Monday, July 06, 2015

lumang gulong ng bisikleta
at tinepeng na kawayan
inukitan nang pagkabitan
sabay toglad sa gulong
paginan-ginan unonoden
ang tatarak kong gulong


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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Kita na mamahaw
sa naburay kanina
Lalo pa't te tutong
maski anung sida
ay di na problema
buro man o biningkit
toyo din o mantika
sabaw o atong ay
talagang badat na
sa bahaw na kanen

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

te aperet ati atakdug
te petuyut rin at dikel
madideba o malangkaw
madisonong payog-payog
mabuko-bukong tangkay
esa, duwa telong hakbang
sosoleng urung-sulung
mabagal, mabilis na lakdaw
paluksu-luksung kabayo
sa kuda-kuda kung sing
langkaw ng balay me


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Monday, June 22, 2015

Kumen na ubas
Mangitet maluto
Ginimer sa asen
malapes ang lasen
sinekmor molmolan
sepetan ang lasen
at iobla ang bukel
at itelen ang inggu
solesoleang kekan
masapled na dila
at hindi makasawa
ang prutas na sa
buked lang meta


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Friday, June 19, 2015

wag mapereng sa dalan
kundi tumagu ang pako
at puro parapad malap
habang paangay sa uma
kaya talasan ang ileng
sa didigdig ng dalan
ay te pako at parapad
angay gataan ng nyog
sahugan ng sidang balon
pagkademet na sa uma

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

RT from Ayrenee


Retweet: A view from Casiguran

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

tinikluptiklup na papel
kineter sa ipos ng pawed
pinalatak sa kanal o bulos
yopyop, toglad, kabig
detonan pa ng sabun
monda tumoleng sa agus
ang abeng-abengan kung
tinikluptiklup na papel


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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

biningwit na papel de hapon
itogbek iparurus padisono
sabay hila pasabed sa pares
habang gina-ginang paadeg
hanggang sa tumoleng
nakatangad magparurus
pagsayawen kariwet kanan
ang burador kung matoyag
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Monday, June 08, 2015

masanikeen adayo pa
umading deklenan
hindi rin sumomper
sa pares ay mapages
sa aldew ay mabineg
pero sa tolay ay alpas
bedit na kinaw tiklup
hindi mala padakep
dahan dahan adenean
balod-balod ang anges
lugtut ketolen sa ponan
bukas duun ng makahiya


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Saturday, June 06, 2015

minalukot natagbak na kulet
tinebteb na ngaran tam duwa
paikut na kawayang etnodan
tan-aw ang buked na palibut
pinakamadisonong agdenan
padarosdos magpadideba
sabay na mangarap sa bulan
nakaetnod sa tanking bato
dumaman pa maraming taon
buwal na kayong lenduman
tegray at tepyas na ati buked
di pa rin mabura tinebteb sa
giyek ng pusong di makalipon


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Thursday, June 04, 2015

balay sa toktok ng buked
akasyang magkudos duun
dambuhalang tangking karatig
limampung hakbang padisono
paluhud nakatalukbung sumangkay
tektek ng diging balbal sa adeg
magkantang dasal magdamag
madegang padideba iparada
malageng tarod ionek paule
maalamat na tanggulang lugar
sa baha o morong humagad
letratung kinumapit sa pitaka
ng milagrosang ina ng awa


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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mabuhay 125

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Batch is woven in the fabric of Casiguranin consciousness. Everyone has a batch. Starting from Elementary batch who are most likely the same batch in high school. The holy week of the first week of April was special coinciding Easter with the grand high school homecoming. The whole town was buzzed with generations of alumni holding their exclusive mini reunions. Batch is an oral tradition of reliving the history of our time the last six decades. Batch is also a good indicator of age or of time. "Sinong ka-batch mo?" as this would often lead to knowing whose generation in the family you were in contemporary with.

Batch is special in that it bring us closer to our roots. Our birthplace gives us identity and has a strong influence of what we could become - in terms of potential, promise and tendencies. This is genetical and also a gift to be born at a certain place we call our hometown. Environment and birthplace is significant in molding our personalities, thus, homecoming is a way of  affirming our sense of identity. Proud to be ourselves. "We are home". And every year many new Casiguranins  are born, who would grow to become the future batches. Time is a passage. Every batch had to undergo the same passages from adolescence to adulthood. We grew together, and even if we live apart a thousand miles, we take with us the image of our batchmates and us in them. We are connected in deeper ways than our year of graduation year would only indicate as number. Even if fifty years passed, we recall the young faces of our batchmates as if was only yesterday. Our memory is a great time machine. "The old songs bring back the old times". We spent ten years together in the same classrooms. We shared experiences in those two thousand days having witnessed the change in ourselves physically as we grow taller. We experienced our firsts from attraction to crushes and first loves. We sang daily the national anthem, recited panatang makabayan and escaped in the fences to get a shortcut home after dismissal. We tended to the gardens at the back of our classrooms and grew our pechays and mustasas. We swam at Sada, Pekla, Mangga, Kapongsooan, Pinagsangaan, Minanga Pantalan. We cleaned our desks with plant leaves "is-is" every class opening. We waxed our classrooms with banana leaves. We played from chess to sipa in the campus after class till orasyon when the familiar church bell was our default alarm to be with our families for dinner. We came to the same barber and had been circumcised by the same person that conducted the same rites to our brothers. We both tasted "inggo" for recess and much preferred bananaque, maduya, palitaw, sinuman that lined on campus gates. We enjoyed the fashions and fads of our time. We missed caramel, nougats and even the store owners that we buy them from. We reminisce the time we bought stationeries we call linen to express our secret loves. We wait for the full moon to visit Ermita hill at night with barkadas. We did so many things together - picnic, fishing, doing projects, playing street games (babayatu, tasing tsinelas, sopo). We spent many christmas parties and exchanged gifts (monitas). We are together, forever.

Next to relatives or clans, batch is the next stronger affiliation that we Casiguranins identify with. Our Carmelian batch is embedded the last fifty years. Now have more public high school batch affiliations, yet the same batch identity to refer to the generations of Casiguranins is a strong self identification among the future generations of Casiguranins. Even those who transferred in other schools still consider themselves adopted batch because it refer to them being part of a tribe not just institutional.

This batch phenomenon ongoing for every new year of graduates offers a great potential for achieving tremendous benefits to our town. If we can unite the aspirations of sixty batches or even of just three of them to work on a single objective will yield significant effect. The meeting of Samleya on April 8 in Quezon City, represented two batches to unite on a single objective.

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(to be continued)

Batch 89 - 004 from Samleya Party on Vimeo.


