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Saturday, January 30, 2021

Introductory Speech on Dance-Drama nga Base sa mga Binaeaybay ni Melchor F. Cichon

 

Introductory Speech on Dance-Drama nga Base sa mga Binaeaybay ni Melchor F. Cichon, Aklan Catholic College, Feb. 2, 2017
Melchor F. Cichon
 
Elementary pa eang ako hay gusto ko eon gid magsueat, ugaling kon paalin owa ako kasayod. Tag high school ako hay napilian ako bilang miyembro it amon nga school organ. Pero siyempre haeos tanan nga naprinta sa amon nga school organ hay ginsueat ku amon nga class adviser. Mayad ay sa pagcollege ko, nakaenrol ako sa UP Diliman. Igto ginbaid rang utok kang mga maestro. Ag permi ako sa library agod magbasa ku mga sinueatan it mga bantog nga manunueat sa kalibutan. Sambilog sa mga awtor nga paborito ko hay si Robert Frost eabi eon gid ra binaeaybay nga The Road Not Taken. Igto sa UP Diliman ko nabasa ro mga obra maestra ni Teo S. Baylen premyado nga manogbinaeaybay nga taga-Naic, Cavite kon siin ra binaeaybay nga Talaba hay gin-translate ko sa English ag napublish sa libro nga Kalabaw at Buffalo. Pila pang mga binaeaybay sa Tagalog rang ginpangtranslate sa English o sa Akeanon. Ginahimo ko ra agod masayran ko kon paano nanda ginasueat ro andang mga binaeaybay. Samtang ginahimo ko ra hay ginsamitan ko ro pagpadaea it mga sinueatan ko sa Philippine Collegian, ag igto nabantala rang primero nga binaeaybay nga ginsueat sa Akeanon. Ro titulo kang binaeaybay hay Inay. Rato ro primero man nga binaeaybay nga Akeanon sa Philippine Collegian. Natabo man ra sa Philippine Panorama kon siin rang Akeanon nga binaeaybay hay napublish sa rayang national magazine. Pero nabaid gid it mayad rang pagsueat it binaeayby pag-abot ni Dr. Leoncio P. Deriada sa UP in the Visayas, makaron hay UP Visayas, sa Iloilo City, ku dekada otsenta. Sa mga masunod nga dinag-on, hay permi kami ni Dr. Deriada nga ginaduso para magsueat sa binaeaybay, ag iba pa nga genra. Permi kami nana nga ginaeubag ro amon nga liog agod magsueat sa amon nga mother tongue hay hambae nana kon indi kami magsueat sa amon nga lenguahe hay sin-o ro masueat para kamon? Nagpukos ako sa pagsueat it binaeaybay. Agod mainspired kami magsueat hay permi imaw gaconduct it seminar-workshop o paindis-indis. Ginduso man nana kami nga mag-entra sa mga kaeain-eain nga mga creative writing workshop, busa nakaagto ako sa ibang lugar sa Pilipinas para eang mag-attend sa creative writing workshops, sa Dumaguete, sa Iligan, sa Mt Makiling, ag sa iba pa nga lugar sa Pilipinas para eang madugangan rang kaaeaman sa pagsueat it binaeaybay. Sa raya nga aktibidades naingganyo ako magsueat. Ag permi ako gadaug sa raya nga mga paindis-indis. Ako gali ro primero nga manogbinaeaybay nga nagdaog it first prize sa HomeLife poetry contest. Sa raya nga mga paindis-indis nakasueat ako it mga binaeaybay hanungod sa mga babaye. Sambilog sa mga binaeaybay ko nga ginsueat ag nagdaog it first prize hay Eva, si Adam. Abu pa gid rang mga sinueat nga mga binaeaybay hasta nakatipon ako’t mga binaeaybay para sa primero ko nga libro nga Ham-at Madueom Ro Gabii, Inay? Sa pagguwa ku rayang libro hay ginnominate ako ni Dr. Deriada para sa Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas ng Unyon ng Mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas ag ako ro primero nga Akeanon nga nakabueo ku rayang prestiyusong premyo. Ako man ro primero nga Akeanon nga nakabaton it Outstanding Aklanon sa Culture and the Arts sa binaeaybay.
Makaron hay pilang bilog eon ro nagdrama sa mga binaeaybay ko pareho sa Poetry in Motion sa UP Visayas pero raya ro pinakamabahoe ag pinakabongga sa tanan nga nagdrama sa mga binaeaybay ko. Busa abu gid rang pagpasaeamat kay Prof. Rommel Constantino ag sa pamunuan it Aklan Catholic College sa paghiwat ku rayang hueag. This is a very memorable event in my life as a writer. Abu man rang pagpapasaeamat sa mga casts ag mga nagbulig sa rarang hakiwatan.
Bag-o ako magbabay, taw-i ako it mga daywang minuto sa pagbasa ko ku rayang binaeaybay nga ginsueat ko para sa mga babaye eabi eon gid sa kon nga asawa nga si Mrs. Pilma Cichon.
Hin-uno Ko Isueat?
Ni Melchor F. Cichon
Jan. 30, 2017
Hin-uno ko baea isueat
Rang pagpahayag kang pagmahae ko kimo?
Isueat ko baea ra sa kada pagsipeat it adlaw?
O kon nagakinanta ro mga agagangis?
Siguro isueat ko ra kon ugsad
Ag kon nagahueagok ro kaeaeawran,
Ag kon ginaharua’t dagat ro baybay.
O isueat ko ra bag-o eumotaw ro eati
Ag kon ganguyngoy ro kadagatan?
Isueat ko baea ra kon
Ro Amihan hay nagapaeamig kang kape
O basi sa pagbalik ni Bagyo Frank
Ag kon ginaumpisan eon nana it paggunit-gunit
Ro mga tarpaulin it mga politiko?
Siguro isueat ko eon lang ra kon ikaw hay sa euyo ko
Sa Tawaya o sa Manduyog Hill.
O siguro kon ginabueag kita it kakaeawran
Samtang ginatokhang ro mga durugesta?
Kon ano gid man, Pilma,
Palanggaon ko man gihapon ikaw
Bag-o magsipeat ro adlaw
Hasta sa masunod nga pagsipeat kara.
Ag palanggaon man ikaw gihapon
Hasta sa pagsaeup kang adlaw.
Busa indi eon kinahangngan
Nga isueat ko pa rang pagmahae kimo
Bangod ikaw ag ikaw eang rang ginahandum
Halin kato hasta maeampasan naton
Ro pihak ku atong horizon.
***
Abu gid nga saeamat sa tanan, ag mayad-ayad gid nga hapon katon tanan. Enjoy the show.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Apple Manzanas: the Stress Reliever

