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Lovina

gede-palgunadiHistorical development of Lovina Beach in Northern Bali is indeed inseparable from the touch of the poet Anak Agung Panji Tisna or familiarly known as Panji Tisna. Starting around the 1950s, this noble poet built this area with the help of his foreign friends. His extensive association did not necessarily make this coastal tourist area grow rapidly. There were ups and downs over time.

The name Lovina itself is actually quite bizarre in the ears of Balinese people. There is a version saying if Lovina means ‘Love Indonesia.’ Quite reasonably, it is derived from the word Love and Ina. LOve is derived from English word while INA is a three-letter country used in the Asian Games 1963. However, in the context of Panji Tisna who founded Lovina in 1953, Lovina has a philosophical meaning. It was derived from two words, namely Love (English) and Balinese words /Ina/ or /inan/ meaning ‘mother.’ Thus, Lovina means Love of Mother or in a broader sense it means Love of Mother Earth. Probably, in the present context it is more relevant when interpreted as Love of Bali.

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Save Komang and Ketut

gede-palgunadiBalinese people have a characteristic in naming for their children, both for men and women. In general, regardless of their social strata, the first child is given first name Putu or Wayan or Gede (Gde). Then, the second child is given the first name Made or Kadek. Meanwhile, the third child is named Nyoman, Komang or Nengah. Ultimately, the fourth or last child is called Ketut.

It is just the matter of first name indicating that he or she is the first or the second, the third or the fourth child. By all means, after the first name, it will be followed by surname, according to the conferment of his or her parents. The complete name, for instance, are like Putu Darmayasa, Made Suastika, Komang Purnama and Ketut Suparta.

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Jokowi Effect

gede-palgunadiThe elected President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, in his visit to Bali several days ago issued an important statement related to Bali tourism. This former mayor of Solo who is still serving as the governor of the Greater Jakarta reminded all parties of the Bali tourism development. He affirmed that the too quick and undirected development of Bali tourism would even disrupt the natural environment and Balinese culture having been very famous.

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Let’s Compete

gede-palgunadiBalinese people have a common phrase which reads like this: “Eda ngaden awak bisa, depang anake ngadanin.” This phrase is actually a quote from a traditional song essentially carrying a very profound advice. The phrase means something like this: Do not claim to be pretentious, let others judge. A profound philosophy is implied in the phrase. It suggests how the ancestors of Balinese people advise the future generations about the importance of humility so that they will not be showing off and arrogant.

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Mahabharata

gede-palgunadiCurrently, Balinese people are apparently very eager to watch the Mahabharata TV series aired in one of the private television stations. The elderly, youth and children are so captivated by the beauty of the players and content of the storyline filled with the philosophy of life. Inevitably, aside from Bali, the other regions are also avid to watch this series.

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