one of the stories about the creation of the world, which the old folks of panay,
especially those living near the mountain, do not tire relating, tells us that in the
beginning there was no heaven or earth—only a bottomless deep and a world of mist.
everything was shapeless and formless—the earth, the sky, the sea, and the air were
almost all mixed up.
then from the depth of this formless void, there
appeared two gods, —tungkung langit and alunsina. just
where the two deities came from it was not known. however,
it is related that tungkung langit fell in love with alunsina
and, after so many years of courtship, they got married and
had their abode in the highest realm of the eternal space
where the water was constantly warm and the breeze was
forever cool. it was in this place where order and regularity
first took place.
tungkung langit was an industrious, loving, and kind
god whose chief concern was how to impose order over the
whole confused set-up of things. he assumed responsibility for the regular cosmic
movement. on the other hand, alunsina was a lazy, jealous, and selfish goddess whose
only work was to sit by the window of their heavenly home, and amuse herself with her
pointless thoughts. sometimes, she would go down from the house, sit down by a pool
near their doorstep and comb her long, jet-black hair all day long.
one day tungkung langit told his wife that he would be away from home for
sometime to put an end to the chaotic disturbances in the flow of time and in the
position of things. the jealous alunsina, however, sent the sea breeze to spy on
tungkung langit. this made the latter very angry upon knowing about it.
immediately after his return from the trip, he called this act to her attention
saying that it was ungodly of her to be jealous, there being no other creature living in the
world except the two of them. this reproach was resented by alunsina, and a quarrel
between them followed.
tungkung langit lost his temper. in this rage, he divested his wife of powers and
drove her away. no one knew where alunsina went; she merely disappeared.
several days after alunsina left, however, tungkung langit felt very lonely. he
realized what he had done. somehow, it was too late even to be sorry about the whole
matter. the whole place once vibrant with alunsina‘s sweet voice, suddenly became
cold and desolate. in the morning, when he woke up he would find himself alone and in
the afternoon when he came home, he would feel the same loneliness creeping deep in
his heart because there was no one to meet him at the doorstep or soothe the aching
muscles of his arms.
for months, tungkung langit lived in utter desolation. he could not find
alunsina, try hard as he would. and so, in his desperation, he decided to do something
in order to forget his sorrows. for months and months he thought. his mind seemed
pointless, his heart, weary, and sick. but he must have to do something about his
one day, while he was sailing across the regions of the clouds, a thought came
to him. he would make a big basin of water below the sky so that he can see the image
of his wife, if she were just somewhere in the regions above. and lo! the sea appeared.
however, alunsina was never seen.
after a long time, the somber sight of the lonely sea irritated tungkung langit.
so he came down to the middleworld and created the land; then he planted this with
grasses, trees, and flowers. he took his wife‘s treasured jewels and scattered them in
the sky, hoping that when alunsina would see them she might be induced to return
home. the goddess‘ necklace became the stars, her comb the moon, and her crown the
sun. however, despite all these alunsina did not come back.
and up to this time, the folks in panay say that tungkung langit is alone in his
palace in the skies. sometimes, he would cry out of his pent-up emotions and his tears
would fall down upon the earth. the people say that rain is tungkung langit‘s tears and
that is why in some localities in the island of panay, the first rain in may is received with
much rejoicing and sacrifice. incidentally, when it thunders hard, the old folks also say
that it is tungkung langit sobbing, calling for his beloved alunsina to come back –
entreating her so hard that his voice thunders across the fields and countryside.
here is an example of a millennial generation speech:
millennials. generation y. people who are born from the year 1980’s to early 2000’s. evolution, growth, advancement, development, all brought by the advancement of technology. as people living in the era where technological inventions are sprouting like seeds planted on fertile soil, i cannot help but think of the tremendous changes that happened in the past years. may it be on the personal or professional level, people have made it possible to go along with the changes and adapt to the evolving environment.
people started being outspoken and adventurous. gone are the days that people would be merely silent and wait for someone in power to begin the speech. in this generation, if a person knows something, expect that he/she will do everything to voice out his/her opinions.
people began advocating for gender equality. admit it or not, the country was once flocked by women staying at home, taking good care of the children, and doing household chores while the husband would go to the work for the entire day and provide for the family. nowadays, both men and women are working and are providing for the needs of the family. a wife cannot be anymore being measured anymore based on the limitations dictated by the home boundaries but on what she can do for the family and the community.
people resorted to vices such as gambling, drinking, smoking, gaming, and all the other forms of routine practices. more often than not, these newly acquired and practiced vices have adverse effects on one’s health. thus, the reason behind the decreasing life expectancy of people compares to the people from the previous generations.
the thing is, there are multiple ways on how we can describe and characterize the millennial generation. what is utmost important now is to make sure that we make use of the changes being offered in front of us as opportunities to improve, get better, and live a better life.