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Friday, May 01, 2015

"Ang paglingap sa kapakanan nang Agagta ay adene sa pagtangkilik nang pagiging Kasiguranin".

We Casiguranins belong to a minority group - Casiguranin. We speak our own dialect which makes us a distinct ethnic group. Agta Ako! We are not Casiguranin Agtas which refer to the Indigenous People (IP). We are Casiguranins. We can also be Bicolano Casiguranin or Ilocano Casiguranin. By indigenous we also mean native and aboriginal, endemic to the place. "Belonging to one by birth."

March 22, 2015: A school campaign recently inspired me to volunteer (in the future) for an IP initiative. And in the same way, by looking after the welfare of our brother Casiguranin Agtas, gives a feeling of Casiguranism. A love for Casiguranin culture.

April 4, 2015: Culture, aside from oral tradition and practice, must also be written. There is another inspiration to patronize and nurture our dialect. The mechanics was discussed on how to promote our identity. Agta!

(to be continued)

Kalinangan ng Kulturang Kasiguranin

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Saturday, April 11, 2015



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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Aquino’s last Malacañang meeting with top military generals proved disastrous: it gave them a clear picture, up close, of a commander-in-chief who was probably as raving mad as England’s King George 3rd.
Once they had removed him, however, they could see no alternative to removing the monarchy itself, as they did in hesitantly worded legislation. Because the House of Lords would not sanction the trial of the king, it too had to be abolished.
The call for ouster of a President is just as politically motivated and malicious in nature where there is no clear assurance of better replacement. It does not require much consideration to feel that the present Commander in Chief is lacking of the minimum required abilities to manage crisis besieging his administration from Luneta to Tacloban and Masasapano. But let him sit there for energies and resources spent in removing him will not prove anything nor would practically benefit our country. What we can do is establish the accountability of a President to serve as lesson and warning to future Presidential aspirants. Politicians can busy themselves later with preoccupation on the fate of ex-Presidents after immunity is removed. If we are no better voters during elections, it follows we can be worse in revolutions. It is a lesson to voters to think wisely of their choices next time. His role in history is forgone conclusion. History is full of reference, like Charles I, to repeat itself should this administration ever consider extending their stay one minute longer.

Palace Coup?

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Friday, January 30, 2015


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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Twenty Fifteen today, fifteen years ago, this blog started as journal of founding the first Casiguranin and Auroran Online community at Yahoo Groups. Since then, we published Bandilyo and Kasiguruhan in our dialect, held three Moreys (2001, 2002, 2009), expanded to Middle East. In 2013, we documented the 125 Marchers' entry to Manila. Agta Ako!

Year Twenty Fifteen, we established SAMLEYA, the first regional political party organization of Casiguran and Aurora. In the tradition of Moreys, we will hold a town-wide Genealogy Festival, Turungkuang Bayan (SAMLEYA2016) on Easter April 2016. Register your clan in the comments section here. Kamuding, Kabagang, Kakulet!

Join our journey, Walang Nedamo Walang Nedimodyan, looking forward to a Twenty Twenty Casiguran Vision (SAMLEYA20/20). We are asking for your help promote Samleya objectives, as members, officers, online moderators, barangay-based organizers and clan coordinators. You could be our next leader, hope of our mother town - Ang Pag-asa ng Bayan!

Join our cause - Ka-Partido, Ka-Samleya, Ka-Morey! No membership fees! Like us on, subscribe to our tabloid SIMBU, follow our tweets @samleya or beep 0949-572-5816. Mag-oron Tayo.

Twenty Fifteen

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

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Monday, September 22, 2014

In Samleya with Mam Vi I instantly felt truly Auroran. We are profoundly honored she posts and like being "Agta Ako". President Manuel wrote once, "I only know there is such a place Casiguran in the north". Today we feel the blessing of the president in our aspirations. It was a marathon Samleya of ideas on top of unlimited sumptuous food of Pampango, Quezon and Korean menu. Few symbols and people evoke a strong sense of affiliation as to feel belonged, enlivened us to be part of a greater whole. I am solidly Auroran as I am genuinely Casiguranin. Aurora is still a very young province, only quarter decades old named after the beloved wife of Quezon, Aurora. Our region was more Tayabas than Quezonian. And if we drop the geographical attribution, we are identified as Tagalogs. Yet history shapes us, and in as much as we rush looking forward, the past bring a strong sense of who we are and why we are here. Banak Inc's project with the help of many Aurorans, exemplified online bayanihan, to restore Dona Aurora's marker is priceless contribution to our sense of identity, benefiting generations to come. We are Auroran for the very reason of commemoration and homage to a loving mother. Our sense of Auroranism is the unique geographical and historical occurrence that serves as birthplace to us, host of our dreams and well being. Her natural resources gave us livelihood that financed our education and accomplishments. The "provincial" become a vehicle, in as much as name (Philip, Philippines) and geography is shaped by the strong sense of belongingness and identity of its children - Indios Bravos! Aurora is a home of nobility, as Quezon family represents to the world - class and aristocracy. We are children of Aurora! It is that feeling that Banak Inc. and history grants  which unite us. Even if the face of Aurora is changing, demographically, we are united foreordained to be born here. It is shared experience of time and place that makes us brothers and sisters to one mother town. Environment shapes and unites us, having went to the same schools, church, played at the same streets, enjoyed the same scenery, and for that we are forever indebted to our mother Aurora. Now, we can dream of One Auroran vision confident there are many, silent majority, who shared our heritage and love for our common roots (Turungkuang Bayan 2016). Like Rizal's beloved Calamba that shaped the "first Filipino", this is our Aurora. The pacific and sierra madre. She is calling us! Like the carps and turtles that swim back to their beginnings, a natural movement embedded genetically, it's time we go back! Wherever we are, if we search in our hearts, the longing is there. Akaw Poppo! Wadi Lake, Agta Ako!

Samleya 2016 from Samleya Party on Vimeo.

Akaw Poppo!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The President said: “Now, whether you like it or not, there is one term, period. We close that door, we ensure nobody who might not have altruistic intentions, to have any possibility of perpetuating himself in power. That seems to be such an ideal situation, plus all the attendant benefits.”

This President has not studied the lesson of history. His reasons were used by Tabako and Gloria. To close the door might as well close for an unselfish sitting President. The law is meant to safeguard all from possible abuses, not to exempt a goodie goodie selfless golden Presidential boy. What made him believe he is the only best choice we have? Even if the sitting President is not altruistic, as if he'd put the words on our lips, I would rather close that door for second term than allow for all eternity of the possibility of another Marcos to perpetuate in power. It is ironic that this President proposes a Marcosian principle, as if to erase the legacy of his parents.

