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Coming full circle

February 28th, 2007 No comments
TODAY, I am taking over the reins of the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) in Naga in an acting capacity. Architect Juan "Chito" O. Villegas, Jr. retired from the service yesterday after 26 years of committed and distinguished service as city planning and development coordinator.

It is a journey that has come full circle. In 1991, I joined the Naga CPDO under Chito's leadership, where I had to opportunity of working closely with the late Elmer Gallardo, his deputy. I stayed on until 1996, during which time I met other alumni like Orlando Batifora, Elmer Albo, Rafaelito Zamora, Fernando Cuadro, Alex Abiada, Gloria Albeus, Ruby Antonio, Primitivo Amaro and Juanito Lacrua. All of them have either passed away, retired or have moved on to other pursuits.

While I was away, new blood reinvigorated the office, like Norman Posugac (who is reporting on Monday, fresh from a one-year schooling in Germany), Mon Baturiano (who transferred to the mayor's office), Tali Pabines, Angel Gonzales, Chit Reodique, Arnold Apuada, Edwin Aspra and Helen Lacrua (who replaced her husband Nitoy); they joined such reliables as Cecile Daplin, Rose Ciudadano, Job Oliva, Jimmy Servino and Tess Villadares.

The office faces a lot of challenges, primarily in improving its capability to perform its mandated planning functions that will enable us to update Naga's land use and development plans. But I am confident we will rise up to this challenge and become the best local planning and development unit in the country.
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Anong bago sa Pinoy Big Brother Season 2

February 28th, 2007 No comments

Bukod sa mas malaking bahay at mas maraming hawsmeyt, ano pa ba ang bago sa ika-2 season ng Pinoy Big Brother? 

Heto ang artikel sa websayt ng PBB Season 1 nung Day Two.

Samantala, heto naman ang artikel sa PBB Season 2 kahapon, Day Two.

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Fractured, or really damaged?

February 27th, 2007 No comments
MY MORNING last Saturday ended in a big letdown, and it made me reflect as to whether what has been happening is the rule rather than the exception. And it brought back to mind this controversial article by James Fallows.

We were awakened that morning by the usual dance music accompanying the Saturday Group aerobics session, but there was something else distinctive above the din: it was the loud voice of our newly elected homeowners association president hurling invectives against two individuals behind the weekly event. Later, I gathered he was drunk, which explains his aberrant behavior that morning; most of the time, he is a soft-spoken jolly fellow.

The object of his bile were the two winning directors from the opposing party in the homeowners association election early this month; after the elections, they circulated a letter denouncing the Comelec for alleged favoritism (among others), and declared they will not assume their seat in the nine-man board; and that actually came to be as both snubbed the oath-taking of the newly elected officers just the other Saturday. That they pushed through with their weekly aerobics event without clearing it with -- and I think, a move meant to spite -- the newly installed board was apparently the last straw.

Now, Grandview is a relatively small community of around 250 families, and I expected a little bit more than ordinary. Compared to the neighboring Green Valley community of urban poor households resettled by the city government, we are by and large relatively better off, economically and educationally. In our midst, you can find public school teachers and other government employees, several lawyers, a newly appointed judge and many entrepreneurs. A handful can afford to send their children to private schools like the Ateneo and USI. In all streets, you will find cars both old and new parked along one side.

In spite of this, that recent village election mirrored one of the worst attitudes ascribed to Filipino politicians: it is said nobody loses in Philippine elections because there is always a winner on the one hand, and his opponent who claims he was cheated on the other.

After the ruckus died down, one of the parties involved approached me and tried to explain himself. Agreeing that their relationships have been fractured, I suggested holding an assembly -- a sort of a bull session -- that will seek to thresh out the thorny issues among them and hopefully restore normalcy. But I also chided him for taking that stance that effectively rejected the community's decision to put them in the Board as fiscalizers of the winning majority.

Or is my hope misplaced because what we have here, as Fallows said, is not just fractured relations but a damaged culture whose "public life does become the war of every man against every man"?
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RUIN OF THE SOUL

February 27th, 2007 No comments
I love life...Yeah, I'm sad, but at the same time, I'm really happy that something could make me feel that sad. It's like...It makes me feel alive, you know. It makes me feel human. The only way I could feel this sad now is if I felt something really good before. So I have to take the bad with the good. So I guess what I'm feeling is like a beautiful sadness. (Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park, Raisins, 2003)

This very moment I am comforting myself listening alone to my self-talk. Thanks to Parker and Stone, who tell me to be happy because I am sad.

This morning we had internal meeting with the agency for our new board. We are planning to produce commercial using an international icon and target an April 08 break date (airing). Considering the status of the artist his talent fee is ranging from 10-15 million (isn’t this overwhelming?). His talent fee alone will eat up the budget for the production, nevertheless we are optimistic that client will approve it considering the impact he will give to the product. The problems are:

a.) We don’t yet have Director in hand to present the board and estimate the additional cost.
b.) Timetable is changing day after day, and an April 8 break date is beyond reach.
c.) What is the talent’s availability for shoot? Can his talent fee be negotiable?
d.) With several projects (commercials) plus a big event in our hand, I don’t know how my mentor Producer will tweak and twist our schedule so as not to miss meetings and presentations.

Late this afternoon a little revision on our teaser material “Family” needed to be done. Since there is no available slot from the Post House, the supplier will make the revisions and dub the materials this morning take note around 2am. So tomorrow I just need to check it when I get to Makati and asked somebody to deliver it to the agency. Good thing I am an associate producer who “somehow” has a power over things in production. Thanks God, I don’t need to stay over night.

In between the day we are bombarded by different information and instructions from agency about another project in hand. The saga of “Winner”, production of this started since mid of January and will last mid of April.

a.) Sunday is our shoot date March 04, 2007 BUT we still don’t have our talents. Talent is our topic from the x times of meetings we had. Until now it’s not yet final. The client is looking for fat talents who can lose weight and look like a sexy dude by April. The heck is there is no option but make him/her lose weight, else we are not airing any commercial and all our sleepless nights, countless phone calls and follow ups, myriad numbers of meetings, location check and preparations are futile.

Why are there people so difficult to understand huh?

