FUN RHYME BLOGS SERIES NO. 3- ON BEING & STAYING YOUNG

 

[A good friend of mine and my UP Law classmate, Joe Camano, now based in Michigan, U.S.A., is one among many whom I idolize. He showed a lot of spunk when as freshman then in mid-7os, he virtually engaged our eminent  law professor a TITAN in CRIMINAL Law, the late Prof. Bienvenido Ambion, into a debate. Irked by Joe’s spunkiness, Prof. Ambion cut him short with a castigating remark. But Joe stood his ground, and most reverentially acknowledged his drubbing with a meek smile. Joe has been egging me to retire but after learning that my 94-year old Daddy Max (shown in the right photo sandwiched by my daughters Shayna and Cheska] still goes to work everyday serving his co-Korean War veterans as Prexy   of the PEFTOK VETERANS’ ASSOCIATION – 10th BCT at their Camp Aguinaldo office; Joe is eager to meet Daddy Max in the flesh, perhaps someday, in his Michigan mansion. Thus, Joe served as inspiration to this FUN RHYME BLOG.]

 

 

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As is oft-repeated:  “Youth is a state of MIND…”;

 “… not a matter of rosy cheeks … supple knees”– it further SIGNED,

As our clan is named YOUNG, with a NONAGENARIAN, I felt it DIVINE—

To speak out some thoughts, for some friends of MINE.

 

 

retirement

 

Most senior people pines for RETIREMENT;

As if it’s some kind of boon; as though heaven-SENT,

But alas and ahoy; people who RETIRE…

After some time, they sort of…choose to DIE.

 

retirement-lose-life

 

When you retire from work, you lose the COMPULSION;

To wake early up and slumber early soon, in daily SUCCESSION—

For oversleep is bad; and undersleep is BADDER!

You really need to bathe with soap and LATHER.

 

early-wake-up

 

To wake up early at FOUR or at FOUR-THIRTY;

Is truly neither easy nor is it really FUNNY,

But those famed NAVY SEALS of founder, Roy BOEHM;

Swear that early wake ups give them vim and KABOOM.

 

badminton-street

 

 

But most special still is to indulge in SPORTS;

So that endorphins will truly soothe one’s senile SNORTS,

And make one still capable of wearing SHORTS—

While munching leafy salad with matching BRATWURST.

 

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If you do not engage in SPORTS,

You’ll lose the body’s ability to produce OPIOIDS of SORTS;

It’s triggered by the so-called “RUNNER’S HIGH”,

It’s what makes one to look YOUNG and SPRY!

 

BANANA

 

But bless the banana, it’s total EUPHORIA!

It’s good for the heart, for the eyes and CRANIA;

As my Dad Max who’s so fond of the FRUIT,

At 94, he still plays shuttlecock like a BRUTE.

 

DROPSHOT

 

Dad Max will tire you with his “drop-ball” SPANK;

He’ll confuse, confound and careen YOU—-

And make you really sad, bad and OUTFLANKED…

Till you’d find the shuttlecock sort of landing in a marshy BAYOU.

 

playing-mahjong

 

Dad Max also has some mental EXERCISE…

CHESS or MAHJONG — it’s nice to THEORIZE;

One’s moves and one’s “PONGS”!

It’s truly good, just like singing SONGS.

 

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And as Dad Max would advise—STAY ALWAYS CONNECTED!

Either in FACEBOOK, TWITTER or LINKEDIN—

For what good is LIFE; if you are isolated…

Connecting with GOD is the best choice INDEED!

 

 

FUN RHYME BLOGS SERIES NO. 2- (TAGALOG VERSION) SWS – DUTERTE, EXCELLENTE

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[Ang Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte ay ginawaran ng SWS ng gradong EXCELLENT bilang siyang TRUST RATING batay sa nakaraang survey. Ito ay isang makabuluhang pagkakataon upang maipaabot sa pang-daigdigang sambayanan na ang Pangulong Duterte ay hindi dapat na walang-habas na tuligsain kaugnay sa kanyang kampanya laban sa DROGA. Katulad ng ipinamalas ng bansang TSINA, imbes na manuligsa ay naibaling ng TSINA ang pag-gawa ng isang POSITIBONG reaksyon sa pamamagitan ng pag-aalay ng tulong-pinansyal upang makapag-patayo ng malaking DRUG REHAB CENTER sa ating bansa. Sa totoo lang, mas makakatulong sa ngalan ng adbokasyang pag-suporta sa mithiing HUMAN RIGHTS, kung ang mga mauunlad na bansa ay ibabaling din ang pagtulong sa pamamagitan ng donasyon tungo sa pagpapatayo ng mga DRUG REHAB CENTERs sa buong kapuluan.]

