(message board 64)
Palarong Pambansa: A Perfect Chance to Show What is Best in Eastern
Whether we like it or not,
Leyte would continue to be our big sister province in the region. The
biggest and the most powerful in Eastern Visayas, Leyte's hosting of the
Palarong Pambansa is a welcome development. It is a perfect time to
showcase what is best in the region and to highlight the need to
calibrate the economy of the region. It seems that we've been lagging
behind in progress compared to other regions of the country.
It is good that Leyte Governor
Icot Petilla was able to rally behind the support of other regional
leaders so we can host the Palarong Pambansa in a grand manner not
necessarily reminiscent of the Imeldific way but one that is decent.
Congratulations Tacloban for
the honor and whatever good thing that happens in Tacloban or Leyte is
also good for the region!
Let us support Palarong
Pambansa 2009 in Tacloban!!!
Address: Sitio Honop, Brgy. Dawa, Basay, Samar
Date: July 30, 2008
The message is for the
management of Samelco:
We the people in the remote
barangays of Basay are complaining of the frequent power cut-off or
black-out which sometimes last for a week. They always reason out that
the high tension wires that run from the town of Basay to the barangays
are not accessible by their maintenance crew, there being no road. What
a shallow excuse!! The power lines are below the leaves of coconut trees
and other vegetations. Bisan la mahinay nga huyop han hangin an mga
dahon ngada ha live high tension wires ma ground. Maupay kon insulated
it nga mga wire. Dere man. So every time there is rain, surely there
will be a power cut-off.
Why don't they cut-off those
trees and other vegetation that cause this problem? As easy as that!!
Otherwise they should replace those bare wires with insulated one.
Pagmata kamo!!! Ngan maluoy kamo hit mga tawo nga iyo gin sisirviciohan.
Catbaloganon in USA
Address: New Jersey, NJ
An mga naiigo baga hin nakagat
An mga naiigo hit mga pulong
ni Tonyboy Morales baga gud hit mga wati nga nakagtan hin tubak. Sige an
hinilod-hilod pero waray mahihimo kay makarit gud it mga pulong hit akon
sangkay nga hi Tonyboy. Ini nga mga peke na waray dadamo ini diri la
dinhi ha Samarnews.com labi na gud it mga nanhinganhi la ha America baga
na it ira huna huna na Americano na hira. Di ba may istorya kabahin hit
talabong ngan hin karabaw, aba-adaw mga talabong gad la kamo di pa gad
kamo mga karabaw. Namamarayaw ini hira para signgon nga mag-aram pero an
ungod mga haw-syaw la ini hira. Salit kay ungod man an mga pulong ni
Morales dadlagan dayon an mga wati nga waray man hibabruan kabahin hit
Samar kundi an pagbinanhambog nga hira magyaman.
Ada, mas makarit gad udog hi
Morales kontra ha ira kay ha iningles na la ngani araba gad hi Troy nga
kuno taga America. Ini ngani hi Sailorjohn guin-ngaranan la nga Popeye.
Duro an akon tawa kay ungod gud ito nga napakadati man ini nga peke nga
waray agud signgon nga makarit. Hesus, pagbaton pala butata dayon! Di ba
nahiyukat nga nagin Popeye la lugod hiya. Ha discussion board ko pa gad
nababasahan ini nga US Navy man baga gud ini hiya hin napakadati kay
kuno Amerikano hiya pero apinas ngani makapahamtang hin iya ideya puro
la pag-pinanhambog nga waray data. Ada, Popeye hinay-hinay hin papiliw
kay aadi kana ha message board, magkarit na it im kontra. Seguro panahon
na ikaw magpahuway la anay kay waray ka gad ig-sasadang nga utak kan
Morales, kan Rex B. Cole, labi na han akon usa pa ka idol Addi Batica.
Ini naman hi Agitated Reader
baga ini hiya hin nahitunok hin sisi. Guintamay hi Tonyboy Morales kay
tungod kuno pobre man la. Baa napakayaman ka gud man Agitated Reader.
Susumahon niyan, bangin mas pobre ka pa kan Tonyboy Morales. Labi na kay
aadi ka ha San Diego, bangin puro la utang it im dupot. Naaawod ako nga
baga napakayaman ka man nga diri man guin-babati nga may taga-San Diego
na Samarnon na agsob maghatag hin donasyon ha Samar.
Salit mga kasangkayan, ayaw
kamo hin baga dagmit nga komento hit ungod na guinyayakan ni Tonyboy
Morales. Ungod it iya guinpapahamtang ha aton nga tanan. Yana kay
guin-kurokuso gud kamo hit iya mga pamulong, baga daw kamo hin mga wati
nga sige it hiwid-hiwid.
Ako diri ako masagdon kan
Tonyboy nga diri gumamit hit sarcasm kay para gud matauhan ini nga
Waray-waray na "others" na kay kuno nakatungtong naman ha America. Baa
daw mga sangkay, hirayo pa it iyo kakadtuan kun asya it iyo buhat. Kung
kinahanglan nga tawagon kamo kun ano nga ngaran dapat mayda mahimo hiton
ha iyo para matauhan kamo. Pasalamat ako nga hi Tonyboy mayda isog nga
ngaranan kamo nga bungi kun bungi man kamo or kun buta kun buta man kamo.
Salit kun nadadaug kamo hit gamit la hit pamulong han akon idol nga hi
Tonyboy, ada maupay ito. Mas maupay ito nga mag-araba kamo yana kay para
makatagamtam gud kamo hit kastigo nga pamulong niya. Kay kun kamo diri
mga hambog ngan waray manhingalimot hit iyo pagka-waray diri gad kamo
masasakitan hit iya mga pamulong, lugod iyo hiya pasasalamatan nga mayda
nagpapahinomdum ha iyo nga kun ikaw waray, hingalimti ayaw!