Work in advertising really is a cutthroat kind. If you’re a weak little creature, you won’t survive a year…

Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.
Edward Abbey (1927 - 1989), A Voice Crying in the Wilderness
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RUIN OF THE SOUL

February 27th, 2007 No comments
I love life...Yeah, I'm sad, but at the same time, I'm really happy that something could make me feel that sad. It's like...It makes me feel alive, you know. It makes me feel human. The only way I could feel this sad now is if I felt something really good before. So I have to take the bad with the good. So I guess what I'm feeling is like a beautiful sadness. (Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park, Raisins, 2003)This very moment I am comforting myself listening alone to my self-talk. Thanks to Parker and Stone, who tell me to be happy because I am sad. This morning we had internal meeting with the agency for our new board. We are planning to produce commercial using an international icon and target an April 08 break date (airing). Considering the status of the artist his talent fee is ranging from 10-15 million (isn’t this overwhelming?). His talent fee alone will eat up the budget for the production, nevertheless we are optimistic that client will approve it considering the impact he will give to the product. The problems are: a.) We don’t yet have Director in hand to present the board and estimate the additional cost.b.) Timetable is changing day after day, and an April 8 break date is beyond reach. c.) What is the talent’s availability for shoot? Can his talent fee be negotiable?d.) With several projects (commercials) plus a big event in our hand, I don’t know how my mentor Producer will tweak and twist our schedule so as not to miss meetings and presentations.Late this afternoon a little revision on our teaser material “Family” needed to be done. Since there is no available slot from the Post House, the supplier will make the revisions and dub the materials this morning take note around 2am. So tomorrow I just need to check it when I get to Makati and asked somebody to deliver it to the agency. Good thing I am an associate producer who “somehow” has a power over things in production. Thanks God, I don’t need to stay over night.In between the day we are bombarded by different information and instructions from agency about another project in hand. The saga of “Winner”, production of this started since mid of January and will last mid of April.a.) Sunday is our shoot date March 04, 2007 BUT we still don’t have our talents. Talent is our topic from the x times of meetings we had. Until now it’s not yet final. The client is looking for fat talents who can lose weight and look like a sexy dude by April. The heck is there is no option but make him/her lose weight, else we are not airing any commercial and all our sleepless nights, countless phone calls and follow ups, myriad numbers of meetings, location check and preparations are futile.Why are there people so difficult to understand huh?Work in advertising really is a cutthroat kind. If you’re a weak little creature, you won’t survive a year…Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul. Edward Abbey (1927 - 1989), A Voice Crying in the Wilderness
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A planning school at the Ateneo?

February 27th, 2007 No comments
I AM taking a big risk with this post, as someone who is not officially connected with the Ateneo de Naga University. But I just can't contain my excitement over the latest developments in regard to the Naga City Planning Studio course that will be held at the Ateneo this coming May, involving international students from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada.

More or less 20 of them will be coming over, as two more Mexican ladies are on stand by should somebody in the original list decide to drop out, Prof. Leonora Angeles of the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) emailed me recently. This is way above the minimum of five that she had in mind when Vice Mayor Gabby Bordado and I spoke in her class last November.

Dr. Malu Barcillano, director of the Ateneo Center for Local Governance, has already secured approval from university president Fr. Joel Tabora to host the learning sessions for the course. Her draft program exceeded Nora's expectations; while most hands-on activities will take place at City Hall, it will feature other Ateneo case studies on participative governance all over Bicol. Our departments stand to benefit from the wealth of local and international experiences and knowledge will be shared with local staff.

What excited me is this part of a previous email:
"I foresee the possibility of conducting research and doing pro bono guest lectures as well at the Ateneo to show my gratitude for their help. I would like to see this course as a catalyst perhaps for Ateneo to have its own Planning School as well."
Whether Naga, through the Ateneo, will have its own planning school one day is not for me to say. But I hope Fr. Tabora will more or less agree with the late Robert F. Kennedy who said: "There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?"
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Attention Nagueño student programmers

February 26th, 2007 No comments

FROM Ruben Canlas, Jr. by way of the GMANews Bloggers Network:

Filipino programming students, take heed! Google is once again sponsoring students from all over the world to do some serious programming. The mission? To contribute code to an open source software (OSS) project.

Google calls this event “Summer of Code (SoC) 2007” and is much-awaited in the global open source community. Some of the beneficiaries last year included open source projects like Apache (majority of the web servers on the internet are Apache servers), PHP (a popular web programming language), Moodle (online learning) and Drupal (content management).

Last year, more than 600 students in 93 countries joined this event. Only two of those came from the Philippines. I’m sure we can do better than that:)

Interested? Ruben’s entry on the subject has all the details.

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finally

February 26th, 2007 No comments
Remember my october 19, 2005 post? The ASUS SLI "Silent Cool Technology" Motherboard... Guess what? I got to install one. It's my friend's actually, the video master, vernonzeth... He bought a P5b deluxe ASUS motherboard (the silent cool technology), with a Core 2 duo Processor, a 1gb ddr, 360GB sata, plus an external one, 17" flat lcd and a cool surround speaker system, speaking of gadgets, hehehe. they shouldve add one more thing to it, AWESOME! the silent cool and awesome board... :)

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finally

February 26th, 2007 No comments
Remember my october 19, 2005 post? The ASUS SLI "Silent Cool Technology" Motherboard... Guess what? I got to install one. It's my friend's actually, the video master, vernonzeth... He bought a P5b deluxe ASUS motherboard (the silent cool technology), with a Core 2 duo Processor, a 1gb ddr, 360GB sata, plus an external one, 17" flat lcd and a cool surround speaker system, speaking of gadgets, hehehe. they shouldve add one more thing to it, AWESOME! the silent cool and awesome board... :)
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NPM, a Sanggunian appearance and my essay

February 26th, 2007 No comments
EARLY this morning, I addressed the Sangguniang Panlungsod to explain the 2007 Budget of the Naga City School Board, which Councilor and Education Committee chair Mila Raquid-Arroyo asked to be included in the agenda for its weekly regular meeting.

I have attended council meetings in the past, but this one was different: given the floor, I had to field questions coming from the councilors themselves. A question from Kgd. John Bongat created an opening for me to test the feasibility of applying New Public Management (NPM) principles in education reform.

Kagawad Bongat asked whether it is possible for the city to secure more permanent teacher items from the national government so we can generate savings from the 93 locally-funded items allocated in the budget and use it for other priority activities.

Using data from the DepEd, I said Naga is a low-priority division because of its relatively smaller class size precisely made possible by the Board's investments on these local hires. So the best bet for these locally-funded teachers would be to eye the natural vacancies arising from retired or vacated items. It is at this point where I tried to introduce the NPM concept of using performance-based contracts (which is what we are currently doing but on a limited scale) that would pay public school teachers much higher salaries, but will require doing away with security of tenure that characterizes traditional civil service.

Expectedly, everyone resisted the idea. Vice Mayor Gabby Bordado said it is truly "controversial" -- which is how I exactly described it -- but not feasible. This short but memorable episode shows just how formidable a challenge this particularly NPM strategy faces in the Philippines. By national standards, ours is already a progressive Sanggunian; how much more a Philippine Congress that is getting more and more conservative with every passing election since 1988, and a Senate that has lost its sheen as training ground for future Philippine presidents?

