Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Impeachment

Impeach - etsar, ibut, ibutan, batikal, toglad, idideba http://www.tempo.com.ph/2014/07/impeach-raps-filed-vs-aquino/ 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.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Why should Casiguranins Care about DAP

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.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Clash of Titans

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/619689/aquino-warns-sc-of-clash 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.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Branding Republic Acts

http://business.inquirer.net/174036/missing-piece-to-inclusive-growth-msme-development 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.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Discalced Casiguran Teresian Carmelite Friars


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):

Kampana

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

Monday, November 18, 2013

Fidel Torre Salamera


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 Roderick Salamera Morfe ]





Thursday, May 30, 2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013

APECO Stand


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.

[First Draft. Apr 20. Please share this article]

Monday, December 17, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The End of Dynasty

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..)
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.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

11 Years Ago

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
investors
"! Show us the Business Plan first.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/casiguran/message/403

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Agta View on APECO


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 casiguran-owner@yahoogroups.com


Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Casiguran Aurora 2011 COA Annual Audit Report

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.

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

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Comment to Post

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

Angara Province

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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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

It's More Fun Without..


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.”)
http://nassa.org.ph/?p=1056

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.
http://nassa.org.ph/?p=1054

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.
http://www.cbcpnews.com/?q=node/19289

More News:
http://goo.gl/ieqPZ

Casiguran
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Thursday, March 08, 2012

Luta - Documentary



Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Casiguran Human Rights

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.
download PDF document from philrights.org

Friday, February 24, 2012

Unity Statement of International Delegates

[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.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Casiguran Tourism

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.
http://sensiblejane.wordpress.com

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Langet

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

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Dilasag

Kelan hinumiwalay ang Dilasag sa Casiguran? Gustung makatukoy ng mga istorya sa bayan? Magpatawed ng email sa casiguran-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Komedya - Moromoro Part II

Katongko nung primerong post na letratu ng komedya sa kotam. Te lumang letratu ng komedya? I-tag [@Agta Ako] para puronen tam o mag-email sa casiguran-owner@yahoogroups.com

Friday, September 16, 2011

Panalangin ng Bansa



Ama ng sangkatauhan...

Lingapin mo po kami at punuin ng iyong awa ang aming mga puso upang magkaroon kami ng tibay ng loob at talino, na matutuhan naming magmuni, nang sa gayon ay makilala namin ang aming mga kahinaan at lakas.

Marami po sa amin ang nakapamuhay sa gitna ng katiwalian, kasakiman at karahasan, at naipagwalang bahala namin ang katotohanang ang bansang ito - o alinmang bansa sa daigdig - ay di nabubuhay, sasagana at uunlad kung kami'y hindi magtuturingang magkakapatid na nagsusumikap hindi sa pansariling kapakanan lamang kundi para sa kapakanan nglahat.

Bigyan mo po kami ng lakas ng loob upang kami ay makapagbagong buhay at ng matalikdan namin sa habang panahon ang aming mga kasakiman at katiwalian at iba pang masasamang asal.

Ipahintulot Mo pong makilala namin ang aming mga sarili at malaman namin kung ano ang tungkuling dapat naming gampanan, imulat Mo po kami, buksan mo ang aming mga puso at isipan sa mga bagay na kailanang naming gawin, at sa mga bagay na maari naming magawa upang ang masagana at marilag na lupaing ito ay magsilbing aliw at katuwaan sa lahat ng kanyang mamamayan.

Kami na po ang nagtakda sa aming sarili ng mabigat at walang katapusang tungkulin; patnubayan Mo nawa kami sa aming pagpapakasakit at huwag mo pong itulot na kami ay manghinawa o magkulang ng pananalig, o maghangad ng pabuyang higit sa makatarungan, at sa halip ay makasumpong kami ng labis-labis na kabayaran sa aming pagpapagod sa kasiyahang nadarama namin sa aming mga gawain, at ng sa ganito ay matagpuan namin ang lubos na kahalagaan ng aming mga sarili.