Salit yana pala makakasiring
ako kun hin-o gud it mayda utak nga sadang magpahamtang hit tunay na
kahimtang hit Samar. Ha analysis pa la, perde na kamo. Salit ayaw na la
hin kuruo kun nahilalabtikan ka kay ungod ito nga guinpapahayag ni
Masakit usahay karawaton an
kamatuoran pero kinahanglan para mabag-o iton aton panhunahuna. Tapos na
an panahon nga kita guin-tamay-tamay hiton mga langyawanon, panahon na
para aton tindugan an aton pagka-waraynon. Kung kinahanglan nga tawagon
pa gud ni Sailorjohn hi Tonyboy nga moron, baga pagbantay Popeye kay
bangin ka niyan malabtikan hin mas makarit na pamulong, tangis ka niyan.
Agi kamo, apinas gad la kamo
hit kamakarit ni Antonio. Ayaw hunong hin pagsangyaw hit kamatuoran padi
Tonyboy kay an imo mga pulong usahay masakit pero ungod perme ini nga
mga peke na waray puro la pinuro-parayaw waray man katiting hit im
Sige, sayaw anay hin curacha
ngan usa anay ka shot nga bahalina para diri tumangis an mga nahiagom
hin latigo nga pamulong ni maestro Morales!
Date: Jul 30 2008
Kun karoyag niyo bumulig ha
I have received numerous
suggestions from people in this message board to do what we could do to
help alleviate the situation in Samar. One, most of those asking are
stationed all over the world. And, everybody is one in saying that we
should be positive and join hand in hand for a cause greater than our
own ideological bickerings.
Here are my suggestions so we
can truly help Samar:
1. If you want to help the
homeless of Samar become change agents, please donate to Gawad Kalinga
headed by its champion Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Tony Meloto and please
specify your request that the money be used in Samar and not elsewhere.
They have their own website so you could actually monitor the progress
of your donation. Gawad Kalinga's transforming social programs are
similar to Habitat for Humanity.
2. If you want to incarcerate
the corrupt officials who are the primary reasons why Samar continues to
be in the dark ages, write a check to the Diocese of Calbayog and inform
them that the money should go to the fund of Padre Noel Labendia's Isog
Han Samar Movement. Unbeknownst to many money is needed for the
successful prosecution of those corrupt officials when the complainant
represented by Father Labendia and the star witnesses have to travel to
Manila to attend the hearings at the Sandiganbayan. While the accused
can go there on an official business trip and paid by the government,
the witnesses as well as the complainants go there at their own expense.
3. Kun karuyag niyo bumulig
para makabasa an mga kabataan ha Samar, please coordinate with the
barangay or with the elementary school or with the high school where you
came from, you can send books, magazines, school supplies, and others.
We can even ask Mr. Ray Gaspay to spearhead a campaign that we could
send books to Samar via Balikbayan boxes. I have sent several boxes
before and have found out that kids are delighted to receive books and
4. Do not just go back to
Samar, give back! When you are due for a vacation in Samar, please give
back to the land of your heart! If you are a medical doctor, give free
medical services. If you are a nurse, a simple BP-taking session is good
enough. If you are an engineer, build an artesian well or something
similar. If you are a teacher, give a teacher training or literacy
class. If you are a caregiver, share your expertise by conducting a
training or something. If you are economically endowed, share your
blessings not only to your family but those who could not afford an
argentina corned beef. Try to exchange a plan to buy a Lacoste shirt for
boxes of noodles. Or similar to that! You could feel a deep sense of
accomplishment buying something for others than only for yourself.
5. Invest in people. I heard
of honor students in the hinterlands of Samar having to pay for their
own medals because the school does not have enough money to buy for
these medals. You can donate medals so you can give these to the DepEd
Division of Samar so they can distribute these to the most depressed
schools in the province. You can open a scholarship in the nursing
school of Samar State University which has an outstanding performance
during the last board exams for those who cannot afford to pay their
tuition. I guess the tuition for an entire semester is only about 10,000
pesos or roughly $200 per semester or $40 per month. Now, you may not be
able to pay for the whole amount but you can subsidize their tuition.
Any small help you can make is a big help to those families who could
not even earn more than $100 a month.
I will stop with that because
too much suggestions may not be digested well. Let us start with that
and start reporting your progress here in Samarnews.com.
To Samarnon of Canada: An mga
kooperatiba while it is a good way to help alleviate the condition of
the people in Samar, kinahanglan nga mayda gud magtitimangno hito.
Otherwise, magiging usa la ini nga proyekto na waray hinungdan. In Samar,
waray pa ako nakikita na susbaranan na kooperatiba but I will continue
to look for one that won't just waste our money.
Now, can we do one of these
suggestions? These are concrete ways to put our money where our mouth
and heart are.
Kit-on day naton kun hino it
maitsa hit una na gala???
Date: 30Jul 2008
Hagi ini hi Popeye napaka-olive!
Popeye an moron ha Samar
marasa ito ura-ura. Pero it popeye lugwa mata diri iton marasa –
masapara iton. Napaka eksperto ka man pagpinanhambog nga US Navy ka –
ikaw ada an guinsisiring ni Yoyoy Villame nga kaupod ni McArthur! Ha
hinambugay magdaog ta!
If you think that I will be
cowed by a sailor, think again, sir! Tell your story to the marines and
the coast guard!
Wasn't Popeye a sailor? Napaka-olive
naman ng reaction mo!
Address: New Zealand
Date: 30 July 2008
Ai, Ai, Sailorjohn. I think we
share the same vision for Samar.
