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Monday, September 25, 2017

Karatula: Katulad Ng Larawan Ng Aking Buhay #9thSaranggolaBlogAwards #SBA #Tula #IlonggoOFW



Karatula: Katulad Ng Larawan Ng Aking Buhay #9thSaranggolaBlogAwards #SBA


LARAWAN NG AKING PASKO

Ipinadala ko ang tula na ito sa aking mga anak,
Na silang lahat ay uuwi para sa Pasko.
Mga larawan sa dingding ang nakikita ko lamang
Nais kong makita ko silang lahat ng personal
Lahat sila ay nawala at nag- asawa
Inilipat sila ng kanilang kapalaran
Naiwan akong nag-iisa
Hinalikan ko ang kanilang mga larawan sa mukha
Dumating ang mga piyesta opisyal
Inaasahan ko silang pumunta
O di kaya’y makatanggap ng isang sulat
Sino ang nakakaalam? Umaasa ako
Ang isa pang dahilan lamang
Ginagawa nila ang larawang ito
Mga larawan sa dingding
Para sa akin upang harapin ang Pasko
Malapit na ang Pasko
Muli poot para sa mga pista opisyal
Magsimula akong tingnan at hagkan
Ang mga larawan sa dingding
Upang harapin muli ang aking buhay
Mahal kong mga anak…..
Kahit minsan lamang?


BAKAS NG BUHAY

May mga larawan sa buhangin,
May mga karatula sa buhangin.
Ngunit lahat ay ginawa at hinubog,
Sa pamamagitan ng kamay ng iba.

Nagtaka ako at ‘di makapaniwala,
Paano ito ginawa,
Dahil sa totoo lang, naisip ko,
Ang mga larawan ay gawa ko.

Ang mga larawang iyon ay nagpakita ng mga bakas ng paa,
At mga bakas ng kamay din.
Pagkatapos may maraming mga larawan natin.
Ang buhangin na ito ay isang album talaga.

Hindi ko nakuha ang kahulugan,
Ng lahat ng sining na ito.
Ngunit doon ay upang ipakita sa ating lahat,
Iyon ay bakas ng ating buhay.


LARAWAN NG AKING BUHAY

Isang babae, payat at kalansay ang anyo
Sumilip mula sa lumang canvas,
Ang kanyang damit ay kupas na esmeralda
At ang kanyang buhok ay mahaba
Kung ang larawan ay maaaring magsalita,
Sasabihin niya, "Ang pinakamagandang rosas sa wakas ay natuyo din."


Isang batang lalaki, sariwa at matipuno
Gayon pa man umiiyak sa kalungkutan,
Nag-iisa sa tabi ng isang malaki at lumang orasan,
Sa loob ng lalagyan ng larawan.
Kung ang larawan ay maaaring magsalita,
Sasabihin niya, "Ang lumalakad ay mas masaya kaysa sa mga iniiwan niya."


Ang isang tao, mapagmataas at malakas,
Lumalaban sa mundo,
Patuloy sa paghinga sa ilalim ng makapal na alikabok,
Inaasahan ang katahimikan sa paligid.
Kung ang larawan ay maaaring magsalita,
Sasabihin niya, "Magbigay ng kapayapaan."

Isang matandang babae, at isang matandang lalake
Nakangiti ng matamis sa pamamagitan ng kanyang kulubot na mukha,
Ang pagbabalat ng gintong lalagyan ng larawan na luma
Ngunit parang buo ang kanyang ngiti.
Kung ang larawan ay maaaring magsalita,
Sasabihin niya, "Hindi kailanman nagiging luma ang Kalikasan."

Ang bawat emosyon ay nakuha sa sandaling nadama ito,
Ang bawat galaw ay nakuha upang mapanatili ang alaala,
Bawat larawan ay nakatayo sa pagsubok ng panahon,
Upang sabihin ang mga kwento nito.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Maynila: Eskinita Ng Aking Buhay #9thSaranggolaBlogAwards #SBA #MaiklingKwento #IlonggoOFW



1980: ika-5 araw ng Oktubre ng dumating kami sa daungan ng Maynila Port galing sa probinsya ng Negros Occidental. Ang pangalan ko ay si Marco Fernando at ang aking asawa ay si Ayah Isabel.

Nang bumaba kami ng barko, ang aking damdamin ng pagiging nasa Maynila ay nagbigay ng pag-asa na mabuhay at matupad ang aking mga panaginip. Ngunit habang lumalakad kami sa karamihan ng iba't ibang tao, iba't ibang mga mukha, kami ay nagtataka kung saan pupunta at kung saan manatili. Sa aking puso, maaari akong mabuhay at ang kapalaran ay mananatili sa aking panaginip. Ang pag-asa ay bigla itong dumating ...hindi inaasahan….

"Kaibigan, ikaw ba ang ... Ibig kong sabihin…sa barko na nagmumula sa Bacolod City?" Tanong ng lalaking hindi ko kilala. Pero sinagot ko siya, "Oo, kumusta?"

"Nasaan ang iyong mga bagahe, naglalakbay ka nang walang dala ... Ibig kong sabihin bag, supot o anumang bagay?" Tanong niya.

"Bakit ka nagtatanong?" Galit kong sinagot..

"Alam mo, sorry sa mga ito ... pinagmamasdan ko kayo at ang nabuo sa isip ko…naglayas kayo, tama ba kaibigan?"

