ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Original Zamboangueños

Updated on September 23, 2015

by Rev. Berlie G. Yap

September 23, 2015

Some folks from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (AdZU) came to Baranggay eMedia yesterday, September 23, to the morning primetime program of “Combersa, Quosa Ba” at 8-9AM as guests, to discuss some important matters of the Ecozone estate with the Subanon people around and inside the complex.

The one-hour discussion was very informative and very encouraging for the deemed original Zamboangueños, who for now, as most of them, are still considered as has been “left-out” of the development of our time. For the rest of those who do not know, before the Spaniards came to the shores of La Bella, there was already an existing civilization which had thrived with its own sovereignty here, they were the Subanon people.

They are called Subanon because they live and make their homes beside rivers. Historically, the Mt. Pulumbato was the seat of government to this antiquated independence, until intermarriages and assimilation took place, when the foreign influence of the Spaniards settled and colonized Zamboanga as their outpost in the South.

However, before the first Caucasian set foot in La Bella, there was already an existing healthy exchange of different people groups here, who were the Tausugs from Sulu, the Sama people along the seacoasts of the peninsula and from the neighboring islands, and few other tribes from several proximate places.

Another evidence of the Subanon’s active life, with the rest of the ethnic groups, in the peninsula is the present existence of the Kalibugan people in many parts of Zamboanga del Norte. These are the original Subanon groups who intermarried with other local ethnic groups, whom in the process have produced another unique people group and a hybrid dialect which you can see now in some towns in Zamboanga del Norte.

Written history, in fact, confirms that when Zamboanga was discovered by the Spaniards, folks here were not brute or barbarous, but had already a degree of system and modernity, in their own way. With the advent of the “Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act of 1997”, or is commonly known as the IPRA Law, the Subanon are given more importance in the territory of the Zamboanga Peninsula.

With regards to their existence, the State gave them the preference on some public lands by virtue of the doctrine that their very presence in the peninsula is traceable since way beyond or time immemorial. The law acknowledges them as one of the original owners of the vast lands of the Republic.

Thus, in the Ecozone complex, the Subanon people are given the privilege to build homes and cultivate crops or some agriculture, so long as the manner which they may undertake will not destroy the environment, like kaingin, and the natural resources of the entire territory. Though, the privilege is strictly governed by the authorities as will apply exclusively to the Subanon people only, because others may use the idea to take advantage the State.

By all logic, it is just but worth it that this people group will be given more preference, and we guys are not to ignore that probably, part of our blood carries some percent of Subanon traces. Notably also, there are certain personalities in some high places of our society, at present, who are openly acknowledging their ethnicity as Subanon, few of them are the former Mayor Caling Lobregat’s spokesperson and columnist Mike Apostol, and SSS Manager, Pagadian Branch James Buckly, whose residence is in Guiwan.

And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.” (Acts 17:26-27, NIV)

Courtesy of Barangay eMedia

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)