 

Apple Manzanas: the Stress Reliever
by Melchor F. Cichon
December 8, 2012
Revised: Jan. 28, 2021
 
She is popularly known as Apple Manzanas.
But her real name is Christine Dianne Macuro. So sometimes, her friends call her Mac. She got her Japanese name from her grandfather who was a half-Japanese. Apple was born on April 20,1991 in Iloilo City. She is the eldest of two siblings. Her father is an OFW who works in Saudi Arabia, while her mother is a housewife.
Apple graduated from Central Philippines University with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Library and Information Science.
This was not her first choice as she wanted to take up Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management. She wanted to work abroad. But because her mother convinced her to take up library science degree, she had to take it. She did not realize that as a librarian, she also has a lot of opportunities to work abroad like any other professionals.
Like many other librarians, Apple eventually developed to love the profession.
After graduation, she prepared well for the board exam. Her aim was to land on the Top Ten.
She did not land on the Top Ten. But she passed it.
Now, Apple works as a librarian in Hua Siong, a Chinese school in Iloilo City. Prior to this, she was with AMA Library in Iloilo City and at St. Therese-MTC Colleges La Fiesta Site, Molo, Iloilo City.
When I asked her if she has regretted having taken library science, she said NO. "I enjoy my work."
And the rest of her co-employees when she is around because she has a Mt. Everest-size storage area of interesting topics to share.
And she can deliver her stories in a funny way. That's the reason why I call her, the stress reliever.
Meanwhile, her stress reliever is her handsome son, Zachary Aziel James.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Unexpected Award

unexpected award--
working silently
beneath a silent lake
***Melchor F. Cichon
Jan. 25, 2021