Tiningnan ko siya nang husto, iniisip ko, kinailangan kong palayain ang tiwala ko sa taong ito. Naisip ko na marahil, marahil siguro, maaaring maging kaibigan ko habang wala pa akong matutuluyan.

"Oo, tama ka, saan ka nakatira dito sa Maynila? ….maaari bang manatili kami sa iyong bahay?" Tinanong ko siya nang tapat.

"Okay, makikipag-usap ako sa aking asawa ng isang minuto. Hintayin mo ako… babalik ako."

Narinig ni Ayah ang aming pag-uusap at pabulong, "Oo Marc, mas mainam na makisama tayo sa kanya habang wala."

Bumalik ang lalaki sa aming harapan at nagsabing, “Kaibigan, okay sa asawa ko na sa amin kayo maninirahan.”

"Ayyy salamat…ako si Marc at ito ang aking asawa, si Ayah Isabel."

"Ang pangalan ko ay Michael Luna, Mike ang tawag sa akin at ang asawa ko, si Lina."

"Maraming salamat Mike at Lina." Kinamayan naming mag-asawa ng sabay-sabay at nagpapasalamat. Naglakad kami ng ilang metro ang layo mula sa port, sumakay ng taksi na papunta sa San Francisco, Del Monte sa Quezon City.


Dumating kami sa bahay ng mga Luna na nag-iisip kung ito ang aming bagong simula. Ipinakita sa akin ni Michael ang paraan kung paano mabuhay sa lungsod sa pamamagitan ng mga kuwento at pagbibigay ng mahalagang impormasyon tungkol sa mga tao. Ang kanyang asawang si Lina ay tinuruan din si Ayah kung paano gawin ang mga gawaing bahay, pag-aalaga ng bata, at pagluluto.

Dalawang araw na ang lumipas; pinilit namin ang aming sarili upang makahanap ng mga trabaho nang sabay-sabay. Isang araw umaga pa lumakad kami mula sa Pantranco Bus Terminal hanggang sa Circle Roundabout, pagkatapos, sa West Avenue. Habang naghanap kami, napansin ko ang isang karatula, "Wanted Waiters and Waitresses." Pumasok kami sa loob at nagtanong tungkol sa trabaho. May mga taong nakaupo na nauna sa amin at mga aplikante din. Wala kaming dalang papel at ballpen. Unang tinawag ang pangalan ko. Tumayo ako at pumasok sa silid. May lalaking nag-iinterview at sinabi niya sa akin na alisin ang aking mga damit, pagkatapos ay ang aking pantalon.

"Sir, nag-aplay ako para sa trabaho bilang isang weyter, di ba?" Tanong ko.

"Oo, ngunit dito ay sinisiyasat namin ang aplikante sa pamamagitan ng pag-check ng hubad na katawan, para sa mga layuning pangkalusugan.” Nagulat ako at patakbong, "Sir, sorry .... hindi ko magagawa iyon ..." Hinatak ko si Ayah Isabel at nagmamadaling umalis. Huminto kami sa ilalim ng puno upang mag-isip ng isang bagay na makapagtrabaho habang may pera pa.

"Marco, mahal, pwede ba tayo pumunta sa Baclaran Church?" Sinabi ni Lina na isang malaking simbahan daw. "Halika ngunit hindi natin alam ang direksyon at hindi natin alam ang pamasahe,” ang sabi ko kay Ayah. “Okay, gaya ng dati ... lakad ..."

"Okay love…as usual…go…go…go…"

Tinanong namin ang babae na nagbebenta ng sigarilyo sa kanto at sinabi sa amin na sumakay ng isang jeepney, na may karatulang Baclaran. Sinubukan naming pumara ng jeepney at sumakay kami na hindi namin alam ang patunguhan. Tinanong ko ang driver kung magkano ang pamasahe para sa dalawa. Nagbayad ako. Dumating kami sa harapan ng isang simbahan, at sinabi ng drayber na bumaba na.

"Ayah Love, sa palagay ko ito ang Simbahan ng Baclaran!"

"Ngunit bakit may mga nagbebenta ng mga damong iyon sa sidewalk.. Marc, ilan sa mga ito ay alam ko."

"Huwag mong pansinin ‘yan, tayo sa loob ng simbahan." Sabi ko kay Ayah.

Hawak-hawak namin ang aming mga kamay, pumasok sa loob at lumuhod. Hinawakan ko ng mahigpit ang kamay ni Ayah Isabela at taimtim na nanalangin sa Poong Maykapal habang nakapikit ang aming mga mata. Mga ilang minuto pa ang nakalipas, binuksan ko ang aking mga mata at bumulong kay Ayah, "Ipagpatuloy natin ang ating naudlot na kasal sa ganitong paraan. Ayah, mahal mo ba ako?"

"Oo, Marc, mahal kita, ngayon at hanggang magpakailanman."

"Ipinapangako mo sa akin na ako lang ang nasa puso mo?"

"Oo, mahal ko, nangangako ako."

"Ipinapangako mo sa akin, na mahal natin ang isa't isa hanggang kamatayan?"

"Oo mahal ko, ako ay sa iyo hanggang kamatayan." Tumayo ako, kumuha ng pulang rosas mula sa rebulto ni Mama Maria, bumalik sa upuan at hinagkan ko si Ayah ng mahigpit.

"Mahal kita, Marco Fernando."