"There is a host of benefits,” he said.

No learning curve, and continuity. Is that all there is to justify a change of constitution? You don't need a full six year term to learn to be a better President. And what kind of commitment do we need exactly from other countries to assure continuity. If we base it on performance, there is more reason to shorten than wait for this term to end. If we put any citizen with credible credential to sit in one day and have all the executive powers - he might do a better job than the current one.We need a President qualified enough to have worked for a living either as employee or as successful businessman. We need new politics and change than mere sloganeering towards "straight path" tagline. And if we recall this President censured the 125 Casiguranin farmers on their protest, there is nothing that he could learn for not knowing how to listen to his bosses. Except, if his real boss were'nt the ordinary citizen. Tama na, Sobra na!

Aquino said: “'Di ba may kasabihan tayo: 'Pag gusto, walang imposible; 'pag ayaw, walang posible'?”

Ayaw po namin Ginoong Pangulo. Umadi kami. Edyek.

Edyek - Ayaw, umadi


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Friday, September 05, 2014


Samleya: Casiguranin

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Calendar: Sep 9 - Coconut Enterprise Seminar - Reserva, Baler

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Monday, September 01, 2014

Samleya = ropon-ropon, paggoronan, lugar na pagketaketaan, keta-keta, paksa, ropon nang mga magkatsokaran kalimitan sa kanto o balay nang esang katagpu para maggoron lagi, uron na may layunin, tipanan, meeting place, meeting

I could still remember how Lolo used to prepare early mornings, or sometime in the afternoons, to dress as if he is going to attend for special event. He would shave using his classic shaver that is refilled with Gilette blades. He tucks-in his shirt, pomade his hair and go straight to the rendezvous. I would tag along once to meet fellow elders of Barangay Singko like Kuya Herson, Mang Poping and many others. They have Samleya where next is scheduled before they adjourned. As I got older, during a vacation from College, I was again able to join Lolo, or fetch him for dinner through Lola's errand. I remember one topic on governance and leadership where Lolo gave me permission to butt-in an opinion. It was Samleya, a Casiguranin tradition practiced by our elders.


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Noynoy will do it right?

Incompetence - Golgolan, Toktokan nang baol, Walang binesa, Walang pasa, Tamad, Batugan, Balangagan,

What makes something right? how could we trust a man to make it right.  Infallability? Self-righteousness? Imbecility? Is Cha-Cha right this time because it's Noynoy saying? Because Gloria, Erap and Fidel was no saint compared to him? Or is it right because, the people who call his boss clamor for it? If by "boss" he mean what the "common tao" was to Marcos, then Marcos himself categorically defined them as faceless entity. Faceless. Who is the Filipino people? How will the President's cohorts  consult this boss? Through surveys, referendum or random meeting of yellow people? Balangagan.

He won because we hated the notion of Arroyo continuing to sit in power. Arroyo's boss (the people) then suspect, if Gibo had won, would move for Chacha and Cong Gloria will resurrect herself as Prime Minister. We bought the "Daang Matuwid" ticket as a cry against perpetuation in power. Now, it is being raised so he would not become lameduck for the remaining years? Was he not already during the Luneta siege, the Yolanda tragedy? Now, do we want more of what? Balangagan.

If Cha-cha is true, then stop this student council from running the country. This blogger is one boss against Chacha. Is there no one else? Is there no one else? Achilles cried out.


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014


He was called the dark horse. Like Arroyo, he outvoted their vice presidential opponents handily. Angarawould have been President to succeed Erap. But Gloria would not have been President anyway was it not for Angara's diary to prove Erap's incapacity, inspite of the so called Edsa2. Such is the importance of the second highest position. Binay wouldn't have that chance of succession, given this President still have two long years left. VPs Quirino, Garcia, DMacapagal and Estrada won the Presidency through elections. Macapagal-Arroyo a re-election as sitting President. Would Binay be next? There is more to worry than get excited about the prospects. Unless he can solve the puzzle or disadvantage of being a runaway winner way too long before the actual elections and not repeat the fate of Mitra, Villar for the Presidency or even Roxas and Angara for the Vice Presidency.

Kurob-kurob - Talo


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Friday, August 22, 2014

Tsinelas Politics

Casiguranin of my batch would be reminded of the brands "beachwalk", "spartan" and "china" equivalent of that time. We buy those from "palengke" and the bigger stores of "Mang Silay", Mang Ketket", "Nang Biben" and others. Sometimes, "baratilyo" during town fiesta are good times to buy new things including tsinelas. It was the perfect time to force "wear and tear" if only to justify getting a new pair for the new school year. With a very reliable tsinelas pair, it affords us to walk callus-free 10 kilometers back and forth our respective farms. That's the significance of tsinelas to Casiguranin consciousness, for our batch at least, which romanticizes that time.

We come to know of "tsinelas politics" from Robredo. Something that we Casiguranins and every probinsyano need and should patronize.

tsinelas = Eng. house of my feet. sapin sa beset
beset = foot, paa

[This article to be continued]

Thanks Lyn for the correction.


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Monday, August 18, 2014



It's hard to be principled man and be in the shoes of Mar. He was probably sincere in giving-up his presidential ambitions in exchange for the party's victory. It must have been pride to swallow, for a man with sterling work achievements, to handover the prospect of managing the country's affairs to a less competent colleague. He was made the sacrificial lamb, and the laughing stock of blunders in several secretarial posts including the mishandling of yolanda response, or lack of it. A man either have principle or pride. With principle, he is willing to sacrifice all things which is the virtue of heroes. With pride, one can obstinately sacrifice others for what could be wrong. It's unsafe for a leader to have none of those traits. Lack of pride can cause a leader to be vacillating, anomic. Change won't come from gutless administrator. With both parties' standard bearer dancing with options forebode a grim choice between lesser evil. Yet, the President is throwing his hat too. If Mar cannot stop the Noy from pursuing his term extension, more it establish he least deserve to lead. For a man with vision, it is not the will of the majority that should be the barometer to seek the best destiny of his nation. Supporting a term extension to perpetuate party and appointive position is not being sipsip nor trapo. One becomes a doormat.

