[At left photo is the tarpaulin used as backdrop at the stage put up at the UP Bahay ng Alumni during the March 11, 2017 72nd birthday celebration of my Kumpadreng MON MARONILLA which cockily proclaimed: “THE COCK IS MORE ALIVE THAN EVER!”. Top right photo is a group photo with WILLIENEP and Kumpadreng MON. Bottom right photo is WILLIENEP, the master impersonator.]
At the newly renovated U.P. BAHAY ng ALUMNI1,
We trekked on to it last Saturday, though traffic2 was HIGH;
It was Kumpadreng MON’s3 birthday CELEBRATION,
It was a night of FUN & JUBILATION!
The tarpaulin as backdrop to the stage was TITILLATING,
It talked about a COCK in white silhouette as though ROOSTING4;
As the caption on the tarp as written AVERRED,
It read: “The cock is alive more than EVER!”
I was a bit doubtful which COCK — MON was referring TO,
Though I know that MON is a cockfight AFICIONADO;
But as he neither have nor rent a COCK FARM,
He could be referring to a COCK of a friend in SAN JUAN5!
But alas as I remembered, MON’s birth was in ’456,
In a month when the Japs in Manila have finally FORTIFIED7;
For which reason the GIs bombed and the Japs then got GIRTHED8,
The shelling & bombing, like fireworks, seemed to herald MON’s BIRTH!
Indeed MON was born in the Year of the COCK,
Though the usual name is ROOSTER, COCK is lingo for the CROCK9;
But COCK or ROOSTER or could be FOWL,
The use of the word COCK ought not to bring any HOWL…
Thus, Mon Junior10 started the FESTIVITY,
As he recited out a prayer with much FORMALITY;
Thereafter some singing wafted in the AIR,
As the feasting begun with so much FLAIR!
And the hall thereafter was FILLED,
With angelic voices of singers who really are SKILLED!
As to the feast– I loved the LECHON11 with its SAUCE,
As the skin was crispy and shiny with GLOSS…
But the exciting thing that HAPPENED,
Is that we got seated with MON’s comic FRIEND;
It was WILLIE NEP12, the grand comedian and the best in IMPERSONATING,
With hearty laughs, my belly turned out OSCILLATING13!