"Mahal kita, Ayah Isabel." Lumabas kami sa simbahan. Tinanong ko ang isa sa mga vendor sa sidewalk, "Ito ba ang Simbahan ng Baclaran?"

"Hindi ginoo, Quiapo Church po."

"Kung gayon, nasaan ang Simbahang Baclaran?"

"Kailangan mong sumakay sa dyep papunta doon, pagkatapos ng tulay, ang Luneta Park, doon ...” turo ng bata.

"Okay, salamat! Bye!" Umalis kami kaagad papunta kung saan itinuturo ng batang lalaki.

"Ayah, narinig mo kung ano ang sinabi ng batang lalaki, Luneta Park pagkatapos ng tulay ... Ito ang tulay ngayon, kailangan nating tumawid sa kabilang dulo."

“Bakit marumi ang tulay na ito mahal?”


"Lakad lamang aking mahal, takpan mo ang iyong ilong at huwag mong tingnan ang kakila-kilabot na bagay…yaksss"

Lumakad kami ng ilang metro pa, mas maraming gusali ang aming natatanaw at patuloy sa paglalakad. Wala kaming paki-alam kung tinitingnan kami ng mga tao habang naglalakad. Ang alam ko, naglalakad kami para makatipid sa gastos hanggang sa makahanap ako ng trabaho. Naabot namin ang Luneta Park, umupo, nagmamasid sa mga taong dumaan, nanonood ng iba pang mga bagay na nakaka-aliw sa amin. Alam kong masaya kami sa unang pagkakataon; nilibot namin ang parke na ito at masaya sa pakiramdam.

"Marc, magpahinga tayo doon sa dulo," itinuturo ni Ayah ang hardin.

"Okay, maganda doon, berde at maganda sa isang upuan." Ninanamnam namin ang mahalagang sandali na ipinagkaloob sa amin ng Diyos na kapwa mahalin ang bawat isa. Kami ay nagpatuloy na naglakad pabalik sa Quiapo Church. Natuklasan namin ang Manila City Hall, Post Office, at Metropolitan Theatre. Patuloy kaming naglakad hanggang sa underpass, lumakad muli hanggang nakita namin ang University of Santo Thomas, pagkatapos, ang malaking puting simbahan at tinanong ang sidewalk vendor para sa pangalan nito, "Santo Domingo Church," ang sabi nila nang sabay. Dumating kami sa bahay; pagod, gutom ngunit masaya para sa mga pagtuklas. "Ayah, Marc, kumusta ang inyong araw?" Tanong ni Lina.

"Lina, nasa Luneta Park, Quiapo Church, Manila City Hall ... Manila Post Office..at Marc, ano ang pangalan ng malaking paaralan?"

"Ahhhh..University of Santo Thomas ... “

“Oo .. yan nga!"

"Sa tingin ko ay gutom na kayo, magluluto ako ng kanin at piniritong GG?" Sabi ni Lina.

"Ano ang GG Lina?" Tanong ni Ayah.

"Ahhh ... isang murang isda na pinangalanang galunggong, ngunit ito'y malusog at malasa. Kayong dalawa, sikaping matuto ng wikang Tagalog nang mabilis, at iba pang mga salita na ginagamit ditto sa Maynila, upang hindi kayo malinlang. Ang Maynila ay may maraming masasamang tao. Halika, Ayah, magluto tayo.” Dumating si Mike sa bahay at inutusan si Lina na uutang sa tindahan ng lapad. "Owww Michael ... love, love, love ... alam ko kung ano ang ibig mong sabihin ... oo, oo, pupunta ako ...." sagot ni Lina.

Nakaupo kami sa sahig na nakaharap sa isa't isa, si Ayah sa tabi ko ay tumitingin sa akin. "Mike, ibig sabihin mong sabihin, tayo ay iinom?"

"Oo, umiinom ka ba ng alak… Oo, kung gayon, mabuti! Simula ngayon Marc, tawag mo sa akin ay pareng Mike at ikaw Ayah, ang aking Kumare, okay?"

"Okay Pareng Mike," sabi ko nakangiti. Dumating si Lina na may apat na bote ng rum, cola family size, malalaking lata na sardinas, berde na sili at limang piraso ng pulang sibuyas. "Ang mahal kong Lina, maganda, ang pinakamaganda!" Sinunggaban ni Mike si Lina. "Hmmmm, mahal ko, mahal ko ... alam ko kung ano ang ibig mong sabihin ..." Sabay kurot kay Mike.

Binuksan ni Ayah ang mga kalabasang sardinas, inilagay sa isang malaking mangkok, hiniwa ang mga sibuyas at halo-halong. Habang si Lina, gumawa ng ice cubes, inilagay sa isang mangkok at naglingkod. Naglingkod sila sa harap namin tulad ng "Hari ng Mga Hari" na abala sa pakikipag-usap sa isa't isa at mapagmahal sa kanila ng iba't ibang estilo.

"Pareng Marc, kumuha ka ng yelo at ibuhos nang sabay-sabay upang makapagsimula tayong lumipad sa langit!!!"

"Okay Pare," sabi ko habang nakangiting aso.

"Oppps ... Mareng Ayah, Lina ... siyempre, inom din kayo…ha..ha..ha..”


"Hindi ako umiinom Pareng Mike ..." sagot si Ayah.

"Halika, mahal, kukunin ko na at ihalo mo ito para sa iyo .... dito," Ibinigay ko kay Ayah ang kanyang inumin. "Okay, salamat, Marc." Nasiyahan kaming lahat at masayang pakikipagpalitan ng mga karanasan.

