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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Flash Fictions


Gera 

Ginawasay it napueong soldadong Hapon ro pertaha’t dormitoryo’t mga babayi. Pagkasayod kara ni Obispo Santos, dumaeagan imaw halin sa simbahan agud protektuhan ro mga babayi.
“Gapusa ro Obispo ngaron ag isueod sa sako!” mando ni Kapitan Suho, “Ag itib-ong sa suba!”
Sinueod it mga Hapon ro mga babaying nagatiyabaw.
Ni Melchor F. Cichon
gumamilacruz@yahoo.com


Ilabas

Pyesta sa Lezo, Aklan.
May Tagalang bisita si Sariah, si Rosie.
Sa lamesa makita ro litson, ag iba pang putahe.
Mangan-angan, naghambae si Sariah: "Ilabas eon!"
"Ngayong gutom na ako, palalabasin pa ako!” hambae ni Rosie. Busa gumuwa imaw.
“Oops!”,sabi ni Sariah, “ang salitang ilabas ay pananghalian, hindi labas.”
Ni Melchor F. Cichon
gumamilacruz@yahoo.com



Fishpond
Samtang gabisita ro mag-asawang Jose ag Paz  sa andang fishpond, gin-abangan sanda ni Pedro. Dating agsador imaw ku fishpond ngaron.  Ginabot eagi ni Pedro ra baril ag pinuntariya kay Jose. Pagkakita kara ni Paz, gulping kinupkupan na ra asawa.  Pag-eupok ku baril, eumagpak sa eugta si Paz. Patay. 

Ni Melchor F. Cichon
gumamilacruz@yahoo.com
 

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

poem, May daeaga

May Daeaga

May daeaga sa binit it karsada
Gachacha pero owa ma't sonata.
Kon maagyan ngani imaw it gwapo,
Ginawayway-wayway nana ra saya
Ag dayon mangayo it kwarta.
**Melchor F. Cichon
April 4, 2018

Monday, April 02, 2018

Feature, It's Priceless


It's Priceless
by Melchor F. Cichon.
April 3, 2018

Even before I retired as a librarian from the University of the Philippines, I spend most of my vacant time writing. From this passion, I have written poems, articles, short stories, and flash fictions. From these creative works, I have published seven books of poems, proverbs, short stories, flash fictions, and haiku and haiga. I also have published some of my poems, articles and short stories in magazines and in newspapers. Some of them have been published in in anthologies and journals like Ani; Bigkas Binalaybay: kritisismo, antolohiya; SanAG, the Literary Journal of the Fray Luis Leon Creative Desk; Patubas: an anthology of West Visayan Poetry, 1986-1994; Sa Atong Dila; an introduction to Visayan literature; and in Sansiglong Mahigit ng Makabagong Tula sa Filipinas.

But before I publish them in books, I published them first in my blogs and in my Facebook account. These serve as my draft. Most of these are open to anybody. And because they are open to everybody, my works are available to anybody. Because of this, many people who are interested in Aklanon Literature including students, faculty, researchers and others have read my works. As a result, some students use my works for their literary research papers. So far, two graduate theses and a dissertation have been approved using my poems as subjects of their studies. Another graduate student is finishing his thesis using my luwa.

Because my literary works are open to the public, it is possible for some people to lift my works and put them in their blogs without asking permission from me nor putting my name as the author of those lifted works. There was a graduate student who lifted one of my articles and submitted it to a certain internet site that allows a reader to download other articles from that site provided he/she submits an article. And because this graduate student who happens to be a faculty in a private college in Aklan found my article appropriate, he uploaded my article to this site without my permission. Good he retains my name as the author of that article. I found it out when I checked the internet for an article on Aklan Literature. I immediately wrote the owner of the site and informed him that one of the articles in his site is mine and was uploaded there without my knowledge. It was deleted from his site. Just recently, I discovered too that a certain student lifted some of my poems and put them in his blog without my knowledge. What is worst is that he did not even put my name as the author of those poems. Nor their source. I accidentally discovered this when I was looking for sources in the internet on Aklanon riddles. Google led me to a blog where a group of Aklanon riddles are posted. When I read Maeara and the name of my wife, I was shocked. I immediately posted the website where my riddles are found and posted my blog where the originals are found to compare the contents of both blogs. With the help of some of my friends, my complaint reached him. Immediately, he asked for my forgiveness. I told him that I would consider the case as close after he had deleted all those poems which he lifted from my blog without my permission and without putting their sources. He did. I forgave him.

