(message board 68)
Address: Cor. Mascardo & Yague Streets, Guiuan, Eastern
Date: October 3, 2008
To the Readers of This Column
I had a dream that I got
married and have a son; I had let him study until he finished High
School. And upon his graduation, I encouraged him to enter in a
technical/trade school to learn how to run CNC machines and other lathe
machines so he could fashion out things that could be of great use in
the agricultural sector of our community. With his technical know-how
that he acquired from school he was able to improved the way in which
coconut husks were peeled off from its meat when he introduced a simple
machine out of his 'tooling skills' that did the process of separating
the meat from the husks without so much physical effort for the poor
This also had helped a lot to
the farmer in terms of the volume of copras that he was able to produce
in so short a span of time. He had been able to spend his spare time to
help his wife in her daily home chores as well as time to teach his
children in their school lessons during evenings as he simply was not
yet tired unlike before. From one small invention and discovery to
another, my son was able to generate local employment in the community
in the fabrication of other farm implements and machines by hiring more
people in the barrio. The generation of employment in the community had
its economic spin-offs and thus everyone one in the barrio seem to have
money in their pockets to spend not only for basic necessities but for
some indulgencies that they have never imagined before. There was smile
on every face similar to the smiles when ever we celebrate our annual
fiestas in the barrio, and this time their smiles were more re-assuring
than ever before. At this point I woke up from my dream and felt that I
woke up with a smile on my face.
It did not take long for me to
go back to sleep after this, this time another dream came through, I was
sitting in my law office with impressive array of law books behind me in
their mahogany book shelves made resplendent of their expensive narra
timber and stain. While sitting on my executive chair, I was talking to
my son, who was asking me to pick him up at the airport. My son has been
away from me and family for quite sometime. This was in keeping to my
obsession for him to finish his post-law degree from the premier law
school in North America, and now that he had graduated from his studies,
he wants me to personally collect him from the airport instead of the
family driver. After I hang up, I thought that with his impressive
academic qualifications, he is looking forward to a very bright and
promising law career which would be the envy of my community and the
social layer we are in.
My mind wandered farther, and
I had this scene that he was standing in the podium in the halls of
congress having been elected as our representative of our province and
community, giving his own speech the nature of which was his ‘parrying
and rebuttal of corruption charges levelled to him. I know that in all
honesty and deep in my heart, my family has to re-coup all the expenses
from the start when I sent him overseas to study and up to the time when
he ran for congress and won the seat. We must get back what we have
spent on him I must admit, but the charges seem to be overwhelming and
his indictment and prison term seem real and certain now. At this point,
I want to wake up and go away from this dream and re-visit my first
Address: Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Date: September 30, 2008
I had so much pleasure
listening to the Waraynon songs and instrumentals in "My Music Room".
I'll be in Catbalogan City in Dec. '08 and I'd like to know where to buy
the CDs in the city. Music is indeed food for the soul and is uplifting
to the spirit especially when you're half a world away from family and
friends. Listening to our Waraynon music and songs makes me less
nostalgic of the Philippines, especially Catbalogan City where I grew
up. Damo nga salamat. Warmest regards to all.
Date: September 28, 2008
Folks, mabutlaw na gad hin
duro pag pinankumento ngan pagpimambasa hiunong hini nga mga pulitiko
nga nagpipinangawat. Masyado nagad hin ka-rhetoric ug ka-stereotype...kay
ano man an aton hihimuon? Pag-abot han eleksyon, hira la guihapon an
mandadaog. It's no-brainer. Nationwide, asya man an ira pinanhihimo.
Kami intawun nga aadi ha
overseas, sige intawun an paniguro pagpinangabuhi ngan sige an amon
padara ngada ha Pinas...para paghati-hatian la han mga pulitiko pinaagi
han PORK Barrels ngan ira ibalhin ngadto han ira mga bank accounts. Api
na liwat iton mga heads han mga bureaus nga nagbubulsa han ira mga
budgets thru their cohorts and dummies.
