May 25, 2007
May 18, 2007
May 17, 2007
here's another Jose F. Lacaba work. i'm afraid i haven't been doing justice to the man by not putting in a word or two about him. JFLacaba is well-known in the world of filipino literature, having penned famous works as: Orapronobis, Sister Stella L, Kapit sa Patalim, Days of Disquiet, Nights of Rage, Sa Daigdig ng Kontradiksyon, Ang mga Kagilagilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni Juan de la Cruz, among others. he was one of the first quarter storm's journalists who sought refuge in the arts to regain his voice (as UST's The Varsitarian described him, a journalist-turned underground writer). a screenwriter/poet/ journalist/translator and self-proclaimed college dropout, he is now vice-chair of MTRCB and writes for Pinoy Times. below poem is already a translated (tagalized) version of the original, done by Alcidez Iznaga. this speaks of the plight of a Cuban revolutionary.
Kabiyak at Kasama
Kasama, ikaw na aking kabiyak,
higit sa iyo, ang minamahal ko lamang
ay ang Rebolusyon;
nagpapagod ka, nababalisa
dahil sa mga bata,
dahil sa mga baryo ng karton,
lata at basura
dahil sa mga maysakit at nangamamatay
Naririto ka ngayon, malapit
sa mga mata kong nagmamasid;
bukas-makalawa, ika’y nasa Santiagoo
sa Pinar del Rio
o inaabot ng madaling-araw
sa pagtutuwid ng tiwali
at pagwawaksi ng bulok,
sa pag-alo sa mga api.
Ika’y hardinera, karpintero;
Tulad mo’y hangin, nagpupunla’t sumusulong…
Hindi ka maigugupo
ng Playa Giron
ni ng mga dayuhan at taksil,
hindi ka matitinag ng paninikil
ang buong buhay mo’y nakalaan
sa pagbabago ng mga bagay-bagay,
sa bagong kaayusan.
May 16, 2007
there was this mosquito gobbling up red (blood, perhaps) and as the red background drops down, appears this line: is travelling in your blood? cool... of course, that drew my attention!! (it was an ad by a pharma company or something, i think).
the thing is... yes, travelling's in my blood. as i may have mentioned in my posts here somewhere, i have been travelling ever since i can remember. and that's all thanks to my lola susing and my mom and dad for allowing me to trudge around with lola back then.
and i am still travelling.
and perhaps forever will be, in this lifetime and the next.
May 12, 2007
In my not so many years of witnessing leaders rise, then fall, and others grapple at straws to grab or remain in the seat of power, I reckon I have seen only a handful worthy of being called respectable leaders. There have been leaders who promised and there were those who delivered. There were leaders who spoke lengthy speeches and there were those who performed. There were leaders who planned and there were those who implemented. There were leaders who put ethical values where their mouths were and there were those who stood their ground and lived by principle and integrity. And with the outpouring of campaign propaganda in the streets and media boards, few could only be seen as potentially appealing for my taste. Candidates have travelled the thousands of miles spanning tip-to-tip of the country but only a few have just about shown promise for the tasks at hand. Oh no,no,no... Much to my dismay, I fear popularity might just sway votes around.
However lowly the seat or small the role to be filled, I will be voting for leaders who will be my voice in the senate, my casting hand in the congressional house and my visionary for the future. One who will fight for my and my fellow countrymen's right to human life. I don't want any more empty promises, inaction and stale breaths.
With merely one and a half day before casting my ballot, I raise all hope to whoever will get elected by the people. May you all be true champions and servants of the people who placed you in your seat.
LakbaySining - J.F.Lacaba #1
May 09, 2007
May 08, 2007
Just a few minutes before boarding our flight back to manila, i got a text message from another friend asking me to accompany her that afternoon. i slept about a couple of hours upon getting back to the staffhouse and then got ready for the afternoon. i was once again reunited with three other sis. we talked about old times and ate our baon of lotsa pizza at the minute burger stand. thanks to the kindness of the tindera. buti pumayag! bumili na lang kami ng mountain dew, hehe... sayang, i wasn't able to see my other godchild (Cath's daughter). she was still enjoying her afternoon nap then.
a pose at friend Cath's bookshop (from left: Arlene, me, Cath & Joan).
last friday was the 10th birthday of my first ever godchild, Malynn. my, my, how fast time flies! received invites from Marvz and Jing so i dashed out there right after work and managed to watch Malynn (together with siblings Neo and Mikki) give alay (flower offerings) at the church. Anna and Louie were also there with their kids Kyla and Robby. Kyla is also my inaanak. grabe, mayaman ako sa inaanak ha!
my one other precious inaanak, niece Nicole arrived this morning from her vacation at the province. she looks so much like me now. nangitim nang todo sa pagbibilad sa araw at kaka-swim. but of course, mum's the word. she doesn't like being told she's dark-skinned. nasa denial stage pa kaya sige pagbigyan. she came with my younger bro Esmond who forgot to drop off my lechon, cheding's and pinakurat from Iligan. huh, mukhang may balak ipangpulutan ang padala ni mommy for me. just he wait till he hears from our big bro. hehe, lagot ang cellphone niya, ha! i was able to talk to my mom and dad and thanked them for all the trouble. naku, panahon na naman ng bayaran ng tuition....
i attended the How to be Truly Rich seminar by Bo Sanchez last saturday. hmm, kailangan ko ng malaking paradigm shift on my money comfort zone. went to the Feast yesterday at The Arena. and shared a few minutes of heartfelt talk with my sis-in-law and got some tips on living life the best way we know how. realized that dreams need not be put aside. but friends and family will continue to keep me standing strong against any or all of life's surprises.
my friends and my family, they are God's most precious gifts to me in this not so ordinary life.