Ramet = basahan, pagpagpagan ng sapatos o tsinelas, pagpunasan ng sapatos, tsinelas. Ramet na dinarop para ideton sa didebang datag ng pintu. Doormat


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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Aquino open to 2nd term

Amnesia lipon. pagkalipon. nebut memorya. di maka-alala. diklem

He was catapulted to the highest position of the land as an anti-thesis to his power grabber predecessor. His road to Malacanang was paved with inheritance from the memory of his parents' legacy of anti-Marcosian rule. The anti-Arroyo sentiment was highest when an extension of term and charter change was being considered at midnight deals. Few years before his term ends, with none of the lasting legacy to leave equal to Marcos' infrastructure, Ramos' marketing, Estrada's anti insurgency and Arroyo's nautical highway. He is considering the idea of term extension, presumably listening to his bosses' will, in the midst of illicit DAP budget realignment, painting the Judiciary as the perceived enemy. Take it from someone who never worked for others, having had no real boss prior to assuming the biggest job on land. Schizophrenia. He was the most surprised accidental candidate. Look at what power can do. It corrupts. Who would else continue what he had started sound messianic. Very un-Filipino, if we measure against Rizal's intention of readiness to risk his life, knowing humbly he is not the only son of this land. Amnesia should be an automatic cause for Binay to fulfill his constitutional duties as acting President. Term extension could be an act of desperation, of self-preservation, or of party perpetuation in power. Guilt can also be a factor for wanting to hold on to power. That is the demise of tyrants. Tama na, Sobra na, Palitan na.


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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Gara- (Eng.) Flamboyant, (Casiguranin); Garbu, Ma-garbu, colloq. ispodek


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Impeach - etsar, ibut, ibutan, batikal, toglad, idideba Noynoy will never get impeached. Not that he is not impeachable, as every Presidents are, like Estrada and Arroyo. Even dictators, like Marcos and other tyrants, are impeachable. Power resides in the people, which ultimately come from the power above. We make laws in order to make men moral and just, have some rule of law. DAP could be an impeachable offense, which, if we have luxury of time and resources worth pursuing. But that is no longer the most important need of our nation. We have lost so much money from these plunderers. For them to take away much of our time just impeaching them is too much of a bother. Let them be, they have already been impeached from the hearts and minds of the Filipino people. Losing one's name is even worse than losing power.


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Only Aguinaldo, Quezon, Marcos and Noynoy were the Presidents that have had interaction with Casiguranins. Aquino met with 120 Anti-Apeco marchers last year. Marcos gave buffaloes after a typhoon, Aguinaldo had the support of Casiguranins while in Palanan. Though remote, for decades inaccessible, and among the poorest of provinces, every Casiguranin has more to care about the DAP issue. Because if real development and economic growth is here, it should trickle down to the remotest and poorest constituents of the republic. If there is benefit from expose is the domino effect of discovering truths. PDAF scam led to discovery of DAP. And Pnoy threatens the Judiciary of its version of budget reallocation. Casiguranins have always been politically aware of national issues, where, during the pre-electrification years every household follows current affairs via transistors. Anti-Apeco marchers demonstrated our link to the seat of power, although, invoking a grievance committee by walking thousands steps only to be lectured upon by a non-listening President. It's the same tone and stand as when he talked to the marchers. Why would Casiguranins care about DAP? For when the amount involved was Php1 billion, we marched in protest. And if the President himself was directly involved in unconstitutional act involving hundreds of billions of funds, more that we should care. For the seed of nationalism came from rural issues and local issues and local people. The seed of protest initially come from the little and aggrieved. Every revolution was borne of personal discontent that grew into sectoral sentiment. The latest survey speaks for itself.

Why should Casiguranins Care about DAP

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Titan: A person of exceptional importance and reputation And so Aquino warns, a clash of the Titans. Executive Branch against the Legislative, warning that Legislature may need to mediate, which he, allegedly through the unconstitutional DAP, have appeared to have bribed to oust the former Chief Justice. It's alright to impeach, tarnished with corruption, officials of government. The higher the position, the better example. But for the President to threaten a co-equal, speaks of the way this administration handles national affairs. Trust ratings plummeted low. We cannot leave our future to political brats. Saving budgets in order to realign them through allies is not only unconstitutional but illicit. Something they probably believed will not get caught,argued justified because it has become the traditional mode? Where is the right path then lead to? This era is already a forgone conclusion with history. It could have escaped scrutiny in mediocrity. But with boldness with which this President defends DAP and its brains could be his greatest regrets.

Clash of Titans

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Thursday, July 03, 2014 The Go Negosyo Act, with all its noble intention, is a bright bill. However, branding laws like it's associated to some brand or movement become suspect of sloganeering more than legislation. There are efforts already from DTI and LGUs (Area Development Programs) that could implement all the farm to market support that our farmers and product producers' would need. The real help is in the streamlining of these bureaucratic quagmire. Call it any generic law for someone to father come election day and it might just get pass. Yet the more laws and agency it require to get funding to eradicate poverty, the more scams and plunderer it spawns. Democratize and free the government from over-governance.

Branding Republic Acts

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Friday, May 16, 2014

American Friars

Casiguran was founded by Franciscan Missionaries. And that was much of what I know of our 400 year Christian missionary beginnings, with the oldest Spanish reference text from Fr Ray, which copy lent by Galo, A Balerian-Casiguranin living in States. His photocopied book circumnavigated from US to Hongkong courtesy of Tess Orgas then Manila thru Casigurandotcom then to Riyadh courtesy of CDC-ME then couriered back to US in span of three years. Though we grew up with the Carmelites, not until discovering this paper that I realized the American influence Casiguranin have had through the Discalced Carmelites from Washington. I remember Lola Lolita's accounts of them having been taught by Thomasites, which I presumed were these friars. Back then, six graders can already teach the lower years of English. Enough to be qualified to become Chief of local police and a teacher. I still had the privileged of reading the same geography books she used before it was destroyed by numerous typhoons and termites all those elementary years. The elders, to mention Lola Menang Alcantara too, are excellent English speakers. That was the quality of education that was so common to them and ordinary yet so rare and expensive to master these days. My catechism came from my parent, family and with Lolas from both sides devotees of the Blessed Mother of Ermita, faithful readers of the passion, follower of Sn Roque. Next were from the unforgettable Carmelite sisters, from Srs. Fiametta, Evelyn, Marietta, Dolor - who made our school religion break-times interesting. Not to forget the volunteer cathechists like Mrs Baldopena, Mrs Corpuz and Yaya Nelie (Roxas Salamera). That was the essence of Carmelian upbringing with the recollections and retreats and fundraising for the world missions month. It was fun to conduct caroling while strolling the remote barangays unmindful of footsore with the company of fellow adolescents. Those efforts must have brought Christianity elsewhere like Africa, same when Casiguran was also the subject of charity and missions from the Washington Carmelite province. The second floor classrooms of Mount Carmel were designed as collapsible partitions in order to expand as bigger rooms during retreats and recollections. The ambiance of cool air passing through holed concrete ceramics with view of big trees at the back of building is a retreat to nature literally. That same school backyard we used to garden and jump to home across the street whenever we forgot some books or projects due. For elementary kids, the candies up the good sisters' sleeves did the trick too for every correct religion trivia until we become familiar with the crucifix, the prayers and the blessed sacraments. It was through these Carmelite sisters that molded our generation, from first communion to our becoming knights of the altar in high school. Cleaning the church, the sacristy, and preparation of the tabernacle was catechetical. Cathechesis Day was a big day for young minds. Our catholic faith, and christianity in general, was the fruit of labours of decades of service starting from the Franciscan Spaniards to the discalced American friars. Our  elders could remember Fr Allan, Anselm, and the many fond stories, like the "anghel na malaki ang pakpak" and "tinggi bale tayo nang padi" and from my generation, Fr. Amang. He was the photography hobbyist who would offer to have pictures taken during Carmel events like graduation at half the commercial price plus an extra copy. He also treated the parishioners to some movies and slides presentations, using acetate and a projector, when powerpoints were not yet invented. We also remember the secular priests and Ta Manuel for officiating the bible readings, in lieu of The Mass, for lack of priests. While through the Carmelite sisters, the faith fundamentals and value of sacraments were imparted through spiritual directions, a diary writing, teaching how to confess and rosaries for example, the lack of ministering like absence of holding sacrament of confirmation, which only a bishop can officiate, was evident for decades. I had my confirmation in Makati already as a college student. It is understandable now, by reading this scholarly study, such challenges that went in the Casiguranin mission. It would be worthwhile to read and share the texts, which animated me to blog again, stumbling upon the thesis online, from deep slumber and years of blogosphere sporadic dormancy. I have chosen following snippets for quick reading:

