January 27, 2010

[AN INVENTORY OF CULTURAL PRACTICE ON WEATHER LORE IN BOGTONG, LEGAZPI CITY]

B I C O L U N I V E R S I T Y College of Business Economics and Management Daraga, Albay S.Y. 2009-2010

AN INVENTORY OF CULTURAL PRACTICE ON WEATHER LORE IN BOGTONG, LEGAZPI CITY

Submitted by: Turiano, Marie Sachie Mitsui Padillo Turiano AB ECONOMICS II

Submitted to:

Prof. Glenton O. Guiriba Soc. Sci. 4

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January 27, 2010

[AN INVENTORY OF CULTURAL PRACTICE ON WEATHER LORE IN BOGTONG, LEGAZPI CITY]

ABSTRACT

Weather lore is the body of informal folklore related to the prediction of the weather.
Where ³weather´ pertains to 1the short term state of the atmosphere at a specific time and
place, including the temperature, humidity, cloud cover, precipitation, wind, etc; unpleasant or destructive atmospheric conditions, and its effects, or simply 2the state of the atmosphere with respect to heat or cold, wetness or dryness, calm or storm, clearness or cloudiness. Weather lore comes in many concepts of proof and varies with different countless groups of societies

and civilization. It basically reflects the culture of these groups and thus requires much attention in order for man to connect to his history and environment.
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It has been a human desire for millennia to make accurate weather predictions. Oral

and written history is full of rhymes, anecdotes, and adages meant to guide the uncertain in determining whether the next day will bring fair or foul weather. For the farmer wanting to plant crops, for the merchant about to send ships on trade, foreknowledge of tomorrow's circumstances might mean the difference between success and failure. Prior to the invention of the mercury barometer, it was very difficult to gather numerical data of any predictive value. Even though there were devices such as the weather stick which gave some indication of moisture changes, the only instrument of any reliability was human experience.

The study has limits itself to a particular community, where a group of residents under fifty and above years of age, with the capacity to rationally respond to the questions and issues called by the study and have remained resident of the same community for thirty years were interviewed, to provide an inventory of this cultural practice; i.e. weather lore in their community. The study centered the community of Bogtong, Legazpi City with three respondents, namely Rosalio Nueles, Haide Lucena Abel and Cesar Imperial Jr.; aged 58, 66, and 65 years old respectively.

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Definition of weather ~ http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Weather Definition of weather ~ http://www.4wx.com/glossary/w.php 3 Definition of Weather lore ~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_lore
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The study provides the existing weather lore practices and beliefs in Bogtong, Legazpi City, the signs, manifestations and meanings, as well as the use of these practices and beliefs as strategies in developing ecological awareness in the community.

The study concludes that the existence of weather lore in the community of Bogtong residents is rooted basically with the concept of self-preparedness to any weather phenomena and not the prevention of such weather states, making weather lore as useful marks to aid the people in coping up with ecological changes, specially with changes concerning weather conditions.

THE PROFILE AND INTERVIEW WITH RESPONDENTS:

The respondents called for the study have remained residents of Bogtong, Legazpi City for thirty years and are under the ages fifty and above years old and with the capacity to rationally respond to the questions and issues called by the study. The first respondent, Rosalio Nueles, male, 58 years old, born on September 4, 1951 and presently working as a Barangay Tanod under the Disaster Prevention Department.

Mr. Nueles stated that the existing weather lore present within their community, fresh in his memory is those which concern the behavior of the animals and insects of the forest and woods. According to him, the successive emergence of snakes and underground animals indicates the coming of a flood for the reason that these animals respond with their instinct of survival to the disturbance and dangers met by their ecosystem when natural calamities like floods are about to occur. Mr. Nueles also stated the presence of ants climbing on walls or trees as marks of coming rains and floods, as these species are preparing for the rainy days that will be coming soon. Finally, he also the behavior of fireflies when these insects enter homes of people, it suggests the coming of the rainy seasons. Knowing, these much weather lore, Mr. Nueles believes that, the communities¶ awareness on this matter must be developed in order for them to be prepared for any natural calamity that would be coming, more particularly, floods, which is the most common problem in their
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community. As a member of the Disaster Prevention Department, he considers weather lore as something essential, for the reason that, based from his experience, his department found it difficult to evacuate residents from their community to the evacuation area when one flood disaster occurred in their community. It was only when the flood has reached the hip level height of most of the residents when the department have persuaded these folks to evacuate. He said that if the people were aware of the weather lore, then they would have prepared for the flood and there would have been faster evacuation causing less delay and less danger for the evacuation of the residents to the safer area. The second respondent, Haide Lucena Abel, female, 66 years of age, born on June 15, 1943, a food vendor in the community.

Mrs. Abel centered her knowledge on weather lore on rainy day predictions in relation to the unstoppable and unpreventable burning of cooked rice and behavior of insects. She emphasized her experiences on preventing the rice from getting burnt while cooking it, but no matter how hard she tries to lessen the fire still the rice gets burnt. And according to her, this is because of a rainy day that the next day would be facing. Moreover, she stated that the sudden booming of the number of flying cockroaches and other smaller insects in various places, whether in homes or yards, suggests the coming of the rainy days. As she was molded by experiences to serve as proofs of weather lore, she said that she would always be prepared. She viewed natural phenomena on weather conditions as events which are unstoppable but are events to which people can prepare for, and so if the community would be aware f the weather lore, then chances are, less would be getting themselves wet under rainy days. The last respondent, Cesar Imperial Jr., male, 65 years of age, born on May 23, 1942, retired Engineering Department Supervisor of Bayantel in the Bicol Region under the Technical Division. Mr. Imperial Jr. shared his knowledge on weather lore with the connection of ducks flying high in mid-air to an approaching storm. He said that this behavior of the duck before the coming of a storm suggests its tension to migrate from the place where the storm would hit to another place, safer. Generally, with the same view, he said that if the community
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would be much aware of the weather lore, then there would be less casualties and shortages of necessities during weather phenomena. He also emphasized that there is only readiness but no way to stop the weather phenomena and conditions to alter instantly.

FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS:

The study concludes that the existence of weather lore in the community of Bogtong residents is rooted basically with the concept of self-preparedness to any weather phenomena and not the prevention of such weather states, making weather lore as useful marks to aid the people in coping up with ecological changes, specially with changes concerning weather conditions. If the community would be exposed to the concepts of weather lore, which might have been eventually proven in certain periods of time by groups of people (more with the old folks), there is a possibility that the connections of man to his environment would be lifted despite the advancement of times, for the environment and its natural components shall be our barometer together with the human experience to prepare ourselves to weather changes and phenomena.

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