Ang Hiling ng Pawikan
Pen & Ink
The pawikan or sea turtle is held in great regard by many of our ethno beliefs. To the Boholanos, the pawikan had itself covered with soil from the bottom of the sea, to become the island of Bohol and give man a home.
To the Tagbanwa of Palawan, the pawikan is a steed of the gods, for its grace in the water as well as its great age, making it one of the wises creatures.
The pawikan is usually described as the green sea turtle, yet sometimes the loggerhead is also called a pawikan.
The pawikan is in dire treat of extinction due to the destruction of its environment, the great demand for turtle eggs as food, and hunting for turtle meat and the sale of turtle shell products.
In the drawing, the illustration of the cloth has the figures of the Tagbanwa sculpture of a turtle over a plate, symbolizing the ritual of Pagdidiwata, or the calling of the gods, especially those who favor the pawikan.
Illustrated at the top is a Tagbanwa sheild.