 

Gawad ng SWS ang GRADONG EXCELLENTE;

Sa IDOL nating si Presidente DUTERTE!

Ukol ito sa laban sa pasugpo sa DROGA,

Maraming namangha pero, dami ding galit pa…

Ang igan kong si JC, tiyak mag-aalboroto;

 Hanggang ngayon si ROXAS pa din ang kanyang BOTO!

And brod kong si GB sasakit na naman ang ULO,

Bakit daw ang mga PINOY bilib pa rin sa Pangulo…

Ang sabi ni JC, si DU30, dyatan na’t may sakit;

Sabi ko naman; tenga nya; ang laki, hanggang langit;

  Ang frat brod kong si GB, napikon sa aki’t napundi…

Wala daw akong MORALITY!

Subalit sila ay napakalayo;

Nag lala-miyerda pa nga sa LAS VEGAS-NEVADA!

Sana sa kanilang pagbabalik sa Pinas

Mapapansin nila ang nagawang LUNAS!

Lahat ng PINOY dapat nang mag-alay;

Upang sa DROGA ay wala nang mamamatay!

Kahit kunting abuloy, dolyar o piso man lang

Para makapagpatayo ng daming REHAB-kulungan!

 

Mga DRUG LORDS sa bayan natin!

Darami at lalakas na parang salot din,

Lilingkisin parang sawa, ekonomiya ng bansang dinggin!

 Tayong lahat mistulang, magiging karimarimarim!

  Si JC at GB ay naging halos  AMERKANO na;

 Kahit na sabihing pa’y ilong nila’y PANGO pa rin pala!

Uusal-usalin mga paninita ni OBAMA

At pilit ipaaalalang, Pinas — little brown brother pa!!!

 

Mabooheey JC at GB!!!!

 

FUN RHYME BLOGS SERIES NO. 2- SWS GIVES DU30 EXCELLENT MARK

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[President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gets a TRUST RATING of EXCELLENT in the recent survey conducted by the Philippines’ SOCIAL WEATHER STATION (SWS). This is an opportune development which could perhaps convey to the international community that DU30’s DRUG WAR must not be indiscriminately censured and pilloried. In the style of CHINA, other generous and human-rights’ minded 1st world nations, perhaps should follow suit and donate funds to put up DRUG REHABILITATION CENTERS in the whole of the archipelago. Thus, supporting DU30’s noble DRUG ERADICATION CAMPAIGN while keeping the bounds within the parameters of the standard precepts of HUMAN RIGHTS.]

SWS gave Duterte an EXCELLENT grade;

It is said that this is FIRST in over 2 decade,

It’s his FIGHT against DRUGS w/c is at stake…

Anti-Duterte trolls will denigrate!

My friend JC will surely raise hell;

 Even propping DU30’s spiel: “GO TO HELL”!

My brod GB will shirk in ANGER,

I hope he’d not lose his TEMPER…

JC predicts DU30’s reign will be quick;

Oh NO! I said his ears are GIGANTIC,

My brod GB censured my morality…

Killings, he said, is not his cup of tea.

But they are both thousands of miles away;

In fact sashaying in the streets of LA!

I hope someday they’ll come back here…

And see our streets, devoid of fear!

All Filipinos must jointly unite;

We really have to scrub off this BLIGHT!

This DRUG MENACE, if not eradicated…

Our future leaders will soon be dictated!

 

DRUG LORDS will reign and not AFRAID!

And will steer our country just like their TRADE,

And like Colombia of yesteryears!

We’ll have an ESCOBAR– we’ll all be in tears!

Levity aside; JC and GB may have been transmogrified;

 As BROWN AMERICANS, truly stateside!

And now they think & talk & see…

As their gritty guide…the  STATUE OF LIBERTY!!!

Hooray for JC and GB!!!!

