FUN RHYME SERIES 65: PASAY CITY OF YESTERYEARS

 [PASAY CITY has been dubbed as the Philippines’ entertainment city nowadays, with the likes of those attractions featuring CASINOS, GAMES, RIDES and THEATERS in those venues like the CITY OF DREAMS, OKADA, SOLAIRE, SM MOA Arena, the STAR CITY, etc., as shown below. IN FACT, THAT STRIP ADJOINING THE MANILA BAY WHICH FEATURES  SOLAIRE, CITY OF DREAMS and OKADA (with ongoing construction projects almost everywhere within that STRIP) IS BEING TOUTED ABOUT AS THE UPCOMING LAS VEGAS OF THE PHILIPPINES. PASAY is one of the cities in Metro Manila, the National Capital Region of the Philippines. It is bordered to the north by the City of Manila, Makati to the northeast, Taguig to the east, and Parañaque to the south. Well, I almost experienced some kind of a mature kind of entertainment when I was then 13 years old (i.e. almost about 55 years ago) in a place called CULI-CULI which adjoins the Manila Bay in Pasay City.Good it did not happen…thanks to the untarnished image of the WILLY’s Jeep unto which we (i.e. Mang LOUIE, Kuya RICO and myself) rode, as a customary government-issued vehicle despite its civilian-type trappings. Some of the photos of the PASAY CITY OF YESTERYEARS at the PHOTO EXHIBIT are shown above: top left photo shows a rustic scene with a carabao on a field in the former Malibay area of Pasay City; top right photo shows the facade of the Pasay Municipal Hall; top right middle photo shows a part of Pasay City which directly adjoins a beach of the Manila Bay where people can do fishing and swimming; and, the bottom photo shows the MANILA POLO CLUB as it was then situated along F. B. Harrison Street in Pasay City.]

 

I got so excited by the photo exhibits,

I felt as though I got tickled near my TITS;

They were festooned along the City Hall’s1 hall way,

One nice photo showed a scene by the BAY2.

 

 

The tickling feeling and the excitement—

Was reminiscent of some unforgettable EVENT;

I was then about THIRTEEN years OLD,

This EPISODE I have never ever  TOLD!

 

 

We had a tenant then by the name of LOUIE3,

He was a taxicab driver and was a little bit SPEEDY4;

He was a little bit brash and some kind of SHOWY,

We drove a valued family guest5 from our house, ‘twas a joyful journey6!

 

 

Daddy Max had to entertain at our home more friends,

And LOUIE volunteered his driving service sans any pence7;

And the guest was a resident of PASAY,

It was quite far and the guest breathed an endearing SIGH…

 

 

That was when we had brought the guest at her HOME,

Then LOUIE drove to  a place like he’s a VAGABOND;

And when we arrived at the PLACE,

I felt a little bit shy and quite AMAZED!

 

 

  

Pretty girls from afar were there before we CAME,

But they scampered all around like in SHAME;

And thereon, I just learned that LOUIE had a SCHEME,

He wanted me “BAPTIZED”8 as  a male….THAT’S A SIN!

 

 

It was good that the WILLY’s Jeep9 which LOUIE operated,

Was an official vehicle assigned to Daddy Max sans any signage10;

As in fact, it did not bear any RED PLATE11,

But the DAMES, have  seemed to have thought it as a BAIT!12

 

 

So whatever explanation LOUIE gave,

The MAMA SAN and the BOUNCER never HEEDED;

‘Twas good for me as I was also a bit AFRAID,

Didn’t want at that age by a DAME, to be LAID!13

 

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[Legend: 1 – It was at that Pasay City Hall this morning after attending a court hearing where I saw the PHOTO EXHIBIT of PASAY OF YESTERYEARS.
2 – The BAY refers to the Manila Bay which actually adjoins Pasay City.
3 – LOUIE was a tenant together with his family at the ground floor level of our Murphy house. He was a taxicab driver and would usually take the day off every time he feels the need to rest as his wife was employed too as a very diligent and hardworking insurance agent.
4 – It was I think, the baptismal celebration of my youngest sister WANDRA, when kith and kin trooped to our Murphy home for a very grand luncheon baptismal celebration; complete with I think, TWO (2) bamboo poles of LECHON. The feasting and drinking lasted until late in the evening.
5- One of the female guests, a co-employee of Daddy Max at Camp Murphy’s TROOP INFORMATION and EDUCATION Division (“TIED”), then (now, Camp Aquinaldo) was brought back to her home via the military-issued WILLY’s jeep which Daddy Max would invariably use. I eventually learned too that the TIED was involved in some kind of intelligence gathering information.
6 – That JOURNEY from Murphy to PASAY was quite lengthy too (despite the absence of traffic jams during that time) as interior streets then were neither asphalted nor cemented. Our house was actually built along 19th Avenue which was still then a dirt-road and not lighted at night.
7 – PENCE is actually the alternative plural form of PENNY. Thus, it refers to MONEY. LOUIE volunteered his service to drive home the guest pro bono.
8 – To be “BAPTIZED” as in the Tagalog term “BINYAG” is a Filipino SLANG which means to have the taste and/or experience of a sex encounter. After the guest was safely brought home, as my elder cousin ENRICO MAXIMO (“Kuya RICO”) was with us aboard the WILLY’s Jeep, the joking and teasing started, as Mang LOUIE who was then near 40 years old, was asking me incessantly: “NABINYAGAN KA NA BA?”, never thinking that it was another “BAPTISM” that Mang LOUIE was referring to. Kuya RICO who was then 26 years old, even joined in the teasing, as he said: “PUWEDE NA MABINYAG ITO.” 
9 – The WILLY’s Jeep which was colored BLUE was supposed to make an impression of some kind of a civilian vehicle as it did not have the usual LOGO of “FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY” neither did it bear a RED PLATE.
10 – The usual signage emblazoned on the side of a military or government-issued vehicle goes: “FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY”.
11 – RED PLATE refers to the car and/or vehicle plates used by government-issued vehicles; actually the LETTERS and the DIGITS are in RED amidst a white background.
12 – The people there gathered that night at the CULI-CULI red light district mistakenly thought that we were part of the government anti-vice raiding team and we supposedly was serving as a BAIT.
13 – If that SCHEME of Mang LOUIE succeeded and/or materialized…WHEW…I would have lost my “VIRGINITY”  at that very young age…he,he,he.]