By the way, my NPM essay -- an enhanced version of what I submitted to the seminar facilitators last Saturday night, but still a work in progress -- is available here. I will develop some of its themes in future posts, and your feedback, always appreciated, should be able to enhance it.
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PIRANG PUNTO SA BUHAY KO

February 26th, 2007 No comments
1. Ininum kan sakuyang ama si mga alak na mamahalon na tinipon niya para sa sakuyang ordination. Huh. Kun aram ko sana sakuya palan nakatagama pigpainum ko na kuta sa barkada ko. Igwa pa man tada.
2. Dai talaga ako magiging abogado. Lihis na an dalagan na pagnagluwas sa seminaryo, diretsong magiging abogado. Ngonyan, dakul sa mga ex-sem an nasa call centers.
3. Sabi kan mga kaopisina ni Papa, dakul an nagsabi na an mga sinusurat ko igwang leftist leanings, kaya dapat bantayan akong marhay. Ano pa an labi sa pusngak?
4. Habo niya akong padumanon sa Amerika, ta makanos duman an mabuhay. Sabi ko 2 taon lang, maadal sana ako. Mayo pa akong nakuang simbag.
5. Sinabi ko na sa puso ko, gusto ko talagang magpadi. Hangos. Inum giraray.
6. Tinapos ko si papel ko sa semiotics asin Bikol poetry. Binasa ko sa seminaryo, contemporary philosophy, Hinapot ako kun tano ta an itum, kolor nin demonyo. Sabi ko baga endorser idto nin Biolink!
7. Edsa, anibersaryo. May problema si Kris. Paano ako makaduman sa Bangladesh?
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EDSA and the week that was

February 25th, 2007 No comments
I DID not realize the 1986 People Power uprising in EDSA turned 21 last week until I read Bill Shimizu's poignant post here, which, quite expectedly, made it to Manolo's short entry on the event. Bill's remembrance made me look back to those heady days when I was in college at the University of Nueva Caceres and then soon afterwards, when I still working at the provincial capitol.

What stood out from that recollection was a passionate exchange with a lady from a ground floor office (it was either the Assessor or the Treasury) at the Capitol building in Pili. It was right after Cory Aquino survived the deadliest of the coup attempts that Gringo Honasan would launch; our ears were practically glued to the radio that day, up until American aircrafts did their famous flyby, broke the impasse and saved government.

I'm not sure if that fiftyish lady was a Marcos loyalist, but she was so cynical that the country has turned up the corner after EDSA. I, on the other hand, fresh out of college, in my early twenty's and flushed with youthful idealism, was supremely confident that with freedom regained and its beneficiary government just saved from the rightists, there's simply no other way to go but up. I forgot the specifics of our exchanges now, but boy! they were passionate and fiery. My contention is that a better Philippines, surely much better than what Marcos built during their generation, is waiting in the horizon.

Twenty-one years later, I'm not so sure anymore. That lady is turning out to be right after all. (She has probably retired from government by this time, and I think I still see her around.) The Arroyo administration is still talking about the economy taking off, a message all post-EDSA governments carried but failed to realize. Our neighbors meanwhile have zoomed up and left us in the runway one by one. The communist insurgency is still with us, with the NPA said to be back to their full strength. And as Manolo said in his column today, everything that this administration did last year only served to repudiate the very hallmarks of EDSA '86.

An election is taking place in May, and in theory, it is supposed to herald change but perish the thought. It's the same faces and families fighting for the spoils. Why, even Gringo is running again, and the opposition might just take him back. And in the Inquirer website this morning, there's a picture of Joker Arroyo and Ralph Recto dancing in Baguio; Recto, as Mr. Vilma Santos, I can understand, but Joker? No wonder even the venerable Asuncion David Maramba is reduced to making rationalizations about the path they took.

More than two decades ago, Luis Villafuerte led the "Apat na Aguila" -- together with Edmundo Cea, Ciriaco Alfelor and Rolando Andaya, Sr. -- in sweeping out the Marcos loyalists led by Arnulfo Fuentebella in the Batasan election that presaged EDSA. Villafuerte is the only remaining survivor of the four, but both are still congressmen and even vote similarly when their personal interests converge. At the height of Typhoon Reming's onslaught and with all of Bicol suffering, he and Fuentebella both backed the Con-Ass assault on the Senate, which Villafuerte engineered. Hell, he might even get to become Speaker of the House if he wins again over Cho Roco and JDV loses in Dagupan.

I can go on and on, but I won't because I might just end up puking.

So, I'd rather end this post by touching on every thing else.

In the news last week is the P5-billion rehabilitation fund allocated for Bicol in the 2007 budget, half of what the Bikolanos in the administration -- Budget Secretary Nonoy Andaya, Albay congressman and now Presidential Chief of Staff Joey Salceda and Joker Arroyo -- promised early this year. Half of that goes to Albay, mostly for flood-control projects destroyed by Mayon's lahar flow. What I am afraid of though is the P56 million allotted for other infrastructure; It might end covering up for this P200-million anomaly of an all-weather port that Milenyo and Reming obliterated.

Mary Anne Moll -- one of my favorite young writers -- is temporarily back in Naga to clear some backlogs, and has launched a game that rewards the winner a book by John Updike and a CD containing the electronic texts of various classic works of literature, to be shipped via next-day courier service to any point in the Philippines. It still runs until the month's end so you've got to hurry.

Kristian Cordero is not only coming up with a new book on the heels of his trailblazing best-first-book-award winning Mga Tulang Tulala; Santigwar is now Pangangalagkalag, although is still at the same URL; and has penned a short story about a popular mode of transport hereabouts that should be familiar to most everyone, and a series of fascinating poems including this naughty verse.

Sorsogon's Gibbs Cadiz, who has quickly become the Inquirer's top observer on the Philippine theater circuit, pens this devastating piece explaining why actors are shifting towards politics. His fellow Sorsogueño (or is it Sorsoganon?) Jobart Bartolome meanwhile writes about the improving provincial bus service in Bikol and the intricacies of our languages, which Irvin found interesting.

An internationally renowned mayor visited the country last month, and I only got to know it from this entry by Urbano. Bogota, Columbia mayor Enrique Peñalosa keynoted the League of Cities convention last month at the Manila Hotel. Let me end with this gem, which is what Naga should do, among others, in its effort to enhance livability:
"The affluent person goes to a large house, with a garden, has access to restaurants, to country houses, country clubs, sports clubs and vacations. The poor person and his/her children have a small room, practically only room to sleep, and no alternative for their leisure time if there is no public space. Therefore, in a democracy, the first place that money should go is quality sidewalks, parks and pedestrian streets. I cannot give luxury housing to everyone, but i can give quality sidewalks to everyone."
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Bad, Joker. Bad

February 24th, 2007 No comments
BICOL Mail editor Joe Perez said he was somehow convinced why Joker Arroyo and Ralph Recto joined Team Unity under the present circumstances. When we were comparing notes before office closed the other day, he sounded impressed by Joker's "pag bad ka, lagot ka!" TV spot.

I'm not, by that ad particularly. For those who are dismayed, aghast and angry about Joker's descent into Darth Vaderhood, Arbet, Dean and Conrad have expressed themselves better than I ever can.

Joker's TV spot struck me as a wicked attempt to visually sell the idea that he is still the same fearless, fighting human rights lawyer and anti-corruption crusader who prosecuted Erap Estrada. But the symbolisms gave himself away.

For one, Joker's dragon shadow eerily looks like the creeping dinosaur shadow it was supposed to slay. If it were colored, it would have been more convincing, especially if the creep had a prominent mole.:) Secondly, dragons are not universal symbols of goodness and benevolence. In the Bible, for instance, it symbolizes Satan no less, the oh so cunning Devil himself.