 

FUN RHYME BLOGS SERIES NO. 1 – DU30’s 100 (TAGALOG VERSION)

 

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[Si Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte ay sumapit na sa ika-sangdaang araw ng kanyang panunungkulan bilang PUNO ng ating bansang Pilipinas. Bagamat ginawaran siya ng mataas na grado batay sa pananaliksik, pag-susuri at pag-tasa ng SWS, na 76 na porsiyentong “approval rating” (at 84 na porsiyentong “approval rating” sa kanyang programa ukol sa pagsugpo sa DROGA); minarapat niyang bigyan ang sarili ng GRADONG “6” imbes na “10” na syang pinakamataas na antas. Ayon sa kanyang talumpating inihayag niya kahapon (ika-7 ng Oktubre 2016) sa Lungsod ng Davao; ang kanyang hinanakit sa Estados Unidos ay dahil sa paninita nito sa kanyang programang inilunsad sa pagsugpo ng SALOT na DROGA na kakaiba sa reaksyon ng TSINA na boluntaryong nagpatayo ng malaking gusali sa Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija na magsisilbi bilang DRUG REHABILITATION CENTER.]

     Si Pangulong Duterte’y naka-sangdaan NA;

         Nagtala ng record na tunay na KAKAIBA,

         Mga DRUG LORDS nakalampag at nayari PA,

          Uy… pati  INTERNET natin, BUMILIS NA!

              Bagamat nakakuha ng 76 per CENT!

          Nag-babang loob pa din, si Digong  NATIN;

           Binigyan sarili, gradong SAIS, dapat TEN;

               Ganyan si Rodrigo, hindi over-ACTING!.

           

    Estados Unidos at EU’y nang-asar at nang-ULOT;

                    Sinita’t pinuna , pagpuksa ng DRUG MENACE, abaw UTOT —

Akala mo’y pulis, di naman MATULIS;

           Buti pa ang TSINA; nagtayo ng EDIFICE!

Isang rehab center tinayo ng TSINA!

       Sa malayong lugar, dun sa Nueva ECIJA,

               Ganyan dapat ang Kano, kung tunay na AMIGO!

                    Hindi ganun na parang, sila pa ang NANGGUGULO!

Pagkakaroon ng DISIPLINA ang LAYON;

Upang ang bansa umunlad, UMAYON!

Sa mithiing maging tunay na MALAYA,

                 Pakay na na pangsarili, nating  lahat    IPAGPARAYA!

 Ang FOI na matagal nang MITHI…

Sang katerbang antay ang NAULI,

Pero ngayon, sa lagda ni Mayor DIGONG;

        Labas agad ang FOI, at animo’y DUMADAGUNDONG!

Kapayapaan ay malapit nang HUMAPON

Ang PULAHAN kaya’y natuwa’t naki-AYON,

          Sunod nama’y ang MORO, MUSLIM nating utol at KAMPON…

               Darating ang araw, laos na REBELYON!

 

 

Pati mga bagyo natutong KUMAMBYO;

                Batanes, bayan ni Abad, syang niratsada’t BINAYO!

            Natakot marahil sa DUTERTE POWER!

                  Di  na nanira sa Maynila, syang luklukan ng PODER!

                        

               Pero madaming nag-aantay; solusyon

                  sa TRAFFIC!

              Talagang marami na ang syang NAIINIP,

             Kaya si Sec. TUGADE, dapat  ay    UMAKSYON;

              Baka sya’y ma-itsa puera sa re-seleksyon/RE-ELEKSYON!

FUN RHYME BLOGS SERIES NO. 1 – DU30’s 100

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[Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has just completed his FIRST 100 days in Office. With the highest expectation shared by the Filipinos in the promised change which served as centerpiece of his election campaign, he managed to score in the latest SWS survey, an overall  76 per cent approval rating and 84 % approval  rating with respect to the manner how his anti-DRUG campaign is being implemented. In his recent speech delivered in Davao City yesterday (October 7, 2016), he expressed disgust on how the US and EU have censured his ANTI-DRUG campaign which is primarily focused on saving the Philippines (which according to DU30 has transmogrified into a NARCO-STATE) from the very scourge of DRUGS; while lauding China for its help done SUB ROSA, of putting up a vast DRUG rehabilitation facility in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija. Below is a FUN RHYME BLOG to celebrate DU30’s 100 days.]

      Duterte’s FIRST 100 days, it seems;

         Have surpassed all of those before seen,

         Drug lords have scampered & careened,

         While INTERNET speed has zoomed in.

              While ratings have remained PASSING!

               Duterte graded himself with TAME,

               A grade of 6, just out of TEN;

               A modest picture; a humble mien.