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[Top left photo shows the facade of the CITY OF DREAMS-Manila; top right photo shows the SOLAIRE  while the top right middle photo is that of the SM Mall of Asia. Bottom photo features the latest addition to the entertainment venues of PASAY CITY, the OKADA Manila.]

FUN RHYME SERIES 60: MALIGAYANG KAARAWAN DOC ANDY aka DR. ALEJANDRO TAN, MD

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[Ateneo Schools Parents Council (ASPAC) President Dr. Alejandro Tan aka DOC ANDY TAN will be celebrating his birthday on February 25, 2017. An unannounced/unscheduled birthday luncheon was haphazardly made out following the February 18, 2017 ASPAC meeting. This,  after our female colleagues in ASPAC wooed and  incessantly egged our dear Doc Andy  to do an advance BLOW-OUT. Thus, the whole caboodle of the ASPAC council,almost perhaps, dined at the ZENSHO Restaurant along Tomas Morato Avenue in Quezon City.]

 

Maligayang kaarawan DOC ANDY,

Matikas pa din at tunay na matindi;

Listong kumilos at walang pakiyeme1,

Ang nais nya’y SURE na mangyayare!

 

 

Masipag siya’t tunay na masinop,

Di alintana ang pagsakay sa LRT loop;

Basta trabaho hindi nya uurungan,

Lalo na’t kung ASPAC2 ang siyang tinutulungan!

 

 

 

Halos araw-araw ay nag-“co-commute” siya,

Kapakanan ng ATENEO students ang angking layon nya;

Kaya naman siya’y tunay na minamahal,

Baka patayuan sya tuloy — rebultong ala-TAJ MAJAL!

 

 

Aba ako’y namangha nung narinig ko ang KUWENTO3,

Noon daw ang ASPAC nagkaroon ng PROJECT sa ATENEO;

Halos lahat daw ng SOLICITATION-DONATION ay puro thru DOC ANDY,

Yan ang PRESIDENTE —tunay na ADELANTE4!

 

 

Mga opisyales ng ATENEO ay gumagalang sa kanya,

Aba syempre! FENGSHUI Master pa din siya;

Dahil palagi ay GOOD LUCK ang dala niya,

Yong mga kumukontra baka BAD LUCK ang maging pasya!

 

 

 

Ang aking pang isang nasagap na balita,

Pagpasok ng pera sa ASPAC ay totoong naging SWAK;

Ginamitan ng FENG SHUI… naku po ALAHOY!

Huwag na pong mag-kuripot— wala nang abuloy na ala-BELEKOY5!

 

Galante po siya at tunay na GENEROSO,

Kaya ang lahat ay napasunod sa USO;

Nandyan si JOSELITO panay ang regalo;

Tuwing may BOARD meeting mayroong bitbit na BIKO!

 

 

 

Di naman papatalo itong si ROBERT TAN,

Tuwing may BOARD MEETING, umaapaw ang aming tiyan…

KAPENG masarap, at TSOKOLATENG malasa,

May pahabol pang STEVESTON PIZZA,

 

 

 

Noong sya’y  naging Presidente ng ASPAC,

Para bagang dumadalo sa mga PARTY ay limpak-limpak;

Marahil gustong kay Doc Andy’y mag-BESO-BESO,

Yon pala nama’y gusto’y LECHON SABROSO6!

 

 

 

Kung ako’y tunay na tatanungin sa  SURVEY,

WISH ko’y maging PRESIDENT for LIFE si DOC ANDY;

Para hindi na matinag ang mabisang TAMBALAN,

PREXY7 si DOC ANDY, at si RAUL8 ang IPP9 naman!

 

MULI, MALIGAYANG KAARAWAN DOC ANDY!!!!

