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Catalina of Dumaguete
Transcript of Catalina of Dumaguete
One day, the town was invaded by the ruthless Moros people of a neighboring island called Mindanao. They kidnapped all the women and children, and killed many men, including Banog.
Amongst the women taken was Catalina. They put her on a boat with the others. She stared up into the sky, and then jumped off the boat. She made no splash, however, because she didn’t sink; she walked lightly across the water’s surface.
When she reached the shore, she headed towards Thunder Mountain. On the top of the mountain, there lived a sigbin. It is a foul creature that is supposed to be a cross between a hornless goat and a crow, with a long tail and legs. The villagers were terrified of the sigbin, but when Catalina reached the top, the sigbin came racing down, clearly frightened. Catalina wasn't seen since.
All in all, Catalina was very well-respected in her town. She was said to possess angelic qualities all throughout the myth. She was regarded as a heroine to her town when she scares off the sigbin and also when she turns bees into Negritos to help her town fight off the Moros.
Long ago, in Dumaguete, the capital of a Philippine province called Negros Occidental; there lived a girl named Catalina. She was beautiful, so beautiful that every time her name was spoken it was delivered with a smile. The entire town respected her and her father, Banog. He was a poor man, but the people respected him because he had figured out how to make strong liquor composed with tungud, sap, and tree bark.
Emma Blome and Gabby Bukovich
Filipino people respect hard work, similar to ergon the Greek ideal. Despite Banog's poverty, he is respected because he is skilled, and because he has a beautiful daughter. The Filipino culture also has high respects for beautiful people.
The artist portrayed Catalina as angelic because in the story she was supposed to be beautiful and unearthly or heavenly. The artist wants us to believe that she is more than human, so he puts emphasis on the fact she is walking on top the water not in it.
The sigbin is a creature that the Negrense had feared for a very long time. Catalina was believed to be a member of a Sigbanan, a family that can control Sigbins. Because she warded off the Sigbin, Catalina was considered a hero.
That is until the day the Moros returned to Dumaguete, intended to finish what they had started. The Negrense fought as hard as they could, and it was almost over when a bridge of clouds formed from the top of the mountain to the town, and walking down them was Catalina.
The author places a lot of emphasis on how Catalina is like an angel, so when she walks down from the top of the mountain on a bridge of clouds, it is like the descent from heaven.
She carried a beehive with her, and when she reached the ground, hundreds of bees flew out of it. The bees then turned into little black men called Negritos. And with the help of the Negritos, the Negrense fought off the Moros. When the fight was over Catalina walked back over the bridge, and hasn’t been seen since.
The Negritos are a isolated population but live in different parts of Southern Asia and surrounding islands. It is believed that their descendents are Africans who migrated to Asia. Most Negritos are similar in appearance having dark skin and being rather short.
"Then a fearful shriek was heard, and the fierce Sigbin came rushing down the mountain. It appeared to be greatly frightened, for it took tremendous leaps and screamed as if in terror. Over the heads of the people it jumped, and, reaching the shore, cleared the narrow channel and disappeared among the mountains of the island of Cebu." (Miller)