                 A sense of discipline has dawned      indeed;

               For bureaucrats have grown alert,

               Eschewing graft; and casting out fat…

               The END of ENDO in gov will be exact.

               The FOI measure got promulgated;

                 Though it was just via executive edict,

                   It showed a commitment to transparency;

               A healthful recourse to stop the ruckus.

               Peace in PH would now surely reign…

As talks with Reds untangled some skein,

               The MORO rebs will soon be next;

               A halcyon nation sans any protest.

               Even the storms have skipped Manila;

          The seat of power; hub of Duterte- mania,

             But traffic remains to be some hard nut—

               Which Sec. Tugade has yet to crack!

[Photos above show the  SWS SATISFACTION/APPROVAL ratings of Pres. Duterte via BAR Graph and PIE Chart presentations, at left. Right photo shows plain summation of SATISFIED, DISSATISFIED and UNDECIDED  percentages.]

MAGNIFICENT, METTLESOME & MARVELOUS MIRIAM

 

miriam-defensor[Among those many marvels that Miriam have notched and scored in her lifetime are as follows: Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Government Service and TOYM Award for Law in 1985, 1965 Magna Cum Laude graduate in UP with a 1.0 GPA (the highest in UP history), Earned her Masteral Law Degree and Doctoral Degree in Jurisprudence Science from the University of Michigan in a record 1 year and 6 months ONLY,   and the First Asian in a 3rd world country to be elected as Judge in the International Criminal Court in 2011.]

Miriam Defensor Santiago (“Miriam”) was truly a courageous and feisty lady as in fact, she was dubbed before and known to many with her various magnificent appellations such as DRAGON LADY, THE PLATINUM LADY, THE TIGER LADY, THE INCORRUPTIBLE LADY, and more recently as THE IRON LADY OF ASIA.

The late Miriam who was born on June 15, 1945 was the eldest among the brood of SEVEN (7) children of Iloilo City’s former Judge Benjamin Defensor and a schoolteacher by the name of Dimpna Palma.

At age 6, Miriam wrote a wonderful and splendid essay which appeared even to her parents as though crafted and written  by a college student. And at that early time, her proud parents have deemed her as an awesome child prodigy.

During her teens, as Miriam  was a skilful swimmer, she would often beat all of her male siblings in those swim races (organized by her Dad) with her swimming and cascading as though a rocket through the pool via the back-stroke style. This, while her siblings notable among them is former AFP Chief of Staff, Gen. Benjamin Defensor, Jr. (“Gen. Defensor”) doing the swim race via the ordinary free-style technique, with flippers even.

And her male siblings would all the more be awed and embarrassed as in between those swimming laps (as Miriam’s male siblings would do practice laps for a rematch), Miriam would just as perhaps to subtly convey to her brothers that beating them was easy as a pie, would momentarily repair to a nook within the pool venue. And she would be seen reading a book, and would even bring the book near the pool , conveniently lay it on the edge of the pool enclosed in a  bag, to prevent it from getting wet; and resume and easily get on the swim race victoriously once again.

Challenged and moved by a sense of machismo, Gen. Defensor  wanted to show to their Ate Miriam that they, the male members of the Defensor clan, were academically excellent too. So, one time, during their high school days in Iloilo, as Gen. Defensor was excited to convey to her Ate Miriam that he topped a class exam. And impatient all the more to wait till that evening to disclose it, Gen. Defensor proceeded to see his Ate Miriam at her class. Astounded, he saw his Ate Miriam teaching the class as the class teacher, Gen. Defensor learned thereafter, had delegated the teaching task to his Ate Miriam.

Though I never had the chance to meet the good Senator Miriam face to face, my first encounter with her was during my UP undergrad days in the late 1960s. I have seen her from afar as one of the more attractive member of the UP ROTC Corps of Sponsors, while I and my cadet-mates march along the soggy and grassy fields of the UP Sunken Garden.  

When Miriam became the first female Philippine Collegian editor in 1968-1969, I got so fascinated with the word “concomitant” which Miriam used and which I read and learned for the first time, in her maiden editorial feature.

I also remember those days when Miriam (then as Collegian Editor) would mount the front hood of a passenger jeepney which is completely adorned with loudspeakers, as she would entice students from the  PALMA Hall (as students-enrollees therein were much more aplenty)  to join rallies/demonstrations against former President Ferdinand E. Marcos in Malacañang in Mendiola, Manila. And the street fronting PALMA Hall will have a long queue of crimson red JD buses as these vehicles will bus participating students to Manila particularly in a spot along Mendiola just across Malacañang. Some joiners especially those living in Manila, are usually very much enticed because they will have a free bus trip home. Others are actually allured to the excitement of   being called as activists or even more dramatic, as radicals.