Bisan pa ngani an iba nga mga
justices ay corrupt guihapon...pastilan dawla mapakain pa dawla kita
hini..? Only God can change our situation...only He can change the
hearts of these people. Let's not stop praying...prayer changes things.
Address: 15410 Olive Branch Dr, La Mirada, California 90638,
Yey, nabilngan ko gihapon an
create message. Anyway, I love this site! I never knew about this until
today. Well I have some problem accessing the registration for SNS
alumni. Everytime it pops out into another window it also automatically
closes after a few seconds! Mano Ray can you fix this for me, please?
Also is it possible to download the waray waray songs? I grew up with
these songs kasi and I want my son to listen to them too. I miss
Catbalogan! I hope to see you guys soon. Irignum naman ha park or ha
Dennis De Leon
Address: South Beach, Miami, Florida, USA
Date: September 28, 2008
Hi Mr. Gaspay,
My best pal is from Catbalogan
City, Samar and he introduced me to your Waraynon songs in "My
Music Room." Although I'm not from Samar (I'm originally from
Dagupan City) and can't understand the Waray dialect a bit, I'd like you
to know that I enjoyed so much listening to the music. It just proves
once more that music is indeed universal and transcends ethnic and
cultural backgrounds. Thanks a lot and good job!
Taga Mercado Ak
Address: Allen, N. Samar
Date: Sept. 27, 2008
On the 9/24 article by Tonyboy
Morales, it makes one angry about the way our politicians throw caution
to the wind and flaunt their "stolen money" by scattering paper currency
like there's no tomorrow.
There must be truth to his
statements about N. Samar Governor Raul Daza and ex-Congressman Wilmar
Lucero being "thieves" because that's what you call people who steal
money. And E. Samar Governor Evardone was also alluded to as another
"thief" since he was out front and center at the public dance during the
Borongan fiesta. Wow, this is so disgraceful! If these politicians do
not come forward to dispute and deny these slanderous statements by the
writer, then that is confirmation that money being used as gala during
fiestas are indeed stolen. Susmaryosep, that is taxpayers' money that
they are spending!
Date: Sept. 27, 2008
Throwing money as gala during
a churacha rendition to fund a worthy cause is fine as long as the
thrower and the throwee obtained the money honestly or legitimately and
countable for the disposal of the money respectively. The thrower must
honestly have earned the money, and the throwee must also honestly spend
this money in line with the intended purpose.
With these conditions, the
long-held tradition of throwing money to raise fund or to reward someone
during a churacha is preserved and honored. And to make it less
dramatic, just give the money directly to the dancers of churacha who
will in turn show it to everyone recognizing the donor or giver. Maybe a
play-money can be used instead. Throwing gives the illusion of wasting
Address: 4822 Pheasant Brook Lane, Fairfax, VA, USA
Good day to all Samarnon, it’s
been a long time since i've been in west and east of Samar and i'm very
happy to find this site while im surfin the net. As we all know, today,
the Samar province is still the same, poorest province in the country,
they get even worse when the n.p.a. arrived in the early 80"s and all or
most politician are corrupt, vote buying are every where during election
at pakapalan na ng mga mukha ang pagbili ng boto, ganun din sa mga
botante, halos karamihan ay hanap sila ng iboboto nila na politiko na
mag bibigay ng pera kahit kamag anak pa nila ang politiko na kandidato
and become like tradition that system, its sad, to me, what kind of
democracy we have?
Samar province will never
improve this type of cheat, the people must take responsible for the
future of Samar, our province is goin down the drain if stay the
corruption in all level of walks of life, i cant imagine, most Samarnon
are educated but most of them are not responsible enough to take charge
or to make effort to change. Even me, when i talked it out to other
friend of mine they just shrug their shoulder and laugh at me and say we
can’t do anything about that. I don't understand, i guess, no one can
find the answer.
Date: September 26, 2008
Ha imo Mr. Ray P. Gaspay, damo
nga salamat han imo "My
Music Room". Mabuhay ka and more power! Wishing for more
albums from Cielo Tibe and Joseph Uy. Best regards and God bless.