 




Thursday, January 21, 2021

Dark Clouds

 dark clouds--
the unheard voices
of the sidewalk
***Melchor F. Cichon
Jan 21, 2021

Election

 

election--
vote for me
then my wife, my sons, my...
***Melchor F. Cichon
Jan. 21, 2021

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Lezo: Its History

 

*Note: This is a reprint of my article on the history of Lezo, Aklan. It was first published in my FB account, Lezo: A Place to Be, on July 5, 2018.
Melchor F. Cichon
July 5, 2018
 
Tomorrow, Lezo, Aklan will celebrate its foundation day.
Lezo, the smallest of the seventeen (17) municipalities of the Province of Aklan was once a part of the municipality of Kalibo. It was once a barrio and was known as “Guicod,” a term derived from the word “Guicab,” which means a cavern in a creek where eels were abundant. The said creek can still be found at the back of Lezo Elementary School. It was also once called “Tierra Alta,” meaning high land, because its center was the only spot, which was not covered with great floods during the early days.
It was only during the time of Don Juan Legaspi and Benedicta Geronimo when the drive for its independence as a municipality was realized. With some of the prominent people in Lezo, they organized themselves in 1865 and petitioned to the Spanish authorities to grant their request of making Lezo an independent municipality from Kalibo.
Upon the granting of their request, many possible names were suggested for the newly created town but was later on decided to be named after a Spanish naval officer named Lezo who was present during that said negotiation.
But this statement is questionable because: (1.) The complete name of this naval officer has never been mentioned. ( 2. ) There was a Spanish naval officer named Blas de Lezo who died on September 7, 1741, or almost a century before the founding of Lezo, Aklan; hence it was very impossible for him to attend those negotiations. (3). There is a place in Spain named Lezo after Admiral Blas de Lezo y Olavarrieta, KOGF, OHS (3 February 1689 – 7 September 1741) who was a Basque officer in the Spanish Navy best remembered for the Battle of Cartagena de Indias (1741) in modern-day Colombia, where Spanish imperial forces under his command resisted a siege by a large British invasion fleet under Admiral Edward Vernon.
So it was very much possible that the town of Lezo, Aklan was named, as usually the case in naming many towns in the Philippines, after this town Lezo, Spain and not after this alleged Spanish naval officer who was always present during the negotiations for the separation of Lezo from Kalibo.
As per decree of March 21, 1865, the town was inaugurated on July 6, 1865.
The town was handled by various leaders and was said to have encountered hard times due to the decrease of their revenues in 1904. Because of this, Lezo, together with the municipalities of Numancia and Banga, was again annexed to the Municipality of Kalibo. It only revived its independence as a municipality in 1910 having Patricio Motus as the appointed Presidente Municipal. Its independence was made stronger by an Executive Order No. 364 dated August 28, 1941, which was signed by President Manuel L. Quezon.
Another inauguration of the town was held in 1942. A guerilla named Capt. Prudencio Fernandez from Sta. Cruz, Lezo, together with Atty. Moises F. Morado from Poblacion, Lezo, young, and the only lawyer of the town led the said inauguration at that time. Atty. Morado was then appointed as mayor of the town and served from 1942 to 1943.
The source of income of the municipality came from the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA), being an inland municipality. It is also dependent on the income of the agricultural sector since ½ of its population is engaged in farming.
(Source: Lezo Municipal Planning and Development Office. Brief Description of the Municipality of Lezo.)
Portrait of Lezo, Museo Naval de Madrid
Birth name Blas de Lezo y Olavarrieta
Born February 3, 1689
Pasajes, Guip├║zcoa, Spain
Died September 7, 1741 (aged 52)
Cartagena de Indias, New Granada
Allegiance Kingdom of Spain
Service/branch Royal Spanish Navy
Years of service 1704–1741
Rank Admiral
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blas_de_Lezo. Retrieved: July 5, 2018.
Blas de Lezo - Wikipedia
Blas de Lezo - Wikipedia
Admiral Blas de Lezo y Olavarrieta, KOGF, OHS (3 February 1689 – 7 September 1741) was a Basque officer in the Spanish Navy best remembered for the Battle of Cartagena de Indias (1741) in modern-day Colombia, where Spanish imperial forces under his command resisted a siege by a large British invas...
Blas de Lezo - Wikipedia
en.wikipedia.org
Blas de Lezo - Wikipedia
Blas de Lezo y Olavarrieta (3 February 1689 – 7 September 1741) was a Spanish admiral best remembered for the Battle of Cartagena de Indias (1741) in modern-day Colombia, where Spanish imperial forces under his command resisted a siege by a large British invasion fleet under Admiral Edward Vernon....