"Pareng Marc, sumama ka sa akin sa susunod na araw, ipakilala kita sa manager ko. Kailangan namin ang kawani sa restawran ... Okay, kaibigan?"

"Salamat po Pareng Mike."

Naubos namin ang apat na bote ng rum. Iba't ibang mga paksa ang binuksan, kahit na ilang mga personal na mga bagay.

Tinanggap ako bilang isang weyter sa pamamagitan ng rekomendasyon ni Michael Luna. Kami ay sama-sama sa lahat ng aming mga trabaho at oras ng paglilibang. Kami ay naging malapit sa bawat isa; ang aking bagong pinakamatalik na kaibigan. Ngunit kalaunan ay naghiwalay din kami ng bahay at nagrenta ng silid malapit eskinita, sa tulay ng San Francisco, Del Monte sa Quezon City. Ang silid ay hindi Malaki at tamang-tama lamang sa aming dalawa.

Isang araw niyaya ako ni Pareng Mike papuntang Ermita. “Hindi ba gusto mong makita ang magandang lugar na ito na maraming eskinita ng kaligayahan?"

"Okay kaibigan ko, maganda huh?" Sagot ko.

"Ohhh, yeaaahahhh!" Sigaw ni Mike.

Naglakbay kami mula sa Frisco hanggang sa Quiapo, pagkatapos, mula Quiapo hanggang Pasay City sa eskinita malapit sa Harrison Street, isang maliit na eskinita patungong Roxas Boulevard. Huminto kami sa sirang gusali na may mga pulang ilaw sa buong lugar. Nagsalita si Mike sa isang lalaki at nagbigay ng pera. Niyaya ako sa loob. "Halika, Marco, sinabi ng kaibigan ko, sa isang minuto, magsisimula ang palabas." Tumango ako nang walang salita, sinundan si Mike sa loob, at nakaupo kami malapit sa stage. Akala ko sa una, ito ay isang boxing bout, tulad ng aking trabaho sa Negros. Naalala ko ang mga araw na iyon at sinabing, "Anong ipakita ito Pareng Mike?"

"Hintay lang at magsisimula na ang palabas...." Sabi ni Mike sa akin habang taka-na-takam sa pagsimula ng palabras.

Ang lugar ay puno ng kalalakihan, handa at sabik para sa palabas. Ang kumukutitap na pulang ilaw ay nagsimulang kumislap sa ibang direksyon, kasama ang dalawang searchlights na nakaposisyon sa sulok ng stage. Ang musika ay nagsimula sa isang mabagal na galaw. Lumabas ang isang babae mula sa likod ng kurtina. Ang suot niya ay isang transparent na robe, kung saan ang kanyang hubad na katawan ay kitang-kita. Siya ay sumayaw sa tugtog ng musika na ginawa ang kanyang mga paggalaw ng mas sexy. Nahiga sa isang kama. Isang lalaking kasosyo niya ay nagsimula na lumapit sa kanya sa kama, suot lamang ang kanyang brief. Naghubad, at ang kasunod ay kamunduhan sa harap ng maraming tao.

"Marco, gusto mo ba ang palabas?" Biglang tanong ni Mike sa akin.

"Masyadong…. kaibigan….nakakagigil…."

"Buweno, umiinom muna tayo bago umuwi, okay? Kailangan nating palayain ito sa ating lovey-dovey para sa higit na kasiyahan."

Pumasok kami sa maliit na bar, nag-order ng isang kaha ng beer at dalawang order ng beef steak. Nakaupo kami sa sulok at naghintay para sa aming mga pagkain at inumin. Isang magandang babae ang lumapit sa amin na nagtatanong kung gusto naming ipares sa mga babae habang tinatangkilik ang gabi.

"Hindi, salamat," sagot ni Mike nang patayo.

Umuwi kaming lasing na lasing. Inihatid ko si Mike sa kanilang bahay. Inaasikaso ni Lina ang kanyang asawa at ako’y nagpaalam. "Mareng Lina, pupunta ako sa bahay ... bye .... bye ......."

"Bye Pare, salamat."

Naglakad ako papuntang bahay na nag-iisa, ngunit ako ay nagsuka nang makarating ako sa tulay. Ang kadiliman ng gabi ay nalalapit sa aking paningin na sumasabog sa lahat na direksyon, ang lahat ng nasa paningin ko ay patuloy na lumipat at hindi ko alam kung ano ang sumunod na nangyari. Nadama ko ang mainit na tuwalya sa aking mukha. Binuksan ko ang aking mga mata. Mukha ni Ayah ang aking nasilayan at pakiramdam ko, ako’y nabuhay muli.

"Marc, okay ka na ba ngayon?"

"Maaari bang bigyan mo ako ng mainit na noodles?"

"May niluto na ako, kukunin ko." Tumayo si Ayah, nagpunta sa kusina at bumalik.

“Ano ang nangyari sa ‘yo Marco. Alam mo Marco Fernando, nagpunta ako sa restawran at nagtanong tungkol sa iyo at Mike dahil nag-aalala si Lina na gagastos na naman kayong dalawa. Alam mo naman kailangan natin ang pera, pero, hinintay kita upang sabihin sa iyo ang isang bagay na… magiging tatay ka na. Nagpunta ako sa klinika sa Barangay para sa isang check-up dahil duda ako tungkol sa aking buwanang regla. Positibo Marc, buntis ako!"

