Ang Mga “Negative” na Kapalit ng Ginagawa Ko ay Okey Lang Dahil Nag-eenjoy Naman Ako

Ang Mga “Negative” na Kapalit ng Ginagawa Ko

ay Okey Lang Dahil Nag-eenjoy Naman Ako

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Kung may masasayang bahagi ng buhay, mayroon ding nakakalungkot na hindi maiwasang madanasan ng isang tao sa kabila ng kanyang magandang layunin…yan ang nangyayari sa akin. Para sa akin ay madali lang ang pagsusulat, pero ang mahirap ay ang magpaunawa ng aking layunin.

 

Hindi nauunawaan ng mga taong makasarili o selfish kung bakit ako nagsasakripisyo sa pagsusulat at maipakita ang mga pagkakamaling dapat ituwid o mga pagkukulang na dapat punan. Ang nakakatuwa sa mga taong makasarili ay ang pag-isipan akong tumatanggap ng suweldo o kapalit ng mga ginagawa ko. Bilang makasarili, hindi kasi nila kayang gawin ang ginagawa ko kaya para sa kanila ay imposible. Hindi nila maunawaan kung bakit ako gumagastos para lang makarating sa mga liblib na lugar kung saan ay may makukuha akong magandang kuwento, tulad ng mga slum areas ng Tondo.

 

May mga taong nai-intimidate ng mga ginagawa ko dahil sa kakulangan ng kaalaman nila tungkol sa salitang “blogger” na akala nila ay bumabatikos lang. Ang hindi nila alam, ito ang equivalent ng mga nagsusulat sa diyaryo o magazine….sa simpleng salita, manunulat sa cyberspace o internet, at saklaw o sakop ang lahat ng larangan. Unang ginamit ng mga kabataang internet users ang salitang “blog” pero ang intention ay manira. Ito ay maituturing na bahagi ng “street language” o sa Pilipino ay “salitang kanto” tulad ng “toma” o pag-inom ng alak. At, dahil pa rin diyan, marami ang nagugulat kapag nakita ako nang personal dahil hindi ako bata.

 

Mayroon pa akong narinig na comment noon na, “blogger ba yan?…bakit walang camera?” at  “…ay!…matanda na pala”. Akala nila, ang pagba-blog ay hanggang paglagay lang ng mga pa-cute na mga larawan sa facebook na ginagawa ng mga kabataan. Ang hindi nila alam ay maraming sites ang internet na ginagamit ng mga seryosong blogger tulad ko. Kaya ako gumamit ng facebook ay dahil lang sa pakiusap ng mga kaibigan ko noon pa man na ang ginagamit ay cellphone na may application ng facebook.

 

May mga tao ring nai-insecure dahil sa ginagawa ko. Feeling nila ay nasasapawan ko sila sa mga dapat nilang gawin….silang mga nagsusuweldo pero wala rin naman palang binatbat sa trabaho. Sa halip na i-appreciate ang ginagawa ko o ay pinag-iisipan pa ako ng masama. Kulang na lang ay tanungin ako ng diretsahan kung tatakbo ba akong mayor. May joke tungkol sa taong nakita lang na naglilinis ng kalsada sa tapat ng bahay niya ay kinantiyawan ng, “tatakbo ka yata sa pagka- Barangay Chairman, pare….”.

 

May mga tao na dahil sa sobrang pagkamakasarili, ang tingin sa kapwa nilang nanlilimahid at namumulot ng mapapakinabangan sa mga basurahan, pati na sa mga taong mababa ang kalagayan sa lipunan, ay hindi  mapapagkatiwalaan at hindi dapat pakisamahan. Ang mga taong ito ay sobra rin ang “pagka-sosyal” ang ugali kaya pinandidirihan ang mga kainan sa tabi ng kalsada….mga karinderya….wa class daw! Dahil sa ugali nila, hindi nila maunawaan kung bakit gusto kong makipagkaibigan sa mga taong nabanggit o kumain sa mga pinandidirihan nilang kainan.

 

Bilib ako sa lakas ng loob ng mga nagtanong sa akin kung bakit daw mahilig akong magsulat tungkol sa mga tao at mga karinderyang nabanggit. Kung ginagamit nila ang kanilang utak sa pag-isip ng malalim kahit minsan lang, hindi na sila dapat pang nagtatanong. Nagpapakita lang sila ng kamangmangan at walang kaalaman sa iba’t ibang uri ng buhay sa mundo. Pero yong iba ay mahinahon ko namang sinagot ng,  “ kung hindi ko isinulat, malalaman mo ba na may masarap palang kainan at mura pa diyan lang sa kanto”? Ang alam lang kasi ng mga ungas ay mga kainan tulad ng Jollibee at iba pang mga kainan na ang mga binebenta ay dapat inilubog sa mantika!

 

Sa kabila ng mga nabanggit, natutuwa pa rin ako at nasusulit ang pagod ko…lalo na kapag ang kakainin ko sa mga paborito kong pastilan ay tutong na kanin at gulay na lalong pinasarap ng siling labuyo! Sa mga naiinis sa akin, ito lang ang masasabi…EAT YOUR HEART OUT, GUYS!

