Ang Mabuhay in this World

Fusion Poetry….

(here’s one sa mga mahilig mag-slang kung mag-Tagalog)

 

Ang Mabuhay in this World

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

Ang mundo is not really full of roses

Not every moment is with happiness

Makulimlim din minsan ang paligid

Nagbabadya ng lungkot nitong bahid.

 

Maganda na sana noong unang time

When paradise was there yet…sublime

But, mahina si Adan, bumigay kay Eve –

Pinalayas tuloy, napatira sa mga yungib!

 

“Maghirap upang mabuhay” was the sumpa

Nakatatak sa dugo, one painful na pamana

Kasalanang tinubos naman by  Christ Jesus

When on Mt. Calvary, he died on the cross!

 

As we live in this slowly dying world, tiis lang

Not only humans suffer, marami ding nilalang

Nandiyan also ang mga trees, fishes, at hayop

Lahat tayong mga nilalang, hirap, nagdarahop.

 

Walang magandang gawin but to say, “salamat”-

Salitang ulit-ulitin mang ilang beses ay ‘di sapat

Hintayin lang our last moment sa planetang ito

And, where we’ll go, depends sa ating pagkatao!

Ode to Mother Earth

Ode to Mother Earth

by Apolinario Villalobos

 

Looking back when time began

God said the words

Giving life to all

That He desired,

The endless expanse of the void

Was filled with motley specks

That moved with harmony –

A prodigious task

Of the Almighty.

 

A tiny dot in the universe

Mother Earth throbbed with life

As God made her a living sphere

Covered with green and blue

All part of God’s grandiose plan

Done in a few days of divine toil,

Though, He rested finally,

Being satisfied at last

On the seventh day.

 

Out of a handful dust from her womb

God made Adam, by such name he was called

And with God’s breathe of life

What was once a lump with limbs

Has become like Him in image

And let to roam the Garden of Eden.

But then, loneliness soon had its toll

Which when God has perceived –

From Adam’s rib, He made Eve.

 

Alas! Mother Earth now nurtured

Not only lesser creatures

But the pair that God made

In His own image;

A paradise, Eden was supposed to be

But to it, a serpent found its way

Tempting Eve to have a taste of ecstasy

And, no sooner than she did have a bite

She made Adam commit the same apostasy!

 

The blunder made by Adam and Eve

Instigated the misery of Mother Earth

As they opened the floodgate of afflictions

That soon blemished her once pristine face;

Greed and selfishness, for long led lives –

Cain putting to death his own brother Abel

And many others whose names are written

On the sacred pages of the age-old Book

And all it needs is for us is to take a serious look.

 

And it is so sad,

As warnings that Mother Earth belched

In her effort to wake man up with a jolt

Did not budge him even just a bit…

 

 

Ang Mundo, Tao, at Diyos

ANG MUNDO, TAO, AT DIYOS

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Babala:  Ang blog na ito ay para lamang sa mga naniniwalang may Diyos…

 

Ang mga bagay sa ating paligid, pati na ang tao, at ang maayos na pamumuhay ng lahat ang patunay na may Diyos….yan ang paniniwala ko na hindi pwedeng kontrahin ng iba. Hindi naging “aksidente” o basta na lang nagkaroon ng mga bagay, may buhay man o wala sa kalawakang ginagawalan ng mundo, na ginagalawan naman ng tao. Hindi aksidente ang pagkaroon ng kabuluhan ang lahat ng bagay na umangkop sa pangangailangan ng mga hayop, halaman, at taong nagkaroon ng mga ito.

 

Halimbawa sa tao: ang buhok sa ulo ay pangharang sa init ng araw; ang kilay ay pangharang sa tutulong pawis upang hindi dumiretso sa mata; ang ilong ay para sa paghinga at ang mga balahibo sa loob nito ay pangharang sa dumi upang hindi pumasok habang humihinga ang tao; ang labi ay pangtakip ng bunganga upang hindi pasukin ng langaw o lamok at iba pang kulisap; ang ngipin ay pang-nguya ng kakainin; ang palaypay ng tenga ay pang-ipon ng tunog upang dumiretso sa butas, kaya para itong “bulsa”; ang mga kamay ay panghawak at panuntok, samantalang ang mga paa ay panglakad naman at pangsipa; ang buhok sa kili-kili ay proteksyon upang hindi magkaroon ng friction at magdikit ang balat ng braso at tagiliran sa bahaging yon, etc.