 

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[Legend: 1 – PAKIYEME would mean PRETENSE; thus “WALANG PAKIYEME” would mean candid and straightforward, sincere and frank.
2 – ASPAC is the acronym for ATENEO SCHOOLS PARENTS’ COUNCIL which is an aggrupation of parents wherein the parents serve on a volunteer-basis in the pursuit of  ATENEO’s mandate to  provide the studentry with a Jesuit-type of  liberal education through the harmonious development of moral and intellectual virtues; as well as of forming persons who, following the teachings and example of Christ, will devote their lives to the service of others and, through the promotion of justice, serve especially those who are most in need of help, the poor and the powerless.
3 – The KUWENTO (i.e. story, in English) which I learned in one of the meetings of the ASPAC Board (conveyed to me by a fellow ASPAC member) was that about a project (i.e. WELCOMING OF OUT-OF-TOWN PARENTS) launched and sponsored by the ASPAC which primarily consisted of accumulating donations; it was Doc Andy Tan who generated the most funds through his solicitation efforts. Also, another PROJECT was about a computer-related symposium which was an ATENEO project where Doc Andy was able to accumulate a lot of donations-solicitations.
4 – ADELANTE is a Spanish word which connotes being always FORWARD, AHEAD and on TOP OF THINGS.
5 – BELEKOY is a native delicacy, actually a sweet pastry which is leathery tough in consistency. And it connotes STINGINESS or being too ungenerous. With Doc Andy at the helm of ASPAC, others have followed suit and have become as GENEROUS as Doc Andy.
6 – Doc Andy would always make it sure that in every party organized by the ASPAC to be capped by a feast, a LECHON SABROSO must invariably be served. LECHON SABROSO is a special type of ROASTED PIG (i.e. LECHON) which is a usual table fare during parties and celebrations and feasting in the Philippine setting.
7 – PREXY is another term for PRESIDENT.
8 – RAUL refers to the current/incumbent Immediate Past President of ASPAC which serves as the FIFTH MEMBER of the ASPAC’s Executive Committee (EXECOM). The other FOUR (4) members of the EXECOM are: Doc Andy as Prexy,  Katie Sy as VP, Maria Luisa Concepcion as Secretary and Juliet Remorque as Treasurer.
9 – IPP is acronym for Immediate Past President.]
 

FUN RHYME SERIES 64: MALIGAYANG KAARAWAN MAMANG HAIDE aka HAIDE TIROL SOLIDUM

 

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[On February 25, 2017 at noon time, the celebration of MAMANG HAIDE’s 94th birthday will be held at the MANILA YACHT CLUB. It would be a day of reminiscing the good old days as FRIENDS and KIN will be trooping to the Manila Yacht Club on that day to pay homage and greet MAMANG HAIDE. Let’s all pray that MAMANG HAIDE would reach the ripe and golden age of 100 years old.]

 

 

 

 

Nakilala ko si Mamang HAIDE thru Kumpadreng JOEY1,

Kaya nga’t nakilala ko rin ang COOKIES nyang so DELICIOUS and CHEWY;

Maalalahanin si MAMANG HAIDE sa lahat ng TAO,

Yan ang dahilan kaya sya’y naging Barangay Chair TODO-TODO2  !

 

 

 

At ang kanyang pinakamasarap na DELECTABLE CAKE,

Ibang klase ang SARAP, makakaligtaan mo tuloy ang iyong AGE;

Kaya kung ikaw ay isang SWEET TOOTH FAIRY 3,

Malamang ma-pakyaw mo ang kanyang cake INVENTORY!

 

 

 

 

Siya ang bunso ng tambalang  LAMBERTO at SOFIA,

Si LAMBERTO’y angkan ng TIROL4 ngalang  mula sa rehiyon ng AUSTRIA;

HAPSBURG5 ng Espanya ang syang   minsa’y namayani sa TIROL,

 Kung kilatisin si MAMANG,   mukhang  CASTILIAN ang  KOLOR!

 

 

 

Si SOFIA po naman ay angkang GONZALES na TOTOO,

Number TWO na apelyido at popular sa   IBERICO6;

Kaya nga’t walang duda at “ES VERDAD”7,

Lahi ni MAMANG ay tunay na DE KALIDAD8!

 

 

 

Aba LATIN naman ang orihen ng SOLIDUM,

Na ang ibig sabihin ay MATIBAY, BUO at wala nang CONUNDRUM9 ;

Kaya nga sa totoo at walang  ALINLANGAN,

Tunay na KASTILYAN may halo pang LATIN YAN…

 

 

 

Kung tutunghayan ang kanyang LARAWAN nung KABATAAN,

Para bagang sya’y isang taal na CATALAN10;

Pwede ring ang forma ay ala ASTURIAN11,

Talaga nga namang lahing IBERICAN!

 

 

 

Kaya nga ay palagiang nating si Mamang HAIDE’y IPANALANGIN,

At si Mamang HAIDE ay ating ding PURIHIN;

Naging uliran syang INA,  GRANDMA at ESPOSA,

Lahat tayo’y mag-pugay ng TAAS-NOO sa KANYA!

 

 

 

 

Sa kaarawan mong ito na PAGA NOVENTA12,

Na-mi-MISS namin ang iyong CHEWY cookies TALAGA;

Subalit palagi pa ring naaalaala ang mga PIANO mong pang-PIYESA13,

Talagang PANG-OPERA at ang sarap na ma-KABESA 14!