A rejoinder to those who were
offended by my writings and more:
To Agitated Reader from San
I apologize if I have offended
your senses with my messages to Troy of USA but let me tell you that I
was even more offended when you started attacking me trying to look down
on the livelihood of writers and the lowly situations of those people
coming from Catbalogan. Yes, I am not a Tonyboy Cojuangco or a Tonyboy
Floirendo but I have not kissed the asses of the Marcoses to be a
favored crony. I have not stolen a single centavo from the people to
finance the monopoly of my business interests in the Philippines. I
would rather die poor with a clear conscience than die rich with guilt.
Also, journalism is not my livelihood but I shall tell you not to look
down on writers just because those people in that line of work doesn't
earn much as you do. Without those dedicated writers who stood against
the tyrannical oppressors and dictators, you would not have comfortably
enjoyed your present situation in San Diego watching Shamu and your
fellows at the zoo. And, do not think that just because you are now in
San Diego that you are better off economically than those people in
Samar particularly in Catbalogan. Padi, langaw ka gad la gihap nga
nakatungtong hin karabaw!
To Ed Solayao of Saudi Arabia:
I apologize for offending your
senses Mr. Solayao and the issue that I have raised against Troy is not
about the hellish road in Samar as you would simply wanted it to appear
but the generic attitude of people who think that when they have moved
to greener pastures far beyond the confines of the island of Samar that
they are already different and above and beyond than those who are left
behind in Samar. A waray whether she is in Japan entertaining her
japanese customers, or in Canada working as a caregiver, or in the US
painstakingly working as a nurse in a nursing home, or in the Caribbean
serving those in a cruise liner, or in Saudi Arabia toiling under the
scorching heat of the Saharan desert, or in Hong Kong taking care of
chinese families, or working as an underpaid accountant in London, or
enjoying the good life Down Under, or wherever she or he may be would
still be a waray no matter what. That has been my theme from then and
will continue to be because colonial mentality easily creeps into the
minds of people who have tasted a better life outside Samar. To forget
your people is to forget yourself. The reason why I usually chose to
stay away from parties hosted by Samarnons while I was stationed in the
US was because most of those parties were merely for showing off who has
the newest Lexus or the best LV bag. Instead of helping those back home
impoverished by systems, politics, and what have you, most "former"
warays tend to shift their eyes on what is easy, what is popular, and
what is trendy. It is difficult for most of them to accept that a dollar
can feed an entire family for a day in Samar or a children's book laying
in their basement could be sent to a child in Samar who has not opened a
book in his lifetime or sending some money to help Isog Han Samar fund
the removal of corrupt and callous officials in government. Mr. Solayao,
the strength of Samar, of the Philippines, and of this world is only as
strong as the strength of its weakest links – the poor and the
marginalized. Our collective pride,
Please let us not think that
just because we are earning more than our neighbor that we are better.
There are far more things in life that measure quality of life. Vanuatu,
a tiny nation in the Pacific, is the happiest place on earth according
to the New Economics Foundation. GDP or per capita income are not true
measures of success, it is how satisfied you are with what little you
have that measures true success. In a world of materialism and
relativism, one thing is sure, money is not everything. Money can buy
you a house but not a home. Money can buy you a company but not a
friend. Money can buy you a watch but not time. Money can buy you a book
but not knowledge. Money can buy a tempurpedic bed but not a sound
sleep. Money can buy sex but not love. Oh, this world is not about money
after all. The sunset in Catbalogan is to die for with friends singing
"Kun Harapit Na Adlaw Matunod" and with some bahalina and kinilaw na
isda to boost, oh that to me is life!
Do not pepper me with your
show of how economically endowed you are, I know for sure that you are
just merely one paycheck short to bankruptcy with an economic meltdown
especially in the US where almost everything is charged to the future
(or simply said charged to Visa or Mastercard). Unless you are a Bill
Gates or a Warren Buffett, I will not be impressed!
In the end, my friends and
those who decided to be my foes, I am telling you that we should stop
chasing our own tails – 'coz, we don't have! Let me share to you a story
about a Harvard professor of business who was studying how he could
economically transform a fishing village in Northern Quintana Roo in
Mexico. As part of his immersion so he could understand the life of a
lowly fisherman, he stayed for a week with a fisherman's family. He
observed that during the weekdays, the fisherman has a routine. At 6:00
a.m., he would wake up and go fishing. At 9:00 a.m., the man would
return from his fishing expedition and would sell a portion of his catch
in the public market while reserving another portion for their own
consumption. Before noontime, the poor fisherman returns from the public
market with some goodies for his children and some other household
necessities. After eating a hearty lunch, the poor fisherman would
retire for a siesta that normally last until 3:30 in the afternoon. Upon
waking up from his daily siesta, he would have a group of friends
singing, chit-chatting, and drinking some locally-concocted wine until
the wife invites the man for his dinner. At 8:00 p.m., the man retires
for a a good night's rest. And the routine goes on and on during
weekdays. So, the professor, after a week of observation, told the
fisherman to change his routine to attain economic prosperity. He told
the man to wake up earlier at 4:00 a.m. and fish for 8 hours or until 12
noon. Then, sell the catch the whole afternoon. If he will do these,
according to the professor's computation, the fishermen will be able to
buy more fishing boats and even hire his drinking buddies in just a span
of 5 years. When he will have more fishing boats, he needs to pursue a
degree in business so he could manage his fishing corporation that will
be exporting fish all over the world. Then at 75, he could retire and
fish for a little while, work a little to manage his business, have a
siesta as long as he wants, sing and drink with friends in th
Date: 29 July 2008
Thank you for your response. I
will agree as I said in a posting that has not as yet come up I
addressed to Tonyboy, that I perceived your comments as I saw them. I
wish no bad felling between you and I. We both want what is best for
I am not so luckly to travel
to Calbayog City as much as you do, but I have seen many changes sine I
first visited in 1981. I hope to make yearly trips now as we will be
moving there in the very near future to retire and enjoy Samar.
