Updated: June 19, 2016, 9:00 AM
A poem tribute to the town of Caraga ,
By Levy Abad
Caraga, how can I forget you?
You are the source of my strength
You gave birth to my ancestors
You taught me to be stubborn
You taught me to be tough yet gentle
I shed tears when I remember you and my forebears
I cannot even light a candle on the grave of my grandparents, uncles, unties, cousins
How can I forget you?
When forgetting you is like a curse to my soul
Your rivers Caraga and Manurigao taught me how to swim
Your streams in Tigbawan quench my thirst
You trained me not to leave my food or drinks unattended
Trained me to be watchful and always care for family , relatives and friends
No matter how far I wander in this world my Kamayo, Mandaya Princess ancestor cry out “Kin-u kaw uli?”
My soul pleads , ” Kisuom Umpo Inay, Kisuom!
“ How can I forget you?
How many tribes perished just to bring me to this space in time?
I can sense Bagani spirits clearing my paths and teaching me to be compassionate and just
You have whispered poems, melodies and songs in my dreams
I always remember you and pray that you are at peace
You are my light .