 

 

 

Kaya DASAL namin sa selebrasyon ng KAARAWAN MO,

Patuloy na lumawig at humaba ang BUHAY na TOTOO;

Upang ang iyong mga APO pati na yong sa TUHOD15,

Patuloy na malasap ang iyong pagiging GRANDMA na so VERY GOOD!!!!

 

 

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[Legend: 1 – JOEY aka JOSE TIROL SOLIDUM is my Kumpadre, being the godfather of one of my daughters, Ma. Wincheska E. Young (“Cheska”).
2 – Mamang Haide has been the longest reigning Barangay Chairwoman in their place along Sylvia Street in Manila, from 1972 up to 2005.
3 – A SWEET TOOTH FAIRY is one who finances a specific undertaking.
4 – TIROL is actually a region in Austria which for a time during the 17th century virtually became part of the Kingdom of Spain as it was bequeathed to the reigning HAPSBURG family who reigned in Spain from the 15th  to the 17th  centuries.
5 – House of HAPSBURG – It was during the reign of Emperor Charles V (Carlos I of Spain), who ascended the thrones of the kingdoms of Spain after the death of his grandfather Ferdinand, when the House of Hapsburg  controlled territory ranging from Philippines to the Netherlands, and was, for a time, Europe’s greatest power. This period of Spanish history has been referred to as the “Age of Expansion”. Although usually associated with its role in the history of Central Europe, the Hapsburg family extended its realm into Spain from 1516 to 1700, where the Hapsburg senior line reigned for that period. Under Hapsburg rule, Spain reached the zenith of its influence and power.
6 – IBERICO is another term for SPAIN as it lies in the Iberian Penisula.
7 – “ES VERDAD” is a Spanish phrase which means; “THAT’S TRUE!”.
8 – “DE KALIDAD” is a Spanish term which means; “HIGH QUALITY”.
9 – CONUNDRUM is a word which denotes some kind of a problem.
10 – CATALAN is an ethnic group in Spain which pertains to those people hailing from Catalonia proper, as well as even the other Catalan-speaking people, namely those from Andorra, Valencia, the Balearic islands, eastern Aragon of Spain.
11 – The ASTURIANS of Spain are those people nestled between the Cantabrian mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, in the northwest corner of Spain, as this region lies in the beautiful province of Asturias. Over a million people inhabit this land that is commonly called “The Little Switzerland”, because of its majestic mountains and green fertile valleys.
12 – Mamang HAIDE is now 94 years old.
13 – PANG-PIYESA is used herein as denoting the musical rendition via PIANO of the favorite pieces of PIANO music which Mamang HAIDE has been consistently playing during those nostalgic yesteryears especially “IN THE MOOD” which is one of her favorites.
14 – MA-KABESA  means to commit to memory.
15 – APO SA TUHOD means the child of a grandchild.]
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FUN RHYME SERIES 63: MALIGAYANG KAARAWAN KUYA RAUL aka BISHOP RAUL DE CASTRO TOBIAS

 

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[Photo above shows our KUYA RAUL who is BISHOP RAUL C. TOBIAS of the Diocese of the U.S.A. and Canada of the Philippine Independent Church aka AGLIPAYAN CHURCH OF THE PHILIPPINES. He is the youngest son of the late Spouses CASTOR TOBIAS and LOLITA DE CASTRO TOBIAS of Santa Cruz, Laguna. Tiyo Castor Tobias is the eldest brother of my late Mom, Norma Rivera Tobias. As has been the culture in the Tagalog region of the Philippines, the children of the eldest sibling is accorded much respect as some kind of acknowledging the ELDEST as some analogical example of  a PRIMUS INTER PARES.]

 

 

Sa mga KAANAK namin siya ang sinusulingan,

Ukol sa mga payo at buhay-buhay man;

Dahil nga siya’y alagad ng DIYOS bilang isang PARI,

Siya’y OBISPO na ngayon,  na mapusyaw na nga ang DALIRI1

 

 

Mapusyaw ang DALIRI dahil sa SINUSUNOD,

Kapag tinaas ito’y tuluyan silang TATANGHOD;

Sa usap-usapan at lalo na sa PULPITO,

Mga salita niya’y para bagang PEETO 2 !

 

 

 

PEETO nga na mula sa SILBATO 3,

Kaya kapag umalingawngaw PAPARA4 ka ng TODO;

O kung tama din naman ang gawi o ginagawa mo…

Ibig sabihin nyan lang ay DERECHO  aking IJO 5!

 

 

Siya’y OBISPO ng Simbahang AGLIPAYANO 6,

Na syang tinangkilik ng tanging angkan ko;

Ang pagkakaiba lamang sa KATOLIKO7,

Ay ang hindi pagtalima sa utos ng VATICANO 8!

 

 

 

Ang may-bahay ni KUYA RAUL na si ATE MONA 9,

Tunay na maganda at lalo pa ngang GRACIOSA;

Nang kami’y dumalaw noong 2015 sa ESTADOS UNIDOS,

Sinundo kami sa AIRPORT at nagsilbing DRAYBER 10  ng LUBOS!

