Inang Kalikasan needs help to pacify the birds nesting on her hair. She called the whole kingdom of animals, giants, sea creatures, dwarves, and humans to help her solve this problem. Vibal tells a story of a fun and creative kind of bayanihan with regards to Mother Nature and the environment in itself.
Inang Kalikasan wore the rich fertile soil and the clear blue sea as her skirt. A garden of white flowers, with all its beauty and fragrance, served as her blouse. The smooth brown bark of young, sturdy forest trees covered her from head to foot. She had the beauty of nature and life on her face, and her hair was a globe of night as round as the Earth.
Branches and leaves sprouted from her head, and that is where Inang Kalikasan’s problem lay. The branches and leaves attracted birds that started making nests on Inang Kalikasan’s head.
She loved the company of birds and their songs, of course, but their nests messed up her hair. Straws, twigs, and bird poo began to fill her once beautiful head.
She tried shooing the birds away, but they simply returned and built their nests when Inang Kalikasan slept.
Fairies from the nearby garden brought a crown made of flowers. Chains of different colors and clusters of petals wove in and out of the fairy crown.
Inang Kalikasan smelled the crown’s fragrance. When she tried it on, the flowers hugged her hair and branches. Unfortunately, the crown did not last very long as the birds quickly took the petals and vines and used them for their nests.
Inang Kalikasan smiled. “I choose these children’s gifts as my crown,” Inang Kalikasan told the whole world. “Now, children, what are your wishes?
An open field so you can run all day? A forest filled with trees to climb and animals to play with? Or a lake of your own where you can swim and play with fish from sunrise to sunset?”
Maya stepped forward and said, “All of those, you have already given us, Inang Kalikasan!”
Inang Kalikasan smiled.
The birds began to sing.
The queen and the children began to dance. Everyone smiled, then laughed, and joined the dance.
The party lasted until the moon and the stars finally came, and it was time to sleep.
A product of the Romeo Forbes Children's Storywriting Competition, Inang Kalikasan's Bad Hair Day is CANVAS' 13th story book.
Do check www.canvas.ph for a free, downloadable copy of the full story!
First printed in hardcover 2015
Originally published in English with Filipino translation
Printed in the Republic of the Philippines
Book and layout design by Daniel Palma Tayona
Edited by Annette Ferrer
Front cover artwork “Scene 19” by John Paul Antido
All artworks are originally rendered in oil on canvas
Photography by Ocs Alvarez