Ambahan: Traveling

As a relief from his struggle for life, the Mangyan sometimes goes traveling.

The moment will come when the Mangyan cannot be kept tied any longer to his house and the daily chores. He has to go, whether it is opportune or not. The woman, however, is not as fortunate as the man; she is tied to her home, especially when her children are still small. In spite of that, she would also like to go out once in a while. The parents should be, therefore, understanding and reasonable.

Ambahan 164
Hanunuo-Mangyan English Filipino
Handwritten version of ambahan 164

This journey that I must do,
Tell me please what's wrong with it,
And please explain how, indeed,
Father and mother dearest!
But then if there's nothing wrong,
Then why scold me for so long?

Iring aking pagpasyal
Kung mali po ang asal
Ako ay kagalitan
O Tatay ko, O Inay
Ngunit kung kawastuhan
H'wag sanang magtungayaw?

The following ambahan is a special bit of advice to those with the unpleasant ringworm skin disease.

Ambahan 166
Hanunuo-Mangyan English Filipino
Handwritten version of ambahan 166

Little bird, Balinayaw,
When the sun is fading fast,
Better not to walk outside,
For your colors will stand out
On the leafless Limpayaw!

Ay naku ibong Balaw
Kung pusyaw na ang araw
Huwag ka ngang galawgaw
Kulay mo ay lilitaw
Sa panot na Limpayaw!

Just as the speed of those who travel differs, so the character also differs.

Ambahan 178
Hanunuo-Mangyan English Filipino
Handwritten version of ambahan 178

Take my bird, the bidlawan,
whistling loud and flying far,
still he will always come back
to the house wherein we dwell.
But the bird alipasang
whistling loud and flying far,
he will not come back again
to the house wherein we dwell.

Ibong kong si Bidlawan
Sakaling ngang liparan
Babalik pa rin iyan
Sa 'ming dampang pugaran
Ang ibong layang-layang
Kung puma-ilanglang
Wala na pong balikan
Sa pugad na tahanan!