You send that I should go to
Samar and learn about Samar and what goes on there. Well, I think I have
more experiences and knowledge than you think. I have been told by many
Filipinos, both here in America and in the Philippines that I am more
Filipino then American. I have been married to my Asawa for 32 years and
know first hand how the poor live in the Philippines. I know how they
live and how hard it is for them to get ahead. I am well aware of all
the daily problems they have. I for one have great respect for the
Filipino. They work hard for their families, they enjoy life of what is
given to them and they smile.
I tell Americans all the time,
co-workers that they have no idea ho grat they have it here. To complain
about stupid things while there are others in the world strugglings.
I totally agree with you on
how these companies take advantage of third world countries, in
providing NO benefits nor good pay for a days work. I am in arguments on
a Subic Bay site in regards to the way Hanjin is doing business there.
There have been 13 deaths now I believe due to NO safety program in
place. Hanjin like many companies goes to PI to take advantage of the
cheap labor force and fill their pockets with large profits. What is so
sad about my arguments is that there are Filipinos who support bringing
in all these investments from other countries. But the way I see it is
this way, THEY (local, state Gov't) is selling away the Philippines for
what? Money in their pockets while the poor stay poor or die to make
this company profits.
Again in regards to your
response about the implied discriminatory remarks. Again that is the way
I read it. In re-reading your comment, I saw what you were saying.
As I noted above, I have been
going to Samar since 1981 and the Philippines since 1976. I am well
aware of how hard it is for the poor farmer to make ends meet or to send
his children to school. And you are right, even if they go to high
school or college, what job market is there for them? None really. We
have family members for whom went to college and have come to the US and
are not working as maids, etc, but in the medical field. A nephew we
helped complete his paperworks, went overseas to work as a Merchant
Seaman and should be home soon after his first year. To me, I think it
was not a good choice for him, but I understand why he did it. It was
for his family and young ones in making a better income.
About the environment, did you
read in the forum an update I posted. Seems a cousin who was home a few
months ago said that the areas we saw have been cleaned up. I wonder if
the comments that were made by me, her husband last year make a
Someone with in the Philippine
gov't needs to put forth the polices of ridding the Philippines of all
the plastics they use. It is killing the land they love so much. Nature
can not break down this man made by product. So it is man that needs to
put a top to its use.
In closing, I think it is
wrong for ANYONE to take any graft to better their own lives over the
people who they serve. The people I would hope elected them to do what
is right for the city, town, etc. and not profit from their positions.
Address: Curry Ave., Catbalogan City, Samar 6700
Date: July 29, 2008
Am just concern anent the
style of some other writers/contributors in this board. Others seems so
proud of themselves that they pretend to know everything in this world,
but the truth is "utak bulinaw". Mekitid an panhunahuna. Imagine, a
person who will go berserk if somebody will not toe/agree to his idea.
Stupid isn't it. A person who is shouting to the whole world about
democracy and freedom, yet cannot accept the idea of others, be it
relevant or material to the issue, at least we should know to respect
2nd some writers tend to abuse
interpretations of separation of state and the church; mind you, the
separation speaks only of one dictum, that is, that maxim only prohibit
the state to mind the church activities, in other words, it prohibits
the state to harass the affairs of the church, nothing more and nothing
less. The separation does not repeat does not prohibits the church to
intervene the affairs of the state, as the same (church) is part and
parcel of the state.
Date: July 28, 2008
I don't think it is necessary
to mention these things (see quotation below)...They are personal,
degrading and disgusting as well. The means AGITATED READER has chosen
did not justify the target end. I am sorry to say that you are equally
guilty of your accusations.
As I have already mentioned
here in my previous posting, I don't like it too when Mr. Tony Morales
gets personal and sarcastic in his writings and responses as sometimes
they will discourage some readers to post their opinions and ideas for
fear of receiving the same responses. But I guess the posting below is a
personal attack to Mr. Morales with the same damaging result and
We can not right a wrong with
another wrong action.
"I know you're trying to be a
Doroy Valencia but you've got quite a long way to go, my friend. It
seems to me you have grown too big for your breeches."
"But you are just Antonio
Morales, from Catbalogan(?)."
"Continue writing, please,
specially if that's your main livelihood. Writers don't really make that
much money but if that's where you find happiness, by all means, stay
Date: 28 July 2008
I am not here to entertain you
or any other readers on here. You can make up names there moron like
popeye, or what ever your small mind can think up. It just shows that
you are not that intelligent to be able to communicate with others
without trying to insult them.
As for Rex, my comments to him
were not to create any hate between us. I just wanted him to see how his
remarks can be perceived by others. I do not intend to have an on going
discussion/argument with him for YOUR enjoyment. I would hope that Rex
does not take my comments wrong, but to re-think what he had said.
It would be better there my
little Tonyboy for you to stop being so boring and trying to create
problems just for readers on here to fight with each other. If you can
not write anything that is worth wild for the readers on here, then keep
your thoughts to your self.
Address: Leyte and Samar
I am not claiming to be a
descendant of Malays, Chinese, or European, or African, or Negrito.
