SONA AND FEDERALISM

July 24, 2006

We watched GMA’s SONA. She was most applauded when she uttered something about empowering the regions and decentralization. This is not surprising because while Filipino life seems to revolve around Metro-Manila, majority of Filipinos are not from Manila.

Federalism will favor regional writers and cultural workers. For one, there would be changes in our language policy in the academe. Perhaps there will be government offices working for and doing research on the various Philippine languages (with much funding). This will empower the regions not only culturally but economically. Decentralization will also more or less make the relationship between government and the people more intimate.

However, this (Cha-Cha) will also favor GMA. And need I explain? Also political dynasties in the provinces will only grow stronger.

We got info from Laurel Peñaranda of Peninsulares Library Cafe that Bikol arts group CEBIKA will have an art exhibit aptly called Monsoon. It will open on July 29, 7PM. Be there.

Also, one of our works got published in Vol XLV Issue 1 July 2006 of The Pillars:

TATSIAN
Ni Jose Jason L. Chancoco
“Uy, tatsian kita!” Inangat ni Ongaw sira Otep saka Utoy.

“Ay, yangna, nguwan diri na ika mingawat. Uda na madyik iton na pambato mo, Domingo nguwan, diri ika nagsisimba saka sige pa ito muda mo.” Simbag ni Utoy. Isi niyang medyo matinik ading si Ongaw alagad inisip niyang uda man maraut kun iintrimisun niya di sa gatikut.

“Masimut! Ika ngani situn pirming naglulusi, haha!” Nang-uuyam man na balus ni Ongaw.

“Oke oke, tama na kamo ta puunan ta na.” Pinapakaray ni Otep su mga taya. Sa tatsian ana mga nagngangayamun nagbubutang sa mga bariya na pare-pareho ana kantidad. Nguwan, tigpi-Piso sira. Sa gilid sana sira sa agiyan migngayamun ta kadakul na mga awtong naglalabus.

“Uy, guy, nabayad ninyo su mga agta subagu? Nagbarabaan na naman galin sadtu bukid Asog, naka-isputing!” Istorya ni Ongaw habang pigkikiskis sa kamut su gagamitun na pambato.

“Talagang nag-iiyan sira sadi centro pag arug kading alduw. Sabi ngani ni papa, ku buway pa su sinehan na Allan sagkud Jack, nagsisine sira kun Christmas. O, tira na Ongaw!” Rugang pa ni Utoy. 

“Mga baluga unu? Sabi nagkakaun kunu yan sira sa Opon saka inilulubung ana mga guraan nira sa bitnga kana pinagbangang poon sa kawuy. Diri man pati namamarung! Palugi ki Filgon, hahaha!”  Istorya pa ni Ongaw habang pinupunggit su mga bariya na nasa bitnga ku pigkurit na bilog sa semento. Biniliwan niya su pambato. Saka bagana baga agku di birtud sa puso sa batag, nasugat su mga bariyang nakaatado, nakaluwas ngamin sadtu kurit.

“Yehey! Uda na kanaku migdaug, hasler talaga ko!” Orag-orag ni Ongaw habang nagkukuyung-kuyung sira Otep saka Utoy.

Sadtu sana arani, agku nagpundung Honda CRV. Nagluwas su usad na Amerikano saka pigkukuwan sa video su tulong igin na nasa kabitngaan sa pagngangayamun. Nagsirang sadtu bintana ku awto su usad na kayumangging babayi saka nag-unga: “Hon, why are you taking footages of them?”

Nagsimbag su Amerikano: How exotic!”

–27 Pebrero 2006

   Iriga City

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