Pintakasi: An Offering of Love
Love as the Highest Form of Resilience
Pintakasi is Waray for Bayanihan or Nation-Building. On a deeper level, it is about devotional love and offering, a term used by pre-colonial Filipino ancestors when offering to the Creator, Diwatas or Devas, often times referred to as nature guardians. It has been taken on by Spanish Christian practice as dedication to saints as patrons.
Today, the story of Pintakasi revives the power of love and community as we shape the New Story of Typhoon Yolanda, the strongest storm on global record to date which hit the Philippines in 2013. If pintakasi was a spiritual offering out of love, then this is a higher form of fellowship and service. To remember this as an important resource for resilience, is something I am helping out this small village of about 600 members with.
I am in Dulag, Leyte, one of the vast grounds of the world's strongest typhoon - Typhoon Haiyan's ground zero killing more than 6,000 people and millions displaced across the region. Here, I work with ecovillage and permaculture designers in responding holistically by helping translate the Maia Mandala, a design by Maia Earth Villagethrough a disaster response initiative I co-founded called Green Releaf. My work as an artist is to integrate the mandala process in arts relief for psycho social support and in community art making. Through my work as storyteller and systems thinker, I assist in documenting valuable knowing, process, and output of the community and the resource persons and volunteers that will serve as a locally adapted training modules and design for the project. To know more about the Earth Village Project, click here .
Video by Pi Villaraza