Marivic Pajaro, Christopher Joyce
Internal combustion motor
Motor boat sounds
NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
22 Feb 2004
- Island of Honduman
- 9.86802 124.178
- SONY TCD-D8
- Sennheiser MKH 30
- Sennheiser MKH 40
Decoded MS stereo
Show: Radio Expeditions
Log of DAT #: 8
Engineer: Marty Kurcias
Date: February 2004
Dat 8 Hong Kong/ Philippines
Jandiyan Seur, the blessing of the guard houses. Low filter on. Feb. 22nd.
0:45 M-I'm Marivic Pajaro. I started the long ago project seahorse in 94 when we started to arrive in 94 and have a project. Before that I was with a man supposedly her body guard, although eventually I think she became my body guard to go around with her some parts of the Phil on trade with seahorses, which was her project with Nat Geo. So we actually came here first in 93 b/c we heard this area had sev seahorse gatherers, targeting seahorses. You see the lanterns. So when we heard that we decided to come here, but aside from this area we also moved around in the Phil. Sibu, Palalan, we also went as far as Pangasinan, and I was taken in as Amanda's body guard after she looked around for a person who would actually be her translator interpreter rather than be her body guard.
2:03 CJ-Let me ask you what do ppl know about the seahorse fishing life?
CJ-At that time what did ppl know about the seahorse fishing community and what they did? MP-Only for this area or for the dif parts? For this area we learned that it started way back in the 60's I think, when somebody was going to Sibu and here and they learned that seahorses were being bought. So before the trade began the children were just playing with seahorses in the shore, but they were also recognizing seahorses as a cure for stomach ailment and asthma, so that was the value they had for seahorses before. And when the trade began they were telling me about the seahorses being caught in basin fulls so that there were a basin full of them and they go out for a night and they go back and they were just very close by the fishing areas. But they meant so they didn't have to go far, even the children were able to collect just from close by the shore. So it became an important commodity with an econ value.
3:40 CJ-Who was buying the seahorses from them? Who was bring the money in to make it a valuable trade? MP-This person he was Bish of Fransisco, but he doesn't leave here anymore, he actually sent his children to college.
FX-Interuption of motor sound.
4:08 MP-Not very many are able to educate their children up to the college level, but he was able to do this b/c of the seahorses. CJ-And who was he selling the seahorses to? MP-He was selling them to Sibu, and actually at that time the fishers, they themselves would bring them to Sibu. So this was not only the trader that was buying them b/c they can have a volume of it so they go straight to Sibu to bring all their catch, but now it wouldn't be profitable so it was not only him doing the trading but the others were doing it directly, selling it to Sibu. But he was the one who started trading here ?? of Fransisco. CJ-And so since then obviously a lot of ppl have gotten into seahorse fishing, maybe more than they used to, what's been the effect on the resource? MP-When I was doing the interviews with fishers here they noticed the change in the catch and it really was declining according to their observation. And a basin full of seahorses was down to 50, they could count it, whereas before they couldn't count it in a night. So now I guess it's 5-10 and they used to just collect the bigger ones for the dried trade and I think in the 70's or 80's the young ones, the smaller ones for the live trade began as well, so they also were targeting just any size of seahorses larger than about 3 inches. CJ-So the seahorse trade brought some wealth to these communities but at the same time created the inevitable decline? MP- I would guess so but it wouldn't just be b/c the seahorses were being caught that cost the decline, they were also having problems with troll fishing and drag nets, and then using hookup compressors came in also so I think that brought altogether the decline.
6:53-8:18 Ambi from foregoing interview, some guys unloading sm boat w/ bundles of seaweed
8:40 Ambi before interview, loud motor, something hammering, kids talking
12:45 Conversation: Chris, Marti, and Amanda, etc. start talking about boats that break with boat workers/fisher?
14:26- Ambi. Going to island for the guard house blessing. On the boat, boat motor, ppl talking, etc.
19:10-20:01 Ambi. Sound at front of boat out in water, motor on lower hum
20:18 Ambi, back of boat where ppl are. Loud motor.
23:08 Everything quiets down, boat off, ppl still talking
26:28 ?-Blessing of the guard house for sanctuarial purposes. We are encouraged to protect our enviro primarily for our own good and for the good of the coming generation. The ppl of Utopi, most esp. Phil ppl, we hope that God will grant our petition (then speaks in Phil/Spanish).
27:55 Our Father, who art in heaven, holy be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day your daily bread and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who bring us to the test, but strong¿(trails off).
The blessing (sounds like a mass)
28:57 P (priest)-The Lord be with you. The Father bless you, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen (then says something in other lang). (Clapping).
29:20 Ambi after blessing.
31:35 FX-Radio commercial on briefly
33:02 P-In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen. They Lord be with you, God our Father we ask you to send forth your Holy Spirit, also we gather here to bless ???, m???, Island of Jianhian. We ask you to send forth your Holy Spirit to bless us, the ppl, the house, the modern sanctuary. We ask this through Christ, our Lord, Amen. Our Father, who art in Heaven, holy be your name, your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us today our daily bread and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Do not bring us to the test, but deliver us from evil, Amen.
34:09 Ambi after blessing.
36:47 FX. Music, Missy Elliot plays in background.
39:49 Ambi of motor boat in water, waves thrashing on shore, motor gets louder then softer. Ppl talking, etc.
42:46 Priest prays in Spanish
44:09 Priest prays some more
44:19 FX. Ppl clap after prayer.
44:25 Ambi after prayer. Ppl talking.