Address: San Diego, CA
Roads in Samar
I was in Samar May 08. Roads
are worse now then 2yrs ago. They are patching them here and there, but
at rate and quality which they are being repaired. I would suggest if
you have family in the area, and can afford to have them apply for a job
on same, they can start at 18 and retire at 56 before it is
accomplished. I have yet to figure out what DPWH does on Samar every
time I have been there never see their equipment on the road. I have
seen them locked up behind fences with no one around.
Date: Sept. 25, 2008
Mr. Website owner…
Thank you very much for adding
such a wonderful part of this website, the music of my beloved Samar. I
am so proud to hear the golden voices of my co-Samarnons....this
signifies that we have more than a lot in Music...
Once again, thanks a lot… it
is so heart-lifting upon hearing the music masterpieces of my co-kababayans!!
God speed Samar!
Date: September 25, 2008
To Alma of Michigan, USA:
Hi Alma, how are you? Many
thanks for writing back. Anyways, I went to SSAT (now SSU) back in 80's
too. Best regards.
Address: TESDA-CNVS, Brgy. Cabalquinto, Calubian 6534, Leyte
Date: September 24, 2008
Hello...mga kababayan ko...and
to people down there who are so generous...I'm one of the ICT in-charge/trainor
in our institution yet we still lack facilities like computers/laptops
for our workshops/classrooms.
I hope there are
organizations/private individuals who will to extend assistance and or
donate equipments to our school.
Thank you very much.
Re: The Few and
Elbert Cainday's dismay about
the careless display of arrogance of government officials merit our
collective support. Curacha was not conceived by our forefathers as a
way to impress others how wealthy the dancers are but how graceful they
execute the masterful art of fowl courtship.
Sad to note though that
showing off and throwing away stolen money in public is sickening. In
the island of Samar, Northern Samar has a vicious reputation of
politicians including Wilmar Lucero and Raul Daza of throwing money, as
a gala, not per bill but in bundles. While most of the people of
Northern Samar are as poor as a rat, their politicians are throwing away
as a show of wealth their stolen money. Call it arrogance or simply an
ostentatious display of corruption of the highest form.
While others supportive of
curacha would say that it is culture, I say that too much showing off of
stolen money is no longer culture. Culture uplifts the best in people.
Culture brings out the identity of the people. Curacha when danced
gracefully even without a gala is culture but when it is used and abused
to raise money for petty projects it becomes merely as ordinary as a
I dare say that we should work
hard to convince other curacha-loving people to preserve the identity of
curacha as a cultural heritage worthy to be preserved and for it not to
be swallowed as a mere tactic of politicians to show off their
unexplained wealth and scare off potential rivals.
Thank you Elbert Cainday for
your great piece!
Address: Washington State 98311, USA
Date: September 23, 2008
Two years ago I visited
Calbayog, Samar, and also traveled to Pinabacdao. The roads were full of
potholes that can swallow a car or even a bus. I have never experience
such discomfort while traveling. A person in front of me was sick and so
was the other person behind me. I kept on jumping from one seat to
another to avoid the flying vomit. I did not get sick because I was so
busy looking at the potholes. How interesting, and that was a main road
I traveled. Coming back from Pinabacdao to Calbayog was pure hell. I had
to ask the driver of SUV to stop by the roadside and I did it 4 times. I
wonder if the roads are now constructed? The Mayor Sarmiento said the
roads were being fixed, another councilman said so too. Would you know
if those roads were already fixed?
Another item I want to bring
us is when I was there, watching the Founders Day parade (Founder of
Calbayog City was Sen. Jose Avelino). But I was so disappointed that the
granddaughter of the late Avelino was not even given the courtesy to be
invited the stage. Is this a common practice in Calbayog, to ignore
people of importance? I wonder if Mayor Sarmiento will extend an
invitation to Loudette Avelino and his brother Jose Avelino lll on the
stage or maybe even be acknowledged? October 16 is the founder's day
parade. Are the people or the mayor, worried IT WILL RAIN IN THEIR
PARADE, if the Avelino's are invited?
