LAMBAYONG (tula)

LAMBAYONG

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Sa tunog pa lang ng pangalan kung banggitin

Exotic na ang dating, mahiwaga pa kung isipin

Sinaunang bayan na saksi sa isang kasaysayan

Ng malawak na emperyo sa ka-Mindanawan.

 

Napapaligiran ng malawak, matabang lupain

At noon ay mga gubat, maaliwalas sa paningin

Sagana sa mga hayop, sa kalawaka’y mga ibon

Subalit nawala dahil sa pagbago ng panahon.

 

Nagkanlong ng mga dumayo mula sa Visayas

Na ang pagsisikap ay nag-iwan ng mga bakas

Nagsimula sa pusod ng minahal na Lambayong

Hanggang sa New Passi, barangay ng Tacurong.

 

Mula sa Midsayap tumagos sa kanya ay daan

Tungo sa Makar, pantalang malalim ng GenSan

Nang sa bayan ng Tacurong ito’y tumagos naman

Naging highway na ito at ipinangalan kay Alunan.

 

Nadugtong siya sa Buluan sa  bahagi ng Silangan

Tumagos sa Kipolot ang matalahib na mga daan

Umabot sa Sambolawan na  ngayon ay Quirino

Sentro ng masaganang kalakalan o mga negosyo.

 

Biniyayaan siya ng mga bukal ng matamis na tubig

Nagpapawi ng uhaw at sa kapaligiran ay nagdilig

Kaya’t masaganang ani ay hindi mapapasubalian

Mula sa mga nagluluntiang palayan sa kapaligiran.

 

Hindi lang mula sa kalikasan ang kanyang yaman

Pati na rin sa masisipag, mababait na mamamayan…

Lambayong, tungo sa kaunlara’y umaarangkada

Sa bilis ng pagsulong tila wala nang hahadlang pa!

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Unsolicited na mga Payo sa mga Nanalo sa Barangay Election

UNSOLICITED NA MGA PAYO SA MGA NANALO SA BARANGAY ELECTION

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Para sa mga nanalo na naman:

  • Kung nanalo kayo uli sa kabila ng kawalan ninyo ng ginawa, at dahil sa pagbili ng boto

dapat ay makonsiyensiya kayo nang sa ganoon ay magawa na ninyo ang nararapat dahil nabigyan uli kayo ng chance.

 

  • Huwag nang magnakaw sa kaban ng barangay upang hindi madagdagan ang mga ginawa ninyong kasalanan dahil mabubulgar din naman talaga ang inyong pagkabalasubas kaya habang buhay na masisira ang dangal at pangalan ng inyong angkan.

 

 

Para sa mga bagong nanalo:

 

  • Huwag maging “bara-bara” sa pagpapatupad ng mga ipinangako. May mga patakarang dapat sundin na galing sa iba’t ibang ahensiya g gobyerno tulad ng Commission on Audit, DILG at ang mga opisina ng mayor at ang konseho ng sangguniang bayan o panlunsod. Ang barangay ay nakapaloob sa isang bayan o lunsod kaya lahat ng mga kilos at desisyon ng Barangay administration para sa mga constituents ay dapat dumaan sa tamang proseso.

 

  • Huwag pairalin ang pagka-idealistic. Unang-una, imposible ito dahil sa mga sistemang umiiral. Hindi pwede na kung ano ang gusto ay masusunod para lang magpa-impress. Kung napapansing masama ang ginagawa ng mayor, saka ito salungatin para sa kapakanan ng mga constituents.

 

  • Huwag maging swapang sa credit. Kung ano ang magandang nagawa ng natalo na dating barangay chairman ay dapat i-maintain at kung ano ang hindi natapos dapat ay ipagpatuloy…..purihin din ang natalo dahil sa mga magagandang ginawa niya.

 

  • Sa pagpapatupad ng mga programa lalo na ang mgay mga kinalaman sa kalinisan at pagpaganda ng kapaligiran, palaging unahin ang karapatang pantao lalo na ang karapatang mamuhay nang tapat o honest kahit sa pagbenta sa bangketa…huwag silang bugawin na parang langaw.

 

  • Gawing batayan ang mga pagkakamali ng nakaraang administrasyon para sa gagawing mga pagbabago. Marami ang nangakong gawing malinis o maganda ang barangay…subalit dapat alalahaning may maaapektahang mga tao. Mag-ingat sa gagawing mga hakbang…huwag gumawa ng “short cut” tulad ng pagbubugaw sa mga iskwater o mga vendors na nasa tabi-tabi KUNG WALANG NAKAHANDANG MALILIPATAN NILA.

