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Meet the Tribe: Bambam Nuñez

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Meet the Tribe: Bambam Nuñez

Bambam’s work as a tour guide for Mt. Melibengoy and Lake Holon in T'Boli, South Cotabato is close to her heart. It was during a climb here when she met John, who works in the T’Boli tourism office, and is now the father of their two children: Poypoy, 4, and Audrey, 2. “Dito ang first date namin, sa Lake Holon,” she shares happily. “Kaya naniniwala si John na may forever talaga.” (“Our first date was in Lake Holon. That’s why John believes that there’s such a thing as forever.”)

The joy in Bambam’s life is so rooted in the land she grew up in—it’s her source of livelihood and it’s also her home. “Laking pasalamat namin sa Diyos kasi siya ang nag-create nito,” she says, referring to Mt. Melibengoy and Lake Holon. “Isang blessing ito para sa amin kasi isa siya sa mga hanapbuhay namin.” (“We thank God, because He was the one who created this. This place is a blessing for us, because it’s one of our sources of work.”)

Much like her home, Bambam’s dreams are beautiful in their simplicity. “Ang pangarap ko sa pamilya ko ay magkapagtapos ng pag-aaral ang dalawang anak ko. Para kung ano yung gusto nila sa buhay nila, makamit nila,” she says. “Dito sa amin, kontento kami sa kung anong meron kami. Nabubuhay kami sa simpleng buhay pero gusto pa rin namin maiangat talaga para sa mga anak namin.”

(“My dream for my family is for my two children to finish their studies so that they can achieve their own dreams. In this community, we are content with what we have. We can live with a simple lifestyle, but we still want to uplift our quality of life for our children.”)

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