 

Ang iba’t ibang lahi at uri ng mga hayop at halaman ay may kanya-kanyang magkakaparehong katangian, at hindi pwedeng sabihing nagkataon lang ang pagkakapareho nila. Kung sasabihing “nagkataon” lang, pwedeng may ipapanganak na Amerikano ang isang nanay na Pilipino (pwera dito ang “albino” na naging puti lang ang balat)…o di kaya ay maaaring magkaanak ang elepante ng tigre.

 

Noong panahon ni Noah, nagkaroon ng malawakang baha na ayon sa Bibliya ay paraan upang mawala ang masasamang lahi sa mundo. Ang hindi lang naitala sa Bibliya ay ang iba pang mga kalamidad na tumama sa mundo upang mabawasan ang dami ng mga may buhay, at tuloy ay magkaroon ng balanse ang dami ng may buhay at pagkaing makukuha o available nang panahong yon. Kung nagawa ng Diyos na magpabaha, ay kaya rin niyang gumamit ng iba pang paraan upang mamintina ang kaayusan at balanse sa mundo.

 

Sa palagay ko, kaya binigyan ng Diyos ng “free will” ang tao, ay upang ito na ang gumawa ng paraan sa pagkontrol ng balanse sa mundo, nang lingid sa kanyang kaalaman. Dahil sa “free will”, ang tao ay nagkaroon ng ugaling pagkagahaman, kriminal, kabaitan, pagiging maka-Diyos, at iba pa. Dinagdag sa “free will” ang dunong o karunungan dahil ito ang ginamit ng tao upang gumawa ng mga kagamitang pamuksa sa kapwa-tao sa pamamagitan ng digmaan, terorismo at iba pa, na ang resulta ay paghihirap at kagutuman. Ang mga patayang nangyayari sa mundo ay nakatulong upang mabawasan ang dami ng tao, dahil kung hindi nagkaroon ng mga digmaan at kung asahan lang ang mga kalamidad, noon pa lang ay maaaring umapaw na ang sangkatauhan sa mundo!

 

Lahat ng tao at hayop, pati mga halaman ay may mga sakit na nananalaytay sa kanilang mga ugat (tao at hayop) at hibla (halaman). Ang dunong na ibinigay sa tao ang siyang gumagawa ng paraan kung paanong mapigilan ang “paglabas” ng mga sakit, sa pamamagitan ng pag-imbento ng mga gamot at ibang kaalaman tulad ng pag-opera. Subalit dahil sa kapabayaan ng tao, hindi niya nakontrol ang sarili upang magpakasasa sa pagkain at bisyo. Dahil diyan naglabasan ang mga sakit na ulcer, kanser, diabetes, high blood, high cholesterol, etc. Hindi nagamit ng maayos ang “free will” kaya naghihirap ngayon ang sangkatauhan dahil sa iba’t ibang sakit….masarap kasing humitit ng sigarilyo at marijuana, suminghot ng cocaine at shabu, lumaklak nang walang patumangga ng alak, lumamon ng maski pagkaing sinabi nang bawal, pagpuyat, etc.

 

Ang mga kalamidad tulad ng bagyo at baha ay resulta ng pagkagahaman ng tao na sumira sa kalikasan, kaya hindi dapat isisi sa Diyos kung bakit madalas na nagkakaroon ng mga ito.  Samantala, ang pagsisisi naman ng tao ay palaging nasa huli na….

 

On Extra-Terrestials, Man’s Evolution, His Toxic Food and Self-Destructive Habits

On Extra-Terrestials, Man’s Evolution,

His Toxic Food and Self-Destructive Habits

By Apolinario Villalobos

I believe that man went through evolution to become what he is now, but via genetic manipulation by the ET’s who came to earth thousands of years ago, and not through the “natural” process as Charles Darwin alleged. When before, scientists were skeptical and avoided discussion about the issue, today, they are more than open and willing, even going to the extent of bringing out to light long-kept dissertations and clippings. Even the Vatican has dipped her finger into the issue, as there are sketches and paintings with religious themes, and with landscapes that include controversial spherical objects hovering in the background. Some painted Nativity scenes are depicted with UFOs as the source of the light illuminating the manger, instead of a star. Even the “angels” whose ability to fly is symbolized by feathered wings are now presumed as ET spacemen equipped with flying gear.