Eventually however, though Miriam was a fiery speaker in those rallies and demonstrations; with bombastic speeches railing the likes of President Marcos, Miriam  unintentionally became one of Marcos’ speechwriters thereafter. It came to pass that as then Justice Secretary Vicente Abad Santos was one of Marcos’ trusted cabinet members, Marcos would from time to time ask Sec. Abad Santos to draft a speech for him.

Following her graduation from UP Law, Miriam got employed as Special Assistant to Sec. Abad Santos; and to Miriam was assigned the task of drafting speeches for President Marcos.

What endeared Sec. Abad Santos most, that led him to admire and marveled upon Miriam’s talents, all the more, was when, after a lapse, and of totally forgetting that Pres. Marcos asked him to draft a speech scheduled in that very evening when  a Malacañang aide showed up at Sec. Abad Santos’ office in the morning of the same day, was Miriam’s true mettle. Frantically directed by Sec. Abad Santos to churn out a long speech (as Pres. Marcos was fond of long speeches), Miriam came up with a speech – and 25 pages long. And Miriam was asked by Sec. Abad Santos to join in the very venue that evening where Pres. Marcos was to deliver the speech. Miriam was herself dazzled, as Pres. Marcos delivered the 25-paged long speech from memory   sans any error. My UP Law classmate and Law partner for some time, the late Tonti Abad Santos had an earful of anecdotes about Miriam when the latter was Special Assistant to the former’s father.

Anent the failure on Miriam’s part to top the 1969 bar examination despite the fact that her Dad, who had never even gambled before, made a wager with a close friend and placed a bet of Php 300.00 that Miriam will TOP the 1969 Bar Exam; the real story as narrated by Gen. Defensor, in a recent  ANC telecast is this. Miriam was sick for most of the time she was reviewing for the Bar Exam, and that she asked permission from her Dad to skip the 1969 Bar and just take it after a year. But, Miriam’s Dad was not convinced and nixed her plea to skip the 1969 Bar and Miriam only garnered a grade of 78 % in that 1969 Bar exam.

Asked one time in a media interview as to why she became a lawyer, Miriam’s feisty and naughty answer was that their family has a lot of relatives who are criminals. And once irked in another controversy involving, a despicable legislator, Miriam described said legislator as FUNGUS-FACED.

Most Filipinos including incumbent President Rodrigo Roa Duterte consider Miriam as the most intelligent Filipino who has ever lived; and  who could have easily become one among the best Philippine presidents.

Truly, Miriam is not only MAGNIFICENT AND MARVELOUS, but all the more METTLESOME. Though diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer, Miriam still gave vent to her ambition to become Philippine President, as she joined the 2016 Presidential polls. Indeed, a show of her STRONG and INVINCIBLE METTLE.

In the early morning of September 29, 2016, Miriam died in her sleep at the Saint Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig, Metro-Manila, Philippines.

In heaven, Miriam could surely aid Saint Peter [what with her weighty cerebrum and encephalon (i.e. gray matter)], to quickly and rightfully discern who is diabolically fungus-faced or virtuously angelic-faced at heaven’s gate.

MY YOUNGEST BROTHER, WARREN YOUNG aka POTENG

 

{Photo at left shows Warren with his wife Judith, carrying his favorite grandson Wyosef Sam, son of Wyona, Warren’s eldest daughter. Top-right photo shows Warren (3rd from right) after doing a FUN RUN, posing with his Alpha Phi Omega brothers and sisters. Others in the POST-FUN RUN photo are: Gem D. Estanislao, Rene R. Tolentino, ΑΦΩ Shiela Edralin Sotto, Annie Ponce Paloma, Emil Atchioco, Rowena Tan, and Glenmau Carlos Sialab.  Bottom-right photo shows Warren and members of his family posing for a group photo [Front Row: L-R-Wendell, Pam, Woody, Wyosef Sam and Warren. Back Row: L-R- Margareth, Wesley’s GF; Wesley (who is Warren’s eldest son), and Wyona]; during the nuptial reception of our nephew Woody with his fiancee, and now his wife, Pam Unite.}