There was another incident wherein one of my poems was published by a faculty of a university in Iloilo City along with other poems written by Western Visayas writers. I understand that that book was being used as a textbook and was being reprinted every year.

One time I attended a literary event in that university where their students were in attendance. Knowing that I was in that event, three female students of that university approached me and asked me for the meaning of the poem that was included in that textbook. After explaining to them what I thought of that poem, I asked them where they got a copy of that poem. They showed me the book itself where my poem is included. Since I know the author of that book, I approached him and told him about the poem in his book. He apologized to me for not asking permission from me. He promised he would give me a copy of the said book. After some time, he gave me a copy.

There was another instance where a chapter of an anthology is devoted to Aklanon Literature. This anthology was compiled and edited by a well-known Filipino writer. She asked my permission to publish my poems and a short story together with other poems and short stories written by other Aklanon writers. I gave her my permission. When the book was published by a university press, I saw my name as author of my works along with the names of other contributors. Expecting that I could get a complimentary copy of the said book, but when I contacted the editor, she told me that I could not get a free copy because its printing is costly. Indeed it was because when I bought a copy of it in Makati, it cost me P1,500.00. I told myself, this is unfair. Anyway, I said, it is an honor to be included in an anthology edited by a well-known author/editor and for sure many university students and faculty members will read my works as well as those works written by other Aklanons. And that is priceless.

Please do not get me wrong.

Actually, I am not against the copying of my works and posting them in their sites or publish them in books or magazines provided he/she asks permission from me and he/she puts my name as the author of those works. I am truly happy that some people find my literary works significant.

This is also one way of spreading our Aklanon Literature. This is also one reason why some Filipino faculty members who are teaching Philippine Literature are using my works in their classes.

My granddaughter, Angelica Cichon Docena, told me two nights ago that my poems are being discussed in their classes at Universidad de Zamboanga in Zamboanga City. I know that some of my poems are also being discussed in some other institutions of higher learning like De La Salle University, University of San Agustin and UP in the Visayas.

Some undergraduate and graduate students are now studying my works for their theses and dissertation. This is also one reason why Aklanon Literature is now getting its space in Philippine Literature. What is important is I am being acknowledged as the author of those works and I am able to help develop our Aklanon Literature.

