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 kern
This is possible due to abot-malay, abot-dama, and abot-kaya. Only when society seriously believes in the value of peace and declares war against all forms of social violence that human fellowship can be improved. A society of loob, through the principle of kapwa (as manifested in pagbubukas-loob, pakikipagpalagayang-loob, pakikisangkot, pakikiisa, and loob ng bayan) characterized by pakikipagkapwa-kalooban, is the ideal and goal of Filipino social reality. " (Alejo 1990:35) this signifies that the human person as meron (being) is a loob (inner self) that must express its being meron through pakikipagkapwa and by letting the wholeness of meron uncover itself to reality. He thinks that loob is found in the internal conflict of loob to the inner loob. el of Filipino thought, and 2) loob as part of human dialectics. But this loob, full of potencies, cannot remain as loob. Every loob should associate with other loob. The essential factor in the positive condition is pagbubukas-loob, leading to intersubjective understanding and acceptance in a dynamic process of voluntary disclosure and resistance to closure. Only then can we avoid violence and attain peace. It is the underlying structure of emotivity (pakiramdam) that makes emotions possible. Filipino identity so-called was dissolved. Kapwa becomes more kapwa in this light. In the Filipino context, loob is the crown of all values.