Address: New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Date: 23 September 2008
Dear Mr. Gaspay,
Thank you for Samar News' "My
Music Room" featuring Waraynon artists and their music. I
certainly enjoyed listening to the songs most especially Cielo Tibe's
rendition of "Dinumdum Ko Ikaw." It's such a beautiful and melodious
song that tugs into expatriates' nostalgia of their homeland. You've
done countless Catbaloganons and Waraynons from all over the world a
great favor and I thank you for that. Please keep up the good work. Best
Address: Lawaan, Eastern Samar
Date: 22 Sept 08
I thank you for having this
site active. Got the address of our governor and congressman. If you
happened to passby in Lawaan, please comeby at Uni Canteen besides the
convent, I'll see to it that you have a free meal. All employees are
instructed to watch over you. Just show them your name card. Thanks
again and may god bless you and guide you to success and peace.
Address: Michigan, USA
Hi Samarnon of Canada,
Where did you go in high
school? I went to Sacred Heart College then, and it's different name
now. 84, 85, 86, you right back then it was safe I don't know anymore I
was home last year 'cause my mom past way so anyway I love to listen
this site and if I don't have nothing to do I read their opinions and it
makes happy how everyone love the Samar. Well love you all Samarnon
Address: Calbayog City
Date: Sept 21, 2008
To all CKC Day and Night High
School Batch'80 graduate. We are planning to have our 30th yr grand
alumni homecoming this coming Dec 2010, please visit our site for more
info, details, forum and planning suggestions. Here's the add:
Address: Alasas Village, City of San Fernando 2000, Pampanga
Date: Sept. 21, 2008
MAUPAY NGA PATRON HADTON MGA
JIA-ANON Sakop han bugto han Jiabong Samar. Nga nagsalin-urog han
kapyestahan ni Sra. Dolorosa Sept. 14-15, 2008 nga an hermana mayor hi
Mrs Sotera B. Jumagdao. Para hadton mga tawo nga dumuyog han ka
pyestahan han Jia-an Jiabong Samar damo nga salamat. Congratulation sa
teaching force han Jia-an Elem. School han ira suporta from Sept.
13,14,15,16 activities labi na dida han alumni bisan la mauran
nagpadayon la guihapon an mga activity. To all Brgy. Official from the
brgy. Capt. down to kagawad "mabuhay kamo" Labi na an mga balik bayan,
nga nanguli la hira ha pag tan-aw han kapyestahan ni NUESTRA SRA.
Hinaut unta nga maging
mainuswagon an aton Barrio, Bungto, sugad man han provincia han Samar.
Labi na an Catbalogan the place were I spent my High School and College
day. BATCH '82 SSU "HAIN NA KAMO"
Address: Kamuning, Quezon, Philippines
Date: 20 Sep 2008
Maupay nga adlaw sa iroy nga
tuna... kmusta sadto nga ak mga kabugtuan sa ngaran san iroy nga tona (LeySam)...
kamusta kan Loreto Fugado sugad man sa iya pamilya dida sa San Jorge
Samar. Kamusta mga kasangkayan ko, mga ginikanan ko labi na sa akon
hinigugma nga amay undefeated brgy. captain Harley Mahinay san Erenas,
Victoria N. Samar, sugad man san ak iroy nga hinigugma ko san labi...
hinaot pa unta nga ada kamo sa maupay nga kamutangan ug maupay man an
Kamusta man liwat sa Brgy. San
Pilar San Antonio N. Samar, kan Manoy Ingkin ug an iya pamilya, ngan sa
tanan ko dida nga kapatoran ug kaumangkunan, Palen kamusta na.
Nagpapasalamat ako sin daan
sini nga site...Mabuhay an "iroy nga tona"...!!! mabuhay an Samar...!!!