Frankly, I do not care and I am just a true Waraynon. I am blessed to
have complete set of eyes, nose and ears. I am also blessed to have
natural features to warrant survival on a hot humid tropical paradise
like Samar. I have dark skin and hair to absorbed solar radiation rather
than turn into cancer. My body can process rice and camote all year
round to provide me energy to beat the heat. I can sustain mosquito bite
and yet do not get sick while other peoples in the world would get
malaria. I am locally built for the local need and I am a true Waraynon.
Let me get to my point:
While the bickering between
the two dignified Waraynons (Mr. Troy and Mr. Morales) was centered and
started relating on the infamous national highway in Samar, there is
nothing they can do but use the highway the best they can without
bickering to each other. Granted it is located in Samar but it does not
mean Samarnons designed and built the highway. DPHW engineers from
around the country designed the highway. Let us look forward rather than
I have been in that highway
going to Bagio City in northern Luzon during the 1980s and it is still
the same highway today in the year 2008. Why? Because of the location of
the highway which is right on the mountain side and on the mountain
tops. Many typhoons have come and gone but this highway survived with
little or no damage. The infrastructure where the highway sits on is
solid bedrock and water flows down easily downhill after drench of rain.
Why can’t we do the same here
in Samar? From north to south of our province is a solid mountain rock
where our highway can sit on. We can convince and plea with the
environmentalists that extreme care should be taken during building this
proposed highway. Also, we can convince the environmentalists that what
good is it to have beautiful sceneries in Samar if no one on earth can
see and appreciate the beauty via stable and reliable highway. Just like
the highway to Bagio, typhoon can come and go but our highway would be
stable and reliable for many years. If the construction has to occur
this would provide employment to thousands of Samarnons. I would even
consider a highway with toll fees with the proceeds also goes to
maintenance and beautification. I know Chinese Construction companies,
or Japanese companies would likely be interested in this venture. We
Samarnons can bypass the national government and do the bidding and
contracting ourselves here and approved by the people of Samar.
Albert Jumagdao Jabonero
Address: Alasas Villages, city of San Fernando, Pamapanga,
Date: July 28, 2008
Kumusta na kamo dida mga taga
Jia-an at Jiabong Samar labi an batch 82 (SSPC/SSU). CFC "mabuhay"
Address: Alapan, Imus, Cavite
Date: July 28, 2008
Mr. Gaspay, if possible I
would like to post this message: For sale: house and lot (80sqm),
bungalow type. Price: 1M (negotiable). Location: Alapan, Imus, Cavite.
Interested party, please
contact: 09196675462 or send email to the address above. Salamat!
Address: New Zealand
Date: Jul 28 2008
I have nothing against
Americans or any other nationalities of the world but I do criticize the
way the American firms and other foreign firms run their business in the
third world countries.
It so happened that it was an
American firm who did come to Samar with a huge investment and as you
implied, like other foreign firms, no local folks will be hired on the
top most positions of the company. Is it an advantage or disadvantage to
the Samarenyos? I will place this situation under disadvantage.
Now, there is a comment which
you implied to be a discriminatory remark. There is no offense nor did I
consider the Samarnons stupid. Rather, it is your perception which is
calling the Samarnons “no-brainers” or stupid. You should search the
internet or go to Samar frequently. Maybe then can you find out the
reality wherein poor farmers do their utmost to send their children to
school and colleges only to graduate without any hope of employment
since they are not going to be hired in accordance to the education they
attained at their own province. And where do they end up? They are
forced by poverty to choose being a college graduate Domestic Helpers in
other countries, gardeners and housekeeping workers or other low paid
employment way out of their educational level at the different resorts
in Cebu, Boracay, and so on. Some of them remain as unemployed at their
In my trips to Samar which is,
at a minimum - twice a year, I have seen what you have seen regarding
the environment. As you said, no one is doing anything about the
environment and “trash” is all around. The cleaning responsibility
belongs to the local government. As the head of the local society, they
should be prepared to do their duty so that visitors would have the
desire to come back. It is the practice of the majority of Samarnons to
clean their surroundings when inviting visitors. Don’t you agree?
To the majority of Samarnons,
it would remain a dream to take a day vacation at the resort in Calicoan
with a price tag of presumably around three thousand pesos or more a
day. This won’t make those concerned happy.
With projects like the NBN
deal, the North Rail and so on, what can we expect would the local
government feel about new investors knocking at their doors ready to
invest in Samar? Of course they will rejoice. Now they could take their
share of more corruption from the time building permits and so on starts
coming in to their office for approval.
Wasn’t the Governor of Samar
suspended due to corruption?
Address: Seattle, WA
Date: 27 July 2008
Mr. Solayao is so correct. I
have have spent many years reading posts on so many sites from local
newspapers, sports, travel, countries, etc. The one thing that stood out
was the continued attacks on those that made comments that did not sit
well with others.
For example, to read attacks
from people in Europe, mainly the UK who on a daily basis would make
remarks about ANYTHING related to Americans. There remarks were crossed
the line so much that it created hate on these sites. Remarks of being
from "across the pond", falling into a "melting pot of a disaster" to
name a few. Even something as simple as talking about sports team,
people got so off track with the remarks.
The bottom line here is that
people feel safe when they are sitting at home, or in a computer cafe
being "Keyboard Warriors". They can sit there and say anything they want
as they feel safe in doing so. They have no concerns of offending
someone face to face and getting hit in the mouth.
It is sad to think that this
new way of communicating via the internet is creating problems for many.
It is bringing out hatred that many have stayed hidden inside of a
person. It is giving people the chance to communicate with so many on
the internet that it is creating such hatred between people. Respect for
people's own opinions, ideas, thoughts, feelings don't come into plat
It is all about saying what
you want to say on the net without even thinking how your words will
hurt someone. It's all about being the biggest and baddest person on the
site. In the end, all it shows is that you the person making those
remarks on any site is that you are a fool.