 

 

The Writer

The Writer

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

A true writer should be sensitive to the feelings of others, be they read as expressly written or viewed as shown through actuations. He should be able to develop any form of literary expression out of spoken words or written “bullet statements”. With facebook as an example, an adept writer should be able to develop a poem out of the comments on a certain posted photo. Comments about the photo are the “thoughts” of the facebook owner who posted it and a poem that is developed out of them by a writer should be rightly attributed to him….the writer being just the “editor”.

 

The writer should not constrain himself from writing the name of the source of the thoughts in the byline of a literary expression, be it a poem or an essay. Many people are frustrated writers and poets. They have thoughts that float in their mind, but they just do not know how to capture them. They may enumerate the words down but they do not know which to put ahead of the rest, which of them to comprise the content, and which word to end their presentation. This is where the writer-friend comes in….lend a hand….put substance to the words or discerned thoughts that are not yet expressed but are expected, as feelings are universal and interpretations vary only according to situation, but words are the same.

 

Some people show signs of literary talent but are shy to let them out. Their latent talent is discerned through the kind of words that they use in making comments on facebook posts or in the way they use them. These are the people who should be given utmost understanding. In the end, if the effort has made somebody happy, exert more of it….help many more shy people. This is what a “writer” should do…encourage others to express themselves.

To Blog and Risk Losing Life, Friends and Kinsfolks or Not to Blog and Remain Nice to All…and Stay Alive

To Blog and Risk Losing Life, Friends and Kinsfolks

Or Not to Blog and Remain Nice to All…and Stay Alive

By Apolinario Villalobos

The difference between “blogging” and “contributing” is that while the former gets published in the web of the information technology, the latter gets printed on papers. However, their common denominator is the “purpose” which is to “share”…a risky endeavor, especially, if what are shared concern politics, corruption, and religion. The risk is on losing one’s life, kinsfolks, and longtime friends.

In our province, Marlene Garcia Esperat, a courageous mediaperson lost her life when she exposed anomalous transactions in a government agency. The obviously hired killer had the gall to enter her house and pumped bullets into her head, to make sure that she was disabled for life. That’s one risk, made real – losing one’s life. Similar stories get splashed on pages of tabloids and broadsheets that many people do not take seriously, as they are perceived to be just ordinary incidents akin to road accidents and apprehension of drug pushers.

Bloggers cannot limit themselves with shares about fashion, literary, foods, travel, photography, etc. Sometimes they have to touch on controversial matters, such as politics that include corruption, and religion.  Blogs on these topics may affect the bloggers’ sensitive relatives and friends. Bloggers, therefore, wonder why, all of a sudden, some relatives and friends shy away from them. Some find themselves ignored by friends and buddies since grade school, as well as beloved relatives.

This unfortunate reality is happening to all bloggers. I found this out when I attended a small gathering of bloggers, during which blogging updates were passed around. Two bloggers shared that their sites were hacked, and another started getting threats via facebook messages when he uploaded blogs shared from other sites, about a controversial politician from their province in the north. Expectedly, the sender uses a fictitious personality.

Bloggers are just human instruments of the information technology, so that what they do should not be taken against them. A lot of sacrifice is made, aside from exhaustive effort in coming up with blogs, not to mention the precious time spent and money saved from scrimping on other necessities. Some bloggers earn, but most do not…as they bring out ideas, mainly due to their ardent love for writing and sharing.

Ideas Are not Owned by Writers Alone

Ideas Are not Owned by Writers Alone

By Apolinario Villalobos

Ideas that suddenly crop up in blogs are not owned by the writers alone. They are also ensconced in the minds of others, waiting to be tapped. It just happened that there are some people – the writers, who happen to bring them out ahead of others. Writers are just articulators of ideas that are innate in all of us. It just happened that they have the nerve to do so. Others may already be thinking about them but are hesitant to bring them out. While others are made aware by the blogs that they have the same ideas in their mind, only, they did not give them much attention.

The writer who comes out with ideas can be helped by others through comments, be they negative or positive. Negative comments do not mean that the commenter is mad at the writer, as the written ideas are the issue, not the writer. Also, those who are harboring the same ideas should not feel bad because others beat them in the posting.

Expression of ideas should not be competitive, as proving who writes the best dissertation. Writers should treat each other as comrades in risks, enhancing each other’s works. If the commenter feels that what has been blogged is lacking or wanting in substance, he should enhance it by giving comments – for the sake of the readers. Writers should not be selfish as to keep information from the public and fellow writer, as these could be made as basis for the ensuing relevant additional information.

Most importantly, ideas that have been exposed by writers should be put into action if necessary by others who have encountered them. This is where role playing comes in. In other words, as not all can be articulate in writing, the others must be good in implementing. Also, if ideas found to be beneficial that have been exposed are worth sharing with others, let us not hold ourselves from doing the necessary action. However, it is expected that writers practice what they preach.

Finally, the popularity of writers, if indeed they become such, is just an incidental result of his effort, and should not be viewed as a big deal at all, because primarily, the objective in writing is to share or expose ideas for the sake of others.