Address: Marabut, Samar 6721
Date: September 19 2008
MARABUT SAMAR - An bungto han
segundo distrito han samar nga hadto naging ka parte anay han Basey
Samar. Naging bungto an Marabut hadton tuig 1949 bulan han July petsa
22. An Marabut igin sunod han apelyido han anay congressman Serafin
Marabut nga taga Basey Samar. Hi Isidiro Mista Ferreras an pinaka syahan
nga mayor han bungto han Marabut ngan hi Engracio Abayan Amantillo an
iya naging pinaka syahan nga bise-mayor.
An Marabut usa nga nagtitika
progresibo nga bungto durante han paningkamot hiton presente nga mayor
yana Atty. Percival Adona Ortillo ngan han bise-mayor Edwin Tagadan
Ha pag sidlit han adlaw
makikita naton an kahusay han kabaybayonan. Makikita pa nimo an isda ha
ilarom han dagat nga naglalangoy-langoy dara han ka malinaw hiton tubig
dagat. An pagka duong han mga manaragat nga in bisan waray dakop na
smile la gihapon ha imo kon ikaw natapo. An mga Marabutnon simple la an
pag-ukoy, maka tagay-tagay hin bahalina nga produkto han mga manaranggot
ngan mag kilaw o magsugba hin isda nga dakop hin mamurokot maupay na an
pamahong-pahong ni Juan labi kon may-ada guitar ngan baga kakantahan hin
kundiman. Kaupay la pag-ukoy hin sugad hiton baga ka simple nga kinabuhi.
An mga taga Marabut pangisda
ngan pag-uma an kasagaran nga mga pakabuhi. May-ada la siguro 8%-10%
iton nan iimpleyo ha gobyerno. An mayor han marabut in nagpatoman han
pan dakop han mga illegal fishing asya nga an mga gudti nga mangirisda
nalilipay han pitad nga ginbuhat ni Atty. Val Ortillo kay na
proprotektahan iton ira mga pakabuhi.
Iton mayor hiton Marabut in
anay nakada ha Commission on Human Rights amo nga nakaka-intindi hiya
hiton kinabuhi hiton mulopyohanon. Kami in nagpapasalamat ha imo mayor.
Unta imo ipadayon iton pag-ugop ha amon. Ma protekhan la unta pirme iton
amon interes, dire it interes hini nga mga dayo nga manaragat ngan
manguruha hin kahoy ha aton mga guba.
Han tanan nga napasyada ngahi
hini nga page ngan maka basa hini nga ak mensahe gin aagda kamo han
Marabutnon ngadi ha amon bungto. An amon ngay-an fiesta in gin
sasalin-urog ha kada Enero 14-15, unta maka pamatron kamo. Samalat.
Elbert B. Cainday
Address: 23 Magsaysay St., Oras, Eastern Samar
Date: Sept 18, 2008
The Few and the Proud
By Elbert Banawis Cainday
Borongan City’s Vesper Night
Grand Ball was an eye opener of the state of peace and development we
have in Eastern Samar. It betrayed the spirit of camaraderie and the
meaning of benevolence; it confirmed what our people perceive as
corruption behind those publicity gimmicks that calls for peace and
announcement of development. It was Vanitas Vanitatum!!
The people were mesmerized,
stunned and outraged by the extravagant display of unexplained wealth
that flew in the air, by the arrogant delight and approval of those in
power as money poured down like rain in their heads. Boronganons could
have been thankful for their generosity; after all, it was supposed to
be a dance for a cause. Yet, it caused for alarm. For no responsible
leader could throw so much money in vanity as our people line up in
subsidized rice retailing store, as our children attend school hungry
and famished, and as our parents die with prayers for a better
We want to set an example, let
it be for the good of our children. What happened at that night was a
poisonous idea of what a public servant should be. We care not, and we
cheer, if one of our Balikbayans or a successful entrepreneurs show off
their success. But we rage when public purse is being used for personal
interest for the sake of publicity and with utter disregard of the real
needs of the people. It violates the good conduct of a public servant
that requires him to be prudent and frugal in his private and official
capacity, especially in the face of current economic crisis. It does not
serve social justice and the common good. It only breeds political
patronage that hinders our development as a people.