I for one have had many on
going nasty discussions on a few sites where I stood up for my country
and being a VET. If there is one thing I will NOT put up with is a
person or persons who for what ever reason talk out of their rear ends
about something they have no clue about.
How this relates to a site
devoted to the island of Samar is simple. We all have an interest in
Samar as our home, our future home, family, etc. I think we can all
agree that Samar of all the islands in the Philippines is the poorest of
For so many years the Gov't of
the Philippines FAILED to provide monies to make Samar a better place to
live. But this problem does not only fall on the Gov't of the
Philippines. Local Gov't officials are also are to blame for their
actions or lack of actions.
I would also put some of this
blame on the people of Samar as they failed to take charge of how they
voted for the right person(s) to make Samar a better place to live.
The problem in the Philippines
or for any country for that matter is that the rich control everything.
It is sad to say that, but it is true. The poor stay poor and never get
out from under the rich people control.
This message board and forum
on the SamarNews site is for Filipinos and others who want to talk about
Samar and Leyte. It is not a place to put down people, argue, etc. It is
a place where many can freely talk without worrying about someone
hearing them and they wind up getting hurt for their point of views.
It is time for people to stop
attacking and start working together to make Samar and Leyte a better
place to live for ALL.
Date: Jul 27, 2008
Our Common Goal:
Una han ngatanan, damo nga
salamat sagkay Addi B. May-ada gad liwat didi katitirok han mga "Catbaloganon"
han amon city ha Canada once a year. Nadayo liwat ngadi an mga
Catbaloganon han North America. Nag attend ako hin pera ka beses, pero
na obserbahan ko nga baga hira manla nga magsarangkay na guidaan an "nagkakasarangkay".
Kon deri prominente an imo apelyedo ngan pamilya baga deri ka lilingi-on
ngan pakiki-istoryahan. An akon obserbasyon baga harambugay manla han
ira mga "successes" ngan han ira influence ha mga pilitiko. Please
pardon my observation - kinatawo na ada ini naton ngan usa ini ha aton
nga deri nga maupay nga batasan. Siguro, reflective liwat ini nga kay
kon ano nga sugad hini an aton lugar. Deri kita nagkaka-urusa kundi an
aton konsentrasyon ay kon aanhon naton makilala nga labaw kita han iba.
Dumako ako ngan nag-aram ha Catbalogan kaya baga-baga han "deja vu" ha
akon. Asya la guihapon, iya-iya la.
Deri gadla liwat ada mga
Samarnon an sugad hini. Pira na nga mga Pinoy an akon guin buligan nga
makasulod hin trabaho didi ha Canada. Tapos an ira guin hihimo, sisiraan
pa ako. Yun pala, tatargetin nira an akon puwesto. Honestly, (deri naman
ngatanan) Pinoys are destructive in nature. Kaurugan, self-destruction (han
aton lahi) an nahihitabo. Permi la nakikipagkumpetensiya han iya igkasi
By the way, kita nga
nagkakauro-istorya denhi baga usa manla an aton tinguha - an makabulig
ngan mapaupay an aton lugar. I perceived nga mga bright man kamo ngan
baga damo man an iyo maibubulig para han kaupayan han aton lugar. Kaya
lang puro "motherhood statements" and general ideas pa lang - well, so
far. Maupay kunta kun magiging specific an aton mga suggestions basi kun
mayda man nakakabasa nga may kapas magpa-implement ay mahihimo nira.
Ngan kita, ano man an aton
maiaamot or maibubulig? As private citizens, siguro puwede naton i-explore
an sinisering ni sangkay Tony Morales nga mga cooperatives basi kita
makabulig dida han aton lugar. Maupay kunta masupurathan naton ang iya
kaaraman han kooperatiba.
Sige, himuon naton konkreto
ang aton mga huruharampang para may positive impact han aton lugar.
Deri ako nainom, sumsuman la
an akon...kinilaw ngan mga sinugba!!!
Date: Jul 27, 2008
Boy Tawas versus Popeye the
I do not wish to interject yet
into the growing debate of Boy Tawas (Rex Cole or Rexona Cologne) and
Popeye (Sailorjohn). It is good to watch how Rex Cole will frame his
rejoinder to the response of Popeye.
This is a battle royale since
Boy Tawas is from New Zealand and Popeye the Sailor John is from
Seattle, Washington. Let's see how the man from the middle earth can
respond to the observations of the sleepless knight of Seattle.
Go Boy Tawas and Popeye!
Address: San Diego, CA, USA
This whole Troy/Morales saga
started from an innocent posting about someone's personal experience
with the hellish Samar roads. I myself am a Waray but I did not find
anything offensive about that little posting. To me, that was just
Troy's way of venting out his frustrations and difficulty while
traversing the Samar roads. I don't know what caught Morales's fancy in
reacting rather childishly to the other guy's seemingly harmless
statements. And he did it not once, but so many times.
Antonio, Antonio, when are you
coming down from the pedestal you're sitting on now? If you were a bird
and a wayward stone comes your way, wouldn't it double the pain if you
fall from that lofty location?
Your writing style is just
okay; you even have some fans out there who seem to like your style. But
if you continue to write in that sarcastic and condescending way of
yours, you are going to lose your readership and even incur some
enemies. I know you're trying to be a Doroy Valencia but you've got
quite a long way to go, my friend. It seems to me you have grown too big
for your breeches.
If you are a Tonyboy Floreindo
or Tonyboy Cojuangco, namesakes both, then maybe you can treat people
they way you have treated Troy, Hagi or even Chito, the writer from
Basey. Their wealth notwithstanding, Floreindo and Cojuangco are more
professional and considerate when dealing with people. But you are just
Antonio Morales, from Catbalogan(?).
