more than ever. 

Lifting them up to God is one of the purest expressions of your concern for them. Pray that God would protect them and meet their needs according to His riches. Pray that they, too, would also experience the saving love of Jesus.

Ask for healing and reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples. Ask Him to open the hearts of Filipinos and allow them to listen compassionately and without judgment

Lastly, ask for blessings, guidance, and discernment, that He may equip you to help those who are in need – one indigenous kababayan at a time.

So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people. (Galatians 6:10 NASB)

Do you want to know more about the wonders and woes of our indigenous kababayans?

CBN Asia, in partnership with Kalayag Child Care and Youth Community Center Inc., produced the film OLIGASE which aims to shed light on important and long-pressing issues that plague indigenous FilipinosWatch out for its exclusive online screening this December 12-20, 2020! 

Read more about the film and advocacy by visiting Oligase’s website and Facebook page.

10282020_CBN Asia’s Oligase makes it to the 29th St. Louis International Film Festival

CBN Asia’s Oligase makes it to the 29th St. Louis International Film Festival!

Exciting news!

CBN Asia’s first feature film, Oligase (Demon of Fear), is officially selected at the 29th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) – a regional, internationally themed film event dedicated to exploring cross-cultural understanding through the art of cinema.

The film, which will be shown during the festival on November 5-22, 2020, is also part of an 8-film juried Interfaith Award competition.

Oligase’s story revolves around LahaMatigsalug girl who rebels against her tribe’s strict beliefs about the Oligase, a monster who attacks and eats school children. Driven by her stubborn desire to gain knowledge, Laha runs away and slowly uncovers that there are greater and darker monsters in her journey away from home.

Directors John Valdes TanCBN Asia’s Chief Operating Officer, and Icko Gonzalez, Special Projects Manager, breathed life into the novel Oligase by Pio Gabad Arce, where the film was based. 

Tan hopes that through Oligase, which was filmed in the remote villages of Marilog District in Davao City, the Filipinos’ compassion for Indigenous Peoples will foster.

“The viewers will be transported to the world of our Indigenous Peoples. Their thoughts, beliefs, and life are so different from ours. I hope as we know them and understand them, our compassion, burden, and love for them will grow,” he shared.

Gonzalez shares the same vision, who adds, “I am grateful that our film was selected by SLIFF; doubly excited that more people will get to see it. I hope that, like me, with this whole experience, they will have a deeper understanding and appreciation of our brothers and sisters, the Matigsalug.

SLIFF is produced by Cinema St. Louis, a not-for-profit organization in the United States. This year’s premier event will be presented virtually to ensure everyone’s safety amid pandemic. The Festival will be geoblocked to Missouri and Illinois for most of the feature films, and if you are in these locations, you may purchase tickets for the special screening of Oligase through Cinema St. Louis’ website.

Do you want to know more about the filmCheck out Oligase’s website and Facebook Page for a sneak peek of its teasers, behind-the-scene photos, and updates.



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His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3you with unfailing kindness.


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His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3