Images from the past in the form of sculptures, paintings, and embossed renditions used “symbols” to indicate different qualities of leaders and gods, represented by animals, such as lion, leopard, cat, dog, eagle, bull, etc. These representations were made by early earthlings, who were artistically skilled but limited in scientific knowledge. The symbols, then, literally manifested the physical characteristics of gods being presented without the need for text in any form.  Along this line, the bull horns and lion have been, since the early time, used to represent power and strength, that is why, most gods are shown wearing headgear with horns, or whose head is that of a lion. These images purportedly represent visiting ETs.

Different ET’s that may have landed on different regions of the earth, could have “developed” their “own people” out of the upright walking creatures that they found, particularly the apes. This process could have involved the use of their (ET) own genes to modify or improve the earthlings’ characteristics. For doing this, the ETs may have selfish motives. It should be noted that apes are not just of a single kind, and their characteristics depend on the region where they thrive. The gene modification could have resulted then, to early earthlings with different characteristics depending on their region, and which have manifested in the color of their skin, height, shape of the face, kind of hair, etc. In the Old Testament of the Bible, there are mentions about races or tribes that suddenly appear from nowhere.  I thought of this because different races in the Bible kept on insisting about the power of “their own” god ….a recognition that they give to the power of their “creator”.

Each race even had a name of its own god. This is how I reconciled the differences of races that are populating different regions of the earth, such as the blacks in Africa, the white-skinned and blond-haired in the western and northern hemispheres, the chinky-eyed with white skin in the east, and the slightly to dark brown, short people in the south, and southeast. Obviously, they did not evolve from fish, lizards, etc that Charles Darwin had insisted in his theory of “natural” evolution, more so from apes, otherwise, today there should already be hairless, pretty and handsome apes with curly or straight hair, black or blond hair,  broad or aquiline nose, or walking fish and lizards. On the contrary, the apes of the thousand years ago are still the same apes that we find today.

In laboratories today, gene modification, cloning, and organ transplant are being done, as if scientists are dissecting frogs…meaning, the three mentioned processes are being done with ease because of modern medical technology. Where did such knowledge and ability come from? Of course, not from the early earthlings!  It is a big question that the religious and the overly skeptics still hate to hear. But for sure, they did not come from apes!

The health-conscious of today are against the scientific process of gene modification when applied to vegetables, grains, and fruits. They forgot however, that the modern fruits and grains are the result of this process to make them juicier, seedless, soft, sweeter, etc. The corn that we know today did not come in cobs, thousands of years ago. The corn of long ago had grains, instead of the big and chewable kernel. Corn is among those mentioned as food in the Bible, but they did not come in cobs, that is why nothing can be found in the Bible about “roasting of corn cobs”, but “baking of corn grits”, when what they meant actually were “corn grains”.

Other grains that were supposed to have originated in a region, somewhere in Turkey, were developed to improve their size, and even rice originally grew in swamps not on land. It should be noted that Turkey is among the regions purportedly used by the ETs as their landing ports, according to myths in the Bible.  In some regions of America, wild rice is still being harvested from swamps. Today, there is an effort to make rice resistant to floods, short of saying that it is being returned it to its former watery habitat.

Cross-breeding is one way of altering the genes of plants and animals, and this process still fall under the process of gene modification. There are many other genetically modified organisms (GMO) that are discreetly introduced. Lately, however, just because scientists would like to make vegetables last long and resistant to pest, health-conscious groups, are overreacting by  declaring them dangerous as they could alter the “characteristics” of man, and worse, even as unhealthy. When did man start living healthily, anyway, when all these claims for healthy living are full of deception?

These western groups are the ones that flood the social media with the contra-indications of natural substances and drugs. They feed the internet with information about fruits that should not be eaten together with certain meat or fish. They even come out with “findings” about certain fish not fit for consumption, such as tilapia because of the level of toxic substance in its meat, when practically all fish that thrive in the oceans have high toxin level, especially those in the European waters that have become dumping ground of toxic materials.  Why single out tilapia? Because of their allegations, all fishes should better be banned as they are poisonous!

These groups promote “organic food” – vegetables, fruits and meat that are not supposedly fertilized and fed with the harmful synthetic chemicals, but they forgot that the air is replete with toxin. In other words, the “organic food” that these groups allege to be safe are still contaminated due to the toxin from the atmosphere that they absorb since the first day of their growth.