Continue writing, please,
specially if that's your main livelihood. Writers don't really make that
much money but if that's where you find happiness, by all means, stay
with it. But you have to change, Antonio. Stop hurting people. Like what
another writer said, respect the opinion of others.
Date: 26 Jul 2008
Salamat Padre Noel Labendia,
An Pag-ampo Namon Maupod Ha Imo!
Kay diri man kita nga tanan
makakakadto ha Sandiganbayan para suportahan hi Padre Noel Labendia ngan
an mga star witnesses hiton kaso batok hiton aton Gobernadora ngan iya
mga igkasi akusado, hinaut unta na an aton uropod na pag-ampo mabatian
han buhi nga Diyos!
Ig-ampo naton an mga
magtetestigo ha mga adlaw na Agosto 4 ngan 5 og Setyembre 8 ngan 9 nga
magiyahan hira han kamatuoran ngan han kaputli han ira konsensya. Unta
diri hira mapalit nga matarhog hit salapi ngan poder.
Ig-ampo liwat naton an mga
abogado nga nagdudumara hiton prosekusyon nga hira maging matadong ngan
matinumanon hiton awhag han balaod ngan ira konsensya.
Ig-ampo man liwat naton hi
Mila Tan ngan an iya mga igkasi akusado nga hira mahatagan hin higayon
nga mabag-o ngan tadungon an ira hiwi na pamaagi.
Ig-ampo man liwat naton an mga
huwes ha Sandiganbayan na diri hira madara hiton panginyupo ngan mga
panarhog han mga pulitiko ngan mga posible na pagpalit hiton ira
desisyon. Unta diri nira igsara it ira mga mata ha kamatuoran ngan ira
makita an kapirdihan han mga mulopyo han Samar kun an pangawat ngan
panlimbong igpadayon pa hini nga mga tinugwayan hin poder ha
Padre Noel Labendia, an amon
pag-ampo maupod ha imo. Salamat han imo pag-tindog ha panahon nga an
kadam-an nga Samarnon nanlingkod nala ha pagkarawat nga an pangawat ha
gobyerno han Samar okay la basta may usa ka kilo nga bugas. Unta mayda
pa iba nga mga Noel Labendia ha sulod ngan gawas han simbahan nga
madasigon na matindog para han kadaugan han kamatuoran!
Maiha pa ini nga pakigbisog
pero and Diyos an aton masasarigan para kita madinasigon na ipadayon an
aton away kontra korapsyon!!! Tindogan naton ini mga igkasi Samarnon!!!
Date: Jul 26 2008
Fresh Topic to Discuss: On
Reproductive Health Bill Pending in Congress and the Catholic Church's
Instead of the intramurals
going on between this writer and an equally aggressive and highly
opinionated Troy of USA, it is better to discuss current issues
affecting the millions of Filipinos and Warays. The hottest issue today
is the Reproductive Health bill pending in Congress and the steadfast
opposition of the Roman Catholic Church. What do you think of this
While it is true that the
latest headliner is Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile being in hot waters for his
and his family's alleged involvement in the used car smuggling
activities in Port Irene in Cagayan, this may not have a direct impact
on Warays. So, can we discuss the pros and cons of the Reproductive
Health bill and the stand of the Roman Catholic Church?
Can the Roman Catholic Church
interfere in this particular policy-making try of Congress? What are the
parameters for observing the doctrine of the separation of the church
and the state? Where does the line be drawn? Can a bishop instruct his
priests not to give communions to those who would vote for the enactment
of the bill?
Address: Saudi Arabia
To Mr. Morales & Mr. Troy
Let's all admit that we all
have differences in opinions, perspectives, disagreements on the way we
look at our world, & inequalities in many aspects (whether in the color
of our skin, the language we speak, the mindsets, etc.).
Even when we look at a group
of ants moving around their colony, you & me may have different views on
how we think these tiny little crawlers can thrive. But the great thing
being human is that we've been created with a much more intelligent &
superior brain that we are able to judge the differences & uniqueness in
the world, in whatever we see or touch, of which other animals don't
have the ability. In fact, it's because of this uniqueness that made us
thrive more than any other species in the world; and it's this same
capability that brought us to where we are now.
You both have come a long way
with your bickering, lashing each other with accusations, biting, and
unfortunately, degrading each other at the end. It's the sad part of
"cyberspace democracy", because you don't personally see each other so
that makes it seemingly "appealing to say what you want to say".
What happened, by the way, to
these two now-adays commonly-forgotten virtues: RESPECT & ACCEPTANCE?
Going back from where these
wrangling started, it was just about Mr. Troy taking a "beating" of the
reality that the Samar roads have become almost synonymous to "hellish
highway". Opps! Anybody, please don't over-react and ask me how I
described it "hellish" because I've never been to hell, nor do I want to
be there, he!he!he! I agree with Mr. Troy that his point was not to
degrade the Warays. (I am a full-blooded Waray-waray myself, grown &
schooled in Catbalogan, until necessity pushed me out of my beloved
country to work in a barren desert land.) His point was truly
misinterpreted though, until it was blown out of proportion. (For the
record, I do admire Mr. Morales's ideas, you are brilliant and I do
respect you too.) He just wanted an awakening of sort, particularly on
the governance, & generally on the Samarnon themselves (or ourselves,
that includes me). (In brief, this sad story started & came to what it
is now because of our (Samarnons) own doing. Who elected those leaders,
by the way?)
I'm not trying to save anyone.