Incidentally, it was in Manila where Father Shanley was able to make acquaintance with Doña Aurora Quezon, the widow of the first President of the Philippine Commonwealth, Manuel Luis Quezon. In due course, Father Shanley found himself being convinced by Doña Aurora Quezon, the Carmelite nuns and the Apostolic Delegate to persuade his superiors to start a mission in the Philippines. Inasmuch as the Quezon family was from Baler, Tayabas (now Aurora Province), the Eastern part of Luzon was proposed as the probable area for the missions. During this time, it formed part of the ecclesiastical territory of the diocese of Lipa.

Soon after, Doña Aurora and Mr. Eusebio Gutierrez, a member of the Secular Order Carmelites, accompanied Father Patrick Shanley to the diocese of Lipa where he met Bishop Alfredo Verzosa.1 It was during this occasion that the possibility of having Teresian Carmelite friars in the missions began to be seriously considered.

The territory is not of mere municipalities but of two provinces, that in Spanish times were called political-military districts of Baler and Infanta, both of them independent from each other. The one of Baler includes large villages and the town of Casiguran. According to the last census, its population is about twenty thousand souls.

The original plan of the founding friars was to settle together in Infanta as a community, where they would study the Tagalog language. Within the year of arrival however, the friars divided themselves into two groups: the Infanta-Polillo group and the Baler-Casiguran group. These two mission stations were located 374 kilometers away from each other.1 Fathers Patrick Shanley and Andrew LeFebvre were stationed in the town of Infanta, later referred to as the Infanta-Polillo sector which was the southern part of the friars’ mission. On the other hand, Fathers Gabriel Gates, Leo McCrudden, Herman Joseph Esselman and Brother Vincent Scheerer proceeded to the town of Baler, later referred to as the Baler-Casiguran group which was the northern part of the missions. Meanwhile, the friars who were stationed at the northern part of the missions, the Baler-Casiguran area, took residence at the Parish of San Luis Obispo in Baler. The place had been a mission station since the Spanish times. It was the Franciscan friars who initially took care of Baler. Consequently they constructed the old Baler church. In the year 1609, seven intrepid Franciscans led by the Venerable Blas Palomino, whose cause is pending in Rome, penetrated the mountain fastness and left one of their members, Fr. Francisco de San Antonio to minister to the small fishing village near the bay. Franciscans and Recollects took turns at this work during the following century.

The distance of Baler from Casiguran, coupled with the difficulty in transportation made it difficult for the Casigurañans to have regular church services. During the early days of the mission, Casiguran was accessible only by boat and under normal weather conditions the boat trip would be twenty-four hours. There were, as yet, no roads that would bring the people from Baler to the northernmost part of the missions. Hence, the friars who came to Casiguran had to maximize their activities during the duration of their stay. The priest’s visit thus became an occasion, not only for the administration of the sacraments but also for organizing the people.

Toward the end of February I took the barge to Casiguran. Those poor people had not seen a priest since their Fiesta last June. I intended to stay a week but it turned into two weeks. For three weeks previous to that I had been out in the barrios of Baler starting the teaching of catechism in the schools and so I thought it would work as well in Casiguran. The people were overjoyed to see a priest again and after my stay they cried to se[e] me go. The[y] demanded that I return for Easter but I told them that that was up to Fr. Gabriel. It was quite a hard job to start the catechism there in such a short time but I did manage to get fifteen women interested in teaching. They said that they would continue it three times a week.

In the midst of all the business brought about by the mission work, the friars soon enough began to obtain local vocations. Barely had the Teresian Carmelite missions started when three young Filipinos signified their intention to enter the Order. All three hailed from the Panay and Negros islands in the Visayas. With the help of the Teresian Carmelite nuns in Jaro, Iloilo City, these men soon found their way inquiring about the Teresian Carmelite life. By the middle of 1948, the three were sent to the United States for their initial formation in the novitiate. Thus did Pablo (Anselm) Cañonero, Julio (Xavier) Labayen, and Vicente (Bernard) Ybiernas become the first Filipino Teresian Carmelites.

Regular observance in a Teresian Carmelite monastery would mean following a set horarium. This includes the stipulated hours of mental prayer in the morning and in the evening. Also the Hours of the Divine Office are to be recited in common, during their prescribed time, where there are three or even two friars. Silence which is an essential aspect in the Carmelite lifestyle is observed. Community living is also an important feature in a house of observance. Moreover, the friars in the Infanta missions were admonished by the Father Provincial: “You are very tactfully, to curb and to be extremely watchful about familiarity with women; to encourage the Carmelite life, urging them [the friars] to seek rather the company of their confreres, and not tolerating mere social visiting and eating.”

Our present commitment to the Prelature should be carefully noted. Furthermore, the fact that after 24 years of service to the people of the Prelature we have not had a single priest ordained for either the diocesan clergy or the Order says something. At this time it might be in the interest of the Church if we spend what extra energies we have on developing a local clergy. This should be in keeping with Vat. II and sound mission thinking.