Ironically, man continues to fill the air, the oceans, lakes and streams with the sediments of modern technology that he invented to be used for his survival….an unconscious(?) self-destruction. No food in its “pure” state can be found anywhere on earth. The quantity of toxin, though, that is taken in by man, depends on the region where he lives, thus, determines the length of his stay on earth….of course, with special consideration to available modern medical technology. In this regard, the third-world countries that have become the “catch basins” of these toxins, but without modern medical facilities are at the mercy of the highly progressive nations due to their factories that spew toxins in various forms …while their people enjoy the protection of their modern medical facilities.

This blog is not meant to destroy the faith in God. I believe that the universality of God is such that whatever faith we have in Him, could have just been passed on to us by the “better kind” of visiting ETs thousands of years ago. And, as regards the issue on creation, the ETs could also be the creations of God and who just delved in science to modify other creatures to suit their needs, hence, the evolution of the earthlings from the modified ape. This is what the highly intelligent earthlings are doing today…modifying creations to improve their “quality” and maximize their usability. So, why make the issues on UFOs, ETs, God, Creation, and Man very complicated that just result to unnecessary confusion? Are the religious and scientific authorities hiding information from the rest of the earthlings….though, may be divulged at the most appropriate time?

Ang Pagmamalasakit ay Hindi Lang Dapat Para sa Tao

Ang Pagmamalasakit

ay Hindi Lang Dapat Para sa Tao

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

Ang sabi ni Francis, ang santo papa ng mga Katoliko, dapat magmalasakit ang tao sa kanyang kapwa….maging compassionate. Sa opinion ko naman, hindi lang sa kanyang kapwa dapat magmalasakit ang isang tao. Lahat ng nilalang ng Diyos na may buhay, kahit nga ang mga walang buhay tulad ng kalupaan, kabundukan, karagatan, at mga ilog ay dapat pagmalasikatan. Kung ang may buhay ang pag-uusapan, dapat kasama ang mga halaman at mga hayop na malaking bahagi na ng buhay ng tao. Samantala, ang mga hayop na sinasabing nananakit o mababangis ay hindi papalag kung hindi sila pinapakialaman ng tao.

May mga taong mahilig mag-alaga ng mga “laruang” hayop o pet, lalo na yong may lahi,  hindi lang upang makaaliw sa kanila kundi upang maging palamuti din sa bahay. At, dahil mamahalin, ginagamit din silang palatandaan ng karangyaan ng isang tao. Nagagamit na rin sila ngayon bilang therapies o pampagaling ng sakit, lalo na ang mga psychological. Sa mga taong talagang taos sa puso ang pag-alaga, okey ito. Ang hindi tama ay ang ginagawa ng mga taong nanggagaya lamang dahil sa inggit sa ibang meron ng mga ito. Bibili sila ng mga nabanggit, subalit dahil likas na walang hilig talaga, ay napapabayaan kaya nagkakasakit hanggang mamatay.

Ang kapalaran ng mga halamang pampalamuti ay hindi nalalayo sa nabanggit na mga hayop na binili ng mga naiinggit sa kapitbahay, kaya napabayaan hanggang mamatay. May mga tao kasing dahil naiinggit sa malagong halamanan ng kapitbahay ay nagtatanim din ng mga ito sa bakuran upang mapantayan o malampasan pa ang nakikita sa kapitbahay. Subalit dahil wala rin talagang hilig sa tanim kundi naiinggit lang, ni hindi nila pinapansin ang mga halamang nagkakandalanta dahil hindi nila nadidiligan.

Ang mga kahayupan sa gubat at kalawakan ay ginagamit na target ng mga mangangaso, pampalipas ng oras lang nila, kaya maraming endangered species ang nawala na talaga. Bandang huli ay nagtuturuan ang mga NGO at pamahalaan kung saan nagkaroon ng diperensiya sa pagpapatupad ng alituntunin.