Again, please don't misinterpret me. All I wanted to say is that let's
re-live the good old days where the act of compassion, dignity, &
respect to others was engraved in our hearts. Many times, we really need
to "de-classify" or "detach" ourselves from grouping ourselves as to
tribe, race, culture, religion, or nationality, because it is this
notion that alienates us from each other; it’s the same perception that
triggers human catastrophe as a result of war & conflict. Let's make the
rules simple here - RESPECT each others rights & differences of
opinions, & ACCEPT that we are all unique in many ways.
By the way, I have a nostalgic
but better idea. Instead of this senseless hostile exchange of blows,
why don’t we join our hands & work it out (in practical hands-on
approach) to make Samar a better place! Samar doesn’t need futile ideas,
nor ideas that simply remain written; this homeland needs actual hard
work from us Samarnons!
P.S. Instead of finding faults
in Mr. Troy’s “unacceptable perception”, why don’t we take it in a
positive way. You are all talking about “reading in-between lines”. Why
not indeed take this as a constructive challenge to all of us Samarnons,
to re-awaken us & do our share in re-building our once-proud Waray-waray
heritage. “Ayaw na kita pag-inaragway ngahin pag-inakusahay kay waray
hini kakadtuan.” In ISO principles, in order to avoid mistakes from
happening again, dig the root cause, identify the problem, & do
preventive action so it won’t happen again. These are simple ideas that
we tend to forget because of our egos & what-ever-you-wanna-call-it
THINK AGAIN & BE A POSITIVE
CONTRIBUTOR TO THE SOCIETY.
Address: 207 W. 31st Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408,
Date: July 25, 2008
Para kan Samarnon ha Canada –
Salamat hini nga imo pagbalos
han mga sinurat dinhi ha Samarnews. Diri la unta dumako it akon atay
tungod hini nga imo pagdayaw han akon pakig-angbit han karo-kayakan
dinhi. Pastilan, ambot kon pipira iton mga Waray didi ha amon dapit, kay
bisan pa man ma Samarenyo, ma Leyteno, kon diri di ka iningles, di ka
tinagali-og naman. Sanglit, baga nagugupong ako. Lugaring la kay it ak
padis taga-Leyte man, asya iton nga padayon la guihapon an karo-kayakan
ha aton la ngahaw kalugaringon yinaknan.
Kon baga hinrarag-an ka na hin
kamingaw, ngan hingyap gud nimo iton pakigharampang hin mga igkasi
taga-Samar, pakadto la Edmonton, Canada - kay aadto pagkakatitirok it
mga Basaynon. Ngan nagkakaurosa ngani ini hira, "Waray Only" it ira
karo-kayakan, kay ngada yana, it mga tinag-alog hit iba diri pa
nanhihitultol. May ngani nira kaurosa nga taga-Cebu, kundi yana it iya
winaray baga-baga la hin kanan taga-Basay.
Hi ako, kon baga minimingaw na
ako hin puros winaray nga karo-kayakan, napa-Chicago nala, pakig-urosa
hit mga taga-Calbiga, Catbalogan, ngan iba pa nga mga taga-Samar. Yana
ngani, tiguikan kami hit ak familia ngadto ha Chicago, kay makiki-patron
kami hit amon mga igkasi Basaynon, kay temprano it ira pagsaurog hit
patron ni San Miguel. Maupay ini, kay diri la mga taga-Basay iton madayo,
kundi haros it ngatanan nga mga "Waray-speaking only" ha Chicago.
Magrarayhak ngan magriribhong ngahaw kami, kay baga makarima-dima gud
ada ini nga katitirok.
Kinahanglan kita hin masukot
nga pagkaurosa ngan pagkatitirok, kay tama ka, mamingaw gud. Sanglit,
kon iton nga tagay ngan curacha it aton namimingawan, pakadto la hit
paro-patron hit mga Waray, kay matakas ka. Hi ako, danay ak udog
mingawon hit curacha ngan kuradang, sanglit asya iton it usa nga rason
kon kay ano nga nanmimiling ak hin katitirok hit mga Waray.
Hala, Sangkay, upaya nala dida
ha Canada, ngan ipadayon iton nga imo pagduaw hini nga aton pahayagan.
Nakita ka man, nga masukot na gud yana magtika-paso iton mga iro-istoria
ngan mga lambigit. Kundi pastilan, mag-aano man udog kita, kay sugad
hiton mga naduaw ngadto ha bulangan, maupay pa pagkinita kon nagpupuprok
na iton mga hinigutan.
Maupay ngay-an nga Patron han
mga taga-Santa Margarita, labi ha akon sangkay nga hi Sofronio Calagos.
Ka de buenas man hini nira, nga may liwat usa bungto ha lain nga dapit
hit kalibutan nga magsasaurog hit ira patron, hi Santiago Apostol.
Sabado, fecha 26 de julio, celebracion hit patron didto ha Santiago de
Date: Summer of Discontent/July 08
We have to end the mindless
and useless polemics, bordering on hubris, inflated ego, hollier-than-thou
and know-better-than thou attitudes. Our exchange of impertinent burbs
does not a better Samar make. A better Samar can come only via our
constructive and creative exchange of ideas and innovations, not from
throwing slings and arrows of outrageous insults to each other.
We are brothers, thou and I,
and mutual respect is in order. Only from a civilized and cultured
decorum that we can achieve our common goal of improving the highways
and byways of our dear Samar. Every citizen deserves a 21st century
infrastructure that channels commerce and industry and people with ease
and comfort, not torture and suffering and loss.
Our behavior foreshadows a
gloomy Samar as usual, not the shinning province on the hill we commonly
dream. Our shared expectations can not come into fruition unless we cut
these non-sense. Instead, let's strive to make Samar good, better and
best, never to rest, until good gets better and better gets best. What
dayyah say, Amigos?