In Kapwa*, Katrin DeGuia shares this:
The oldest known form of bahala na, the alibata[baybayin] version of the term, renders its root word as “God.” … and bahala is made up of the three letters B, H, L, spelled BA-HA-LA. The syllable BA stands for woman (babae), LA for man (lalake), the central HA for “breath” [hinga or ginhawa] or “wind“[hangin] (both of which signify God [or Spirit]).3 These three glyphs BA-HA-LA represent an ancient Filipino trinity where woman and man stand side by side on the base of a triangle and God unites them in the elevated midpoint. Bahala na then is a unique Filipino expression which could loosely be translated into “Leave the final outcome up to God!”
(also read The Baybayin for Bahala and Bathala)
3Odal, G. “On the Word Bathala”. Unpublished position paper. Quezon City: University Philippines, 1996.
…This proclaimed submission to a force larger than humankind was thoroughly misinterpreted by American social scientists who mistook bahala na as fatalism.
For a recent example of this, please see Morrow’s sensationalized trivialization of Filipino beliefs called “Da Bathala Code”(the play between Filipinos’ accents of “the” and the title of the controversial Dan Brown novel is not lost on us as part mockery, part tongue-in-cheek) at: http://www.pilipino-express.com/history-a-culture/in-other-words/483-the-bathala-code-part-2.html or download this pdf. Unfortunately, his online article does not allow any dialogue to take place with the public. No one, including Filipinos, cannot post their feedback whether neutral, positive or negative.
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