Which leads me to my final point: I think Joker has grown very comfortable with the comforts of power and has fallen under its spell. He is no longer the same Joker I thought I knew, and looked up to.
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HALIPOT NA OSIPON

February 23rd, 2007 No comments
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Kristian S. Cordero

Lunes idtong hapon, ala una, tapos pa sanang makapamudto si dispatcher. Nagkakan na si mga layas na ikos ta inapon na si mga tada-tadang dugi sa basurahan na may pangaran nin sarong pulitiko. Pag-abot ko sa terminal, pantolo pa sana ako sa pasahero. Poon kan an mga van na ini mauso ini na an sinasakayan ko minsan kadakul na akong kadimalasan na nasapo. Kaibahan na an aksidente sa may lagbas sa Agdangan ta nawaran kami nin preno asin garo nakainom pa an drayber mi nin usong-usong Matador na garo man lang daa Fundador an namit; suruksukan na garo na kami mga daing tulang na sira asin an pambihirang lipot asin init kaini sa laog. Mainit ini kun mainit an panahon asin malipot kun malipot man, arog kaiyan an pirang van digdi. Minsan kaipuhan mong patubodon an sadiri na malipot sa laog kaini minsan init o alisngaw na an nagluluwas sa blower na garo haling Taiwan. An bentahe kan van iyo na madaling makaabot nin huli ta kun bus grabeng pundo ta minsan tindog pwedeng pasakayon. May mga pasahero pa man pati na manunumpungan sa dalan na kaipuhan pasakayon. Bakong arog kan van, haloy sana an pagpapano alagad durudiretso man an biyahe.
Kan Lunes na idto, naabotan ko an sarong parati ng pasahero ta nag-aadal law sa UNC dangan an babayi na parehong nakatukaw sa taed kan drayber. Ito kuta an gusto kong posisyon duman sa may bintana siyempre ta minsan dai naman ako nalulula parating gusto ko sa bintana ta gusto kong mahiling an inaagihan minsan pare-pareho man sana an lubak asin tikmo sa mga tinampo. Parati man na may parong sa mga manukan diyan sa Baao na kun minsan naglalaog pa sa van. Mga waiting sheds na pinatindog kaidtong mga depuntong pulitiko, an mga bulod kan Pecuaria na hona ko kaidtong enot kong luwas sa Iriga, iyo na an Chocolate Hills.
Nag-oolay na an drayber asin an dispatcher saka si paratinda kan yosi, dulsi asin mineral water kan nag-abot an sarong pasahero, gurang na babayi na garo nakaunipormeng pang maestra, may darang papeles na nakalaog sa plastic envelope asin nakasurat an mga letrang GSIS. Garo nagpupula-pula an kutis ni Maam, garo ining lamog na kamatis. Dara gayod sa Likas Papaya na baretang iyo an pinakamasulong ngonyan sa eskwelahan apwera na kan mga estabilisado ng pangaran arog kan Avon, Tupperware, Natasha, Board Walk asin siyempre an sari-sari store na nagpapabakal nin yema, dulsing sampalok, polboron, kamote asin banana kyu tapos an ays kendi na an flavor depende sa kun ano an nabakal na Eight o’Clock o kaya Tang. Garatak man an ngabil kaini na lalong ipinahiling kan lipstik niyang gamit na garo natutunaw na. Hiniling ako nin Maam na garo an boot sabihon, umusog ako ta yaon na siya. Tuminaid sako si Maam. Parong white flower.
Trese an kayang pasakayon sa van, kaibahan na an drayber. Sabi kan dispatcher malas na numero an trese kaya kun pwede pa an sarong isuksok sa may jump seat, papalaogon ini, papakiolayan an ibang pasahero ta nagmamadali man daa kaya an masuso. Sa likod, apatan ini, minsan ginibo ining limahan kan marisang mga maniniwang an nakasakay. Haros magmuda-muda kami kaidto. Bale an sobrang pasahero, sobrang bayad naman ini asin dugang na dilhensya naman para sa dispatcher asin sa drayber na nag-babawnderi man sana. Garo sasamatalahon an pagmamadali mo asin mabayad ka sainda kaini. Sa boot mo man, marhay na an makaabot tulos kisa mahuri sa boss o kaya sa eskwelahan. Sa sakuya, habo kong nagmamadali parati, garo mayo man ining ginigibong marhay, garo inuubos lang kaini an hinangos mo asin pigpapakuradkutad an daghan sa mga mayo man na kadahilanan. Kan hapon na idto, haros 45 minutos kami sa terminal. Haloy nasundan an mga pasahero kun baga man may mag-abot bakong pa-Naga kundi pa Legaspi. Kaya haloy akong nagparong kan White Flower ni Maam na imbes na magparahay nin kulog payo, garo kani pigkakagaw an laog kan dungo ko ta nagpasimple pa si Maam na nagpakupsit kan dara niyang pahamot, garo kolor Tanduay si nahiling ko, parong pasong Jovan na parati katong pasabat ni Papa ki Lolo kan an duwa buhay pa.
Sunod na nag-abot an sarong pamilya, mag-agom saka an aki nindang lalaki na may ikog na buhok sa payo. Sa likod ko sinda nagsakay, pantolong raya, poon sa drayber. Kukulkulon na lang daa si aki sabi kan agom na babayi na dai ko aram kun mataba sana o bados. Sabi man kan lalaki, bayadan na sana. Kulang na an dara kong kwarta, nadangog kong sinabi kan babayi. Dai na naggirong an lalaki. Isinara an van nganing buhayon na an aircon. Nagluwas an duros na garo hali sa dagat. Iniluwas ni Maam an saiyang abaniko na may mga letrang Intsik asin may kakaiba man na parong. Nagbuklat nin libro si lalaking pasahero sa enotan. Naka-bookbind na maron mantang sige sanang text kan saiyang kataed na babayi. Garo pigpapasabot kan babayi na busy man siya alagad narisa kong sigeng hiling kani sa kataed niya. Aban-aban, may nag-abot na nursing student na lalaki. Hinapot kaini an drayber kun igwa na sa jump seat. Mayo pa sabi kan dispatcher. Kaya nagpatagama na ini. Dai mo na ini naglaog ta papanoon pa an apatan sa likod. Nagbakal an nursing student nin dulsi, snow bear dangan yosi, menthol na Marlboro. Nagsusigarilyo muna ini na garo an init naglaog sa van. Lalong nagkusog an pagkayab kan abaniko ni Maam asin an aki sa likod ko na kinulkol kan saiyang ama, nagpoon na maghagad softdrinks. Dai ini initindi kan ina kaya napiritan an lalaking magkua nin dyes pesos nganing ibakal nin Coke an aki. Nagbaba an agom na lalaki asin nagduman sa haraning tindahan. Habo kan aki sa plastik an gusto niya daa si in-can. Naanggot an ina sa inarte kan aki kaya pigpakol ini sa kamot. Naghibi si aki. Pigsaway ini kan ama asin pigpatahan. Pag-abot na lang daa sa Naga si in-can. Kinua kan aki an Coke na nasa plastik asin sinupsop ini sabay luwas kan tungay na pinunasan kan ina. Mapapahibi naman kuta si aki sa kusog kan duun kan pagpunas. Sa isip ko lugod, bados an ina asin baka an aki an pinapangidaman kaini. Binubuan kan drayber nin sarong balding tubig an ruweda kan sasakyan dangan an salming sa enotan. Nakilagan si babaying sigeng text asin napakurahaw, alagad garo dai lamang nadangog kan lalaking kataed. Napangisi ako.
Pagpundo kan traysikel sa may tangod kan van, nagbabaan an tolong pasahero. Sarong naka-polo barong na igwang darang sarong dakulang bag na kolor itum dangan duwa pang babayi na parehong may mga dara man na saradit na bag: an saro gibo sa papel asin may kung ano-anong laog. Sa kataed ni Maam nagsakay an lalaking naka polo barong asin an duwang babayi sa likod na sana. Sigeng taram kan duwang babayi na garo pig-oolayan an nangyari sa saindang opisina tungkol sa iskandalo kan sarong nursing student sa sarong unibersidad sa Iriga. Luyap-luyap na ini sa mga cellphones. Dangog dangog na pigsabi kan babaying may darang papel na bag na talagang mahilig man si lalaki saka si babayi. Bistado niya daa an lalaki ta sa eswelahan ini kan mga madre nag-adal sa hayskul mantang an babayi man nagbali-bali man sa mga beauty pageants sa barangay sagkod majorette sa eskwelahan. An may sadiri na daa kan eskwelahan an desididong marhay na kasuhan an lalaki nin rape. Nagpatabang naman an babayi sa DSWD saka sa Gabriela. Nakua naman ini kan lokal na istasyon kan t.v. na saro sa dakulang pasabog na bareta digdi sa Iriga poon kan an sarong lalaki manakbat nin damulag na an sabi nakua pa kan CNN. An sabi ngani nabua na an babayi ta an pandok niya an nahiling talaga sa video. Pig-video pa siyang nagkakarigos asin an background music si theme song kan Panday.
