Monday, April 28, 2008

Wow! My Blogs Are Being Read!

Last night, during the swimming party of the community to which I belong, a fellow brother approached me and told me that he read what I have written on the net. It came quite a surprise to me to know this brother is doing net-surfing. Not that he doesn't know how to access the internet, but because surfing the internet is not his thing... much more read blogs!

And so I told him, "I didn't know you have access to the internet!", and he told me that it was his in-law - he didn't say if it was a brother or a sister-in-law, who saw my blogs and printed them for him. He said they were okay... quite heavy, but okay. When I asked how did his in-law came to stumble upon my blogs, he said he doesn't know.

This realization came a bit of a surprise to me... indeed, my blog has been going around! And people who don't know me at all are stumbling upon it, maybe by chance but the fact is they did. I used to promote my blog only to those who are in the address book of my e-mail which I would say is quite few. Through forums too, but I rarely get feedback, for me to think that my blog is actually being read.

It has been quite a while since I started my first blog... since 2004 to be exact. Pouring out my thoughts... my fears... my angst... my joys... my soul literally, in writing. Something which I was just writing in my notebooks manually before, with no audience whatsoever... except for me and my wife.

Now, maybe it has become a little bit advanced, but still has the same emotions. No pretensions... and definitely not for show. Seeking not to impress, but to express. Looking for an outlet for an otherwise withheld thoughts and feelings. Thinking not of what reactions it could gain from whoever could chance upon it.

Rarely do I get online comments on my blogs, that's why I really thought that it was just one of those blogs on the net... nothing special, just text made personalized. And more often than not - ignored. But with the comment that I got from a fellow brother in the community last night, there's only one thing I can say....

"Wow! I am actually being read!"


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Death Of An Angeles City's Icon

I am not really a person who is so much concern with what is happening around me… as long is it does not directly affect me. But the news that I heard today has a great impact on me, being an Angelenos. Lucita Cunanan, more popularly known as Aling Lucing, was killed inside her house early this Wednesday morning. Reports said that she died due massive head injuries caused by hammer. Yes! Brutally, she was hammered to death.

Aling Lucing became famous because of concocting a dish which became the ‘pambansang pulutan’ in the Philippines - the Sisig! And I, naturally, take pride that this ‘phenomenon’ originated in my hometown, Angeles City. This became so famous that people from Manila would travel all the way to Angeles City and go to the place called ‘Crossing‘, where chains of barbecue stands are lined up just beside the old train rail tracks (hence the name Crossing) which includes Aling Lucing’s. Not minding the long drive, and I’m pretty sure the NLEX doesn’t exist yet then or at least it is not at it is now, just to be able to taste the original ’sisig’ of Aling Lucing. A part of of Angeles City’s history.

But this morning… a very sad news shocked the entire city. The murder of Aling Lucing - inside her own house! I don’t really know the exact details of her death, as you know how details changes or get mixed-up when it passes from one source to another, but one thing is for sure - she was killed!

The news on TV revealed more details. She lived with her husband and a household help, their children who already has families of their own does not live with them anymore. And as the story goes, Mr. Cunanan left her early in the morning (4:30AM) to buy some food, and when he came back he found her already dead… apparently hammered to death.

Although there are no reports yet as to who is or are the suspects, the police somewhat gave a hint on what is on their mind: there were no signs of forced entry upon initial inspection of the area and an interview with the maid revealed that she didn’t hear any sign of struggle or a fight or a shout. But the authority said that they just have some ‘reservations’ on the husband’s story… hmmm… sounds like a CSI material. If only SOCO would do good on their job, hopefully this case would be solved soon. We Angelenos want it to be solved soon.

Personally, I really don’t know her, but from someone who just recently lost a love one, I feel for her family. And like the rest of the city, I am sad that this has to happen to one the city’s icon. And the least that we could do now is to pray that justice would prevail soon.

Aling Lucing may be gone… but her legacy will last forever. For her name is already synonymous with sisig and vice-versa. A legacy that Angeles City will always be proud of.

God Bless her soul.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Nokarin Ta Kanyan?

Literally would translate to 'Where to now?' or 'What's next?' Written as an entry to the first ever Kapampangan Songwriting contest of Aslag Kapampangan in August of last year. Unfortunately, it didn't pass the committee's scrutinizing standards.
Dedicated to the victory of Among Ed as Governor of Pampanga and as a challenge to all those who pushed him and supported him. Because winning the election and having Among Ed at the Governatorial seat isn't a guarantee of change. Those who supported Among Ed must continue working... doing their share... instead of being contented of the victory and let the Governor do all the work


Nokarin ta kanyan?
‘Yan ing kakung kutang
Sinlag ne pin ing abak
Nanu nang tutuki tamung gawan?

Pabusten ta nang makanyan?
Kaybat na ning inumpisan
Kabud ta na munta king lele
At karin ta na manalbe

E wari dapat ta ping makyabe?
Nung talagang buri tamung salese
Dapat tamung gawan kekatang parte
Sukat tamung ‘bye kekatamung dake

Ngeni pin kabang masala
Magobra ta na ngan balang sabla
Pamagbayung kekatang inumpisan
Ituloy taya’t diyan kaganapan

August 9, 2007
Angeles City

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