This is not what we are
looking for in a leader. We want a leader who can command respect and
cooperation not because of his being popular and generous in kuratza –
popularity is a fruit, not an icing of one’s diligence; generosity is a
gift of the Spirit, not an influence of a pint of spirits – but because
of his resolute pursuance of programs that the public requires. The
people demands concrete actions, they are no longer satisfied with lip
services. A tarpaulin cannot shield school children from rain; a
streamer cannot feed a hungry soul and a kuratza number cannot convince
a communist rebel to surrender.
Mr. Wilmar Lucero, a former
representative of one of the congressional districts of Northern Samar
to the House of Congress, did not learn his lessons. He was once
criticized by the Philippine Center for investigative Journalism, on
their well-researched book “Of Perks and Pork,” for his extravagant
“gala” in the background of extreme poverty of his constituents and lack
of infrastructures in his district. He can hatch up any political
ambitions here in the Eastern Samar; that is his right and privilege –
as free as a locust seek the green. But, to teach our young while he is
in public office how to carelessly spend money like there is no tomorrow
It is equally disturbing that
Governor Ben Evardone could have cautioned him but he did not; after all
Mr. Lucero is his friend and was one of his entourage at that night.
Besides, it was to his advantage to have Mr. Lucero, Mayors Zacate and
Alvarez of Sulat and Oras respectively and other disciples circling him
round about to shower him of crisp paper bills. The master propagandist
knows how to use people to his advantage. He knows when to talk and when
to keep his mouth shut as in the case of the recent move to oust
priest-turned-reluctant-candidate Governor “Among Ed” Panlilio. Governor
Panlilio was the first to blow the whistle on the controversial “brown
envelopes” stuffed with 500,000 pesos which Evardone handed out to Local
executives in October 2007 meeting of Union of Local Authorities at the
The three provinces of Samar
should be proud to have leaders that are national figures and close to
the Palace. Gov. Evardone, particularly, always enjoys the limelight and
can be seen being interviewed by the national press. But their rise to
power is proportional to the drop of our people’s socio-economic status.
If we want initiate peace and
development for our province, which our leaders trumpet as existent, it
should start with the involvement of the people from planning to
implementation of programs which they believe are sustainable and
practicable to their actual needs. For clearly, personal political
agendas, almost always collides and take precedents to our
Address: Lawaan, Eastern Samar
Date: 17 Sept.08
Ray, I thank you for posting
my message. Active corruption on our local government now headed by
Mayor Nida Gabornes and her councilors evolve. I wanted to write to our
congressman Doloy Coquila how true are these rumors, but I don't know
where to go. Please, I need your assistant to locate his address. Please
e-mail me when you can. I live overseas, I'm most concern of our people
and my large relatives in Lawaan. Thanks again through your column I'm
able to voice out.
Date: September 16, 2008
Damo nga salamat ha imo Alma
of USA and Mr. Ray Gaspay for posting
Radyo Waraynon. Sige na liwat an akon
pamati...bisan la kon labi ako nga namimingaw, LOL.
Balita ko nga deri na daw kuno
safe maglinakat dida ha Catbalogan labi na gud kon gab-i na kay damo
naman kuno an mga addict. Konta ma-address ini ni Mayor Tekwa. Han
nagtutubo ako dida ha Catbalogan, bisan kami nauli hin kaagahun na nga
naglalakat la, waray gud kami guin kakahadlukan nga mga addict nga
maglalabot ha amon. Nagmamata pa kami hin kaagahon ngan han akon mga
classmates ngan mga kasangkayan para mag jogging palibot-libot dida ha
Imelda Park. Tapos namamasyada permi ngadto ha pantalan for the sea
Can't wait to go back
Address: Catbalogan, Samar
Date: Sept. 16, 2008
For public consumption ---
ON COURT OF APPEALS DECISION ABOUT JUN LOZADA'S ABDUCTION
The people will take this new
development with a grain of salt, the court said he was not abducted,
but Jun Lozada at that time feared for his life as he still does today.