 

  • Alalahanin ang mga paninirang narinig mula sa mga kalaban ng natalo noong ito ay nakaupo pa…ITO AY MANGYAYARI RIN SA IYO BILANG BAGONG OPISYAL KUNG HINDI KA MAG-IINGAT. HIGIT SA LAHAT, HUWAG MAGING BINGI DAHIL SA NATAMONG KARANGALAN….MAKINIG SA MGA PAYO.

 

Hindi madali ang mamuno sa Pilipinas dahil sa malalim na pagkakaugat ng masamang kultura na may kinalaman sa eleksiyon tulad ng vote buying at karahasan na umaabot sa patayan. Kapag nasa puwesto na, ang dating mga malinis at may magandang layunin ay may pagkakataong mabahiran ng dumi dahil sa hindi pag-ingat o paninira ng mga kalabang ayaw tumanggap ng pagkatalo.

 

 

I LOVE YOU TACURONG! (poem in English, Tagalog, Hiligaynon and Cebuano)

I LOVE YOU TACURONG!

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Maskin ano pa ang ihambal nila

Indi gid nila ako mapasala kon sin-o ako

Kay diri sa Tacurong ako ginbata

Nga ginapadayaw ko gid sa iban nga tawo.

 

Nawala man ako ng ilang dekada

Lumingon pa rin ako sa mga nakaraan –

Mga araw na tigib ng saya’t ligaya

Talagang ‘di makakalimutan kaylan man.

 

I will not be what I am today

As I trace my roots to beloved Tacurong

For which more progress I pray

And praises that I could shout in a song!

 

Daghan pud ko ug gipangandoy

Bisan ug sa kalsada sige pud ko ug dulâ

Nangandoy ug maayong kinabuhi

Maningkamot, di gyud mangayo’g kalu-oy!

 

Ang pagsisikap ko ay nagbunga

Kaya sa maliit na paraan ay ibinabalik ko

Mga biyaya na aking natamasa

Pagtanaw ng utang loob na noo’y ipinangako!

 

Here I am, my beloved Tacurong

Indi ta gid tana pag-ikahuya maskin san-o

Dahil kung hindi sa iyong pagkanlong

Basi’g wâ gyu’y nahitabo sa akong pagkatawo!

 

I LOVE YOU TACURONG!

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Depressed…

Depressed…

By Raichi

 

I work hard to be free,

but still no one seems to appreciate me;

I know I’m okay, but i still feel awful.

I have peers and friends

many of them, I know they love you (me) ,

but it doesn’t feel like they do.

I’m doing something to make me feel better

but i just don’t know how to.

Man, I’m smiling,

but i wake up every day

with this weird feeling

stacking up problems

that are so unnecessary,

but i hope someday

I’ll wake up happy and merry…

I know this struggle’s gonna last

and i want to end it… fast.

 

Boracay…a case of abused tourism

BORACAY…a case of abused tourism

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

I was tempted to use the title, THE RAPE OF BORACAY”, but on second thought, I opted to use the subtle, “abuse”…

 

More than five decades ago, Boracay was a pristine island with sugary-white fine sands and littering the shores, were bleached to whiteness corals and sponges. The shores were sparsely dotted with lean-to shelters of fishermen. During the 70s, the puka and heshi shells were discovered by enterprising locals and made them into exotic bracelets and necklaces. Soon enough, its shores got pockmarked with diggings that were as deep as three feet down. The accessories and jewelries from the stringed shells were so much in great demand in Europe, that many villages as far as Tablas island of Romblon became engaged in this “cottage industry”. That was the time when I came to this part of the archipelago as a new recruit of Philippines….and I saw them all.

 

From where we stayed, Alcantara and later Looc, we would wait for calm seas under the full moon during which we would venture out to Boracay on pump boats, stopping for a short sojourn on the Carabao Island which was along the way.

 

Philippine Airlines through its Tours and Promotions Office was advocating some kind of a “backyard tourism” in which local residents were encouraged to accommodate incoming tourists in their homes or put up simply- furnished cottages preferably made of local materials, especially, bamboo. That was what we counseled the local officials of Aklan which has a jurisdiction over Boracay, every time we were invited during their tourism-related seminars. That was what the late Governor of Antique, Evelio Javier also advocated. He proudly guided me around Boracay despite my having told him that I had made previous visits to the island when I was assigned in Tablas station of Philippine Airlines.

 

A few years later, resorts that started with two or three cottages were built, followed by bigger structures, until in so short a time, the whole island literally got covered with modern accommodation facilities. Septic tanks leaked with the waste flowing to the sea encouraging the growth of algae. Prostitutions reached its peak as practically, the island throbbed with activities for 24 hours….drugs followed.