Nadangog ko na an iskandalong ini sa tugang ko asin baranga an pirang tawo na nakahiling sa iskandalo. May nagsasabing gusto man daa kan babayi ta nagsabon pa ngani nin Safeguard na green pagkatapos na mangyari. May nadangog man ako sa city hall na pinagamit daa nin drugs kan lalaki si babayi. May nagsasabi man na ginamit na idtong pang-black mail kan lalaki nganing kun gusto niya durugon an babayi ito sana an pa’on niya nganing pirmi ining tumugot. Sabi man kan iba haloy na daa idtong nahiling sa internet ta pigpabakal na kan lalaki. Singkwenta mil daa an presyo kaidtong haros makinse minutos na iskandalo na nahiling kong enot sa barkada kong padi. An mga sex scandals iyo na an mga bagong porma nin toro asin haros gabos subcribers na kaini.
Bayad man po. Sabi kan dispatcher sa samuya. Luhay-luhay kong binulnot an singkwenta pesos sa bulsa ko. Nagtao si Maam nin bilog na kinyentos asin nagsabing senior citizen, dangan an mag-agom, sanggatos. Bago makuanan nin bayad an gabos na yaon na sa laog kan van, nag-abot an duwang pasahero, an saro pulis na may kadakulaan bako an tulak kundi an mata na parati kong nahihiling na nakikipagdiskusyonan sa mga traysikel drayber na madadakop kaining nakashorts dangan saro pang nursing student na babayi. Nagsakay an pulis asin dire-diretsong nagtukaw sa jump seat. Sinabihan kan dispatcher na igwa nang matukaw duman, nag-hapot an pulis kun hain ta dai niya man daa natukawan. Itinukdo an nursing student na nakahiling naman sa salming kan van ta narisa niyang kinua na kan pulis an dapat niya kutang tukawan. Pigsabihan kan dispatcher an nursing student na duman na lang sa likod magtukaw. Naangot an nursing student alagad sinabihan siya kan nursing student na babayi na sa sunod na lang daa sindang van. Nagbakal bagong snow bear ang nursing student na lalaki dangan pigtangro sa kaibahan. Nagdesisyon an duwa na sa sunod na van na sana magsakay. Nagngisi an babaying nursing student. Naghiringhingan an duwang babayi pakahiling kan mga nursing students sa luwas. Sabi kan saro, mga malilibog talaga yan, dangan nagngirit. Sabi pa ngani bako na daang mga virgin an mga nursing students, dugang pa kan babaying may darang papel na bag.
Ubos na Coke kan aki, alagad dai pa nag-aabot na pasahero. Nagtunog na si cp kan babayi sa enotan na garo check operator service na ini asin an lalaking kataed niya nakapirong na mantang diretsong naglalaog an init kan saldang sa laog kan van. Igwa man kutang kurtina na kolor cream alagad marisa mong haloy na ining dai nakanamit laba, tagiptipon ng marhay. Nagpoon nang magraway si Maam asin makiolay sa lalaking kataed na naka-polo barong. Nagparadangog sana an lalaking naka-polo barong kan mga tinataram ni Maam manungod sa kung ano-ano, kinua kan gurang na maestra an saiyang shades asin sinul’ot. Sige pang taram ni Maam mantang nagpapaypay. Mga panambitan poon sa pagpatal kan mga estudyante sa Ingles asin an mga palabas sa telebisyon. Nagtatalsik an laway ni Maan na garo napanlingaw na yaon siya sa van asin bako sa klasrum. Nagkua ako nin libro asin nagpoon naman na magraway dahil sa init kan hapon na idto asin sa pulis na nakatukaw sa jump seat. Kun dai kuta ini nagmadunong na pulis nakahali na kami. Alagad mayong naggirong sa kapritso kan pulis. Latog an badil kaini.
Nagpoon na magsuka an aki. Nasukahan si ina niya na nagparaway naman mantang sige pang orolay kan duwang babayi tungkol sa saro pang iskandalo na nangyari daa sa Buhi. An sabi kan saro bako man daa ‘to sa Buhi nangyari, ginagamit lang an pangaran kan lugar nganing maipabakal tulos. Ini daa an pinamarhay na klase nin turismo ngonyan. Mala sabi kan kaklase ko sa Manila, nakahiling daa siya sa Quiapo nin Iriga Scandal, nabigla na lamang siya kan dalanon niya an piniratang cd na an nagluwas, Amerikano sagkod Haponesang babayi.
Kan nagbakal ako nin dvd sa sarong tindahan digdi sa Iriga, niluwasan ako nin mga nakatagong dvd na puros mga bold. Nasuya ako asin nagsayumang hilingon an mga idto. Hinapot ko kun taga-saen si mga paratinda. An sabi mga Kapampangan sinda. Kaya na-ogma ako ta an ama ko Kapampangan asin nin huli ta tatao man ako nin dikit na Kapampangan, hinapot ko an paratinda kun nanong lagyo mo? Boot sabihon ´anong pangaran mo?´. Dai ini nakasimbag asin nagtugang Muslim talaga sinda.
Dakula talagang bisnis an mga iskandalo asin pinirita mga cd sagkod dvd. Ini an fastest growing business sa ngonyan. Kaya minsan an mga sinehan nag-eerenotan naman ta bako na sanang cable an kalaban ninda, minsan ining mga piniratang dvd asin vcd na sa ngonyan na pati si mga luma ng pelikula nagruluwasan naman. Kun kaidto haros duwang semana bako makaabot an pelikula sa Naga, ngonyan sarong semana na sana pagkatapos ining ipadalan sa Manila, yaon naman ini sa Naga. Sa Iriga, mayo ng sinehan . Lugi. Ta mga Agta na sana an nagdadalan digdi kada Domingo. Kun baga man pati, huri ng marhay ta naenotan na kan cable. Kaya tanganing magkaigwa pa nin mga paradalan, nagparapaluwas digdi nin mga bombang pelikula. Pinasara na sana an sinehan kan may magbadilan sa laog kaini. An sabi duman na kaya sa laog an barakalan droga.
Mga inabot pang kinse minutos bago nag-abot an duwang huring pasahero. Duwa ining hagbayon. Mga seminarista. May darang darakulang napsak. Binuksan kan dispatcher an likod kan van nganing duman na sana ilaog si mga kargada kan duwang bagong pasahero. Pareho an mga bulog kaini asin may sul-ot na eskapularyo na kakolor kan saro. Mga nakasulot ini nin polong puti na may kwelyo nin Intsik. Nakiolay an dispatcher sa pulis na magbaba muna nganing makalaog an duwang bagong pasahero asin makahali na. Kuminuyog an pulis ta garo bistado niya an saro. Garo kinapotan niya sa bonyag ta inapod ninong asin nagbisa an saro sa pulis na subago haloy na dai nakabutbot nin pamasahe alagad ngonyan pigtatangro na ilibre an duwang seminarista. Hiniling kan duwang babayi sa likod an mga bagong nagsakay. Nagpasalamat an duwang babayi ta makakahali na o baka sa makakataed nindang mga seminarista. Tinawan ni Maam white flower an ina nganing pahidan an aking dai na nauntok sa pagsuka. Pigbasol kan ina an ama ta binakal pa kaya daa kan Coke. An pulis man nagsakay na pagkatapos na makalaog an duwang lalaking seminarista na iyo sanang nagpaontok sa duwang babayi na sigeng olay nin manlain-lain na sex scandals. Si Maam man dai pa natatapos sa pakiolay sa lalaking naka-polo barong na nahiling kong nakapikit naman si mata. Isinara na kan lalaki sa enotan an saiyang maron na libro, sinaray ko naman an sakuyang pigbabasa. Lalong nag-init an duros kan blower. Sinara kan dispatcher an van. Naglaog an drayber. Binuhay an makina. Dangan kinaputan an rosaryong nakakalay pagkatapos nangurus. Nangurus man an duwang seminarista, dangan an duwang babayi sa likudan. Nangurus man an mag-agom pati an aki. Tapos an lalaking naka-polo barong na nagimata na sa istorya ni Maam, dangan an pulis luhay-luhay man na nagduta kan saiyang angog na garo baga nanbubugaw nin langaw, dangan an babayi sa enotan na nawaran nin load. Nangurus man an lalaking kataed niya dangan ako asin hiniling ko an nakadukot sa taed kan imahen kan santo, an bulawan na ikos na subago pang taas-baba kan saiyang sarong kamot na garo nag-aalok nin iba pang masakay sa van.
Kristian S. Cordero

