Beng, an exceptional Filipina
Itwas yesterday when the Arroyo government declares non-working holiday(naguguluhan talaga ako sa pabago-bagong desisyon.. Okay lang naman,ikanga “Save by the holiday” kasi may three exams kami and I’m notready… ) for the celebration of the National Heroes day. So, it’smy task today to elevate the social consciousness of the masses. I’llpresent to you a person whom for me, a heroine.I read anarticle and it’s all about Benjaline Hernandez and I was about torealize. Her friends, colleagues and acquaintances oftenly called herBeng. She was a simple, honest, down to earth woman and the VicePresident of the College Editors’s Guild of the Philippines forMindanao wayback 2001. She became a victim of a summary execution atSitio Bukatol, Brgy. Kinayawan in Arakan Valley on April 5, 2002 anddied together with some of the farmers after being tugged as members ofthe New People’s Army (NPA). Sheis a martyr and must be given enough tribute and recognition for herown simple ways, she made a mark to the hearts ofthose who aspire forpeace, justice and human rights from the government that is now calleda growing monster who kill it’s own people because of the politicianswho are starving for power and greed.I did not havethe chance to met herbut it made me think that I somewhat I knew herthrough her poem “Ang Bata”. She wrote it on August 3,2000.
Noong ako’y limang taong gulang,Ako’y mataas na sa lengguwaheng magsasaka.Naiintindihan ko na ang ibig sabihinng gutom, bantito at renta.
Nagpapaligo na ng kalabaw, nagiigib na ng tubigNagbabantay na ng kapatid, naghaharbes na ng maniNanghuhuli ng palaka upang ulaminat kung anu-ano pa…
Walang puwang ang laro sa baryo naminSapgkat ang buhay dito ay di nakakatuwa,Tanging ligaya kapag may anio at pagkain.Walang bata dito, lahat magsasaka
Noong ako’y sampung taong gulangAko’y mataas sa lengguwaheng militar.Kabisado na ang putok ng armalite, garand, carbin at M14at M79
Hindi dahil ang laruan namin ay ganitoSubalit dahil normal nang pagala-galaAng mga militar sa aming baryo.Sundalong parati na lang galit,Parating nakasinghal, mga mukhang aswang,kung aswang nga ba’y totoo?
Hindi na ako nag-aaral‘Di rin naman ako makapagtaposHindi naman makakain ang test paperAt di tinatanggap ni Bantito ang mataas na grado.
Noong ako’y kinseAko’y mataas na sa lengguwaheng Agraryong Rebo,Naiintindihan ko na, ang ibig sabihin ng Bantitoat panginoong may lupa ay walang ipinagkakaiba sa pasismo.
Yumaman sila, hindi dahil sila ay matalinokung hindi dahil sila ay mapagsamantala.At humihirap kami, hindi rin dahil kami ay tamad,kung hindi dahil kami ay magsasaka.
Iyan ang batas ng pyudalismo.Problemang sintado ng 75%“Panahon na upang palayain ang mga magsasaka!”Yan ang turo sa akin ng mga sundalong nais lumaya.
Ngayon na ako’y dise-otsoAko’y mataas na sa lengguwaheng armadong pakikibaka.Ako pala ay kailangan ng rebolusyon Upang tapusin ang daan-daang tunggalian.
Magpapaalam na kay Nanay at Tatay,At pati na rin sa aming baryo.Sasama na sa mga kaibigan,at magiging isang Pulang Hukbo.Mababawi na ang lupa mula kay BantitoMapuputol na ang kadena ng imperyalismo,pyudalismo at barukrata kapitalismo.Mababago na ang ating lipunanKapag tayo mismo ang kikilos at sasanib sa hukbo.
Wala namang dapat pagnilay-nilayan pa, sapat na ang 20 taong pagsasawalang-bahalaAko man ay may murang edad,Subalit kung wawariin ay kay tanda na.Dahil kahit kailan, ‘di totoong nasa edad ang pagkamulat.At kahit kailan, ‘di batayan ang edad sa pakikibaka.
Getsthe pic”(and I don’t mean the pictures above)? On how Beng fought inher struggle as could be seen in her poem? She is just one amongthe millions of people who still seek for justice and peace. Everyoneof us faces serious condition and we can’t understand why there aredeprivation, oppression and discrimination in society. Where richpeople became more richer and poor people became more poorer.
Istand firm in my belief tht one should strive to survive to fight forjustice and for acceptance. Those who were blindfolded and refused tosee the truth were a great losser.
NowI know, that no matter how difficult, we have to do something differentthat we can prove to the world that we are not a losser. We shouldfight for the right we deserve. And we must continually strive toachieve the peace, justice and human rights taken from us. We need tobe free. Ano ba’ng slbi ng ating mga bayani, if this is the case? Weneed to escaped from the cage that treat us as puppets. We must fightin order to win, for this is a battle….
Time is a healer
WhenI arrived from school, I received a text message from the person whombecome a part of my life before. I promised not to do a reply or a textmessage anymore, but I can’t. Her text and her presence has been verydisturbing. Precisely, this person happens to be my ex.. I still likeher and I know she’s aware of that, but I’m not getting anymore intoher life now. I know she’s in someone else and I accept and respectthat fact, but it hurts me. But now I think, It’s nice for me to busyon my studies, accept responsibilities in school and do some sports. Ibelieve that if I focused on these, I can forget her and many gals willappreciate me…
I just wanna use this opportunity to greet Tito Dean a HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY….
