- Posted August 7, 2013 by
The white boy from Philippines
At one look, this boy looks like a foreigner. From head to toe, the three-year old Jan Mike Bidad can be a foreigner, but he is born to Filipino parents.
His mother, Lucy Bidad, has six children. Jan Mike, the youngest, is the most peculiar.
Lucy narrated that when she was pregnant she liked to drink milk with ice. At one time, she thought her child would have a white complexion.
"Pangala nako ani ice ug gatas. Ang gatas bahugan ba og ice usa imnon. Naglingkod ko nagkaon og ice mao jud ni akong ice kay puti kaayo..kadtong butong ug gatas kay puti raman...puti man kaayo..hasta buhok puti." (When I was pregnant, I liked ice and milk. I put a lot of ice in my milk before drinking it. I was thinking that my child would become white as an ice. He has white hair),” says Lucy.
Jan Mike is an “oging.” People who have very white hair to the point of being snow-white, flour-like freckled white skin and very white eyes are called “Oging” in native Siquijor. Since, the island is associated with magick and mysticism, most of the people believe that “oging” are children of engkantos or fairies.
The island of Siquijor in the Central Visayas of Philippines is home to peculiar people and places. It is known in the Philippines as the center of witchcraft and shamanism where herbalists and healers exist.
In medicine, “Ogings” are known as albino, people who lack color pigmentation in their bodies. Albinism as a congenital disorder characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes due to the absence or defect of an enzyme involved in the production of melanin.
But how come a number of “goings” can be found in Siquijor?
Lucy shares that what happened to her son was because of her maternal impression.
Jan Mike is like an ordinary boy. He is shy especially to tourists who come to see him. But people don’t make antics of his color.
Lucy has not experienced such discrimination at first hand. She hopes that her son can finish school and grow up normally.