Taghoy ng Sangkatauhan at Inang Kalikasan

Taghoy ng Sangkatauhan at Inang Kalikasan

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

Noon, ang bigas kung bilhin, gatang ang sukatan

Ang sampung pisong dala, sangkaterba ang katumbas

Umaapaw sa dalang bayong- isda, gulay at panghimagas

Mayroon pang kapirasong karne ng baboy, o baka, o manok

Kaya sa mga tao, reklamo’y walang marinig, kahit na himutok.

Ngayon, ang isang libong pisong bitbit kung mamili

Hindi kailangan ang bayong, basta may maliit na supot –

Kasya na ang mga napamiling tingi-tingi, mga kakarampot

Sa palengke lang yan, dahil kung sa isang grocery ka pupunta

Sa halagang isang libo, ang mailalagay sa supot- nakakamangha!

Noon, mga pulis, sa pananamit pa lang ay bibilib ka na

Komportable’t maayos ang sukat, di parang suman sa ibus

Kaya sa habulan at bakbakan ay nakakaarangkada ng maayos

Di rin katatakutan sa gabi kung masasalubong kahit na sa dilim

Ngayon, may mga sangkot sa hulidap at pangongotong – mga sakim!

Noon ang mga kabataa’y ubod ng sipag, bait, at galang

Kusang nagmamano sa matatanda, namumupo, hindi suwail

Takot sa karahasan, ayaw humawak ng punyal o kahit na baril

Walang bisyong sigarilyo, alak, di babad sa kung saan-saang sulok

Di tulad ngayon, umaalagwa sa bisyo, umaalingasaw sa ugaling bulok!

Noon, kapita-pitagan ang mga mambabatas, sila ay tapat

Malinis ang kanilang hangarin, listo sa pagtupad ng tungkulin

Kagalang-galang sila kaya ang pagdudahan sila, hindi mo iisipin

Di tulad ngayon, pabantutan sila, pahabaan din ng buntot at sungay

Sa kademunyuhang ginagawa sa bayang walang tigil, walang humpay!

Noon, karagatan ay hitik sa buhay, bahid ng dumi ay wala

Mga isda ay malusog, mga laman ay walang lason na kemikal

Mga lasong itinapon ng mga balasubas na tao, at ugali ay hangal

Walang patumanggang itinapon ay mga isinuka ng mga pagawaan

Walang pakialam, hindi alintana ang resulta ng kanilang kapangahasan!

Noon, ang hangin ay mahalimuyak, masarap pang langhapin

Lalamunan ay di masasamid sa usbong ng langis at mga basura

Walang nakakasulasok na amoy na nakakapanghina at nakakasuka

Ang mga ibong at ibang mga nilalang ng malawak na kahanginan

Nanghihina, namamatay, tulad din ng taong nalulunod sa kadugyutan!

Noon, ang ilog ay buhay na buhay sa bulasaw ng mga isda

Mala-kristal ang kulay, ginhawa’y bigay sa lalamunan na uhaw

Kaginhawahan ang dulot sa mga inosenteng batang nagtatampisaw

Ang mga batis ay kaaya-ayang pagmasdan, sa mga naglalabang dilag

Subalit ngayon, kulay kalawang na dumadaloy ay may halong kamandag!

Noon, ang mga tao ay di pumapalya sa pagtitika, pagdadasal

Takot sa Panginoon ang umiiral sa pusong tinitibok ay pag-ibig

Balot din kapayapaan ang animo ay paraiso at luntian nating daigdig

Subalit ngayon, saan man pumaling at tumanaw, kita’y mga pagdurusa

Mga pasakit yata’y sumpa ng Poon sa sangkatauhang nakalimot sa kanya!

Plundering to the Max…only in the Philippines

Plundering to the Max

…only in the Philippines

By Apolinario Villalobos

With the recent bomb that exploded, that of the ill-gotten wealth of the Binays that consist a sprawling hacienda in Rosario, Batangas, exposed by the whistle blower, former Vice-Mayor of Makati, Ernesto Mercado, the reputation of the country’s ailing political system which is best with exploitation and corruption is further pushed down the bog of shame. The Binays, as usual, shouted “politics…!”