Pagkatapos namin ng gawain sa maghapon, turuan Mo po kami na maghanda para sa aming gawain sa kinabukasan sapagkat iyon ay bahagi ng aming pagpapakasakit; ipag-adya mo kami sa hibo ng maluhong pamumuhay, sa paghahanap ng mga kaluwagan at pribilehiyo, gayundin naman sa paghahangad ng kapangyarihan at kalabisang sumisira sa aming pagkatao; at sa halip gawin Mo po kaming isang lahing may tibay at tatag, nagsasarili, masayahin at makatwiran.

Patnubayan mo po ang sa amin ay namumuno na kumilos at magpasiya nang buong tatag ngunit may pagpapakumbabang dala ng katalinuhan, katalinuhang batay sa katarungan, katarungang salig sa sa damdaming maka-tao, at patnubayan mo rin silang mga kumikilala sa kanilang mga tunay na karapatan at pananagutan bilang tao at bilang bahagi ng lipunan.

Pawiin Mo po sa aming mga puso ang galit, ang sama ng loob at hinanakit, ang mga sigalot ng nakaraan. alisin mo rin sa aming kalooban ang mga pag-aalinlangan at pagkaigatig sa kasalukuyan. Ang aming mga pagpapakasakit ay dalisayin Mo upang magsilang ng sambayanang siya na ring sariling lakas ngayon, at saksi ng magandang kinabukasan.

(Source: Local Government Seminar Prayer, 1980s)

Kasiguranin Word of the Day


Please write in the comments section below your definition

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Kasiguranin Word of the Day


Please write in the comments section the definition of the dictionary podcast above.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Komedya - Moromoro

Maalala moy ang komedya o moromoro sa Casiguran nung araw? I-like o i-share at solean ang wall para sa susunud na letratu ng komedya sa kotam.

Sunday, September 04, 2011




Inaaryok kita sa gibi at aldew
Inaaryok kita sa gibing daringetnget

Esang ngiret mo lang, puso ko'y nabihag
Inaaryok, dinudulaw kita lake

Ngunit esang aldew lake, nakalipon ka
Nilakadan mo ang puso kong mag-giyekgiyek

Sakali man lake, sadyang lipon mo na
Inaaryok, dinudulaw kita lake

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Old Casiguran Photo(s)

Felix Custodio (ca:1930s)
Photo from Lola Elo furnished on Morey 2000 (Laguna). Original was returned. Kung te luma kang letratu alap sa Casiguran, pwede nang i-post sa Facebook o i-link o upload tam dito. Mag-email sa casiguran-owner@yahoogroups.com.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Acacia

Photo: Basco

Paalam Acacia!
Kalahati ng ugat mo ay ng buked
na magpatibay sa Ermita
Ang ninumo ay maalamat
na magkudos ang bawat duun na mateknag
kaya naman angay pinaukit ang banal na imahen ng Awa
At maski sa tutod ay hindi ka natinag
Maski sa Moro ay hindi nagpatalo
Kulub tinebteban ng pasolesole ang buked mo
Inebutan sa pag-aakalang te gintu!
Damo ay dalan pa-Kabuleg
pati dalan para makasangkay ang te sasakyan
Ngay-un, lang bale ang katapusan
Tanging si Juaning lang bale ang makategray!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Thank You COA!

Casiguran 2009 and 2010 Audit reports uploaded.