The six pioneering friars were welcomed by the abandoned convento and dilapidated church in Infanta. All throughout the mission area, the condition was generally the same, except in Baler. Decent physical structures for the church and convento were conspicuously absent. By necessity, the friars broke up into two groups: Baler-Casiguran and Infanta-Polillo. Both mission stations were located at the opposing ends of the region. The terrain was rough and the road system was very poor. Moreover, both outposts were far from Manila.  Consequently, correspondence from the Mother Province in Washington was always delayed and regularly hampered. The same predicament was also true of the regular communication among the friars from the different mission stations. The language and cultural barriers; the poverty of the people in the mission area; the tropical climate of the country; the financial status and the condition of the human resources of the young Washington province were among the challenges that the friars had to surmount. These were inevitable problems that compounded and accentuated the above-mentioned communication problem.
Moreover, certain places like the town of Infanta were wary in their reception of the friars upon their arrival. With all these challenges mentioned, the friars themselves had to contend with the challenge of living out faithfully the Teresian Carmelite lifestyle of contemplative prayer and apostolic service in the mission area. After the spirit of Teresa of Jesus, the friars’ enthusiasm and zeal were not dampened even in the face of so many demands and challenges. Armed with the Teresian character of “determinada determinacion”1 they remained steadfast in their missionary commitment.

Despite their small numbers, the presence of the friars in the various mission centers ensured the regular administration and celebration of the sacraments. Hence, even the more isolated and far-flung places of the mission like Casiguran and Palanan eventually functioned as a regular parish, staffed with a full time pastor. Once more, the churches and chapels began to become thriving centers in the mission area. A sense of unity was beginning to be fostered among the people.

After some thoughts though, knowing now the difficulty of rebuilding the church (the mystical body) and the dilapidated structures that were inherited from the Spaniard predecessors, I wish some studies would come to fore to enlighten us on the wisdom behind the demolition of the first Casiguran stone church built by Spaniards. They laboured months to demolish such imposing structure, a testament to its builders which we have yet to tribute and know thru history. That american decision was an undoing of the first mission, stealing from future generation our culture and spiritual heritage.  I heard from elders how beautiful and comparable it was from the historic churces, with its big rose window and stone buttresses. I sketched from Lola Lolita's description which I will share once unearthed. What has remained of that church was the antique bell that we rang every six o'clock  orasyon prayers to serve as curfew too for children to go home for family dinner. That too was lost or looted. Which reminds me to share a poem, and a reflection, inspired by it written by a contributor in Bandilyo (2000):


ta-bam, ta-bam, ta-bam...
ta-bam, ta-bam, ta-bam...

Masaneg mu pa?
Tenog ng tepeng na kampana?
Minebut na?
Na por kilo na kaya?
Tungol na walang naburay
Sa Simbaang gineba...
Maski inamag na tanso, wala na?
Naging kalansing na kaya ng barya?
Tungol walang naburay
sa dating magdulaw na kunsensya?

Me Masaneg pa kaya?
O natupad na ang hula
"Matanda na tum bayan tam-ay..."
Kaya naman tuleng na?
Kaparis ng dating hula
Me bengbeng, di makasaneg
Me mata, di maka-keta
Paanoy me troso sa mata?
Sa bengbeng, me kwarta?

Magsaneg ka kaya?
O me mag-tenog pa kayang kampana?
O tungol na minebut na?
Kaguman ng Kampana
Ang tolay na magsimba?
Konsensya ng bayan inamag na yata..
O neanod ng baha?
O wala ng masaneg kundi kalansing...
O sa tagay nalasing...
O sa shabu napraning!
Wala ng kampana!

Sa magpag-bangyasan,
Wala ng magpa-alala
Sa magpag-nito at mag-kawayan...
Wala ng magpa-tukoy, pag metawtaw
Wala ng magpa-tenog sa ka-sarem
O ng orasyon! Wala na?

Makasaneg ka pa?
Walang hintu ang "chain-saw"
Naka-turbo ang "land-cruisers"
Tinggi ang "drug peddler"
Kumpare ang "illegal logger"

Me makagi ka?
Me masaneg sila?
Magkagi ka sana!
Ikaw na ang Kampana! 

Discalced Casiguran Teresian Carmelite Friars

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Monday, November 18, 2013

He is one "idol" of many Casiguranins for his anecdotes are worth emulating and his legend difficult to duplicate - flying by helicopter in aid of Casiguranins who needed emergency medical attention, paving all poblacion roads, renovated Ermita Hill Chapel and facilitated unforgettable festive fiesta celebrations. He is incomparable to those before and after him who held his office. Because he appointed himself the title of public servant, by helping countless kababayans, even before his successful three year term as Mayor and short stint as Vice. He lost three times before and won the next three bid as Mayor then lost again the last. He was overwhelmingly given fresh mandate as Vice but was deposed out of technicality. He is friends to all, their Tyong, and his big heart would allow him to embrace back as allies and partners even former opposers. His unwavering love for and indefatigable service to Casiguranins was his mission.

During the victory celebration upon his first election as Mayor, he was christened "Mayor Pusit" alluding to his skin color as black as the squid ink, a name to define a new era of administration from his defeated rival with a nickname by another sea creature. Aptly so that "pusit" is a good cure to ulcer, the "mayor" was a man for the poor, that he is sensitive to the hunger of fellow kababayans for all the basic needs they so rightfully deserve. His official referrals to help all those who come to him for his personal attention are swiftly taken action. He even make sure to prioritize the rest before relatives. He makes sure to look after the benefits of other before self, a trait he lived to set an example even on the last days before his hospitalization. He is a forgiving man, for he does not keep records of offenses of others, and in many ways help again those who were once against him when political and economic fortune was not favorable. 