Lunes idtong hapon, ala una, tapos pa sanang makapamudto si dispatcher. Nagkakan na si mga layas na ikos ta inapon na si mga tada-tadang dugi sa basurahan na may pangaran nin sarong pulitiko. Pag-abot ko sa terminal, pantolo pa sana ako sa pasahero. Poon kan an mga van na ini mauso ini na an sinasakayan ko minsan kadakul na akong kadimalasan na nasapo. Kaibahan na an aksidente sa may lagbas sa Agdangan ta nawaran kami nin preno asin garo nakainom pa an drayber mi nin usong-usong Matador na garo man lang daa Fundador an namit; suruksukan na garo na kami mga daing tulang na sira asin an pambihirang lipot asin init kaini sa laog. Mainit ini kun mainit an panahon asin malipot kun malipot man, arog kaiyan an pirang van digdi. Minsan kaipuhan mong patubodon an sadiri na malipot sa laog kaini minsan init o alisngaw na an nagluluwas sa blower na garo haling Taiwan. An bentahe kan van iyo na madaling makaabot nin huli ta kun bus grabeng pundo ta minsan tindog pwedeng pasakayon. May mga pasahero pa man pati na manunumpungan sa dalan na kaipuhan pasakayon. Bakong arog kan van, haloy sana an pagpapano alagad durudiretso man an biyahe.
Kan Lunes na idto, naabotan ko an sarong parati ng pasahero ta nag-aadal law sa UNC dangan an babayi na parehong nakatukaw sa taed kan drayber. Ito kuta an gusto kong posisyon duman sa may bintana siyempre ta minsan dai naman ako nalulula parating gusto ko sa bintana ta gusto kong mahiling an inaagihan minsan pare-pareho man sana an lubak asin tikmo sa mga tinampo. Parati man na may parong sa mga manukan diyan sa Baao na kun minsan naglalaog pa sa van. Mga waiting sheds na pinatindog kaidtong mga depuntong pulitiko, an mga bulod kan Pecuaria na hona ko kaidtong enot kong luwas sa Iriga, iyo na an Chocolate Hills.
Nag-oolay na an drayber asin an dispatcher saka si paratinda kan yosi, dulsi asin mineral water kan nag-abot an sarong pasahero, gurang na babayi na garo nakaunipormeng pang maestra, may darang papeles na nakalaog sa plastic envelope asin nakasurat an mga letrang GSIS. Garo nagpupula-pula an kutis ni Maam, garo ining lamog na kamatis. Dara gayod sa Likas Papaya na baretang iyo an pinakamasulong ngonyan sa eskwelahan apwera na kan mga estabilisado ng pangaran arog kan Avon, Tupperware, Natasha, Board Walk asin siyempre an sari-sari store na nagpapabakal nin yema, dulsing sampalok, polboron, kamote asin banana kyu tapos an ays kendi na an flavor depende sa kun ano an nabakal na Eight o’Clock o kaya Tang. Garatak man an ngabil kaini na lalong ipinahiling kan lipstik niyang gamit na garo natutunaw na. Hiniling ako nin Maam na garo an boot sabihon, umusog ako ta yaon na siya. Tuminaid sako si Maam. Parong white flower.
Trese an kayang pasakayon sa van, kaibahan na an drayber. Sabi kan dispatcher malas na numero an trese kaya kun pwede pa an sarong isuksok sa may jump seat, papalaogon ini, papakiolayan an ibang pasahero ta nagmamadali man daa kaya an masuso. Sa likod, apatan ini, minsan ginibo ining limahan kan marisang mga maniniwang an nakasakay. Haros magmuda-muda kami kaidto. Bale an sobrang pasahero, sobrang bayad naman ini asin dugang na dilhensya naman para sa dispatcher asin sa drayber na nag-babawnderi man sana. Garo sasamatalahon an pagmamadali mo asin mabayad ka sainda kaini. Sa boot mo man, marhay na an makaabot tulos kisa mahuri sa boss o kaya sa eskwelahan. Sa sakuya, habo kong nagmamadali parati, garo mayo man ining ginigibong marhay, garo inuubos lang kaini an hinangos mo asin pigpapakuradkutad an daghan sa mga mayo man na kadahilanan. Kan hapon na idto, haros 45 minutos kami sa terminal. Haloy nasundan an mga pasahero kun baga man may mag-abot bakong pa-Naga kundi pa Legaspi. Kaya haloy akong nagparong kan White Flower ni Maam na imbes na magparahay nin kulog payo, garo kani pigkakagaw an laog kan dungo ko ta nagpasimple pa si Maam na nagpakupsit kan dara niyang pahamot, garo kolor Tanduay si nahiling ko, parong pasong Jovan na parati katong pasabat ni Papa ki Lolo kan an duwa buhay pa.
Sunod na nag-abot an sarong pamilya, mag-agom saka an aki nindang lalaki na may ikog na buhok sa payo. Sa likod ko sinda nagsakay, pantolong raya, poon sa drayber. Kukulkulon na lang daa si aki sabi kan agom na babayi na dai ko aram kun mataba sana o bados. Sabi man kan lalaki, bayadan na sana. Kulang na an dara kong kwarta, nadangog kong sinabi kan babayi. Dai na naggirong an lalaki. Isinara an van nganing buhayon na an aircon. Nagluwas an duros na garo hali sa dagat. Iniluwas ni Maam an saiyang abaniko na may mga letrang Intsik asin may kakaiba man na parong. Nagbuklat nin libro si lalaking pasahero sa enotan. Naka-bookbind na maron mantang sige sanang text kan saiyang kataed na babayi. Garo pigpapasabot kan babayi na busy man siya alagad narisa kong sigeng hiling kani sa kataed niya. Aban-aban, may nag-abot na nursing student na lalaki. Hinapot kaini an drayber kun igwa na sa jump seat. Mayo pa sabi kan dispatcher. Kaya nagpatagama na ini. Dai mo na ini naglaog ta papanoon pa an apatan sa likod. Nagbakal an nursing student nin dulsi, snow bear dangan yosi, menthol na Marlboro. Nagsusigarilyo muna ini na garo an init naglaog sa van. Lalong nagkusog an