Dali Eon! Dali Eon Sa Lezo

 

Dali Eon! Dali Eon Sa Lezo
ni Melchor F. Cichon
November 27, 2018
 
Dali eon! Dali eon!
Maagto kita sa Lezo.
Banwa ra nga malinong,
Banwa ra it kalipayan,
Banwa ra it Bayangan Festival.
Iya masamitan ro ginahandum
Nga buti, puto ag bingka;
Ro matam-is nga bayawas ag lanzones
Ag ro ginakahidlawan nga dragon fruit.
Iya man ginahaboe ro tela nga pinya
Nga ginaobra nga barong, kimona ag saya.
Sa Lezo eang makit-an ro life-size bronze
Nga rebolto ni Dr. Jose Rizal
Nga maeapit sa dumaan nga simbahan it San Isidro de Labrador.
Dali eon! Dali eon sa banwa it Lezo,
Ro pinakamaisut nga banwa sa bilog it Aklan.
Pero iya natawo ro ibang bantog nga Akeanon.
Sa Lezo natawo ro Lolo it Akean.
Nga si Simeon Mobo Reyes.
Iya man natawo ro Tatay it Aklanon Literature.
Ag kon kaang, kueon, tadyaw
Ag kaeain-eain pa nga produkto
Nga halin sa daga ro hambaean,
Ro Lezo gid ro number one.
Busa ro Lezo ro ginatawag
Nga Pottery Capital it Aklan.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Indi Eon Magtangis

 

Indi Eon Magtangis
***Melchor F. Cichon
Jan 17, 2021
 
Indi eon magtangis, Parayaw.
Mabalik gid ako sa euyo mo.
Indi eon siguro abutan it sang dag-on
Mapanas eon si Covid-19 sa kalibutan.
Ag sa pagkaduea na
Maeutaw ako dayon.
Ro masakit eang hay
Igto pa kita mabakae it baksin sa China
Kon siin maghalin ro pandemya ngara.
Kanugon, milyon-milyong piso ro ginatagana ku atong gobyerno
Agod makabakae kita ku baksin ngara.
Kunta magamit pa naton ro kwarta ngaron
Sa pagpatindog it eskuylahan
O ospital.
Makabulig pa kunta ron
Sa pag-obra it tulay halin sa Iloilo paagto't Guimaras.
Owa pa ngani naton mabayran ro atong utang sa World Bank
Hara eon man ro bag-o natong utang.
Ahay....
Mayad siguro hay igaid sa baeay it tagasaw
Ro nag-obra ku Covid-19 ngara
Agod masayran na ro hapdi
Ku anang ginpanamgong negosyo.
Parayaw, indi eon magtangis
Mabalik gid ako sa euyo mo.
Sa pagtunod it adlaw
May ugsad man nga masub-eak.

