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Hospitality
and Friendship
by Antoon Postma

Anong aypod upadan
Sarin ka pagmangginan
Mamaybay aw hunasan
Mangunayaw sa kagnan
No mangunay sa kagnan
Pagpamatara duyan
Sa kan aypod upadan
Una yi si hintunan
Pasaluyon way aban

My dear friend, be welcome here!
Where, perchance, did you come from?
From the seashore ebbing low,
from the bubbling water springs?
If from the water source up,
let us talk a moment here,
in a happy friendly way.
Even whoever you are,
we like to be at your side

From Treasure of a Minority: The Ambahan: a poetic expression of the Mangyans of Southern Mindoro, Philippines by Antoon Postma, published by Arnoldus Press in 1972. Reprinted with permission from Antoon Postma and the Mangyan Heritage Center, http://www.mangyan.org.

The interpretation of each ambahan by Antoon Postma is not just a translation, but a poetic rendering in the seven syllable rhythm, as close as possible to its original Mangyan poem.

© Antoon Postma, sketch by Waway Linsahay Saway

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