The whistle blower has been spontaneous in delivering his statements, without a single stutter of apprehension or doubt, having worked in the hacienda in 1992 onward as a farm hand or “boy”, until he became the Vice-Mayor of Makati. It purportedly started with a five-hectare farm for an experimental 50-head piggery, purchased out of his attorney’s fee. The people of Makati City should be seething with anger and regret for having given their trust and confidence to the Binay family who made use of big projects as fronts for their plundering. The controversial hacienda with air-conditioned piggery, vast orchidarium, man-made lagoon, garden copied from the royal garden of London, fighting cock hatchery, and hi-tech features, is connected to the mega-plundering in Makati, being the source of the fund for expansion and operation, according to Mercado. The unwritten rule for a successful plunder is …bigger project, bigger commission.

Senator Allan Cayetano detailed how the Binays moving heaven and earth to waylay trackers o their ill-gotten wealth by using dummy corporations that went through a series of purchase and transfers. The same incorporators and offices have the same business address in Makati. Also, some are partners in the law firm of Congresswoman Binay. Some corporation doesn’t even have a contact number, just a website, perhaps for show of ownership, as is always the case. One corporate member has been found to be living in a government housing project putting the question to the fore, on his affordability.

The Binays are trying their best to come up with big projects supposedly to maximize the “benefis” to be enjoyed by their unsuspecting constituents. That is the image that the father, the mother and the son are trying to show to the people of Makati and ….hopefully to the rest of the Filipinos. They are too keen in manifesting that, what they have done and still doing to “uplift” the lot of Makati constituents can also be done for the whole country…a good move, indeed, for a family that dreams of living in Malacaῆan Palace. In so doing, they sort of made it clear that the people of Makati owe them a lot, for their “benevolent” act. And, they want such “benevolence” spread throughout the country, with hope against hope, if Jejomar Binay makes it as President in 2016. So God forbids, the country is again facing another threat of widespread familial corruption!

The 350-hectare Binay hacienda in Batangas could just be a tip of the iceberg of corruption that has been floating in the midst of the Filipinos after the toppling of Ferdinand Marcos, who was hated for his dictatorship. Investigations should also be made to the unremitting denuding of forests due to illegal logging which is purportedly controlled by an aging politician now facing a plunder case, and the incessant mining that hideously pockmarks beachfronts and once abundant rice fields in the northern region of the country, behind which are government officials including those in the local units. Acquisitions of the other officials, especially, those with vast tract of “acquired” land in Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Quezon, Batangas, and Cavite should also be made.

The shameless plundering to the max happens only in the Philippines. Plundering has become the ardent, albeit, covert desire of every ambitious Filipino to join the scramble in the filthy political arena. They are sure, that a return to their financial investment during campaigns that now shamelessly involves vote buying, will more than quadruple halfway through their term. Such heartless and hideous act has become a good business in the country. Gone is the noble intention of humble politicians who made it through the arduous election, to serve the country and the people, as promised in their oath, while the palm of their left hand solemnly rests on the Bible, and their right hand with open palm, is raised with equal soberness…as they highlight such promise with a sincere… “so help me God…”.

Corruption in the country comes singly, committed by a lone member of the family…conjugally, committed by the husband and wife…also, familially, committed by the whole family!

Children of Dawn

Happy Children’s Month!

 

Children of Dawn

By Apolinario B Villalobos

I call them children of dawn

Oblivious to the cold

Who on the paved sidewalk

Are peacefully, sprawled.

With empty stomach

They stare at the wave

Of people who rush by,

Inhale the exhaust of cars

And bath in the dust

That the wind sweep to them,

Unmindful still of the heat

That the sun beams

As it reaches its zenith

Signaling the half-day cycle

Of Mother Earth.

Surviving on morsels

Found in garbage bins…

With glee, smiles at found

Unfinished sandwiches

Half- eaten breads

Half- rotten fruits,

Thankful for them

Just like the birds of the sky

And other creatures of the wild –

The fish in the vast oceans

Trees that on polluted air survive,

These children of dawn

Are luckier than most of us –

With innocently sparkling eyes

And simple, yet, virtuous desires!

Guimaras’ Must See Islands 🌴

The Bella Travelista 💋

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Day 2 of our Guimaras trip. We planned to do an island hopping before we go back to Iloilo.

We woke up very early in order to secure a boat. After breakfast, we headed to the reception area of Raymen’s beach resort but all their boats are already reserved. They just advised us to go to a booth in front of the resort and ask if any other boats  an still be rented. Luckily, they did however they made us wait for half an hour as the bangkeros were still sleeping.

What to do while waiting? Take pictures, of course! But I won’t upload those pics here. Anyways, that is what Facebook is for. Haha

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Finally, our boatmen arrived and off ee go to Island hopping. Picture muna before we leave syempre!

As we were going to our first island, we passed by to what the locals called as the…

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