pagkayab kan abaniko ni Maam asin an aki sa likod ko na kinulkol kan saiyang ama, nagpoon na maghagad softdrinks. Dai ini initindi kan ina kaya napiritan an lalaking magkua nin dyes pesos nganing ibakal nin Coke an aki. Nagbaba an agom na lalaki asin nagduman sa haraning tindahan. Habo kan aki sa plastik an gusto niya daa si in-can. Naanggot an ina sa inarte kan aki kaya pigpakol ini sa kamot. Naghibi si aki. Pigsaway ini kan ama asin pigpatahan. Pag-abot na lang daa sa Naga si in-can. Kinua kan aki an Coke na nasa plastik asin sinupsop ini sabay luwas kan tungay na pinunasan kan ina. Mapapahibi naman kuta si aki sa kusog kan duun kan pagpunas. Sa isip ko lugod, bados an ina asin baka an aki an pinapangidaman kaini. Binubuan kan drayber nin sarong balding tubig an ruweda kan sasakyan dangan an salming sa enotan. Nakilagan si babaying sigeng text asin napakurahaw, alagad garo dai lamang nadangog kan lalaking kataed. Napangisi ako.
Pagpundo kan traysikel sa may tangod kan van, nagbabaan an tolong pasahero. Sarong naka-polo barong na igwang darang sarong dakulang bag na kolor itum dangan duwa pang babayi na parehong may mga dara man na saradit na bag: an saro gibo sa papel asin may kung ano-anong laog. Sa kataed ni Maam nagsakay an lalaking naka polo barong asin an duwang babayi sa likod na sana. Sigeng taram kan duwang babayi na garo pig-oolayan an nangyari sa saindang opisina tungkol sa iskandalo kan sarong nursing student sa sarong unibersidad sa Iriga. Luyap-luyap na ini sa mga cellphones. Dangog dangog na pigsabi kan babaying may darang papel na bag na talagang mahilig man si lalaki saka si babayi. Bistado niya daa an lalaki ta sa eswelahan ini kan mga madre nag-adal sa hayskul mantang an babayi man nagbali-bali man sa mga beauty pageants sa barangay sagkod majorette sa eskwelahan. An may sadiri na daa kan eskwelahan an desididong marhay na kasuhan an lalaki nin rape. Nagpatabang naman an babayi sa DSWD saka sa Gabriela. Nakua naman ini kan lokal na istasyon kan t.v. na saro sa dakulang pasabog na bareta digdi sa Iriga poon kan an sarong lalaki manakbat nin damulag na an sabi nakua pa kan CNN. An sabi ngani nabua na an babayi ta an pandok niya an nahiling talaga sa video. Pig-video pa siyang nagkakarigos asin an background music si theme song kan Panday.
Nadangog ko na an iskandalong ini sa tugang ko asin baranga an pirang tawo na nakahiling sa iskandalo. May nagsasabing gusto man daa kan babayi ta nagsabon pa ngani nin Safeguard na green pagkatapos na mangyari. May nadangog man ako sa city hall na pinagamit daa nin drugs kan lalaki si babayi. May nagsasabi man na ginamit na idtong pang-black mail kan lalaki nganing kun gusto niya durugon an babayi ito sana an pa’on niya nganing pirmi ining tumugot. Sabi man kan iba haloy na daa idtong nahiling sa internet ta pigpabakal na kan lalaki. Singkwenta mil daa an presyo kaidtong haros makinse minutos na iskandalo na nahiling kong enot sa barkada kong padi. An mga sex scandals iyo na an mga bagong porma nin toro asin haros gabos subcribers na kaini.
Bayad man po. Sabi kan dispatcher sa samuya. Luhay-luhay kong binulnot an singkwenta pesos sa bulsa ko. Nagtao si Maam nin bilog na kinyentos asin nagsabing senior citizen, dangan an mag-agom, sanggatos. Bago makuanan nin bayad an gabos na yaon na sa laog kan van, nag-abot an duwang pasahero, an saro pulis na may kadakulaan bako an tulak kundi an mata na parati kong nahihiling na nakikipagdiskusyonan sa mga traysikel drayber na madadakop kaining nakashorts dangan saro pang nursing student na babayi. Nagsakay an pulis asin dire-diretsong nagtukaw sa jump seat. Sinabihan kan dispatcher na igwa nang matukaw duman, nag-hapot an pulis kun hain ta dai niya man daa natukawan. Itinukdo an nursing student na nakahiling naman sa salming kan van ta narisa niyang kinua na kan pulis an dapat niya kutang tukawan. Pigsabihan kan dispatcher an nursing student na duman na lang sa likod magtukaw. Naangot an nursing student alagad sinabihan siya kan nursing student na babayi na sa sunod na lang daa sindang van. Nagbakal bagong snow bear ang nursing student na lalaki dangan pigtangro sa kaibahan. Nagdesisyon an duwa na sa sunod na van na sana magsakay. Nagngisi an babaying nursing student. Naghiringhingan an duwang babayi pakahiling kan mga nursing students sa luwas. Sabi kan saro, mga malilibog talaga yan, dangan nagngirit. Sabi pa ngani bako na daang mga virgin an mga nursing students, dugang pa kan babaying may darang papel na bag.
Ubos na Coke kan aki, alagad dai pa nag-aabot na pasahero. Nagtunog na si cp kan babayi sa enotan na garo check operator service na ini asin an lalaking kataed niya nakapirong na mantang diretsong naglalaog an init kan saldang sa laog kan van. Igwa man kutang kurtina na kolor cream alagad marisa mong haloy na ining dai nakanamit laba, tagiptipon ng marhay. Nagpoon nang magraway si Maam asin makiolay sa lalaking kataed na naka-polo barong. Nagparadangog sana an lalaking naka-polo barong kan mga tinataram ni Maam manungod sa kung ano-ano, kinua kan gurang na maestra an saiyang shades asin sinul’ot. Sige pang taram ni Maam mantang nagpapaypay. Mga panambitan poon sa pagpatal kan mga estudyante sa Ingles asin an mga palabas sa telebisyon. Nagtatalsik an laway ni Maan na garo napanlingaw na yaon siya sa van asin bako sa klasrum. Nagkua ako nin libro asin nagpoon naman na magraway dahil sa init kan hapon na idto asin sa pulis na nakatukaw sa jump seat. Kun dai kuta ini nagmadunong na pulis nakahali na kami. Alagad mayong naggirong sa kapritso kan pulis. Latog an badil kaini.