Fidel was the youngest of five siblings. The most maporma of them, with tantalazing eyes, the gait of an action star, a man of few words. The only one to follow after his father's footsteps as public official. His father was elected municipal councilor, whose popularity bolstered by personally financing the first Dimalang bridge. A project he never waited for the government to provide. He acted on this personally with his personal resources. The same trait of "man of action" became Fidel's signature, when he personally drove one construction vehicle to oversee constructing farm to market roads, among them named after his father Felix, now known as Salamera Boulevard in Barangay Calantas. Before his term ended, he had completed paving all poblacion roads. As a young man, he sought his destiny in Manila, which was innaccessible then compared to now. He managed to be successful on his own right as a construction foreman, the popular alternatives to "architects" or builders of that time. He accomplished several beautification and development projects of Ermita Chapel - earliest was the stairs reconstruction, grotto and later the ramp. His managerial and leadership abilities led him to supervisory positions that paved way for his friendships with former employers and colleagues that turned political supporters. He came back to Casiguran flying by helicopter, always making a one turn around the poblacion town to the enjoyment of kids following before it lands in the school's ground. He always sports all white apparel from head to toe, mostly in white shorts and white jacket and sunglasses. On those days, he was there either to pick-up a kababayan gravely ill that needed to be treated in a hospital in Manila or bring home a deceased kababayan to save from harsh days of travel by land and sea. Aside from helicopters, he likes riding mortorcycles, some of his old photos were with the latest model of that time. And in retirement still was his favorite mode of transport.  He was a fun-loving person and plays accordion during family gatherings. He would share this fun-loving personality during fiesta celebrations, bring drum and bugle corps to complete the fiesta mood spirit. He even participated in a show where he was run over by a truck. A trick that added more myth to his person. As Mayor, he was the best cheerleader of Casiguranin athletes during provincial competitions, always at the finish line to hand over a gift cash. Those cash were bulging from his two pockets, which he intended to give all to his constituents, as a father, for the enjoyment of those he served. He spoils yet as strict as an administrator, specially in getting rid of drug addiction during his term, where he would deal personally to castigate suspected addicts and trouble makers. Valorous, out of experience, where he was once the leader of a group that maintains peace and order in Pandacan at a time when riots and gang war were common along the rails. He is no stranger to putting his life in danger for a cause, which was probably an awareness he gained from surviving the war as a young gentleman. His presence, specially on stage, and his voice and bright rhetorics always get the attention of the crowd. 

We can list all projects, all favors and help he extended, yet all those aren't true measure of his real achievement which was integrity of service, of living simply for as long as there is Coke in a meal. He came to power already a self-made man who can easily live a comfortable private life without aspiring for public office, yet he chose to serve. He followed his heart and offered himself, his life to people. After his term, he came back to normal life esteemed, led a frugal life and regal in defeat. He showed a life by example of not enriching oneself, of not using influence to secure a better retirement. His answer to critics was that he had not hidden anything. He is a true gift to Casiguranins made possible by the sacrifices of his family so that we can have his time and attention. Tyang Belen, the woman behind his success, could have only gotten his full attention during bed rest, for the earliest sign of strength, he would again dare to risk all to return to his beloved Casiguran. His favorite song is philosophic;

Ang lahat ng bagay sa mundo'y napaparang
Kung mayrun lungkot, merun ding kaligayahan

Now that he has rested, singing the same song with matching accordion in honor of his Creator, following His voice on earth as in heaven, Vox Populi Vox Dei. We  surely miss the man who helped others and followed the voice of the people. We can pay our respect by paying forward to others the same charity he lived by as code. Expecting no return for the public service he rendered selflessly with joy - he lived life to the fullest. A very giving and forgiving man. Tyong Fidel, idol. [A tribute from "Agta Ako" by RoderickSalamera Morfe ]

Fidel Torre Salamera

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

source: Business Mirror, The Economy. 18 Dec, A3

No to Apeco, Yes to Inclusive Growth

Inclusive Growth

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Why am I against APECO? Not because I am against progress, not because am not in favor of the new roads that was built, not because I don't want new jobs for our townmates. I am against APECO because of the injustices that were committed and future violations that comes with its implementation. Yes, I am in favor of APECO if without the reasons that are only fully known to its authors.

I am Agta Casiguranin. A minority group of twenty thousand people that speak its own dialect. I am aboriginal. I belong to the land of Casiguran where I was born. I saw the first light surrounded by our Agta brothers. Where there is one townmate evicted  by  a so called law that would provide convenience to some, I would side with the few that are victimized by the State. Therefore, I am one with all the reasons and motivations of the one hundred twenty marches that walked the 370 kilometer trail. I am against the law that was written and railroaded in a few months.

Today, our brothers are on their trail, walking along the same streets that connects the seat of power to the land of APECO, holding on their ropes that keeps them aligned as they walk and chant their grievances. As of this writing, they are in Plaridel Bulacan. As you read this in the comforts of your home or office or from smartphone, they are there doing their share of fighting not only for their own rights and self-interest but for the dignity of all Casiguranins. Our Indigineous people and brothers fighting for the principle of freedom that was the reason for which democracy was fought for by our heroes. So that no law can abridge the freedom of even the lowliest member of our society. The pen that makes laws today should not undo the sacrifices of our forefathers so that we can afford to live without masters. Ang gara ng buhay.

APECO is a law of discrimination. It discriminates the indigenous people and their rights to live. It discriminates the Aurorans of their right to have a voice. It discriminates the poor who has no access to government channels. It discriminates the intellect of every citizen by passing a law that evicts the people from their land. It discriminates common sense by saying that a law makes everything justified and that none has been unjustly relocated because they were bought. It discriminate the people assuming they are too dumbed and afraid to go against the powerful and influential.

APECO is not sustainable. One billion taxpayers' money has been spent without a single locator. The law was expanded twice to include virtually the whole town failed to give real development. All roads improvement are not enough justification as a bargain because the government has the obligation to provide those even without such laws. The authors themselves, facing their conscience, would probably have doubts of the viability of this endeavour for how come a law precedes real opportunity and force the laws of market? APECO is a continuation of the old problem and menace of legal logging where only a few perpetuates and enrich themselves of the natural resource of the country. Only this time, they include to massively and legally land grab the whole town.

APECO is also a single question that should be answered by its author before aspiring for a new office and people's mandate. If only the five million steps by each of the one hundred twenty Casiguran marchers would count.

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Casiguranin Sighting

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Lakad Protesta

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Monday, December 17, 2012


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Casiguranins' Dialogue with the President (Abstract Version) March from Caloocan to Quezon City


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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Marcos, Erap, Gloria learned that having power is not forever. The young Aurora dynasty may have yet to recognize that the 125 Marchers could be the catalyst that will pull the start of the end of the about to be formed Apeco Empire. In a few months will be election time and as much as it was the majority vote that elected them to be able to create Apeco, they are clinging to that fresh mandate to continue the lineage of power from father to son. Apeco that has grown now into a national issue will decide the fate of the young legislator and the veteran who like Gloria will run for local office when they are barred from holding on their higher office. (to be continued..)

The End of Dynasty

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I admire the eloquence of our kababayan agta more than the President. The president came prepared to say "let's study". He was briefed to say what is politically right. He said he is not a dictator but in so saying appears he was dictated and taught by his public relations coaches. That's why this president is not destined to be great.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012


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Saturday, December 08, 2012

Follow the Casiguranin March for Truth and Justice


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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bayan Ko

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

We have the modern hacienderos in the guise of these politicians and
businessmen. They are in connivance against the best interest of the poor,
people whom they claim to serve but offers nothing but lip service.