Ang ibang mga nature lovers kuno, tulad ng mga scuba divers, snorkelers, trekkers at mountaineers ay nagmamalaking mahal nila ang kalikasan. Subalit kung umakyat ng bundok ay nag-iiwan ng basura nila sa camping sites. Hindi man lang nila naisip na magbaon ng trash bags upang lagyan ng basura upang mahakot pagbaba nila, kaya maraming kabundukan sa Pilipinas, na ang mga trails ay maraming candy at biscuit wrappers, aluminum cans ng softdrinks, upos ng sigarilyo, satchet ng instant noodle, sanitary napkin at toilet paper. Ilang taon na ang nakalipas, ang Mt. Everest ay isinara ng kung ilang linggo upang malinisan ang mga trails at camping sites sa kapatagan hanggang sa tuktok na tinambakan ng mga empty oxygen canisters, mga bote, at iba pang klase ng basura.

Ang mga dalampasigan o beaches, tulad ng mga kabundukan ay nasasalaula din ng mga burarang nature lovers kuno at mga negosyante. Ang isang halimbawa ay isla ng Boracay na puno ng mga naglalakihang resorts at hotels na ang septic tanks ay tumatagas sa dagat kaya tinutubuan na ng mga lumot ang ilang dalampasigan, tanda ng pagkakaroon ng mikrobyo sa tubig-dagat. Hindi sapat ang sinasabing paghakot ng basura at sinipsip na dumi mula sa septic tanks at dinadala sa Caticlan, na ginagawa ng gobyernong lokal, dahil hindi naman perpektong nakakalinis ang mga ganitong mga paraan.

Ang mga bundok ay kinakalbo ng mga illegal loggers na ang iba ay mga gahamang opisyal ng gobyerno at ang iba naman ay dummy ng mga foreign financiers. Animo ay minamasaker nila ang mga kabundukan. Kaya tuwing tag-ulan, ang rumaragasang tubig mula sa kabundukan na nagdudulot ng baha sa kapatagan ay kulay brown o pula, na ibig sabihin, mga lupa silang hindi na napoproteksiyunan ng mga ugat ng mga kahoy o mga damo man lang. May mga yumamang iilan, subalit ang nagdusa ay libo-libong mahirap na mamamayan, at ang masakit pa, ay mga dayo ang yumaman!

Ang mga bigtime na mangingisda ay gumagamit ng makabagong mga instrumento na kumakayod sa sahig ng karagatan, kaya lahat ng madaanan ay tangay – mga korales na kung ilang milyong taon na ang gulang, mga maliliit na isda, at mga inahing isda na dapat ay mangingitlog pa lang.  Ang ilan pa ay gumagamit ng lason at dinamita, at itong mga tao ang may gana pang magtaka kung bakit nauubos ang mga isda malapit sa dalampisagan kaya wala na silang mahuli!

Ang tao pa rin, sa kagustuhang umasenso agad ay gumagamit ng makabagong teknolohiya para sa mga pagawaan. Gagamit ng langis upang magpaandar ng mga makina, at ang latak ay tinatapon sa ilog na dumadaloy hanggang sa dagat o lawa. Ganoon din ang mga nagmimina na ang latak ng kemikal na ginagamit sa paglinis ng namimina ay iniimbak sa mga reservoir subalit ang katatagan ay hindi mapagkatiwalaan, kaya pagdating ng panahon ay tumatagas rin kaya sinisipsip ng lupa na ang resulta ay pagkalason ng mga nakapaligid na bukal. Kung ipampaligo ang tubig mula sa mga ito, sakit sa balat ang dulot, lalo na kung gamitin sa pagluto na ang dulot ay tiyak namang kamatayan. Sa isang banda, ang usok mula sa mga pagawaan ay pumupunit sa kalawakan na dapat ay humahadlang sa tindi ng init ng araw na tumatama sa mundo.

Pagkagahaman at kawalan ng pagmamalasakit ang dahilan ng lahat ng mga nabanggit, at kakambal na yata ng tao. Walang mangyayari sa panandaliang pagsasantu-santohan upang makapagpakita ng pagmamalasakit dahil sinabi ng santo papa. Kailangan nating maging consistent o tuluy-tuloy sa pagpapakita ng malasakit. Paanong maisasakatuparan ito kung ang maayos na pagtapon nga lang ng basura mula sa bahay ay hindi nagagawa kaya naaanod sa mga ilog, dagat, at estero? Kaylan tayo magbabago?

My dear, little ones…

My dear, little ones…

by Apolinario Villalobos

It pains me to see how the world

Crumbles under the weight of greed

How life buckles with the pain of despair

I am so sad that what will be left for all of you

Will be a world shrouded with the bleak sorrow.

