Reaction Paper

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REACTION PAPER on HULING PRINSESA (Last Princess) by Kara David of i-Witness by: Carmina N. Milallos
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Stories of princess were part of our childhood memories. We dream of becoming one during those times. But in Tumandok tribe in Tapaz, Capiz, Philippines, there were women, who were treated like a princess. They are known to be the binukot.
Before seeing the documentary of Huling Prinsesa (Last Princess), I was really excited because who knew that a 3rd world country like the Philippines would afford to have a princess. Then I realized, Philippines was not a 3rd world country then. And I remember that during the pre-Hispanic period we used to have datus, babaylans, pandays so having a princess would not be far from reality.
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According to other sources, however, binukot were prized not only for their beauty but because they are the repositories of their people's oral history and legends.
One binukot from Garangan, Calinog, Iloilo, Preciosa "Lola Susa" Caballero, also called "Anggoran", knew by heart ten epics of the Sulod people. She died at age 74 in December 1994, but her chanting of the epic "Humadapnon", running from 24 to 33 hours, was recorded by anthropologist Dr. Alicia Magos and is on tape at the University of the Philippines in the Visayas’ Center for West Visayan Studies (CWVS) in Iloilo City.
Among the epics recorded and translated by Magos from the binukot are "Tikum Kadlum," "Amburukay," "Balanakon," "Sinagnayan," "Kalampay," "Nagbuhis," "Pahagunoy" and "Alayaw". At the time of Magos' research, there were said to be seven binukot left in Panay, their ages ranging from 70 to 100 years old. Since then, they have all passed away one after the other. At present, it is not known whether there are any other binukot still alive.Seeing the place I was disappointed because I expected it to be a palace because she’s a princess and where do princesses live? Of course in a palace. Then the unveiling of the Last Princess (the part I’ve waited for), we saw a 73-year old Lola named Lola Isiang I really thought she’d be a really beautiful young princess but then again I realized that’s why she was the last.

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