 

 

Nalaman ko lamang na noong petsang iyon,

Ang SIMBAHANG AGLIPAYANO’y mayroon palang SELEBRASYON11 ;

Kaya nung kami’y dalhin sa simbahan para sa Banal na Misa,

Ang ABITO12 ng OBISPO’y pula at makapal na ORGANZA13!

 

 

 

Mula sa aming mag-anak at pati ang buong ANGKAN…

Nagpapaabot sa iyo KUYA RAUL ng puspos na PAG-GALANG;

Ikaw ang syang tulay naming lahat sa PARAISO 14,

Lumawig na nga’t humaba sana nga ang BUHAY mo!

 

 

Noong kami’y mga paslit pa at tuwing “school vacation” 15,

Pagbabakasyon naming sa Sta. Cruz, Laguna halos ay “training session”;

Tinuturuan kaming lahat ni KUYA RAUL ng mga “BOY SCOUTS TYING KNOT” 16,

Totoong sa kaalaman siya’y HINDI NAGKUKUNAT17 !

 

 

 

Kaya nga ay palagiang tayong magdarasal,

GOOD LUCK message para kay Kuya Raul ay patuloy nating iusal;

Pati  prayers of “PROSPERITY” at “GOOD HEALTH wishes”,

Upang s’ating pagtahak sa LANGIT marami tayong makuhang PLUSSES18!

 

 

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[Legend: 1 – DALIRI na MAPUSYAW which roughly translates into ENGLISH as “dazzling or shining forefinger”– This is a phrase being used supported by POETIC LICENSE to denote the teaching profile of a man of the cloth, a priest, who would usually raise up his forefinger coupled by some kind of “up and down” motion to express or impress the guiding tenor of his statements and/or speech.
2 – PEETO is a term which denotes a WHISTLE or the shrilling sound generated by blowing a WHISTLE. The spelling was sort of exaggerated to make it distinct from the other Tagalog word “PITO” which could also mean SEVEN.
3 – SILBATO is another term for WHISTLE, which is the gadget that generates a WHISTLE sound.
4 – PAPARA is derived from the Spanish term PARAR which means to STOP. PAPARA therefore means TO STOP.
5 – IJO is another Spanish term which means a SON.
6 – AGLIPAYANO refers to the PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENT CHURCH or AGLIPAYAN CHURCH which was established by the the late Catholic priest, Fr. Gregorio Aglipay of Ilocos Norte. It is an independent Christian denomination in the form of a national church in the Philippines. Its schism from the Catholic Church was proclaimed in 1902 by the members of the Unión Obrera Democrática Filipina due to the alleged mistreatment of the Filipinos by Spanish priests and the execution of José Rizal during Spanish colonial rule.I was in fact baptized in the Aglipay Church as I was born in Santa Cruz, Laguna except that when I went schooling at San Beda High School, I was thereafter baptized in the Catholic rites at the St. Ignatius Chapel inside Fort Aguinaldo, Quezon City.  
7 – KATOLIKO refers to the Roman Catholic Church.
8 – VATICANO refers to the City of Vatican in Rome, Italy which serves as  the seat of the Roman Catholic Church.
9 – ATE MONA is the beauteous wife of Kuya Raul and is the former MONALIZA ESCOBAR whose family hails from CAVITE.
10 – When I and my Daddy Max Young went to the U.S.A. in 2015 to join my daughters who earlier flew to the U.S.A. to compete in the 2015 World Hiphop International Contest, I got surprised to see Ate Mona, alone and unescorted, at the arrival area as she fetched us and served as our driver. 
11 – I later learned that the AGLIPAYAN Church chapter in the U.S.A. was then celebrating the anniversary of the AGLIPAYAN Church in the U.S.A.  When I and Daddy Max thereafter attended the HOLY MASS at the L.A. Church (after Ate MONA fetched us from the airport) where the Philippine Independent Church (U.S.A. Chapter) was holding their anniversary-celebration, I was amazed to learn that the Philippine National Anthem is sung before the HOLY COMMUNION.
12 – ABITO is the Tagalog term used to refer to the priestly vestment.
13 – ORGANZA –again, supported by POETIC LICENSE, this would refer to the priestly vestment then worn by Kuya Raul which is a seeming vestment of brocaded fabric or perhaps a thick organza.
14 – PARAISO would refer to HEAVEN.
15 – SCHOOL VACATION refers to the school break which starts from March until May. During those years of our nonage, we will always be brought (me, and my other sibling William together with my cousins notable Amormio and Agnes I think); to Santa Cruz, Laguna unto the care and custody of our late Tia Loling Tobias, to spend our vacation and we will be looking forward to Kuya Raul teaching us a lot of feats and things.
16 – As Kuya Raul was a high level officer of the BOY SCOUTS, he would brief us about the BOY SCOUTS and would teach us about those BOY SCOUTS TYING KNOTS.
17 – “Nagkukunat” would actually mean TRYING TO ACT SO STINGY. In this regard, Kuya Raul was not STINGY with his knowledge and would in fact teach us about those BOY SCOUTS TYING KNOTS.
18 – PLUSSES would actually mean the many merits that we would gain and accumulate by PRAYER and GOOD DEEDS as our own passport to eternal life in heaven.]
 