It's sad that the state cannot protect him from that fear as he
continues to stand strong in his conviction to expose the most powerful
people in thus land in the most hateful scam that stole a huge chunk of
the people's money!
The abduction of Jun Lozada is
only one piece of the story. Scam that involves a huge taxpayers money
and the culpability of the powerful people who were caught with their
hands in the cookie jar is a more interesting part of this saga even
more worthy of our vigilance!
Jun Lozada is answerable only
to himself, his God, and his country as far as credibility is concerned.
Instead of losing credibility, the people will sympathize and feel one
with Jun Lozada in the general sentiment that the very rich and powerful
can get away with corruption!
Citizens' Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) Party List
September 16, 2008
Mr. Gaspay thanks for
Radyo Waraynon I love it. I listen to
it all the time I feel like I’m home again in San Andres Villareal Samar.
I miss being home hopefully i'll be again by 2010. Go Catbalogan City
love you all!
Address: Lawa-an, Eastern Samar
Date: 9 September 08
Palisak mga waraynon, buligui
ta anay hi Mr. Goyo Picson to stop corruption dinhe ha Samar, kay di
ngane ene matamakan nga corruption, amo la guihap it ma-abot hit aton
mga kabogtu-an dinhe. Kinahanglan ig sarang naton an "Samar Naman" ha
bug-os nga Samar to "STOP" buying votes, corrupt politics, oversee our
local government, empose the "PEOPLES POWER". Ano ang say niyo diyan?
Ray, we need your guidance kay hi ikaw man it hahane.
Date: 5 September 2008
To Mr. Gerard Apelo re Fr.
Dennis Barlaan and Bobby Luena,
Fr. Barlaan was the Principal
Celebrant I think of the Katbaloganons of Northern California San
Bartolome Fiesta Celebration last August 23, 2008. The 9-day novenas
were held at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church (OLPH) on Top of the
Hill in Daly City, adjacent to the City of San Francisco. Its Parish
Priest is Fr. Tony Petilla. Fr. Tony is the primus inter pares among all
Samarnon priests in America.
Bobby Luena, the brilliant
engineer son of Mano Melly Luena and Mana Monina Cinco Luena and his
siblings were the hermanos and hermanas. Bobby is a high achiever among
the Samarnons and Filipinos in the California Department of
Transportation. He supervises some 100 engineers, technicians, etc in
this Department. He is a bisor. The powerful people in Samar should
write California Governor Arnold to detail Engineer Luena to Samar so
that the Hell Roads of Samar in the West and the Roads with a 1,000
Lakes in the East can be repaired and cemented.
Bobby and his siblings have
pledged to contribute to the funds to help our people in Mindanao, those
who are suffering because of this "Clash of Civilizations" in the
Homeland. He is also going to invest in a livelihood program to help the
poorest of the poor in Samar through the Kiva Program of Elrico Munoz.
Bobby and his siblings have
not decided on the amounts yet. But the amount will be such nga diri
mabuyayaw hi Mana Monina. (Kon namimingao ako hin uraw nga Sinamarnon
nga buyayaw, I siddle up to Mana Monina. Right away, nawawara an akon
Anyway, Fr. Barlaan is being
groomed to replace Padre Tony as a Parish Priest of the OLPH Church. The
Katbaloganons and Samarnons have enjoyed so many happy hours in the
Church. Pati irignom, karantahay, nga sarayaw. In fact, we are impressed
with the terpsichorean skills of Fr. Dennis. Makarit sumayaw hin boogie,
hin swing, hin kuratsa, hin tango, labi na gud hin Slow Drag, labi na
kon masirum iton sarayawan.
But he is a great speaker
also. Makarit mag sermon. Ngan iton iya accent diri na taga Nortehanon
nga upod an "kapay kapay si ka-ao". Taga San Francisco na hiya intawon.
I have his email address. But
I don't think he uses e-mail very often. I may have his cell fone
number. Don't want to give it out here. Bangin damo an tumawag han iya
mga kasanhi hadton mga panahon nga naglabay.