Ang aking dugo ay biglang dumadaloy tulad ng mga bulaklak sa ilalim ng liwanag ng buwan, dahan-dahan na binubuksan ang mga petal nito na nagsasabi, "Ako nga…si Marco Fernando…tatay na ako!"

Sa aking isipan, ang pagiging isang ama ang pinakadakilang kaloob mula sa Diyos, isang pagmamahal na maaari mong palawakin ang iyong kalooban sa iyong anak na lalaki o babae at sa iyong mapagmahal na asawa. Hindi talaga isang responsibilidad kundi isang obligasyon na pangalagaan, mahalin at bigyan ang mga ito para sa kanilang hinaharap. Gayunpaman, bilang isang ama, ikaw ay sumusunod sa iyong kapanahunan, determinasyon, kaalaman at ang iyong buong personalidad upang yakapin ang iyong anak, o mga anak sa tamang landas ng pamumuhay. Kung kulang ang kahulugan ng disiplina upang i-sakripisyo para sa kanila, kung gayon, at pagkatapos lamang, wala kang karapatan na tawaging isang ama.

Nagtrabaho ako nang labis upang makakuha ng higit pa kaysa sa natanggap ko mula sa aking tagapag-empleyo; kinokontrol ang aking mga bisyo, natutunan ang mga bagong bagay tungkol sa aking kalakalan at natuto ng mga bagong paraan upang makipag-ugnay sa mga tao. Ang pagbubuntis ni Ayah ay nagdala ng isang bagong buhay para sa akin, upang maging isang mabuting ama, at nag-udyok sa akin na mangarap pa.

Ang aming nakaraan sa probinsya ng Negros Occidental ay inilibing sa ilalim ng aming mga puso magkasama, hindi kailanman bubuksan; ang aming bagong buhay ay ang sentro ng lahat.

Nagpaalam kami kay Mike at Lina, umaasa na ang aming buhay ay magbabago para sa pagpapabuti ng aming bagong pamilya. Lumipat kami sa Baclaran, malapit sa Roxas Boulevard. Nagsimula ako bilang isang Trainee sa Pamamahala, na sinanay ng mabuti ng mga eksperto at higit sa lahat, napakahusay sa maraming paraan tungkol sa pamamahala sa negosyo ng pagkain at ng mga tao. Determinado akong maipapataas sa pamamagitan ng aking pagganap, katayuan sa edukasyon, at sa pamamagitan ng pakikipagkaibigan sa mga tao sa pamamahala. Ang aming mga pag-asa ay nakuha muli ang landas nito kung saan makarating, hangga't magkasama kami, mapagmahal at namumuhay.

Isang araw, habang ako’y nasa trabaho, tumawag ang kaibigan ni Ayah, si Maria. Sinabing masakit ang tiyan ni Ayah Isabel at manganganak na. Nagmadali akong nag-post ng isang tala sa aking talaan kung sakaling may mahahalagang tawag para sa akin, sinabi ko sa aking assistant manager tungkol sa emerhensiya at itinalaga siya na maging tagapamahala ng restaurant.

Sumakay ako ng taksi papuntang Dimasalang Street, Baclaran sa likod ng Redemptorist Church. Si Ayah at Maria ay handa na para sa mga gamit ng sanggol sa bag. Pagdating ko dali-dali silang lumabas ng bahay kung saan tinulungan ko si Ayah sa taksi, sa back seat. Si Maria ay katabi ng drayber sa harap. Inutusan ko ang driver na mapabilis ang pagpunta sa Hospital ng Maynila. Ang aking takot ay nadagdagan ng isang daang milyon na kaba kapag nadama ni Ayah ang sakit. Ang kanyang gusot na mukha ay hindi maipaliwanag kung bakit, sino, ano o paano? Hindi ko alam kung ano ang gagawin, sinabi ko lang sa kanya na huminahon at manalangin.

"Marc, Marc, ang sanggol ay lumabas ... ito ay lumalabas na ... ngayon .. Marc, kumuha ka ng tuwalya sa bag… bilis ... sa loob ng bag ... mabilis Marc ... !!!" Inutusan ako ni Ayah.

Binuksan ko ang bag, kinuha ang tuwalya, ngunit ang ilan sa mga damit ng sanggol ay nakakalat dahil sa aking nerbiyos. Inutusan ako ni Ayah Isabel na ilagay ang tuwalya sa aking mga kamay sa harapan niya. Agad, nakita ko na lang ang sanggol ay nasa aking mga kamay ... nagulat ako bigla at napasigaw sa drayber na bilisan o lumipad kung kinakailangan. Tinuruan ako ni Ayah, upang hawakan ang sanggol, hawak ang parehong mga paa at bahagyang tapikin upang umiyak. Umiyak nga…Nagawa ko!

"Marc, hawakan mo ng mabuti at mag-ingat na huwag mawala sa iyong mga kamay," itinagubilin ni Ayah.

Sumigaw ako ulit sa drayber, “Bilis….bilis…bilisan mo…”

Pagdating namin sa ospital, isang doktor at dalawang nars ang sumundo sa amin sa taksi. Sinuri ang sanggol, pinutol ang umbilical cord at dinala sa loob.

