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Tuesday, 22 February 2011
Bentela daw Sayuda
The youth engage in game of careful planning, teamwork and camarederie. In the end, all 50 participants were able to cross the spider web," safe and without going through the same holes .

It is not often that the youth of Bendum are given an opportunity to meet and engage with their peers from outside of Bukidnon.  Often times their friendships and discussions are limited to their relatives and to the youth of the neighboring barangays. On 17- 18 Dec 2010 however, the Pulangiyen youth were given the rare chance to welcome guests, their age, in their community.
 
Bendum became a host to the 21 Manobo, Mamanwa, Subanen and Maguindanawen youth during the Bentela daw Sayuda: a Pulangiyen practice of visiting and sharing information, aiming to provide participants learning through experiences of the host community.
 
During this event, the youth got to know each other through games and small group discussions. They talked about how similar and how different their lives are as indigenous youth. The Pulangiyen youth also took them around the community, explaining the various activities of the people and of the two organizations assisting the community. The visitors got to know more about the culture-based education in Bendum. As most of Bendum youth were graduates or students of APC, they got to share their education experience and how different it is from mainstream schools. Visitors also learned how the people of Bendum take care of their environment including their careful management of their water source.
 
It was the first time for Hanifa Nanding, a Maguindanawen visitor, to see a forest and a community that lives by it. Having lived all her life in a ‘marshland’ area, she only knew of forest through books and pictures. At the end of the visit, she said she not only found new friends but also gained a deeper understanding of the relationship of people to the environment. This became real for her with her short engagement with the youth of Bendum.
Bentela daw Sayuda is the Pulangiyen value of visiting and sharing information; it is part of the Bridging Leadership in Mindanao (BLM) project of ESSC. BLM is an engagement with the youth of Mindanao, especially young adults in Indigenous People communities that aims to help in the stability and sustainability of Mindanao youth’s culture, the environment and their resources.
 
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