Friday, January 29

Mahal Kong Oryang



  Ang pagsinta ni Gat Andres Bonifacio sa Lakambini ng Katipunan na si Gregoria de Jesus, na kaniya rin kabiyak, ay walang hanggan. Pag-ibig na di kailanman lalamlam. 

Sadyang pinagtagpo ng mga alon ang kanilang mga dalampasigan. Upang sa gitna ng karagatan sila'y magniniig magpakailanman.

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Mahal kong Oryang,  

Mali ka. Hindi kita nakasalubong upang sa dulo ng kalsada, ako ay liliko sa kanan at ikaw sa kaliwa. Sapagkat saan man tayo dalhin ng ating pakikibaka, ikaw lang ang aking itatangi at makailang ulit na ihaharap sa pulang bandila. Hindi tayo nagpalitan ng mga kwento upang sa pinakahuling tuldok ng pangungusap, ang karugtong ay alingawngaw ng katahimikan. Walang pagod kitang aawitan ng imnong pambayan, Oryang. Hindi kailanman ako mauubusan ng salita upang maialay sa iyo bilang mga tula. Maging ang bulong at buntung-hininga’y magpapahayag ng pagsinta sa tulad mong umiibig din sa bansa. Hindi tayo sabay na tumawa, nagkatinginan, at tumawa pa nang mas malakas, upang sa paghupa ng halakhak ay may butil ng luha na mamimintana sa ating mga mata. Loobin man ng Maykapal na pansamantala tayong magkawalay, tandaan mong ang halakhak at sigaw ng ating mga kasamahan ay sa akin rin. Hindi ka dapat masabik sa akin sapagkat ako’y mananatili sa iyong piling. Hindi kita niyakap nang ilang ulit upang sa pagkalas ng mga braso ko sayo ay maramdaman mong iniiwan kita. Habambuhay akong magiging tapat sa ating panata, Oryang. Kapara ng binitawan kong sumpa sa ngalan ng bayan, tayo’y mananatiling katipun, kawal, at bayani ng ating pagmamahalan. Hindi tayo bumuo ng mga alaala sa umaga, tanghali at gabi upang sa muli mong paggising ay maisip mong hindi tayo nagkasama sa pakikidigma. Hindi ko man hawak ang bukas, nais kong tanganan mo ang aking pangako na ilang ulit kong pipiliing mabuhay at pumanaw upang patunayan sa iyong mali ka. At kung magkataong ako’y paharapin sa ating anak na si Andres, buo ang loob kong haharap sa kanya at sasabihin ko sa kanyang mali ka. Hindi ako bumati sa simula upang sa huli ay magpaalam.


Ikaw ang aking bayan,
Andres

Sunday, January 24

The Artsy Home of Traveler on Foot

I have followed the Traveler on Foot even way before I started blogging. Though the need to explore was already there, reading his musings about Philippine history and culture further fueled this one of a kind interest I have for objects of the past. I love old houses, old churches, antique chairs, century-old dressers, musty-smelling books and the like. At such a young age, I knew I was an old soul. 


So when Glenn, the man behind this awesome blog, invited me to be a part of Traveler On Foot's 8th year anniversary celebration at his humble abode in Rizal, I did not hesitate to say yes.


I have never actually explored this province. 'Going to Rizal' meant the occasional 'just passing through'. To reach the other parts of my home province Laguna from east Metro Manila. I recall a trekking adventure to Mt.Romelo in Famy way back 2007. We passed by several Rizal towns but San Mateo was not part of it. So I guess a Rizal province exploration will happen soon. 

Monday, January 11

2015

I did not do much traveling last year. But with the few travels I had, I realized one thing. That I would travel for as long as I can afford and as far as my pocket and my itchy feet will take me.

Boracay


Postcard-perfect Boracay Island

The first island I fell in love with. It is not a wonder why Boracay Island has been hailed as the most beautiful. I pray that Filipinos will do their part in keeping it clean and safe. After all, we have a responsibility in taking care of what God has given us.

Isla Pag-Asa


The lonely but lovely Isla Pag-Asa

My visit here created a deeper and different kind of love for my dear country. People living here are literally in an isla. Synonymous with far-flung, deserted and isolated. The giant China can never claim what is rightfully ours. 

Monday, January 4

Saigon aka HCMC

We just passed through Ho Chi Minh City on our way back to Manila. Coming from a long 14-hour bus ride from Siem Reap, with a short stopover in Phnom Penh, the sights and sounds of HCMC was a big change from the quiet surroundings we have gotten so used to in the last three days. 


Ben Thanh Market

Church of Notre Dame

I am a lover of noodles 

HCMC's streets are always full of motorbikes!


When we were waiting for our flight back home, we surmised how time flew by so fast. It was already the end of our Indo-china trip. We were a bit tired as the last few days went by in a blur. My friend and I thanked God that we were able to proceed with the trip. Even though we were not blessed financially, we had more than enough to keep our bellies full and had beautiful lodgings we called our second homes. 

God is in deed great!


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Other Parts In This Series:

Bagan Lodge:  A Grandiose Gateway to Bagan's Noble Past

A Delightful Stay in Hotel by Red Canal Mandalay 
Once Upon A Time in Soria Moria Boutique Hotel
Tranquility and Nostaglia Equals Pavillon d'Orient 

A Surprise Malaysia Visit
Burma: An Untouched Gem 
Yangon is Yielding
On the Way to Bagan
Bagan is Beautiful
Biking in Bagan
Hello Mandalay!
Pretty in Pai
Overland Border Crossing:  Bangkok to Siem Reap
Finally, Siem Reap
Saigon aka HCMC
Indochina Trip Itinerary and Expenses