Binigyan ako ni Ayah ng regalo na hindi ko makalimutan, isang batang babae. Ang kagalakan ng aking kalooban sa pagkakaroon ng isang sanggol ay nagbura ng lahat na hirap na aming dinanas. Napagtanto ko na mayroon na akong sariling pamilya ngayon.

Ako ay isang ama, ngayon.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Dumaguete: The City of Gentle People #IlonggoOFW




Dumaguete: The City of Gentle People #IlonggoOFW

Dumaguete is the capital city of the Province of Negros Oriental. It is located within the Negros Island in the Central Visayas Region. Dumaguete is also known as "The City of Gentle People" because of the friendliness of the people and the warm welcome you will get every time you visit the place.

Dumaguete has a land area of about 3,551 hectares. On November 24, 1948, Dumaguete became a chartered city of the Philippines.

Dumaguete is rich with historical sites as well as tourist attractions, both man-made and natural. Dumaguete is the home of the Cathedral Bell Tower that was built in 1811. The Silliman University and its Luce Auditorium and Anthropological Museum as well as the Rizal Boulevard are among the man-made tourist attractions of Dumaguete. Structures like centuries-old churches and historical shrines are abundant in the city.

Rizal Boulevard in Dumaguete is named after the Philippine national hero Jose P. Rizal who made a visit to the city on the way to Dapitan to be exiled. Today, Rizal Boulevard is Dumaguete City's place for nightlife because it has a beachfront promenade and many landmark manors.
Natural tourist attractions are abundant in Dumaguete. There are beaches, forests, caves, mountains, lakes, underground rivers, hot springs, dive sites, and other attractions.

Dumaguete is predominantly an agricultural city. The coconut and sugar cane products are the city's top earners. Products like vegetables, rice, fruits, root crops, corn, poultry, and livestock are produced in Dumaguete and shipped out to other parts of the Philippines.
The construction industry is now growing in Dumaguete with the increase of the cement consumption within the city. The small-scale industries in Dumaguete are mainly focused on the cottage-based products.

The climate in Dumaguete City is great. The seasons are wet and dry seasons. June to November are the rainy months and December to May are the sunny months of the city. Dumaguete is seldom affected by strong typhoons.

Dumaguete has a seaport located on the eastern coast of Barangay Looc. The seaport has about 13,231 sq. meters of land area for operations. The seaport of Dumaguete has two lighthouses. The lighthouse that is operational is located at the top of the building of the Philippine Coast Guard. The other lighthouse is non-operational and is located at the Pier 1 entrance.
Dumaguete may be a small city but the city has many interesting sites that the people are proud of. To visit Dumaguete City is to be around people who are warm and friendly.



Monday, March 9, 2015

OFW



Synopsis

A weak young man…A first true love…A beautiful-rich woman obsessed with love…A kind-loving wife…A circle of friends…Chasing their dreams abroad as OFWs…All brought together with their destiny to love aflame with conflicts, ambitions, lies, hatred, revenge and friendship.

Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW): The Game of Life is a struggle of a young man from a small island of Negros Occidental, the Philippines, who discovered his life in a city and found his true love. He never thought that life in Manila (The City of Hopes) is a rugged terrain of heartaches, lies, hatred and revenge. He found his true-self when destiny engulfed him working in a faraway place called Dubai (The City of Dreams) as an OFW. Lied and played his game so well to reach his dreams, used his charms to build corporations, and became a Billionaire.

Marco Fernando’s new status in life was confronted by a series of discoveries he never imagined. Poverty consumed him to continue his journey until a rich woman Danielle Gustilo shed light playing the game he mastered; she never thought that Marco became her enemy for life. Marco decided to play the dirty game of love without the knowledge of his wife Ayah Isabel Gonzales, while reaching his dreams abroad and a lifetime journey in molding his future. He longed for happy-family-life through his money, but boredom surrounds him that nearly broke his family.

WARNING! This book contains scenes of a sexual in nature, violence, drugs, and other facets of false elements but it’s a vital part of the story. It is not intended for the easily offended or persons with different beliefs according to the fiction elements given by the author. You have been warned, so if you read on, it’s with your own accord, knowledge and motivation without the author’s liabilities.

This is a work of fiction: The names, characters, organizations, places and events in this book are products of the writer's imagination through his experiences and research or have been used fictitiously and are not to be construed as real. Any similarities to real persons; living or dead, actual events, locales or organizations is purely coincidental and not intended by the author.

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted (in part or in whole) in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical including photocopying, recording or any information storage (online and offline) and retrieval system, or by any means existing now or in the future without the permission in writing from the author.
Thank you.

Fernando Lachica
Author



Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Pnoy Administration 2015 Budget Still Laced With Pork Barrel? #IlonggoOFW



The Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) are being used by the Pnoy Administration to hasten the development of every government sectors through which these were given to priority projects for its constituents. The essence of these two funding are thoroughly applied but other political leaders opposed and even the Judicial arm found it unconstitutional.

It’s the most controversial in the governance of President Aquino which made the Administration to fight back, that DAP is constitutional in its form and usage. The present administration molded this funding system to augment with increased and prioritized projects for development.

The Supreme Court ruling on the DAP was one of the most difficult challenges for the President in 2014. This also brought on the President’s lowest performance and trust ratings since mid-2010. The High Tribunal’s decision declaring the DAP unconstitutional can also be blamed for the uncertainty in government spending, which slowed down the country’s economic growth. The SC was bound to uphold its earlier decision and junk the motion for reconsideration filed by the Office of the Solicitor General. The voting on the matter, however, was deferred until the resumption of en banc sessions in January 2015.

