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GMA 7's Amaya, Uripon, Binukot: Meaning and History
Long before GMA 7 thought of writing and filming historical "epic-serye" Amaya currently showing on prime time TV, Tutubi has the name already reserved for his future daughter, if he's going to be blessed with one, due to it's meaning as well as a true Filipino name, unlike most babies nowadays given foreign-sounding names.
The Meaning of Amaya:
What does Amaya mean in English? For the Ifugao people the Cordilleras, Amaya means "love charm," in English though Amaya also means "night rain" in Japanese (Tutubi also loves Japan, he studied Nihongo (Japanese) in college and intends to do a backpacking Japan trip someday)
Binukot in History:
Tutubi first encountered the word binukot on TV some years ago through Kara David's work on i-Witness, also on GMA 7.
In the Philippines, the binukot (meaning well-kept maiden) is a practice of the tumandok (mountain people) of Capiz, Antique and Iloilo in the island of Panay, particularly of the Panay-Bukidnon community (Panayanon Sulud or Suludnon). Binukot system is also practiced in other tribes of South East Asia and Austronesia.
Binukot women live by themselves in a bukot (hence the word binukot) shielded from other people, always wearing a veil, skin untouched by direct sunlight and their feet can't touch the ground. Food are delivered to them, bathed and combed and treated like a princess. They're not allowed to play outside, not sent to school. They're only taught how to dance and recite hours-long epics (therefore also become keepers of tradition)
It's said that a binukot woman is the most beautiful in the family and command a high price in an auction when a binukot reaches her marrying age.
So what's fiction about Amaya's depiction of the Binukot? They're not really trained for combat and not made to wear revealing clothes like the voluptuous Marian Rivera does - it's just for the ratings game! :P
To 2nd anonymous: "Fail" is American slang. It doesn't really mean failed in a broad sense. Ang unang poster was commenting lang sa the fact that straying from historical and cultural truth defeats the purpose of hiring yong mga historians. To the blogger: I agree with you about the inaccuracies. However, when it comes to training Amaya as a warrior, I feel like this is just artistic license because it seems pretty obvious from the reactions of characters on the show that becoming a warrior is something a binukot was not supposed to do.