Casiguran Online Community, is a representation of the unrepresented sentiment of the people, specially the common tao - that we are concerned as individuals (unpolitical members) and helpless at the same time as to what redress or recourse to correct the path and priorities of our leaders. Yet the start of alleviation is to recognize the source of our nation's ills - corruption starting from the grassroots. By addressing the 'recommendations' by our able field auditors nationwide, based on their recurring findings of irregularities, we will be in our path towards national transformation. Theorising that a change in pagkatao of our leaders will change radically our pagkabansa. That audits will take us to better leadership, and if there is an enabling law to make sure these recommendations are monitored, with repercussion as to how the succeeding budget will be implemented depending on the implementations of previous findings. We know, that is already beyond COA's scope, yet we are wishful thinking that all these reports will be given utmost importance to the highest extent by the government 

Monday, July 18, 2011

Right To Information - SUPPORT LETTER FOR IMMEDIATE UPLOADING OF COA REPORTS

All reports by Auditors, specially from local government units, should be uploaded immediately and soft copies available to respective regional and national offices. What if the Auditor lost his copies and not uploaded online? The only ones who have copies are the same officials who are subject of the COA  Audit findings. Although reports are locally available, and in theory can be requested from local officials, there is a degree of indisposition from ordinary Juan to just personally approach the administration in question, unless as cause-oriented group, where such right to information been rather served than available upon request. In our experience, where securing copies locally in the municipal level is the last option, took four years since 2008 and we have run circle of going back to receive the copies from the Auditor. When the Auditors already emailed the reports to COA website, it should be downloadable, and email inquiries to COA webmaster should merit reply. COA Website is an excellent democratic tool of government in its drive for transparency and against corruption where every citizen has access to such information to encourage public concern and open discussion, thus more accountability of public servants. We cannot achieve openness and transparency without accessibility of Information.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Late na mina-upload. Salamat sa atanan. Maki-morey!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Casiguran Agta Benefactors


Reading this:
http://aurorafreeport.com/2011/02/09/a-voice-for-the-wilderness/

flashed back this early (dotcom)munications:
and this:

wondering and expecting to hear from another Casiguranin Agta benefactor on the issue of tribal rights - sadly a quick online query referred to his passing:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/negritos/message/270

Above are examples of those who devoted life to our own Casiguranin Agta's welfare, an American and a German. Ironically in the age of people power, recently with Egypt, we experience eviction and disempowerment of our people from their own land in the guise of progress, not (directly) by foreigners (who are investors) but more so intriguingly one of our own. 


Wednesday, February 09, 2011

APECO Senate Hearing

Transcript of the APECO hearing (Nov 11)
read


Serge's Interview after the APECO hearing
interview


CAMAREA's comments on the Issue
more

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Terminal


Anung ma-alaala mo ng pagsakay sa Cabanatuan terminal? Hating-gabi sumakay sa Cubao monda umabut ng first trip pa-Casiguran. Pag tinanghali kulub sa estribu makipagseksekan o sa paluku makaule lang. O kaya naman ay baka inabut mo pa ang weapon, o mag-abeng? Karon na umule sa dire-diretsong byaheng aircon!

Monday, December 06, 2010

Harurot


Nakalipon ka na?
Na minelegeb ang Casiguran?
Gamet ng tumbador?
Ng mga pabaya?
Ng mga natapalan?
Ng mga tidug?
Ng mga inukeg?
Ng mga magburek-burekan?
Ng mga magtuleng-tulengan?

Nakalipon ka na ngani!
Ng garakaw ang baha!
Ng nabanlik ang ladey!
Ng magkatay ang mga hayupan!
Ng magpaggarokgok ang babuy!
Ng inepar ang paluku!
Ng kumapit sa igut umarabes!
Ng lipoteken ang balabalay!
Ng magbalsa umaraw sa Ermita!

Kelan ka maalimpungatan?
Kelan beman Dyu? Kelan pa lake?
Nakalipon ka na ngani!

Agta Ako, ©June 7, 2005

Monday, November 29, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Book Donations

















Books and magazines donations to Casiguran Youth through the facilitation and help of Sir Johnny. Do you have books to donate?




Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Casiguran 20/20

It's been 10 years since these banners were first seen in Poblacion streets. In 2009, we held our "Motyong Morey" in celebration of our 400th town founding. What is your vision of Casiguran 10 years from now? Please write in your comments how you envision Casiguran in year 2020 (Morey 20/20).

2000 Awareness Campaign



2003, Typhoon Harurot





2004 Protest


Disqus for Agta Ako!