In regaining his lofty approval ratings in the fourth quarter, the President also overcame criticism on how he responded to discredit the administration on account of alleged ‘selective justice’ in the investigation and prosecution of legislators said to be involved in anomalies related to the disbursement of PDAF or ‘pork barrel’ funds but these were eventually hurdled.

It’s a fact that majority of the people and political observer have negative notion that Pnoy Administration will eventually follow the Supreme Court ruling. For 2015 budget, it’s still laced with DAP system in another form of funding. The savings of the government’s properly guided by its meaning to use in prioritized projects but it will be monitored and checked.

The Pnoy Administration’s penultimate year, and the GAA duly reflects President Aquino’s development priorities for 2015, pouring even more investments into the Administration’s anti-poverty and economic growth programs, as well as strengthening governance reforms.

The GAA signing is likewise of historical note. Not since democracy was restored in 1986 has the government enacted the National Budget on time for five years straight. When the Administration began, its aim was to establish a tradition of promptness in the signing of the GAA, so that government agencies can also ensure the swift delivery of public goods and services. Now that it entered its fifth year of enacting the budget on time.

The 2015 budget also continues the Administration’s GAA-As-Release-Document regime, which the President—through the Department of Budget and Management—spearheaded in 2014. Under this regime, appropriations are considered released to agencies the very moment the budget is enacted, with the exception of specific conditional items.

The signing of the 2015 GAA likewise brings the Administration to its second year of Performance-Informed budgeting, where an agency’s budget for the entire fiscal year is expected to support the accomplishment of specific targets, as outlined in a department’s Performance Information.

Is it really heading for increase developments in terms of its form and substance in Philippine governance? How about the negative elements of the funding claimed by the opposition leaders?

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Negros Island (Occidental) Philippines #IlonggoOFW



Negros Occidental (Filipino: Kanlurang Negros; Hiligaynon: Katundang Negros) is a province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. Its capital is Bacolod City and it occupies the northwestern half of Negros Island; Negros Oriental is at the southeastern half. Across the Panay Gulf and the Guimaras Strait to the northwest is the island-province of Guimaras and the province of Iloilo on Panay island. Known as the "Sugarbowl of the Philippines", Negros Occidental produces more than half the nation's sugar output.

The population of the province is 2,907,859 if Bacolod City is included. Making it the most populated Province in Western Visayas.

History:

Negros Island was originally known to the natives as "Buglas". When the Spaniards arrived in April 1565, they named it "Negros" because of the dark-skinned natives they found. Two of the earliest native settlements were Binalbagan and Ilog which later became towns in 1572 and 1584, respectively. Other settlements were Hinigaran, Negros Occidental, Bago, Marayo (now Pontevedra), Mamalan (now Himamaylan) and Candaguit (a sitio in San Enrique).

Ilog was made the first capital of the province in 1743. This was later transferred to Himamaylan. Bacolod became the capital in 1849.

The island was divided into Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental in 1890. The two provinces were briefly united as an independent Republic of Negros with Bacolod as the capital on November 27, 1898. It became a protectorate of the United States until 1901, when the republic was dissolved, with the two provinces annexed to the Philippines.

During the succeeding decades between 1901 to the 1930s, Negros Occidental was under Insular Government of the United States of America as with the rest of the country and later under the Government of the Commonwealth of the Philippines. Economic growth continued especially with Philippine sugar having a part of the US market. The socio-economic life of Negros Occidental from the 1950s up to the 1980s depended as before mainly on the sugar industry. Negros del Norte was created from Negros Occidental on January 3, 1986. Its creation was declared unconstitutional on July 11, 1986, and was abolished on August 18, 1986.

Towards the end of 1987, the rays of hope started to shine when the over-all economic situation showed a positive upturn. The campaign for agricultural diversification had been gaining momentum, paving the way for more landowners to invest in prawn farming and high-value crops such as fruits, vegetables, livestock and other cash crops. Investments upswing became apparent by 1988. The participation of the industrial sector accelerated the consumer-led economic growth and development manifested by the increase in sales of consumer goods and by-products. Today Negros Occidental remains one of the most progressive and largely developed Philippine province, in large due to the profits from the sugar industry but also due to diversification to other fields.

Geography:

Negros Occidental is located in the western side of Negros Island, the third largest island in the Philippines with a total land area of 972,607 hectares or 9,726.06 km2. The province is approximately 375 kilometers long from north to south. It is bounded by the Visayan Sea in the north, Panay Gulf on the west, Tañon Strait and Negros Oriental province on the east and Sulu Sea on the south. Negros is basically volcanic, making its soil ideal for agriculture. Eighty percent of all arable land is cultivated.

The north and western parts of the province are largely composed of plains and gentle slopes. A mountain range lines the eastern part of the province, forming the basis of the border with Negros Oriental. Mount Kanlaon, which is partially located in Negros Oriental, rises to a height of 2465 m (7987 ft) and is the highest peak in the Visayas.

