Or Trek to Mt. Lubi, Guinarona Eco Tourism, IV
Photos by Rex L. Maray
A paradigm shift, if you will. We have heard that Nikola Tesla’s wisdom came from his spirit guides. Namely that his inventions were revealed to him by spirits. And that Marie Curie had her eureka moments through her dabbling in shamanism. Or that musical prodigies are propelled by spirits inhabiting their persons.
And this is not a stinking B.S. either. Isn’t it a wonder why most development models fail because they don’t factor in the spiritual dimension? Because, when you opt out of it, the base instincts of man take over, such as greed and covetousness, and the urge to kill. Hence, man’s real purpose in life takes a furlough.
We submit that, however you approach it, you should be given the benefit of the doubt, the leeway even. Because each of us has the innate ability to make a difference or to make mistakes in our journey. If your bliss are icons, such as wooden statues of San Pascual Baylon, then no one has the right to denigrate you. In the same manner that no one denigrates or should denigrate your gender. Your reality is different from ours, so let us co-exist harmoniously.
Life is all experiment. What works for one group may not work in others. We guess karmic dynamics are involved.
In our case, we have originally been Catholics, then Buddhists, then free-thinkers. Evolution is like that. Trial and error. But the lessons from other people like Nikola Tesla and Marie Curie should not be set aside. If we experiment and have our moments of I-told-you-so’s, we can still operate within the framework of brotherhood and cooperation.
For instance, in our quest for the missing century old San Pascual Baylon icon, we were led to a revolutionary divination technique, which we have christened San Pascual Baylon Divination. If this is the intent of the Universe for the San Pascual Baylon Divination to materialize on this day and age, who are we to complain? And the mantras contained therein have neither Catholic prayers nor Evangelical shout outs.
Therefore, we believe that Guinarona is THE chosen place. If only for the San Pascual Baylon Divination.
Or that Guinarona’s purpose is to mesh physics and metaphysics for development. For there is also the animal called location karma.
. . . Oral history, that is. We were in Grade V, and Felipe Bayona, Jr., our teacher, gave an assignment for us to research into how Guinarona got its name. It was up to us how we would approach the problem or who would be our resource person(s). Whether it was the Teniente del Barrio, the oldest guy in the village, or our parents.
Well, ours was our papa, Eleuterio Maray, Sr. “How did Guinarona got its name?” we inquired.
Papa’s narration was more or less like this: “There was once this barrio called “Lunayan,” so-called because its river was the swimming hole for water buffaloes. (Note: “Lunay” is a Waray verb, which means to wallow; hence “lunayan” is a wallowing spot.) Lunayan had been a thriving barrio, full of commerce, courtesy of indigenous and foreign merchants, and it had been a barrio of Burauen, Leyte. Because of its strategic location, the town of Dagami coveted Lunayan; thereupon, Dagami’s leaders negotiated with those of Burauen’s, asking that Lunayan instead become a part of Dagami. It was not known what the terms were or the bargaining chips. And Lunayan was ceded to Dagami, with the blurb that Dagami was asking (“aro”) for the barrio. Hence the operative words became “Guin-aro-na an Lunayan,” which means, (they) have asked for Lunayan. In time, this mantra was corrupted or shortened to Guinarona sans the hyphens.”
After that, we approached Catalina Martinada–she, the village comediene if ever there was one–posing to her the same question. Her take was different, going like: “Guinarona got its name from the river that traverses it.” Simple and to the point. Which begged the question, “How did the river’s name came to be?”
Well, blood is thicker than water, obviously, so we believed more our papa’s version.
Guinarona, then as now lies midpoint between Dagami and Burauen. Seven kilometers North to Dagami and six kilometers South to Burauen. Then as now, Guinarona was a bustling place, a rest station for trekkers of the North and the South. In the year 1903, fate walloped Guinarona with a pernicious cholera epidemic. The villagers were at a loss on what to do as so many lives had been lost to the white plague. Then upon a meeting of the village elders and leaders, the consensus was to purchase the image of San Pascual Baylon because it had been touted as very powerful and miraculous. The villagers contributed in cash and kind, and the total take was 20 pesetas, a very substantial sum in those days. They dispatched Timoteo Daclizon to purchase the icon, and after a month-long voyage, San Pascual’s image arrived Guinarona from Manila. The very first miracle that San Pascual did was to eradicate the cholera plague in just a few days from arrival. That was such a blockbuster news throughout Leyte and Samar, Philippines, such that Guinarona became an overnight sensation, with thousands of pilgrims. flocking to San Pascual’s icon, which was then under the care of Raymundo Casarilla. San Pascual Baylon in Guinarona.
To conclude, as we chart the next level of Guinarona’s development, it pays to glance at history. Like, we want to recharge going back in time, to muster the inspiration and courage to act. Of course, this inspiration will also emanate from like-minded souls throughout the world.
Which makes it all the more exciting.
From King Solomon to Steve Jobs to Bill Gates to Agus Go of Leyte–what do they have in common? What else other than being an entrepreneur!
Entrepreneurship is the capacity and willingness to undertake conception, organization, and management of a productive venture with all attendant risks, while seeking profit as a reward.
In economics, entrepreneurship is regarded as a factor of production together with land, labor, natural resources, and capital. Entrepreneurial spirit is characterized by innovation and risk-taking, and an essential component of a nation’s ability to succeed in an ever changing and more competitive global marketplace.—Business Dictionary
Entrepreneurs are the bedrock of a nation. They produce goods and services, they add value to any material or concept–and that’s what makes them tick. In terms of fulfilling man’s mission on earth, becoming an entrepreneur and becoming successful at it–that’s the key for being able to help one’s fellow human being. It is also the most difficult to pursue because most of the time you are alone in your thoughts and wanderings. . .planning and executing. .
Hands down, the Chinese in the Philippines are THE entrepreneurs. And becoming like them is our wish for Guinaronanhons in particular and the entire Filipino nation in general.
When we were little, there were a slew of Chinese merchants in Guinarona, who were quite successful and who made Guinarona a very busy place. There was Tiana, there was Intsik Siyong, there was Mr. Ty–and a host of others who started in Guinarona–but in time they migrated to nearby Burauen and to Tacloban City. But these Chinese never really forgot Guinarona, for they made a point to visit, especially the San Pascual Church and to donate for the graces they have received. Many a time would we witness their red banners adorning the church–of course in Chinese characters, which only them knew or understood.
Can entrepreneurship be taught? Or do you have to have it in your blood or DNA to become one? Or do you have to have the stars align in your birth chart?
Well, they are saying that the stories that you hear or listen to can make you an entrepreneur–stories where the protagonists ACHIEVE what they dream about or set out to do. They call it the achievement motive. Looks like brainwashing, eh? Or is this the same as programming your subconscious, so that it will guide you to REALLY achieve?
In the same manner that you don’t stop learning even in old age, you can start becoming an entrepreneur at any age. It all boils down to GRIT and DETERMINATION–self-discipline even. Because, as they say, many are called, but few are chosen.
Or do we have to “try and try until we succeed?”
How about that, Guinaronanhons?
For obviously, we need you, Mr./Ms. Entrepreneur.