Gone will all the birds be, that fly

Grass and flowers in the meadows

Fish in the oceans, rivers, and creeks

The butterflies and bees that seek nectar

And, so will the wind…stilled by the dire war.

All those are due to man’s greed

So ravenous are his appalling desires

But let’s not lose hope…pray, pray, pray

As the kindly Lord, to us, may again take pity

That tomorrow’s world, be blessed with His mercy!

There is no Permanent Status in the World

There is no Permanent Status in this World

By Apolinario Villalobos

Good or bad fortune is not the same for all men. Some are born rich, while some are born poor. In some cases, some who were born rich become poor due to extravagance and negative circumstances beyond their control. On the other hand, some who were born poor have become rich by dint of hard work and frugality, still some, by virtue of “resourcefulness”, especially, those who entered politics.

Nobody wants to suffer from poverty. It is just that some people have a very low level of satisfaction that what appears to some people as poverty, is to the former, already a satisfactory life. Meanwhile, other aspects of life such as poverty and satisfaction have different degrees and rungs.

There is one thing, however, that most of us already know, as an important factor that can affect life – exploitation of the weak by the strong. Since time immemorial, this has been going on. For the lesser creatures, it is just for mere survival, as in the case of the animals in the jungle that kill for food. But for the civilized man, the ultimate reason is subjugation of the weak.

Nevertheless, as man by nature, is a struggling creature, along the way, there could be a reversal of fortune. Along the corridor of time, the vanquished sometimes become the victor and vice versa. There are also cases wherein dominating rich families encounter financial catastrophe and find themselves without a single centavo. Also, countries that used to be prosperous suddenly become impoverished due to badly managed national coffer and topsy-turvy financial system resulting from corruption.

Back to man, there are stories about rags-to-riches success. One is about Nora Aunor, touted as the “Filipina with a Golden Voice”, who as a teen-age girl, sold cold drinking water in a train station in Naga City. Another successful show business personality is German Moreno, the comedian turned broadcaster who used to be a cigarette vendor and janitor at Grand Opera House. There is also the story of Vice-President Binay who used to augment their family income by raising hogs in their backyard…but, now – just looking great with “hard and wisely-earned” money! Another story is about a guy, a former neighbor, who was the janitor-messenger of their office, but due to his business acumen and right connections, amassed millions from his real estate ventures. I am not saying here, that all ventures to earn riches are done the “right way”.

As for the downfall of the once great men, there are a lot of stories that can be told. One is that of the former Shah of Iran, who although, not very impoverished, is said to have no permanent residence today. A former Filipino world champion boxer, suddenly found himself without friends and money after squandering painfully- earned dollars. He is said to be begging in the wet market of General Santos City today. Many Filipino movie actors and actresses who used to be famous, failed to invest their talent fee and died paupers, while some are languishing with terminal diseases, surviving on daily financial dole-out from friends for their medicine.

The world is replete with success and downfall stories, giving substance to the adage: “what goes up, must come down”. These are lessons that should be learned as they are written in books or told, but only few are taking note, for as what a line in the song, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” says: “when will we ever learn?…yes, when will we ever learn?”.

The very positive-minded have the answer: “que sera sera…whatever will be, will be”…which may be okay, for as long as no regret will be felt at the end!…and for as long as they do not blame others and God!

We should not forget that “regrets always come at the end”….

Man’s Inhumanity to Man

Man’s Inhumanity to Man

By Apolinario Villalobos

In the Old Testament, it says that despite Moses’ plea, the king of Edom refused passage to the band of Israelites through Kadesh in the course of their wandering in the desert (Numbers, Chapter 20). History is repeating itself, as lately, some European countries refuse passage to refugees/immigrants on their way to countries that are willing to give them refuge. Some parties are even questioning their status whether refugees or immigrants. Will that matter, especially, as lives are at stake? The two mentioned cases are just classic example of man’s inhumanity to man today!

No question about it…greed is the root cause of all the inhumanities that have taken place in the days of the old and still are happening on earth at this very moment. Such desire is what can be found beyond the line of satisfaction. Survival should have been enough to spell satisfaction, but the hideous side of man most often brings out greed which is oftentimes masked with compassion.