Most residents are of Austronesian heritage. Residents of Negros are called "Negrense". Negros Occidental is predominantly a Hiligaynon-speaking province, because of ties with Iloilo. However, the cities and towns facing the Tañon Strait are Cebuano-speaking due to their proximity to the island-province of Cebu. Sagay City, which is facing both Iloilo and Cebu, speaks a hybrid language composed of Hiligaynon and Cebuano. Tagalog/Filipino and English are widely spoken on both sides of the island.[citation needed]

Negros Occidental is the second-largest province in terms of population after Cebu, with the second largest number of congressional districts

Negros Occidental has long been a center of culture and arts; the wealth brought about by the sugar industry made sure that the Negrense principalía enjoyed the very best.

Silay City to the north of the capital Bacolod City, nicknamed the "Paris of Negros", is the cultural and artistic center of Western Visayas. It has 30 heritage houses declared by the national historical institute, most notable of which is Balay Negrense; it is also the hometown of National Artist of the Philippines for Architecture Leandro Locsin and international mezzo-soprano Conchita Gaston.

This blossoming in art was due to the economical importance of the area during the Spanish era, Negros became probably the most hispanized area and pro-Spanish area, due to the enormous investments of Spain in the sugar business.

Another famous treasure of Negrense art heritage is to be found in Victorias City, within the confines of the Victorias Milling Company in its chapel is the world famous mural of the Angry Christ, painted by artist Alfonso Ossorio, a scion of the Ossorio family who owned the mill.

The Negrenses' joie de vivre is manifested in the various festivals all over the province, foremost among which are famous MassKara Festival of Bacolod, Pasalamat Festival of La Carlota, Bailes de Luces of La Castellana and Pintaflores Festival of San Carlos. These and other local festivals are featured during the Pana-ad sa Negros Festival staged every April at the 25-hectare tree-lined Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City. Dubbed as the "Festival of Festivals", Pana-ad brings together the 13 cities and 19 towns in a showcase of history, arts and culture, tourism, trade, commerce and industry, beauty and talent as well as games and sports.


Negros Occidental is rich in structures and buildings that are remnants of a once affluent lifestyle. The Palacio Episcopal (1930), San Sebastian Cathedral (1876), and the Capitol Building (1931) are popular landmarks. In most towns, steam locomotives that used to cart sugarcane from the fields to refineries attract steam-engine enthusiasts from all over the world. There are also impressive churches all over the province, both built recently and during the Spanish era.

Hacienda Rosalia, setting for 1981 film Oro, Plata, Mata

Modern communication facilities, as well as radio, television and newspapers, are available in the province. Most are provided by dominant national players in the industry like PLDT, Globe Telecom and their subsidiaries. For television and radio, the major providers are giant network ABS-CBN, GMA, TV5 and RPN. Cable TV provides access to CNN, BBC, ESPN and other international programs. National and international newspapers are available on the same day of issue in Manila.

Bacolod City is noted for being the home of the Negros Summer Workshops, founded by multi-award-winning filmmaker and Negrense Peque Gallaga. Founded in 1991, Workshops has long been training students from different parts of the country who wish to learn courses in film-making, acting, writing, and more. Some of its alumni include actors in mainstream Philippine show business.

Negros Occidental has also been used as a setting and location shoot for various films and television shows, most notable of which is the 1981 epic Oro, Plata, Mata. Recent films that were set and filmed in Negros are Ligaw Liham (2007) and Namets! (2008).

Source: Wikipedia

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Article Marketing Strategy: 5 Ways to Recycle Your Articles (Article Marketing Goes Green!) #IlonggoOFW



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Article Marketing Strategy: 5 Ways to Recycle Your Articles (Article Marketing Goes Green!)

If you spend a lot of time on your articles, the idea of using them only once can seem like a waste. Never fear! Submit Your Article is here to give you some great article recycling ideas to make the most out of your hard work.

You may never have thought of recycling your old articles into something new and refreshed, but I find it's a great way to really leverage your articles into a full-blown marketing campaign. Without further ado, here are 5 extra uses for your articles that will help your articles double up as something else!

1. Upcycled Blog Posts

This is something I use as part of my own article marketing strategy, as it's easy to do and means I can really use my time effectively. Essentially, take something from your blog - a post you enjoyed writing and wouldn't mind working on is best - and then rewrite it into a unique article based on the same ideas.

One downside with this technique is you have to make sure the new content remains unique - otherwise, you'll actually harm your SEO efforts. However, using fresh eyes on an old subject, you're bound to come up with a new way of expressing old ideas.

2. Podcasting

After an article is published, why not turn it into a podcast? Personally I record my own voice reading my articles, but if you're not comfortable with that, there are plenty of freelance voice artists that are willing to record short articles for a minimal amount. You don't have to do this with every article - just choose a few every month to recycle this way.

3. Make a Video

Try using your article to create an informational video that can be uploaded to YouTube. If you've already got a podcast of the article, you can sync this with a video for extra podcast leverage.

4. Convert it into an E-book

E-books can be a great way to go into more detail on a specific topic in your niche.

Gather together a group of your articles related to a specific topic - an article series can work really well with this - and edit them into your very own e-book. You'll need some tweaking to make sure the chapters flow, but e-books are easy and cheap to publish, as well as a great way to get the word out about your business. By re-using content you've already written, your e-book will practically write itself, so don't feel intimidated!

5. Create a Squidoo Lens

If you haven't used Squidoo, I encourage you to play around with it. Pages on Squidoo have an easier time of ranking highly in search engines, so it can be a worthwhile investment to create a quality web page there.

This is a great way to get a bit return for a little effort, which is the holy grail of recycling your articles - so give it a go!

Which of these ideas appeals to you? This week, when will you set aside some time to get started?



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