Ako si Ligaya
(I am Ligaya)
Owner of the Pinoy-Culture blog & the I Heart Southeast Asia blog

animist. polytheist. Pilipin@ Polytheist Reconstructionist. 22 years old. new yorker. artist. crafter. nature worshiper. storyteller. anime and manga lover. bookworm. works with herbs. tagalog & akeanon (pilipin@). child of the earth. daughter of the deities, Kaptan and Magwayen. devotee to the Bisayan Goddess, Laon.
☉-♎ || ☽-♐ || A-♍ || 生肖-未

Fandoms include: TMI, Doctor Who, Hetalia, Game of Thrones, [K]


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Japanese Marimo terrariums.

Prehistoric Marine Resource Use in the Indo-Pacific Regions | OAPEN Library
Edited by Rintaro Ono, Alex Morrison, and David Addison
Although historic sources provide information on recent centuries, archaeology can contribute longer term understandings of pre-industrial marine exploitation in the Indo-Pacific region, providing valuable baseline data for evaluating contemporary ecological trends. This volume contains eleven papers which constitute a diverse but coherent collection on past and present marine resource use in the Indo-Pacific region, within a human-ecological perspective. The geographical focus extends from Eastern Asia, mainly Japan and Insular Southeast Asia (especially the Philippines) to the tropical Pacific (Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia) and outlying sites in coastal Tanzania (Indian Ocean) and coastal California (North Pacific).

The volume is divided thematically and temporally into four parts: Part 1, Prehistoric and historic marine resource use in the Indo-Pacific Region; Part 2, Specific marine resource use in the Pacific and Asia; Part 3, Marine use and material culture in the Western Pacific; and Part 4, Modern marine use and resource management.
Alternate link: ANU Press


100% of men, women, and children killed in Palestine are civilians.



"Remember that in racist, demographics obsessed Israel, the most fearsome "existential threat" is the birth of a Palestinian child."

I know I’ve been reblogging a few of these, and you’ve all probably been swarmed by it but… I don’t know why this is the post to make me cry.






Gorgeous Leather ‘Wing’ Jewelry by Windfalcon

Oohoho *_*



Also the person does custom orders.



The Golden Tara of the Philippines

When you think of Buddhism one doesn’t really think of the Philippines as a nation with a history of the religion. Today Roman Catholicism is the dominant religion of the country followed by Islam. Due to Spanish colonization, missionaries brought Christianity into the islands and over the 333 years of colonization the majority of the people converted from their indigenous beliefs to the new faith. However prior to the colonization, there is a history in the Philippines that is relatively unknown, that is the influence of Buddhism and Hinduism. We have no awe inspiring monuments like Borobudur in Indonesia or Angkor Wat in Cambodia that indicate that Buddhism was prevalent. However we do still have evidence through the oldest document in the Philippines, the Laguna Copperplate, and various recently discovered artifacts. One of these artifacts is the Golden Tara, also known as the Golden Agusan Image, one of the only deity representations recovered in the Philippines.

In the words of UP scholar Dr. Juan Francisco, he described the golden statue as, ”One of the most spectacular discoveries in the Philippine archaeological history.” But how exactly was it discovered and who discovered it? In July of 1917 a flood and storm swept through Agusan Del Sur in the barangay Cubo Esperanza. After the storm a Manobo woman named Bilay Ocampo was on the banks of the muddy Wawa River where she eventually found the figure where it washed up from the river. The 21-karat gold figure dating to around 850 to 950 C.E. weighs 4 lbs and depicts a woman sitting in the lotus position in Buddhism, is ornamented with jewelry on her body, and wears a headdress. This figure turned out to be a representation of the Bodhisattva Tara. It is said that the Golden Tara after her discovery was handed to the former Deputy Governor Bias Baclagon then it was passed to the Agusan Coconut Company, because of a debt. It was then being sold and was purchased for 4,000 pesos by the wife of American Governor-General Leonard Wood, Faye Cooper-Cole, who was the curator of Chicago Field Museum’s Southeast Asian department. They then donated the Golden Tara to the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois, USA where it is currently held in the Grainger Hall of Gems. Dr. H. Otley Beyer, known as the father of Philippine Archaeology and Anthropology, tried to encourage the government to buy the artifact however all attempts failed due to lack of funds.

The story goes that when Bilay Ocampo found her, she decided to keep it as a doll. However she was told to give it over to Baclagon because they believed it was a diwata. Because of this it was previously called Buwawan ni Baclagon or Ginto ni Baclagon. However according to Bilay’s granddaughter, Aling Constancia, the Golden Tara wasn’t handed over but it was stolen from her lola.

Read the rest of the post here.

Sooooo. Who is in or is going to Manila and wants to buy and send me a replica of the Golden Tara, Laguna Copperplate, Manunggal Jar, & some malong from Manila Collectible Co in Intramuros? Better yet just buy me everything in there. :D Hahaha.


Creative Sculptures by Hedi Xandt

Hedi Xandt imagines impressive sculptures. Mixing styles and materials with talent, the artist invites us to discover his dark and intense universe.


France’s Socialist government provoked outrage today by becoming the first in the world to ban protests against Israeli action in Palestine.

In what is viewed as an outrageous attack on democracy, Socialist Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said mass demonstrations planned for the weekend should be halted.

Mr Cazeneuve said there was a ‘threat to public order’, while opponents said he was ‘criminalising’ popular support of the Palestinian people.

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The real terrorists in this world have F16s, tanks and “guided missiles” that they aim at unarmed children and families





Lakota girl, ca.1875

This isn’t a Lakota girl she’s a Filipina mestiza de sangley

Bah! way to erase the woman’s identity.

Check your sources, gdi. *glares*

And her portrait is one of the most famous old portraits and recognizable among many Pilipin@s. The photo, which is called Mujer de la clase rica, was indeed taken in 1875, but not of a Lakota girl but a Filipina/Chinese mestiza by Dutch photographer Francisco van Camp who was well known during the 19th century for his refined portraits in the Philippines.

The fact this post got so many notes with misinformation, poor research, and thus erasing her ethnic identity saddens me.