 

Where did the revenue of the touristic facilities, with some owned by foreign investors go?  Part of it of course found their way to the maintenance and wages. But does the remaining chunk, ever find its way to the local banks or are there any other investments in other parts of the province for tangible projects?…or siphoned to the investors’ banks in Manila and later diverted to their home country!

 

Practically, Boracay has been “raped” by investors as what happened to islands mined of their natural wealth such as black sands, copper, nickel, etc. The colonies of bacteria from the septic tanks that flowed into the shallow waters of Boracay shall be there forever…as manifested by the thick growth of algae washed to the shores every morning.

 

It took a guy with a firm resolve from a guy, Rodrigo Duterte to put a stop to the abuse of tourism that has destroyed Boracay. It is a shame that what he did could be done by local officials but they did not lift a finger….a big question that they, themselves, can answer!

The Ambivalent and Critical Political Atmosphere in the Philippines

The Ambivalent and Critical Political Atmosphere

In the Philippines

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

Politics is universally ambivalent and being such, nobody inside the political arena is a permanent ally and friend. In the Philippines, ambivalent politics is not just prevalent but literally, dirty. Proofs of these characteristics are turncoatism, vote buying with the use of drug money during elections, and slaying of opponents. A few of politicians who staunchly remain clean and idealistic pitifully lag behind during the election, while the rest of them who fortunately get elected, do not last long, as they are either murdered or become victims of image demolition scheme There are clear indications that the general desire of the dirty traditional politicians (trapos) to maintain their clout in the government at all cost is to recoup their expenses during the election, or simply stated, to amass a vast “return of investment” at the earliest possible time. There is a popular adage that says, “the shortest way to get rich is via politics”.

 

Currently, Duterte is a victim of the ambivalent dirty political system in the country. He got elected because Filipinos perceive in his person a “hope” that they have been wishing for, after the long decadence and downslide of the political system.  In his effort to merge with even the unfriendly elements aside from his political enemies, Duterte extended his hand to them. His effort seemed to have reaped success as peace talks have been undertaken with MILF, MNLF and NPA. Unfortunately, the NPA reneged from its promise to cooperate, proof that the said group is so splintered that its leadership has become inutile due to its inability to control their rank.

 

On the other hand, the relationship of Duterte with the MILF and MNLF seems stable despite the debacle at Marawi city which involved the initially taken-for-granted terroristic Maute Group. The Marawi debacle is the most acidic test of the Duterte administration as it has greatly affected the long-coveted federalization of the country. It has also diverted the attention of the Armed Forces of the Philippines from other urgent concerns.  The historic city and cultural seat of the Maranaos has impressed an ugly scar in the map of Mindanao that even the Islamic religious groups and elders have come out in the open to denounce the ruthless act of the Maute Group and their Christian recruits.

 

Meanwhile, politicians in Manila, have all eyes towards Duterte who is from Mindanao, not because they appreciate his effort, but because they view him as evil in his effort to suppress the drug menace. Many of them have not been to Mindanao, yet, they compete with the ageing Catholic bishops in filling the air with condemnations of the guy. That’s how it is with politics in the Philippines, the ambitious and the unthinking make noise to be noticed.

 

 

The Touching Courtesy Call of Prep Kids to the Honorable Governor, Sultan Pax Mangudadatu

The Touching Courtesy Call of Prep Kids

To the Honorable Governor, Sultan Pax Mangudadatu

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

What I like with the ambience of the Sultan Kudarat Capitol is that the Honorable Governor, Sultan Pax Mangudadatu is such a fatherly guy that even while having a meeting for as long as it is not a matter of life and death, he can be interrupted, especially, if the unannounced visitors are kids. It happened when I was having a meeting with him. When one of his staff whispered that there were kids who would like to have their photos taken with him, he smilingly obliged.

 

The pupils of a Methodist Prep school in Esperanza were having an educational tour in the Capitol Building with their parents and a teacher/coordinator, the morning of January 19, 2018. When they learned that the kind-hearted Governor was in his office, the pretty staff who was guiding them around brought them to his office. The governor immediately stood up when the door opened wide and the kids without much ado went to him to put his right hand to their forehead as a sign of a blessing from him. The kids were all well-behaved, while Sultan Pax exuded a picture of a happy grandfather! The group gave him a certificate of appreciation for being a great Patriarch of the province and a gift. As his habit, he read aloud what is printed in the certificate.

 

With the kids around him, some already having claimed a space on which to slump on the floor in front of his desk, he began his pep talk, as if addressing professionals. He expertly condensed his historical speech into one that fit his audience. And, he did it on the spot without much effort, as if he was speaking to a friend. He even advised the teacher to teach the kids the basic rudiments of physical hygiene such as brushing of teeth.

 

The scenes that I witnessed that morning were just emotionally touching…inspiring!