 

 

 

 

FUN RHYME SERIES 62: MALIGAYANG KAARAWAN HIDILYN aka HIDILYN F. DIAZ

 

[WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMP HIDILYN F. DIAZ is a Facebook friend of my youngest daughter, Ma. Winnalee E. Young (“ALEE”). ALEE has asked me to write a FUN RHYME BLOG for HIDILYN. HAPPY BIRTHDAY HIDILYN! ALEE and the REST OF US IN THE YOUNG FAMILY- my wife DANG, and my other children SHAYNA, TONTON and CHESKA are all your avid fans. Photo at extreme left is that of ALEE; middle photo is that of HIDILYN F. DIAZ; and, the extreme right photo is that of myself with HIDILYN at the GABALDON Hall at the CLUB FILIPINO.]

 

 

Si Hidilyn F. Diaz1 ay isang pag-papatotoo,

Na tunay na magaling ang FILIPINO;

Bagamat siya ay PETITE, ngunit CUTE —

Malamang magaling na siyang mag- PARACHUTE2!

 

 

Tuwing siya’y mababanggit kung         tratuhin sya’y parang batang paslit,

Kasi nga nama’y nang pumasok sa OLYMPICS3  siya’y namumukod na LIGHTEST;

Pero kwidaw kayo dahil siya lamang ang SOLO,

Na nakapag-“compete” ng CONSECUTIVE4   sa OLYMPICS hanggang RIO!

 

 

At damagundong na ngang tunay,

Ang ating si HIDILYN  sa rurok ng TAGUMPAY;

Nang masungkit na po niya’y kumikinang na SILVER MEDAL…

Buong mundo’y talaga po namang natigalgal!

 

 

Subalit kung susumahin, dami na ang kanyang “accomplishment EPIC”,

Umani ng tatlong BRONZE MEDAL    sa Houston, Texas5 po yaan;

Kaya’t sya’y nakakuha ng SLOT para sa RIO OLYMPIC,

Tuluyan na ngang bansa nati’y nag-sasaya’t nag-diriwang!

 

 

Kaming iyong nga LOYAL FANS, pati na rin ang DE LA SALLE6

Ay nananalangi’t taimtim na nagdarasal;

Makamit mong tuwina ang iyong mga ina-asam,

Upang  patuloy ang iyong pag-usad ngayon ika’y isa ring FIRST CLASS AIRWOMAN7!

 

 

Sa iyong pag-“TE-TRAINING”, ay tunay na mag-ingat ka–

Upang ang angking mong lakas sana ay mag-TRIPLE pa;

Para kapag ikaw’y sumabak na sa 2020 TOKYO OLYMPICS,

Ikaw ay muling maging KAMPEON sa mundo, pati na rin sa KOMIKS8!

 

 

 

Malaking pasalamat sa INA at sa AMA mo9,

At nagawa nilang arugain ko nang TODO;

Sana kung ikaw sa FUTURE ay magkaroon ng SUPLING,

Dapat ay sing-galing mo at may LOVE FOR COUNTRY na FEELING!

 

 

Kaya ngayon kaming lahat ay SALUDO sa iyo,

Ikaw ang siyang modelong-tanyag ng bansa natin sa MUNDO;

Kahit na maliit ka pa, malaki naman ang PUSO mo,

Ulirang FILIPINO—PILI na, at tunay na FINO10 !

MALIGAYANG KAARAWAN MULI KAIBIGAN KONG HIDILYN – ALEE YOUNG!!!!

 

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[Legend: 1 – HIDILYN F. DIAZ is the FIRST FILIPINO weightlifter who snatched the SILVER MEDAL in the RIO DE JANEIRO SUMMER OLYMPICS in 2016.
2 – In 2013, HIDILYN was recruited into the PHILIPPINE AIR FORCE (PAF) and one of the reported customary training regimen for an AIRMAN or an  AIRWOMAN like HIDILYN in the PAF is doing PARACHUTE jumps.
3 – When she represented the PHILIPPINES as a wild card entry in the 2008 SUMMER OLYMPICS in BEIJING, she was the lightest as she was then weighing 56.28 kilograms; and she was also the youngest at 17.
4 – HIDILYN holds the reputation of having CONSECUTIVELY competed in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 SUMMER OLYMPICS in the WEIGHTLIFTING arena.
5 – HIDILYN won 3 BRONZE MEDALS in the IWF WORLD WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIP in Houston, Texas on November 22, 2015.
6 – HIDILYN enrolled at the DE LA SALLE-COLLEGE OF SAINT BENILDE in January 2017 in order to resume her tertiary/collegiate studies.
7 – HIDILYN was promoted as AIRWOMAN FIRST CLASS in the PAF for her achievement in the 2016 RIO OLYMPICS.
8 – In the Philippine setting, KOMIKS which is the TAGALOG version of COMICS has become a customary medium (via a magazine type publication complete with graphics which could be in the form of caricature renditions of the cast of characters about a featured story) of  highlighting and showering praises to a Philippine hero or a champion most particularly in the field of SPORTS. HIDILYN, in my opinion is both a HERO and a CHAMP in the eyes of her loyal and avid fans.
9 – HIDILYN is the 5th of a brood of SIX (6) children of EDUARDO DIAZ and EMELITA DIAZ.
10 – As a usual PROUD motto of FILIPINOS, they say that “FILIPINO” actually denotes, as follows: the “PILI” means CHOSEN or DELICATELY SELECTED, and “FINO” which denotes of some kind of FINE BREEDING.]
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FUN RHYME SERIES 61: THE MR. & MS. CMU aka CITY MALABON UNIVERSITY PAGEANT