When Spain embarked on a spree of colonization, in which the Philippines was not spared, she brought forth “religion” as the reason – to spread Christianity, in particular, Catholicism. As soon as the cross was firmly planted, the sword followed. In the course of their “spiritual effort”, centuries-old cultures of natives have been replaced with Catholicism which even during that time was already facing insurmountable questions that resulted to schism or division. Opposing natives who refused to give in were systematically eradicated in the name of “God”, when what the missionaries presented to the natives were also paganistic rituals, only using statues with different faces.

When the Americans took over the stranglehold of the Philippines, the same fervor of masked compassion was shown, but this time, democracy was used followed by evangelization of Protestant missionaries. The “assimilation” had a high price as what happened during the time of the Spaniards – death to the defiant natives.

Practically, the whole face of the planet is not only pockmarked with inhumanity, but is practically, denuded by its many forms foremost of which are exploitation and corruption. It has come to a point that survival of the fittest has become the norm of life again, despite his having been “civilized”.

In the African continent, the prevailing force, ISIS, are razing down archaeological landmarks that have been painstakingly preserved as manifestations of man’s intellectual superiority. Villages of the weak suffer the same fate as human occupants and fragile homes are devastated without mercy. Refugees who trek over mountains or brave the ocean squalls are refused passage to friendly countries. And, in Asia, greed of a once dormant country, China, has systematically jumbled the once tranquil setting with its garrulous territorial claims.

For all these injustices, who will pass the judgment? On earth, the man-made United Nations seems helpless and inutile. Man is then, left with nothing else, but the Ultimate Judge whose verdict may, yet to come…

Better are…

Better are …
By Apolinario Villalobos

Better are those born of a simple family
For later, they shall not wallow in sinful luxury.

Better are those who grew up on simple gruel
For later, they shall not despise a meatless meal.

Better are those who grow clothed in simple trappings
For later, they shall not be desirous of worldly things.

Better are those whose wants are simple
For later, they shall not unnecessarily crave for more.

Better are those who earn by dints of hard work and honesty
For later, they are assured of unquestionable integrity.

Better are those who are not exposed to the frivolous city life
For later, they will not be swayed by even just a simple strife.

Better are those who pray to God with private sincerity
For theirs is a voice, pure and not tinted with hypocrisy.

Better are those who give with honest intention
For they do not expect anything in return.

Better are the couples who don’t flaunt their love for each other
For they know that they need not be ostentatious, if they are sincere.

Better are those who readily admit their faults and failure
For they know that doing so, lessons are learned for the future.

Better are those whose love for God is not defined by cults or religions
For they know that God’s infinity is boundless as shown by his creations.

Better are those whose love to others is unconditional
For they know that they can only be just as such –
Giving enough of what they have, and not so much.

Mabuti pa noong unang panahon….

Mabuti Pa Noong Unang Panahon
Ni Apolinario Villalobos

Mabuti pa noong unang panahon
Mga ninuno nating tadtad man ng tattoo
Nagnganganga, nakabahag…walang siphayo.

Mabuti pa noong unang panahon
Payak ang takbo ng isip, walang pag-iimbot
Na sa pangangamkam ng ibang lupa’y umaabot.

Mabuti pa noong unang panahon
Magkakatabing mga bayan ay nagtutulungan
Sa pangangailangan ng iba’y malugod ang bigayan.

Mabuti pa noong unang panahon
Ang mga bundok ay nababalot ng kagubatan
Masaya pati mga ibong nagliliparan sa kalawakan.

Mabuti pa noong unang panahon
Ginto’t pilak, ‘di pinapansin, walang gahaman
‘Di tulad ngayon, pamantayan ng buhay ay yaman.

Mabuti pa noong unang panahon
Kung magdasal sila ay diretso sa Amang Poon
‘Di tulad ngayon, tao’y kaaanib ng iba’t ibang kampon.

Mabuti pa noong unang panahon
Pagtiwala sa kapwa ay di basta-basta nasisira
‘Di tulad ngayon, dangal ay kayang lusawin ng pera.

Mabuti pa noong unang panahon
Sa malawak na gubat, may pagkaing makukuha
‘Di tulad ngayon, mga bundok at pastulan, kalbo na.

Mabuti pa noong unang panahon
Masarap samyuhin ang hanging sariwa, malinis
‘Di tulad ngayon, amoy nito, animo’y pagkaing panis.

Mabuti pa noong unang panahon
Tubig na iniinom, sa ilog ay maaari nang salukin
‘Di tulad ngayon, naka-bote lang ang dapat inumin.