Address: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Date: 03 September 2008
Subject: Samar Tourism &
Thanks for the reminder & I
take note of it. I agree with you, although my point of view is to rally
the principal voices of Samarnons first because it’s their beloved
homeland we are talking too. It’s like casting the first stone to the
calm water and the waves comes next. But that doesn’t mean it all stops
from there; we are not stopping anybody from joining if they too have
the same purpose as we do. Like what Taclobanon of United States said,
all have stakes in the progress of Samar, whether you are a Samarnon
living in Samar or outside, or you have your lineage going back to Samar,
or you simply wanted to share the advocacy. We all have the same
aspirations, & the more participation we can gather, the more ideas we
can come up to.
I’ve been sending invitations
to many of my friends around the world, Waray-warays and not. I do
receive many positive feedbacks, although the real actions still remain
to be seen. Let’s be pragmatic here, mga kababayan. We simply cannot say
“yes, I agree” but practically do nothing. Action speaks louder than
words, & it’s this action that we really need now more than ever.
To those of you who are seeing
this post, please visit & join the Flickr group, at least to start.
Since we still don’t have the separate column for this advocacy in the
SamarNews.com website (although Mr. Gaspay is painstakingly finding ways
to make it happen soon), it will be a good start to use the Flickr
advocacy group meantime. You can post relevant topics that we can
discuss, publish announcements or even tourism-related business
proposals, while making use of the photostream to add photos & videos.
Again, I would like to invite
you all to join in. Just to remind everyone, the core advocacy is to
promote tourism in Samar. Here is the link to the group -
Please refer to the rules &
guidelines you will see once you join. It will be required of you to
create your Flickr accounts (simple steps just like opening a Yahoo mail
account). I'm looking forward to your participation in this advocacy.
Name: Gerald A.
Address: San Jose, Northern Samar
Date: august 31,2008
Rev. Dennis Dwight Barlaan,
Greetings from our family! Our
family haven't heard you much. Friends here are missing you so much,
wishing someday you come for a short vacation. We are praying for your
good health and success. God bless.
Address: United States
Date: August 27, 2008
To: Ed Solayao
Re: Invitation to All Samarnon on Tourism & Entrepreneurship
Ed, I'm speaking for myself
here. I would suggest that for the good of the people of Region-8, you
should invite everybody and not only your kababayan Samarnon. Please
don't misconstrue my reaction why I prompted to comment here. I think
many will agree that all have stake on the progress of Tourism in Samar
which will give an impact on the neighboring provinces in terms of job
creation and etc. I believe your good intention is focused only on
Samarnon or Kababayan as they are first to be affected by the economic
development because they live in Samar. Although some are living abroad
but their roots or families are from Samar.
How about considering those
whose family roots came from Samar not Samarnon but are Leytenyos,
Biliranos, Cebuanos, Boholanos and the rest who are scattered around the
country whose ancestors or part of their ancestry came from Samar. I'm
an example because as Leytenyo or Taclobanon part of my family root came
Lastly, I'm asking you to be
flexible to include those who are not Samarnon or living in Samar but
their roots are from there. Thank you.
Address: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Date: 25 August 2008
Subject: SAMAR TOURISM &
Still in line with this
advocacy, recently I created a Flickr group named "Samar Island
(Philippines) Travel & Leisure" and would like to invite all Samarnons
from here and around the world to join in. The core advocacy is to
promote tourism and be able to help uplift the economy of our beloved
homeland. Below is the link to the group
Please refer to the rules &
guidelines of joining. It will be required of you to create your Flickr
accounts (simple steps like Yahoo mail) so you can join in our group
discussions as well as post photos & videos related to Samar tourism &
entrepreneurship. If you have friends particularly from Samar, please
invite them as well.
I'm looking forward to your
participation in this advocacy. Perhaps, at least we can help our
kababayan even in this very simple way. I believe we have to start
somewhere, but soonest.
Mga Samarnons all around the
world, pag-burublig kita para han ika-uuswag hiton Samar.