Covid-19

Covid-19

from China

Covid-19 vaccine from China 

***Melchor F. Cichon
Jan 17, 2021

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Thursday, January 07, 2021

Centennial birthday


 
Centennial birthday--
swaying still to the tune
of Pearly Shell
***Melchor F. Cichon
Jan. 4, 2021

Monday, January 04, 2021

Si Ambeth

 

Si Ambeth
Melchor F. Cichon
Jan 4, 2020
 
Nagbakae it tsukolate
Si Ambeth nga bulilit.
Ginsueod na ra sa anglit,
Ugaling gin-it-it it kuyapnit.

Libre Eon Man Ro Among Pamahaw

 

Libre Eon Man Ro Among Pamahaw
ni Melchor F. Cichon
January 4, 2020
 
Si Annie naglingkod sa bangko
Gakaon it tamilok.
Agod owa't makapangayo kana,
Tumalikod imaw sa anang mga kabarkada.
Nagtunton kana ro eamang
Ag ginkamangan imaw it tagasaw.
Sa anang kahadlok,
Gulpi imaw nga tumindog
Ag dumaeagan.
Ra ginakaon-kaon nga tamilok sa eugta nahueog.
Humaeakhak si eamang ag si tagasaw.
Hambae nanda:
"Libre eon man ro among pamahaw."

Sunday, January 03, 2021

Ro Tiku Nga Mangunguma

 

Ro Tiku Nga Mangunguma
ni Melchor F. Cichon
January 3, 2020
 
May tiku nga mangunguma,
Nga may tiku nga anwang,
Nag-arado sa tiku nga eanas.
Bangud sa kainit it tiku nga silak
Ra tiku nga anwang
Nag-alagwa sa tiku nga daean.

Flash fiction, Si Ambeth

 

Si Ambeth
Ni Melchor F. Cichon
Jan. 3, 2020
 
Namista si Ambeth sa Sta. Cruz
Agod makakaon man imaw it letson.
Masueod eon kunta imaw sa baeay ni Inday.
Ugaling sinarhan imaw it gate.
Nakashorts ag nakasiki eang kuno abi imaw
Ag una gakaon sa sala si Mayor.

Flash fiction, Bawae

 

Bawae

Melchor F. Cichon.

Jan. 3, 2020

 

Ginabawaean magkaon it baboy si Tay Pedring.

Ginabawaean man kana ro mag-inum it 3 in 1 nga kape

Ag mga beer ag Tanduay

Ag magkaon it cake ag ice cream.

Pero kon owa ngani si Nanay

Tanan nga ginabawae kana

Hay ginainum ag ginakaon na.

“Kan-on kuno ro kaean-on

Ag imnon ro ilimnon total may bueong man.”

Ugaling pagkataliwan it sangdag-on

Owa eon si Tatay Pedring kabugtaw

Sa ana nga katueogon

Flash Fiction, Ay Wala Na!

 Namalingke ang mag-ina.

Nanay: Anak, humawak ka lang sa bulsa ko para hindi ka mawawala.

Inday: Opo, 'Nay.

Pagkalipas ng kalahating oras.

Tindera: Ito po ang bangos, dalawang kilo po yan. Bale tatlong daang piso po lahat yan.

Hinanap ng nanay ang pitaka niya sa kanyang bulsa. Pero wala na,  pati yong anak niya.

Saturday, January 02, 2021

Flash Fiction, New Year

 

New Year. 
Dumaan ang trak ng basura.
Lumapit sa akin ang tatlong taon kong Apo.
"Tay, nariyan ang basura!"
"Anong itatapon natin, Anak?"
"Ikaw!"
 
***Melchor F. Cichon
Jan 2, 2019

Maraming salamat sa yo ulan

 

Maraming salamat sa yo ulan
sa pagbisita mo sa amin
mula noong Pasko
hanggang Bagong Taon.
Pero puno pa rin ang mga malls.
 
***Melchor F. Cichon
Jan 2, 2019

sa panamgo-

 

sa panamgo--
ro mga rayalista
nag-uli nga maea ag owa't bukoe
 
in the dream--
the rallyists
go home dry and without swell
***Melchor F. Cichon, 2012

Friday, January 01, 2021

New Year 2021

 New Year--
No firecrackers
Covid-19