Bamboo Whispers: Poetry of the Mangyan
Bamboo Whispers: Poetry of the Mangyan features 100 Mangyan poetry in two scripts and four languages, with translations by poets in Filipino, English, and Spanish. These are accompanied by archival and fine art photographs that show the grace, beauty and vulnerability of a community held together by tradition while embracing the vicissitudes of the 21st century.
The Hanunuo Mangyans of Mindoro have gifted Filipinos with their ambahan, inscribed on bamboos in their pre-Spanish syllabic script, and chanted over the centuries. Their reflections on life from birth to death resonate with all humanity, even today. Written in heptasyllabic verse, ambahans are not only unique for their symbolism, but also because of their communal authorship, with no individual laying claim to provenance of this shared legacy.
The Bookmark Inc. & Mangyan Heritage Center Inc., Philippines
Hardcover / 9.25 x 11.25 inches / 232 pages / BW
Mangyan, Filipino, English, Spanish