Ambahan: Problems

But at home, life is not always as pleasant as the Manygans would like it to be. There are dark days when the future doesn't look very bright. These dark days have to be overcome.

Ambahan 113
Hanunuo-Mangyan English Filipino
Handwritten version of ambahan 113

Balkawi, my climbing vine,
You're not happy in that spot
Your fine leaves are ripping there
And your poor stem creaks and cries.
I have to replant you now
In a place where you will thrive
Free from rain and gusty winds.

Hoy, punong Balkawihan
Pangit ang tinubuan
Dahon mo'y nangalagas
Puno mo'y langitngitan
Muling itanim na lang
Sa payapang hanginan
Sa walang daluyungan!

There are the domestic misunderstandings that might arise; the simple accidents that might happen.

Ambahan 115
Hanunuo-Mangyan English Filipino
Handwritten version of ambahan 115

Sticks from the balanti tree
If you cut them properly
From the depth they will resound.
But if cut improperly
All you get is awful noise.

Kalutang kong Balanti
Kung timbang iyang yari
Taginting ay mabini
Kung tabtab mali-mali
Sintunadong matindi!

There is no reason, however, to be as upset about a domestic misunderstanding or a simple accident as about a great disaster.

Ambahan 117
Hanunuo-Mangyan English Filipino
Handwritten version of ambahan 117

What is the matter with you
that you are so much upset?
Like the heavens coming down,
as if the whole sky collapsed!
Even rain will stop some day,
but rain doesn't own a house!
A storm will not last all time,
but storm has no place like you!
Are you not a human? Man?
Doesn't man always go back
to his dwelling place, his home?

Bakit ka nagkaganyan?
Ang ulo mo'y kay init
Bagsak ang kalangitan
Parang bayang guhuan
Pagtila nitong ulan
Ula'y walang tahanan
Hihinto ang ampiyasan
Hangi'y walang uwian
Di ba't tao ka naman
Di ba't may babalikan
Sa kawayang daluyan!