Nagpoon na magsuka an aki. Nasukahan si ina niya na nagparaway naman mantang sige pang orolay kan duwang babayi tungkol sa saro pang iskandalo na nangyari daa sa Buhi. An sabi kan saro bako man daa ‘to sa Buhi nangyari, ginagamit lang an pangaran kan lugar nganing maipabakal tulos. Ini daa an pinamarhay na klase nin turismo ngonyan. Mala sabi kan kaklase ko sa Manila, nakahiling daa siya sa Quiapo nin Iriga Scandal, nabigla na lamang siya kan dalanon niya an piniratang cd na an nagluwas, Amerikano sagkod Haponesang babayi.
Kan nagbakal ako nin dvd sa sarong tindahan digdi sa Iriga, niluwasan ako nin mga nakatagong dvd na puros mga bold. Nasuya ako asin nagsayumang hilingon an mga idto. Hinapot ko kun taga-saen si mga paratinda. An sabi mga Kapampangan sinda. Kaya na-ogma ako ta an ama ko Kapampangan asin nin huli ta tatao man ako nin dikit na Kapampangan, hinapot ko an paratinda kun nanong lagyo mo? Boot sabihon ´anong pangaran mo?´. Dai ini nakasimbag asin nagtugang Muslim talaga sinda.
Dakula talagang bisnis an mga iskandalo asin pinirita mga cd sagkod dvd. Ini an fastest growing business sa ngonyan. Kaya minsan an mga sinehan nag-eerenotan naman ta bako na sanang cable an kalaban ninda, minsan ining mga piniratang dvd asin vcd na sa ngonyan na pati si mga luma ng pelikula nagruluwasan naman. Kun kaidto haros duwang semana bako makaabot an pelikula sa Naga, ngonyan sarong semana na sana pagkatapos ining ipadalan sa Manila, yaon naman ini sa Naga. Sa Iriga, mayo ng sinehan . Lugi. Ta mga Agta na sana an nagdadalan digdi kada Domingo. Kun baga man pati, huri ng marhay ta naenotan na kan cable. Kaya tanganing magkaigwa pa nin mga paradalan, nagparapaluwas digdi nin mga bombang pelikula. Pinasara na sana an sinehan kan may magbadilan sa laog kaini. An sabi duman na kaya sa laog an barakalan droga.
Mga inabot pang kinse minutos bago nag-abot an duwang huring pasahero. Duwa ining hagbayon. Mga seminarista. May darang darakulang napsak. Binuksan kan dispatcher an likod kan van nganing duman na sana ilaog si mga kargada kan duwang bagong pasahero. Pareho an mga bulog kaini asin may sul-ot na eskapularyo na kakolor kan saro. Mga nakasulot ini nin polong puti na may kwelyo nin Intsik. Nakiolay an dispatcher sa pulis na magbaba muna nganing makalaog an duwang bagong pasahero asin makahali na. Kuminuyog an pulis ta garo bistado niya an saro. Garo kinapotan niya sa bonyag ta inapod ninong asin nagbisa an saro sa pulis na subago haloy na dai nakabutbot nin pamasahe alagad ngonyan pigtatangro na ilibre an duwang seminarista. Hiniling kan duwang babayi sa likod an mga bagong nagsakay. Nagpasalamat an duwang babayi ta makakahali na o baka sa makakataed nindang mga seminarista. Tinawan ni Maam white flower an ina nganing pahidan an aking dai na nauntok sa pagsuka. Pigbasol kan ina an ama ta binakal pa kaya daa kan Coke. An pulis man nagsakay na pagkatapos na makalaog an duwang lalaking seminarista na iyo sanang nagpaontok sa duwang babayi na sigeng olay nin manlain-lain na sex scandals. Si Maam man dai pa natatapos sa pakiolay sa lalaking naka-polo barong na nahiling kong nakapikit naman si mata. Isinara na kan lalaki sa enotan an saiyang maron na libro, sinaray ko naman an sakuyang pigbabasa. Lalong nag-init an duros kan blower. Sinara kan dispatcher an van. Naglaog an drayber. Binuhay an makina. Dangan kinaputan an rosaryong nakakalay pagkatapos nangurus. Nangurus man an duwang seminarista, dangan an duwang babayi sa likudan. Nangurus man an mag-agom pati an aki. Tapos an lalaking naka-polo barong na nagimata na sa istorya ni Maam, dangan an pulis luhay-luhay man na nagduta kan saiyang angog na garo baga nanbubugaw nin langaw, dangan an babayi sa enotan na nawaran nin load. Nangurus man an lalaking kataed niya dangan ako asin hiniling ko an nakadukot sa taed kan imahen kan santo, an bulawan na ikos na subago pang taas-baba kan saiyang sarong kamot na garo nag-aalok nin iba pang masakay sa van.
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The state of MDGs in Bikol (2)

February 23rd, 2007 No comments
SO, IF you want to find out how the provinces of Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate and Sorsogon compare with the cities of Iriga, Legazpi and Naga insofar as the MDGs are concerned, this report is for you.

It provides data on their comparative poverty incidence, hunger; elementary participation, cohort survival and completion rates; gender parity; child and infant mortality rates, immunization coverage; maternal mortality ratio; mortality and morbidity in TB and malaria; and access to safe drinking water and sanitary facilities.

Thanks to my newly created account with eSnips, you can access the full report here.
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