Warren is the sixth child of Daddy Max and Mommy Norma in a brood of eight; and Warren is my youngest brother. As all of our delivery into this world was through a midwife except for that of our sister, Wilma; during Warren’s birth, the services of another comadrona (i.e. midwife who assists in the delivery of a child), had to be engaged, as  Lola Biyay, the once upon-a-time reigning community comadrona,  retired from her trade. The attending comadrona who delivered Warren into this world was a registered midwife by the name of Soledad Managuit. Eventually, Warren became the virtual “ENSIGN” (i.e. the earliest  meaning of the word  ensign is a lowest  rank officer) of our family as he being the junior among all of us, would be the usual  “utusan” (i.e. someone who gets orders from a superior and gets things done) and/or “alalay” (i.e. a virtual chaperone). And invariably, Warren has always been a diligent and sedulous “utusan” and/or “alalay”. Up to now, without even an “utos”  (i.e. a command), Warren would do the usual putting up of the mahjong table and all other paraphernalia to start the Sunday mahjong sessions at our ancestral home, Daddy Max’s 19th Avenue-Murphy abode. And, Warren would almost always be ready with a glass of drink during the weekly get-together at Daddy Max’s 19th Avenue-Murphy home, to any one even before one would experience the need to quench one’s thirst. Truly, Warren as a real ENSIGN has carried the emblem of the Young clan, (an emblem being another denotation of the world ENSIGN) always helpful and always accommodating.

Well, to add spice and fun to this seemingly dour and humor-less narration, I will digress a bit into the circumstances which led to Warren’s nickname/sobriquet: POTENG which originally was in fact, POTENG-TENG. It is quite tainted with some kind of ribaldry; but funny.

Warren  earned the sobriquet POTENG, a name which was given to him by TWO (2) of our more notable teachers-boarders (i.e. first of whom is Mr. Adriano Agor (“Agor”)who is an Ilocano teaching Industrial Arts at the Murphy Elementary School now known as Aguinaldo Elementary School) during the mid and into the late 60s in our Murphy home.

Mommy Norma who was so business-minded, on top of serving as concessionaire at the school canteen at the then Murphy Elementary School, was able to enlist male teachers and for some time, female teachers too, as boarders to our household. It was a little bit odd, as there was a time when my Gardening Teacher, who was  another teacher-boarder by the name of Mr. Liberato Dulay (“Dulay”), a Novo Ecijano who graduated from the Central Luzon State University (“CLSU”), and a little bit strict; would quiz me even at home impromptu. And every time, I would meet him inside our home, I will always greet him …GOOD MORNING SIR…GOOD EVENING SIR…

There was this other GARDENING teacher, Mr. Alex Libunao (“Libunao”), who is a Tagalog from San Miguel, Bulacan, also a graduate of CLSU.

Messrs.   Agor and Libunao are the more playful and naughty type among our male boarders; and would almost always be cracking humorous jokes.

By way of an apt backgrounder, during those years, water was so scarce in the Murphy area. And so Daddy Max came up with a gadget, some kind of set-up for us to conveniently store water, as water from the taps would only come out at around 12 midnight and would again be dry starting at 5 AM.  Daddy Max had a row of SIX (6) steel drums connected to each other, installed in a corner of our home lot, in some kind of stair-cased set up (i.e. the first highest among the set, and each other steel drum would be about some inches lower and every one from the top-most up to the penultimate steel drum, each of the drums sports a spigot on its lid, so that when the top-most drum is filled up, the water would then cascade to the next lower drums). Before this gadget/set-up; I and Kuya Rico, my cousin who stays with us, would wait until we have placed/transferred the water hose from one drum to the other, up to the 6th drum.

And these  TWO (2) teachers-boarders (i.e. Messrs. Agor and Libunao) came up with the name POTENG (actually POTENG-TENG) which is some kind of crude ONOMATOPOEIA. Onomatopoeia is actually defined as a word, which imitates the natural sounds of a thing. It creates a sound effect that mimics the thing described, making the description more expressive and interesting.

