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PAKIKIPAGKAPWA-KALOOBAN: Loob as the Repository and Medium for Peace
Alvin Aguilar Sario

A Survey of LOOB Concept

“LOOB is a psychomoral reality. It is the totality of self, a consciousness of the self and also awareness of the meaning of the self. It is interiority, the inner principle of affection, disposition, feelings, attitudes, thought, decision, responsibility. The total meaning of loob is to be found both in katauhan (personality) and pagkatao (character).” (Miranda 1988:45) According to Pepe Umali, loob is, “ang ubod o pinagbubukalan ng pagkatao at ang kinasasalalayan ng tunay na pagkatao. Ito ay isang puwang sa ating pagkatao na kung saan maaaring lagyan o lamanan ng tao, bagay, panahon, at Diyos. At ito rin higit sa lahat ang syang pinakalundayan ng pagkanilikha na salalayan ng mga ideya, damdamin, at pagkilos.” (Reynancia 2000:8)

Loob then is the basic reality of every person. It serves as the grounding principle of humanity. But loob remains unknown. There are persons who have attempted to uncover and to understand loob. They are Lacaba, Mercado, Salazar, de Mesa, and Ferriols.

In his lexical collection, EMMANUEL LACABA expresses two natures of loob: 1) loob as the kernel of Filipino thought, and 2) loob as part of human dialectics. Lacaba believes that loob is the kernel of Filipino thought. But due to the western occupations, this loob was suppressed and hid in the very core of the Filipino. Filipino identity so-called was dissolved. The Filipino lost his dasein. He became hopeless of his situation. In this regard, loob remains inside of the Filipino. In effect, the Filipino finds difficulty to know his identity. He is in the process of finding himself. After colonialism, his independence opened all possibilities of loob. Lacaba also points out that loob is part of human dialectics. He thinks that loob is found in the internal conflict of loob to the inner loob. I...

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