[I got  invited by my good friend Mon Maronilla to serve as presentor of awards at the Mr. & Ms. CMU Pageant (on the very day of the BEAUTY PAGEANT itself) in connection with the 23rd anniversary foundation on February 17, 2017 of the City of Malabon University, a city university where Mon is the University President! It was joyful, colorful and exciting! Congrats to the 2017 Mr. & Ms. CMU! I wish to add that I was amazed with the caliber of the contestants who showed wonderful demeanor and bearing and displayed their witty intelligence as they answered the questions with much profundity. CONGRATULATIONS IS IN ORDER FOR BOTH THE STUDENTS AND THE OFFICIALS OF THE UNIVERSITY, particularly the University President, Atty. Ramon M. Maronilla. My friend Mon is also the incumbent President of the UP Alumni Association, whose tenure ends in 2018 yet. Commendations and a note of congratulations are also due the local government unit of the City of Malabon particularly  Mayor Lenlen Oreta, who has perseveringly supported the CMU.]

 

 

It was good Mon Maronilla1 invited me to the PAGEANT,

‘Twas a nice chance to see talent and who’ll eventually be regnant;

Mon Maronilla is the benign Prexy of  CMU2,

That’s acronym for CITY of MALABON UNIVERSITY…you know—

 

 

I eventually would become presentor of awards,

With Mon in fact, as he’s the father of those wards;

They were rooting for their respective

faves,

There were FOUR pairs of handsome guys & dazzling maids!

 

 

Mayor Lenlen Oreta started  the pageant rolling,

And Mon kept all the people trolling3;

They were enticed and were truly allured,

As the contestants were all pretty and  so coutured4!

 

 

 

As Mon delivered his welcome speech,

There were jeering and cheering in every corner and niche;

And as Mon declared — “LET THE SHOW BEGIN”,

The pomp and revelry have truly sunk in!

 

 

They were truly ostentatiously attired,

Like fairies and nymphs as well as enchanting masculines; 

Their costumes appeared too exotic,

Their props and seeming capes looked truly ecstatic!

 

 

And the swim wear march on the stage,

It’s as if they were dainty birds on a golden cage;

They were making their feathers so fluffy and creamy,

Indeed, they walked so sparklingly ornamental; yet so tidy!

 

 

 

And the evening-wear sashaying & traipsing,

It’s as if they were flamingoes wading;

And their cadence and the tempo and their oft-bewitching swing,

They truly looked like precious jewels on a string!

 

 

Finally, the QUESTION and ANSWER portion,

It’s as though that part was the MAIN crucible of the session;

And then every answer that was there expressed,

Came as though they were so wittingly rehearsed5!

 

 

But as they really worked hard for the awards,

I would say they deserve those sequined sashes/sparkling lanyards;

And for the KING and QUEEN of the SHOW,

Those CROWNs were so truly nice as gifts to bestow!

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2017 MR. & MS. CMU!!!!

 

CONGATULATIONS AS WELL TO THE UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS FOR A JOB WELL DONE and THE EXECUTION OF A WELL-PLANNED PAGEANT!!!!

 

 

 

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[Legend: 1 – My good friend Mon Maronilla aka Atty. Ramon M. Maronilla who is the University President of CMU aka City of Malabon University invited me to act as PRESENTOR of AWARDS in the Mr. & Ms. CMU Beauty Pageant, in connection with the 23rd anniversary of the University’s foundation.
2 – The CMU aka City of Malabon University was established in 1994 to provide quality collegiate education to the hoi polloi; the masses and the common people of the City of Malabon. I was amazed by the way the contestants answered the questions propounded unto them as they answered the questions with depth and profundity in English even.
3 – TROLLING is used here to mean ENTICING; as my friend Mon kept them in seeming suspense as he thereafter announced the START of the PAGEANTRY.
4 – COUTURED means well-dressed. It would appear that the school authorities at CMU engaged the services of a topnotch couturier/haberdasher to come up with the attractive dresses and dazzling suits of the ladies and gentlemen-contestants as well as the swim wear attire.
5 – During the QUESTION and ANSWER portion; while the contestants were asked to pick at random from a sheaf of folded stationery, it was as though the contestants were reading their answers from a folio. It would only show that all the contestants prepared well and studied hard for the Q & A portion of the pageant. The winning contestant even adduced an answer in impeccable English with finesse and much profundity. Indeed, one would be swayed to perceive that the Q & A was sort of rehearsed; but the fact that one of the contestants came out with a much profound answer, is indication that the session was an impromptu thing. It is therefore something that makes CMU deserving of KUDOS for both its students and its officials.