I’ve always take my lunch at Jojo Snackhauz located near our school, a 50 steps from our school gate (I think) with some of my friends Alroyd, Irene and Jejumar. But today, the air atmosphere seems change. My classmate invited me to take our lunch at KC Country Club.. I was shocked, thanks for my epithelial membrane for his function as shock absorber… I was shocked in the sense that I know that KC Country Club was the place for rich people and saucy human beings. Therefore, I must have 50 philippine peso- more or less to take my lunch in that country club. I used to join with them because I wnt to try but I have no idea to take my lunch there… I just want for an observation. And the second reason is, I have no money. Then I asked, “How much you can spend for one lunch?”. Harron answered, “Php15.00″… It was a confusing day after all. And I found out later that they lied me. The restaurant they’re talking about was located at the side of the country club. Hahaha, funny. But mind you, I just spent 15 pesos in my lunch for that meal.. Therefore, I lesser my expenses in the whole day. Finally, I decided to take my lunch every now and then at the side of KCCC. One more thing is, I love their food…
Yahoo!!! we did it!
Yahoo!!! Today is a good day after all… We win in a volleyball game…Kala ko, matatalo na kami… Kasi ganito yun, panalo kami sa first gamepero yung kalaban naman ang nanalo sa second game. So magkakaroon ngdecision round. And 15 points ang dapat makuha namin para manalo…Finally, nakuha rin namin ang panalo…
hear the tick tacks…
I’mnot going to make up a list here on how to manage your own time. I wontscold you either by the “You must not… You must” words. I myselfcan’t even manage my time wisely. But I can make you realize howimportant it is, so important that the very moment will never emergeagain.
Whenyou’re late for school for instance, you can’t do anything about itanymore but have the “better luck tomorrow”. Time is our very ownthing. No one can ever steal it from us. We cannot even borrow ourparents or our best friends time. We cannot also save time. I mean, wecan’t hide it now and use it in tomorrow. We cannot put it on ourwallet or in a bank for safe keeping. All we really have to do is to spend on it.Therefore, the only choice left is, use your God given, enchantingmind, to use your time wisely. We don’t hold time, He alone does. Andonce we realize the time can only be used once, we then might valueevery tick of clock. It’s not so hard to figure out what to do with our time. We often hearthe reminder that “Time is Gold” and “Use time wisely”, but we just letit passed through our ears. Fortunately, we are not that dumb whocouldn’t realize that today will never occur again. Never!
Devoid of Logic
Haveyou ever heard a teacher story? nO, it’s not a parable (who am Ianyway, Jesus Christ?)… And it’s not a fairy tale (ano, LolaBasyang?).. But a true one.. it’s a student story. Here it goes…Oncein our world literature class we had a graded recitation. Our lessonabout was the play Hamlet written by William Shakespearre. Everytimeour teacher ask her questions, only two to three students rise up theirhands. Imagine, were more or less thirty students in her class and it’sobvious only three students studied the lesson and understand the play.I’m guilty not to recite in class because I don’t want to fail thesubject. Luckily, I manage to answered her one question. At last, Irecited in class and possibly, I’ll be given a grade for that answer. Before we leave the class, she acknowledge those students who recitedin the whole period. Ironically, the first name she said does notrecited.. yes she got a mark, a grade that she (frankly) deserve(talagang naguguluhan ako). It’s not her fault really. But who’s faultis it? Sa teacher?? And I’m the one who recited does not given a grade.I think nakalimutan niya. O siguro mali yung sagot ko but at least, Ihave an idea that I’ll do the talking (reciting in that way) so haveput that much expectation. Isn’tit unfair for the students to have this kind of teacher. This is justmy wonderings as a concerned student and a hope, that it would soonchange… soon….
Do I have to end this with “And I live happily ever after”? Because I learned from her? I don’t think so…
reluctant… hesitant… doubt…
I was referring to our Philosophy class in Health Ethics…A couple is pregnant with their second child. During a routine ultrasound at 7 months or 28 weeks, gestation, the physician discovers thatthe fetus is anencephalic. The life expectancy of an anencephalicbaby’s only a few days to weeks after birth. The couple struggles withthe choice to terminate the pregnancy at this time or to carry thechild to learn…
The situation is indeed debatable… As what I said during the discussion, “There’s a physical and emotionalinvolves in the issue so there is no way we can make a firm decisionwe’ve walked in the shoes of the couple…”
Battle of Confusion
Oneof the hottest issue nowadays is the proposal of concord or charterchange by PGMA after her State of the Nation Adress (SONA) justrecently. It is indeed one of the most controversial and disputedissues in the contry nowadays. People are holding mass rallies to air their staunch opposition overcha-cha. What is really their in cha-cha that people reckoned it as atrue menace for poor’s quest for progress? As far as I know and what I heard in the radio stations andtelevisions, it is a revision of our constitution through constituentassembly or constitutional convention… Cha-cha is regarded asthreatening to established lifestyle of Filipino people. It dumps downour established industry…Some said that it is not true instead ithelps the country for progress and change the serious condition of thecountry… Who is the right? What is the really the truth of the matter?
Historytell us time and again that the issues, not just the concord, involvinghigh government officials usuall generate outrageous protests from thepeople. As the tension rises, so is the destabilization against thegovernment with rebellion on one side and coup attempts on the other.It is just a never- ending battle of confusion…