Any genuine development must benefit the majority before any
private individual or businessmen. Did you hear them say, "we need
"! Show us the Business Plan first.

11 Years Ago

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012


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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Let's try to answer:

1. Reasons behind APECO. Was Casiguran's and Casiguranins' betterment really was the main reason for the passage of this law?
2. Who else benefit from it and did anyone made money out of the initial budget aside from the logging concessionaire who had his share of earned income by simply selling his rights to log from San Ildefonso?
3. Analysis of the first COA Report on APECO's expenditures?
4. Who are the investors and what type of businesses that will be put up?
5. Transgression of Property rights and the State's right to Eminent Domain.
6. The background and time element in the passage of this law

We welcome progress for as long as it is really for the common good. It will be good less the private greedy interest who would benefit more from the project in the name of misinformed Casiguranins.

If you have information about the project thaht you would like to share in formulating this opinion, please email us at

Agta View on APECO

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Tuesday, October 09, 2012

COA is doing a good job of uploading recent Annual Audit Reports from Casiguran Aurora. Here's the link to COA website to download zipped documents or read below PDF version.

Casiguran Aurora 2011 COA Annual Audit Report

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Monday, August 06, 2012

Si Yaya Poncing Esteves ang nasa video magkanta ng "Aaryoken Kita" na sinalin sa kaging Casiguranin.

Paki share po sa kababayan monda lalong mahalen ang kagi tam

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Salamat sa inspirasyon:
"amah makatawa juh tung site n naangayan ko ah...jableg yan...proud n proud aq s mga kasiguranin at s kkasiguran ehhehe....bukod s mataalino at maggaling ang mga agta... daig p nila ang mga mggling na manunulat kau n tlga...tukoy q n adayo pah maanagayan moy"- gubwat

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Instead of the move to create a new Angara municipality, we'd rather push for renaming Aurora to Angara Province for many reasons.

- the establishment of APECO which converted and dedicated the entire province into APECO Land without consultation. As a result, whether private property or reservation lands were unabashedly claimed in the name of imminent domain in favor of the Zone.
 - the current public servants are Angaras and we owe to them beginning from Dr. Juan the many infrastucture developments that cost millions in favor of many Aurorans (soon Angarians)

- Quezon or Aurora did not really serve as elected public servants or held public office in this province.

- Edong is the "Father of Aurora"
- we can erase from history the other governors when this province wast first a sub-province and the forgetables provincial first board members, and the many other mayors who had served more than the tenure of Dr. Juan's political career. There were public servants who had more than 10 years of public service but they are not privileged to have political powerhouse to qualify to or even imagine creating a town for themselves.

Long live Angara Province!

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Angara Province

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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Catched Fr. Joefran in Facebook chat and got updated of our reservation farmers' camping out at DAR.

Our reservation farmers are camppiong out in front of DAR office. they were there since April 16.
This blog supports our farmers.

They made it their home, they made it flourish — and they will not budge.
Surrounded by rice sacks reaped from Sitio Reserva, Nanay Florentina Solis elaborated to onlookers the long history that the residents of her community have had with their farming grounds. “Nanirahan na kami dito nang mahigit limang dekada na, inararo ito’t pinayabong ang yaman ng lupa. Kaya naman palagay ko’y karapatan namin ang pagpapasya sa pangangalaga at paggamit dito.” (“We have been residing here for more than five decades now, tilling it to productivity. That’s why I believe it’s only right that the decision on what to do with it, preserving it, should come from us.”)

Even as peasant movements rejoice over the Supreme Court’s ruling to redistribute Hacienda Luisita, a new threat has begun to loom over popular struggles for land-to-the-tiller and for food-on-every-table, rural support groups declared earlier today. Both are being stymied by a 12,923 megaproject now materializing in Casiguran, Aurora. At an encampment outside the Department of Agrarian Reform Central Office, groups and individuals campaigning against the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport (APECO) alerted the public to the sinister food security effects that one of the Philippines’ newest ecozones will impose upon the country, if finally carried to completion.

In a statement, Deling Constantino, a rice grower in Sitio Reserva for 50 years, said it worries her that the proponents of the Apeco project will sacrifice hectares of fruitful rice fields, that is producing around 11,048.36 metric tons (11,048,360 kilograms) of rice enough to feed thousands of people. Constantino, despite the hardship, had travelled far to join the indefinite campout of the anti-Apeco organizations and their supporters in-front of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) national headquarters in Quezon City.

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Thursday, March 08, 2012

Luta - Documentary

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Fr. Jofran believes that the attack is related to his advocacy and assistance to sectors opposing the establishment of an economic zone in the province. according to him, the project will displace indigenous peoples, farmers, fisherfolks, and their families, particularly those within the municipality of Casiguran.  Fr. Jofran emphasized that despite the enormous impact that the project will bring to the people, no consultation with them was made.
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Casiguran Human Rights

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Friday, February 24, 2012

[Statement] We stand with the people of Casiguran in their struggle against APECO! -ISM « Human Rights Online Philippines
We have seen that APECO has sought to reduce the people of Casiguran to complete powerlessness, and that it has stripped those impacted of any voice and democratic control over the ecozone. It has instigated a process that will violently eject them from the lands, livelihoods and communal ties that they have carefully cultivated over the generations, while consigning the integrity of the municipality’s natural environment to total and utter jeopardy.

Unity Statement of International Delegates

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Friday, February 17, 2012

stories on shoestrings
There are no fine-dining restaurants in Casiguran. To experience the local cuisine, try the eateries and carinderia in the market and near the terminal. Prior to going to the resorts, make sure to buy food especially fresh malasigue (blue marlin) at P100/kilo! This is a sure delight. You can ask Kuya Richard to cook meals for you when you get to the resort.

Casiguran Tourism

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Taginep na Lukag
Sosolean sa Isip
Sumangkay dumarosdos
Lumugso sa Tangki
Magtan-aw sa buked
Sulegen mga paluko
Baybayen mga dalan
Magdasal sa kapilya
Umetnod sa Akasya
Magbasa ng Pasyon
Sumangkay Dumideba
Sa prusisyon at penitensya
Makipagketa Makimorey
Magbilang ng baytang
Tumakneg sa ditanga
Ontok ng dalan pa Minanga
Sambat ang buked at langet
Dito sa disono mapayapa
Ermita ay pinto sa langet

Photo from Kelly


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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Review of Casiguranin Vocabulary

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Tuesday, December 06, 2011


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