Earlier, Warren as a toddler was just being called by his name or by the contracted nickname “REN”. But in most times when Warren would take a bath in his birthday suit during his toddler days, in the open (almost at the frontage of our home) near the water-filled steel drums, enjoying perhaps the abundance of water, poured upon him via a dipper by our maid; Warren would be joyfully jumping. And with Warren’s petite  winkie then, it would dangle like the clapper of a bell. Upon seeing this, the Bulakenyo inspired spirit (i.e. a native of Bulacan, which is a Tagalog-speaking province north of Manila famous for Tagalog poets and rhymesters) in Mr. Libunao, allured him to utter this jocular phrase: “Si Otoy (referring to Warren while bathing), binabateng-teng na naman ang kanyang pototoy.” English translation: That boy is dangling/brandishing his winkie again.”) [Otoy is Filipino slang for  a LITTLE BOY or a TODDLER while pototoy is Filipino slang for the male organ especially of toddlers and the young.]

And Mr. Agor amusingly butted in: “Tawagin natin syang POTENG-TENG.” [English translation: “Let us call him then POTENG-TENG.”]

I do not know until now whether Warren knows the origins of his nickname; knowing it now…I guess Warren would not want to be called by that name again…he,he,he…

Incidentally, Warren was born on October 4, 1964HAPPY BIRTHDAY WARREN!!!!

[Warren shown at left photo in one of the many FUN RUNS he regularly participates in. Aside from those FUN RUN activities, Warren is also active in the implementation of various national projects of the ALPHA PHI OMEGA Fraternity such as medical missions and other worthwhile community projects. At right photo, Warren is shown with former Vice-President Jojo Binay (APO’s moving spirit in those community projects in a national level) with VP Binay congratulating Warren for a job well done.]

 

 

 

I LOVE THE PHILIPPINES… (IT’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES)

 

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[Photo above shows a collage of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines. From L-R (Topmost Row) – Kalanggaman Island, Leyte; Batanes Islands, Batanes; El Nido, Palawan; and Boracay, Aklan. (Middle Top Row) – Langub Gobingob Caves, Samar; Coron, Palawan; Tubbataha Reefs, Palawan; and Siargao Island, Surigao. (Middle Bottom Row) – Mayon Volcano, Albay; Mount Apo, Mindanao; Camiguin Island, Camiguin and Vigan, Ilocos Sur. (Bottom Row) – Chocolate Hills, Bohol; Banaue Rice Terraces, Ifugao; Hinatuan Enchanted River, Surigao and Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, Palawan.   Indeed —IT’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES.]

This blog could have been entitled and presented differently if only I would have been able to procure the consent of the conservative and old-fashioned Japanese parents of my new found client.

But as I got really so fascinated, nay enthralled, with their story, here I am, narrating their story as a preface to this BLOG, as though I have been given the permission. But just as to respect their privacy, I will not reveal their identities and will just call them Mr. & Mrs. Sato. Actually, I felt that with the typical shyness of old-fashioned Japanese folks, they really just did not want their names mentioned. But I am sure they would be happy to have their tale as some kind of an inspiration to evoke the sense of intense love of country and the yearning for nationhood in every Filipino.

The choice of the surname SATO is felicitously apt. This is because, after GOOGLING which is the most common Japanese surname…SATO topped the list. And SATO sounds almost like the root word of SATISFACTION (i.e. SAT and SATIS meaning ENOUGH) which is a very much deft and neat description, as Mr. & Mrs. Sato were then and are still very much satisfied.

Mr. & Mrs. Sato came to the Philippines almost 40 years ago to spend their honeymoon. Thinking that the Philippines, having been  bannered often as a tropical country, and prodded perhaps by the belief that the Philippines is the ancestral homeland of the Polynesians of Hawaii, they skipped going to Hawaii.

Instead of the Sandwich Islands which is the early appellation for Hawaii, the young and excessively romantic couple (i.e. the newly married Mr. & Mrs. Sato) journeyed to the Philippine Islands to spend their honeymoon.

They never got festooned with garlands of leis but with garlands of “sampaguita”.   And they never saw the hula dance but just our native “tinikling” dance.

Though perhaps hankering for the leis and the hula dances of Hawaii, the Sato couple slowly and gradually, begun to love the Philippines. And they eventually decided to permanently relocate to the Philippines shunning the modernity and the futuristic outlook of Japan. For them, they really feel that IT’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES and that the Filipinos are a bunch of FUNNY people.