***
It's Priceless
by Melchor F. Cichon.
April 2, 2018

Even before I retired as a librarian from the University of the Philippines, I spend most of my vacant time writing. From this passion, I have written poems, articles, short stories, and flash fictions. From these creative works, I have published seven books of poems, proverbs, short stories, flash fictions,  haiku and haiga. I also have published some of my poems, articles and short stories in magazines and in newspapers.Some of my poems and my short story have been published in anthologies like Ani, Sa Atong Dila, Sansiglong Mahigit ng Makabagong Tula sa Filipinas, etc.
But before I publish them in books, I published them first in my blogs and in my Facebook account. These serve as my drafts. Most of these are open to anybody. And because they are open to everybody, my works are available to anybody. Because of this, many people who are interested in Aklanon Literature including students, faculty, researchers and others have read my works. As a result, some students use my works for their literary research papers. So far, two graduate theses and a dissertation have been approved using my poems as subjects of their studies. Another graduate student is finishing his thesis using my luwa.
Because my literary works are open to the public, it is possible for some people to lift my works and put them in their blogs without asking permission from me nor putting my name as the author of those lifted works. There was a graduate student who lifted one of my articles and submitted it to a certain internet site that allows a reader to download other articles from that site provided he/she submits an article. And because this graduate student who happens to be a faculty in a private college in Aklan found my article appropriate, he uploaded my article to this site without my permission. Good he retains my name as the author of that article. I found it out when I checked the internet for an article on Aklan Literature. I immediately wrote the owner of the site and informed him that one of the articles in his site is mine and was uploaded there without my knowledge. It was deleted from his site. Just recently, I discovered too that a certain student lifted some of my poems and put them in his blog without my knowledge. What is worst is that he did not even put my name as the author of those poems. Nor their source. I accidentally discovered this when I was looking for sources in the internet on Aklanon riddles. Google led me to a blog where a group of Aklanon riddles are posted. When I read Maeara and the name of my wife, I was shocked. I immediately posted the website where my riddles are found and posted my blog where the originals are found to compare the contents of both blogs. With the help of some of my friends, my complaint reached him. Immediately, he asked for my forgiveness. I told him that I would consider the case as close after he had deleted all those poems which he lifted from my blog without my permission and without putting their sources. He did. I forgave him.
There was another incident wherein one of my poems was published by a faculty of a university in Iloilo City along with other poems written by Western Visayas writers. I understand that that book was being used as a textbook and was being reprinted every year.
One time I attended a literary event in that university where their students were in attendance. Knowing that I was in that event, three female students of that university approached me and asked me for the meaning of the poem that was included in that textbook. After explaining to them what I thought of that poem, I asked them where they got a copy of that poem. They showed me the book itself where my poem is included. Since I know the author of that book, I approached him and told him about the poem in his book. He apologized to me for not asking permission from me. He promised he would give me a copy of the said book. After some time, he gave me a copy.
There was another instance where a chapter of an anthology is devoted to Aklanon Literature. This anthology was compiled and edited by a well-known Filipino writer. She asked my permission to publish my poems and a short story together with other poems and short stories written by other Aklanon writers. I gave her my permission. When the book was published by a university press, I saw my name as author of my works along with the names of other contributors. Expecting that I could get a complimentary copy of the said boo, but when I contacted the editor, she told me that I could not get a free copy because its printing is costly. Indeed it was because when I bought a copy of it in Makati, it cost me P1,500.00. I told myself, this is unfair. Anyway, I said, it is an honor to be included in an anthology edited by a well-known author/editor and for sure many university students and faculty members will read my works as well as those works written by other Aklanons. And that is priceless.
Please do not get me wrong.
Actually, I am not against the copying of my works and posting them in their sites or publish them in books or magazines provided he/she asks permission from me and he/she puts my name as the author of those works. I am truly happy that some people find my literary works significant.
This is also one way of spreading our Aklanon Literature. This is also one reason why some Filipino faculty members who are teaching Philippine Literature are using my works in their classes.
My granddaughter, Angelica Cichon Docena, told me two nights ago that my poems are being discussed in their classes at Universidad de Zamboanga in Zamboanga City. I know that some of my poems are also being discussed in some other institutions of higher learning like De La Salle University, University of San Agustin and UP in the Visayas.
Some undergraduate and graduate students are now studying my works for their theses and dissertation. This is also one reason why Aklanon Literature is now getting its space in Philippine Literature. What is important is I am being acknowledged as the author of those works and I am able to help develop our Aklanon Literature.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

haiku, pay day

pay day--
the wife claims the salary
of her husband
***Melchor F. Cichon
April 1, 2018

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Children poetry, Matueog It Managob

Matueog It Managob
Anonymous
Gin-eubad ni Melchor F. Cichon
March 31, 2018


Matueog it managob,
Ag magpaputot;
Matueog it temprano,
Ag magpaeayog.

Friday, March 30, 2018

haiku, May shower

May shower--
keeping her smile
as my light
***Melchor F. Cichon
March 30, 2018

Haiku, May shower

May shower--
keeping her smile
for my enlightenment
***Melchor F. Cichon
March 30, 2018

haiku, at dawn

at dawn—
seeing the blooming pink minosa
along the highway
***Melchor F. Cichon.
March 30, 2018

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Haiku, Kon amat

mabagyuhon nga gabii--
kon amat
indi ka kakipot king bibig
***Melchor F. Cichon
March 24, 2018