|T'boli homestay with cultural worker Maria Todi-Arroz and her daughter, last September 2011|
|Maria's tribal house, photographed last September 2011, serves as a School for Living Traditions (SLT)|
Sadly, after heavy rainfall last May, the traditional house collapsed completely due to weak foundations. Maria is now soliciting help to rebuild a sturdier longhouse, which will serve not only as a learning center for T'boli youth, but also a tribal homestay for visitors who want a culturally enriching stay in Lake Sebu. While not as durable as modern construction materials, the new school still has to be built in indigenous materials like wood and bamboo because it will also serve to showcase T'boli architecture quickly vanishing elsewhere in Lake Sebu. To preserve the house, the stilts will now be set on concrete foundations. According to Maria, at least PHP 125,000 (around USD 3,000) must be raised to rebuild the school.
This is the message she emailed last June 8, together with some snapshots of the collapsed hut:
I am sending you a photo of a collapsed Tboli house used to be our SLT learning center and where we accommodate guests for community immersions,. Just imagine how it looks when you stay there , and now... the area is empty except of only ruin bamboo and rotten cogon roof. There you see our Tboli kids suppose to stay inside the house but they just sit down on the ground playing and wondering.
I hope somebody will be extending there hand to us and we will recognized there sponsorship.. God will return to them hundred and fold.
Maraming Salamat sa lahat.
Maria " Oyog" Todi
|Due to weak foundations, the tribal house completely collapsed after heavy rainfall last May 2012.|
Photos by Maria Todi-Arroz
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