Samuel Bilibit is the other self of Criocksz G. – a Mindanawan by birth. A product of marriage between the north and south, having an Ilocano father and a mother who is a native of Lanao del Sur; Ordinaryong mortal – a lowly NGO worker, graduate ng Unibersidad sa boondocks ng Lanao – Mindanao State University, tinubuan na ng puting buhok sa kilusang mapagpalaya, naging construction worker, bisayang dako, internationalist, true blue futbolero, muzikero, literati pretender, lotto tayador, public transport commuter, mami-goto-isaw-instant noodles-sardinas eater, naging usher ng masiao (jai alai), tabloid reader, mahal ang kalikasan, dating tambay ng gulod sa UP diliman, ex-habitue ng 70’s bistro at sa mga surot infested watering holes ng quiapo’t recto, galit sa mga mapagkunwari, nagmamarunong at nakikiuso, nahihilo sa ingles at lohika ng mga nagkukunwaring konyo’t mga pseudo-yuppies, mortal na kalaban ng imperyalismo, muntik ng maging seminarista,napasali saglit sa Hare Krishna,advocate ng Bangsamoro struggle, Aikido admirer, kasapi ng Order of DeMolay, Japanese art and architecture buff, yosi at kape addict, allergic sa mga TraPo, nasusuka sa showbiz, advocate ng children’s rights and women’s movement, partner sa buhay ni Bambit, mabuting amain at kaibigang matalik ni X at ulirang ama ni Himaya Amarantha.
What about Samuel Bilibit?
According to an ancient myth, Samuel Bilibit was cursed to walk the face of earth till the end of time. Ewan ko lang kung anong naging mabigat na kasalanan ni Samuel at pinatawan siya ng ganito ka lupit na parusa. His myth runs deep into the psyche of the Visayan speaking people. A person who is a wanderlust earns the monicker of being like Samuel Bilibit. I remember when I was still a kid, my mom will scold me by saying, “mura man sab kag si Samuel Bilibit”, whenever I come home late from roaming around our village with friends.
Ever since I was a child I just couldn’t stop wandering. By high school, I had already gone to five provinces in Mindanao. By the time I entered my third job, I had already travelled half of the world. I just love going to other places. I got more of my education about life in wandering than what I learned from school. My wandering gave me the chance to meet a variety of people and learn a lot of different societies, cultures, practices, personalities, languages, life situatons and struggles. My world outlook has been molded by my wanderings- it is without borders.
The ancient myth would say that Samuel Bilibit still walks with us until now. He’s there sitting by our side in a bus, jeepney, mrt, walks with us in the park, in the market, everywhere. Samuel Bilibit is the subliminal symbolism of man’s never ending journey to life and humanity’s perpetual pilgrimage on earth.
My mom was quite right.Like everyone of us – I am Samuel Bilibit…and “some will believe it”.