Up to now, Mr. & Mrs. Sato are still here in the Philippines and are satisfied with their choice in favor of the Pearl of the Orient Seas, with the country’s relatively uniform climate all throughout the year (i.e. no frigid winters) and the very much affordable lower cost of living. They feel too that the Filipinos are resilient and possessed of an innate sense of humor which places the Filipinos reportedly at the lower rung in terms of suicidal tendencies.  The Satos felt that if they stayed in Japan, the daily grind of WORK…WORK…WORK would be the order of their usual day. And such stressful regimen would have eventually gone into their nerves and  would have stultified their emotional and social growth, even bringing them to the edge of suicidal ideation.

I also get the same reaction from other foreigner friends particularly an Indian from Punjab, Harbhinder Singh,  who has truly grown to love the Philippines and its culture. Just like my other Japanese friend, Yasuaki Mori, who though still based in Japan is dreaming of making Cebu, a city in Southern Philippines, as his family’s future retirement home.

But what I cannot surmise is why Filipinos who have relocated to other countries have seemed to have grown so indifferent and apathetic to their native land. And that they (over thousands of miles distant from their native land) tend to think and feel that their beliefs, ideas and views are grander and better than those espoused by those Filipinos who have stayed behind.

I remember a friend of mine who recounted to me the actuation of a Filipino who after relocating to the United States of America; has never ever said anything good about the Philippines anymore. Immensely deprecating the government and its leaders and even enticing this friend of mine to abandon the Philippines and to relocate to what he has termed as the land of milk and honey.

But what has taken the cake, so to speak, is this story of my American friend Lewis Edwards, whose story I have already journalized in my previous BLOG. And here is part of that BLOG:

“I consider Lew as more of a Filipino than our typical Pinoys. Sixteen (16) years ago, a balikbayan from the US, having been so much immersed perhaps in the ways and culture of the the land of milk and honey, wrote a letter to the editor of a leading national daily. The surname of this letter-sender, as far as I can recall, is ANASTACIO. Anastacio poured out all of his negative sentiments against the Philippines and everything that was Filipino. Anastacio even prognosticated that the Philippines was a hopeless case…the dirty public toilets with no toilet paper even, the ubiquitous dirt and grime and the soot-black fumes from jeepneys and dilapidated buses, etc.  It was Lew who brought back Anastacio to his senses, when Lew wrote to the newspaper’s editor totally defending the Philippines and every thing that was Filipino. Finally, Lew advised and counseled Anastacio, who eventually earned the sobriquet “NASTY”, after a string of other Filipino patriotic letter-senders started to bash NASTY. xxx

“But it was Lew who started it all, defending the Philippines and all things about the Filipino from the tirades and jeremiads from NASTY.

“As of today, Lew has helped about 800 night high school Filipino students to graduate and earn a college degree through the A BETTER CHANCE FOUNDATION, INC., more popularly known with its acronym “ABC Foundation”,  which Lew organized in 2001…”

Sometimes, I really am urged to wonder and think why Filipinos who have migrated into some foreign land would become so apathetic and indifferent to the Philippines highlighting the flaws of the Filipino and its government. Thus, igniting even further the dissension and divisiveness that have become the usual aftermath of every national election.

But Lew Edwards, Harbhinder Singh and Mr. & Mrs. Sato have not  said any deprecating word against our national leader as in fact they have openly supported him and are satisfied with the way the affairs of the state are being run….a no-nonsense campaign to totally eradicate drugs to the hilt, purging the ranks of the police and military as well as ameliorating their take-home pay,  reforming the tax system, establishing economic alliances with our Asian neighbors, adopting a truly independent, smart and pragmatic foreign policy that would do away with the Philippines’ unwholesome label as a US lapdog, among others.

Indeed, I LOVE THE PHILIPPINES; its people, its culture and its national leaders. For if we continue to deprecate our national leader, we bring our country closer to the break-up of a strong and unified concept of nationhood.

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[My fraternity brother Edwin Daiwey, who hails from the Ifugao Province, which is a majestic province north of Manila; asked me to add the MALIGCONG Rice Terraces situated somewhere in Ifugao, as one of those top tourist destinations in the Philippines. Brod Edwin actually messaged me, after viewing this BLOG, thus:  “this place could be included… maligcong rice terraces. in this same place, before the crack of dawn, walk 2 kms up a nearby mountain — and you’ll be greeted by a sea of clouds… that slowly disappears as the sun rises to reveal these terraces and surrounding mountains in their splendor…. god is great…”. These rice terraces illustrate the remarkable ability of human culture to adapt to new social and climate pressures as well as to implement and develop new ideas and technologies. These rice terraces are listed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage site believed to be older than 2,000 years. ]