FUN RHYME SERIES 59: MY FIRST MOTORCYCLE-PIGGY-BACK RIDE

[My late mother has incessantly advised us not to ride a motor bike as bad experiences about bike accidents were aplenty even then. Well, yesterday afternoon–I experienced my first motorcycle piggy-back ride with GARY as the BIKE’s pilot (as I do not know how to drive it) yesterday afternoon just to do an errand for my youngest daughter ALEE. I got so excited as ALEE needed some packaging stuff for her purported NEW BUSINESS; and the thought of enhancing her entrepreneurial proclivity  egged me to do the RIDE. I sort of told myself that Shayna & Cheska working on their dance studio and specialty-apparel  business, Tonton’s partnering in a RESTO business and ALEE’s bag/pouch trading business…well, I and Dang will be among a company of capable, clever, and cheery YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS! Incidentally, the BIKE RIDE with GARY was ZESTFUL and WILD. Left and right photos are those of ALEE; middle photo shows myself doing a piggy-back ride on GARY’s BIKE.]

Just this morning I received a text,

From a pretty banker who’s from EAST-WEST1;

It’s about my youngest daughter’s2 account,

She said my ALEE withdrew a big amount3.

 

And so I got swayed to call her fast,

If that’s the case, ALEE’s credit won’t surely last;

But I was given a credible explanation,

Her action was some kind of entrepreneurial resolution!

 

ALEE said that she’s opening a business,

And she’ll be selling some specialty pouches;

She’ll do her business venture ON LINE,

She boasted that her goods are one of a kind!

 

I got a  bit animated and excited,

This ON LINE business has really sprouted;

And as the trend which has now been in VOGUE,

They use computers and cellphones as CATALOGUE!

 

As I was out of office for an engagement,

ALEE dropped by and made proud her comment;

That she has quickly closed some deals,

My staff and lawyers burst out some peals!

 

 And as I returned to my office at around 4 PM,

I was told ALEE needed some packaging which should be the KEM4;

ALEE specified that it must be paper-based,

As she’ll adorn it and make it elegantly-laced.

 

 

As the excitement within me got ENHANCED,

I had to rush to Farmers’ Market5  near EDSA;

But as I had to keep an appointment at 5 PM,

I had to do the PURCHASE in a quick GLEAM6!

 

 

As FARMERS’ MARKET7 was surely  congested,

As it happens always every Valentine’s EVE;

I asked our office assistant GARY,

Who drives a motorcycle, as he doesn’t TARRY!

 

 

And so I experienced my FIRST MOTORCYCLE PIGGY-BACK RIDE,

And GARY’s BIKE did in fact GLIDE and SLIDE;

I even got the chills when a MOTORCYCLED TRAFFIC ENFORCER8,

Almost bumped our BIKE as though a STALKER!

And I was able to buy the mid-sized PAPER BAGS,

To insure that ALEE would not have some order-lags;

And it would really be EXHILARATING,

If ALEE’s business would really do a KILLING9.

 

 

But that MOTORCYCLE RIDE with GARY,

As in fact despite the traffic jam, the delay was NARY;

We drove outbound in a FLASH,

And we arrived on time at the office in a DASH!

 

 

But this will be my FIRST and LAST BIKE RIDE,

Just to make ALEE’s business to start, SO ALIVE;

Though it’s been said that when you ride a BIKE,

You’d often collide against a DIKE or get a ticket for a RIKE10!!!!

 

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[Legend: 1 – Ms. Paula Katrina Labao is the officer at the EAST-WEST Bank located along P. Tuazon Avenue who assisted my youngest daughter Ma. Winnalee (“Alee”) E. Young when she opened a bank account. Alee is a freshman at the ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY taking up a course in Management.
2 – Alee opened that bank account early this year after receiving cash and check gifts during her debut party on November 6, 2016  as well as during the Yuletide season.
3 – Ms. Labao actually texted to me the relatively huge amount which Alee withdrew from the bank.
4 – KEM means CHAMPION and is used in this FUN-RHYME BLOG as some kind of quality that ought to be surpassed or some kind of WINNING QUALITY or HIGH QUALITY of that packaging stuff.
5 – FARMERS’ MARKET is usually a buyer’s favorite destination to buy almost  all kinds of stuff.
6 – GLEAM is used here to mean a FLASH, some kind of a quick thing.
7 – FARMERS’ MARKET actually features a FLOWER SECTION which becomes so CONGESTED during Valentine’s Day eve due to the onrush of people wanting to buy FLOWERS particularly RED ROSES for their loved ones.
8 – The traffic enforcer which almost figured in a near collision with GARY’s bike was a Barangay Traffic Enforcer and actually a friend of my brother William, who is himself a Barangay Kagawad in Barangay San Roque in Cubao, Quezon City.
9 – The idiomatic expression “MAKE A KILLING” means to make a huge profit.
10 – RIKE means an offense or a misdemeanor and used here to refer to a traffic offense or traffic misdemeanor. ]