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marcial tayag caniones
marcial tayag caniones IF I were born in Mindanao, in Sulu or Tawi-Tawi, possibly I would have been a Muslim, not by choice but by birth. If I were born in India, I'd probably be reading the Bhagavad-Gita instead of the holy Koran, and I'd pierce my tongue with real swords as an act of penance and gratitude to the so many Hindu gods. If I were born in Australia, I'd probably be good at Urdu colorful artworks, and be singing praises to my ancestors and not to any god or gods. If I were born in Cuba, I'd probably be good at singing Carlos Puebla's "Hasta Siempre" in front of comrade Comandante Che's portrait.

But I was born in Luzon, Angeles City, Pampanga, from a devout Catholic family. That is why I was taught to pray the rosary, studied in local Catholic schools, sang carols, and celebrated my birthday every year, went to church every Sunday, joined the Knights of the Altar and secretly gulped some wine while our parish priest was still fixing his wig in his room.

I reflect that we are molded by, and become what we become depending on where we all came from.

Ada pin, nung linwal ka king puki ning kalulu, dagul kang kalululu. At king kerakal-dakal da reng puki, ot linwal ku pa king puki ning kalulu? (Nung eye pu buring esulat ku ing puki, nanu pung buri yung eaus o esulat ku? PEKPEK? PEKSING? MANI? MONAY? O ita namu pung tutu—as in PUKI.)

Ot ena ku kaya linwal karing atyan da reng mangakwalta anti mu ri Angeles, Dayrit, De Guzman, Dizon, Dychoco, Henson, Hipolito, Lacson, Lazatin, Miranda, Morales, Nepomuceno, Panlilio, Punzalan, Santos, Tayag? O kaya Chan, Ong, Tan, Uy? Atin bang makwaltang apilyidung "Makabukaka" o "Makapalad" o "Makatiro" o "Makausli"?

O kaya sana linwal na ku mu karing atsyan da reng mangatni buntuk, matenakan, ampo intelehenti kalupa da reng apelyidung Aguas, Balajadia, Carlos, David, Soto, Yumul, ampo pa kareng aliwa pang apelyidung eku na abanggit pa king sobra rang dakal.

Pero eku buring sabyan din na alang biyasa at matenakan din karetang apelyidung abanggit kung mangakwalta. At ena rin buring sabyan na alang makwalta karetang apelyidung abanggit ku na intelehenti.

Aku, Caniones ku.

Caniones?

Taga nokarin la ren?

Eku talaga balu. Pakakutang ku kang tatang ku, kasi sabi na minsan, taga Bisaya ya e tatang na. Reng dara ku naman, sasabyan da taga Quezon province ke kanu. Reng naman pisan ku, potang miinuman kami at atin nang sayad king lasing, taga-Spain ke kanu! Aydara, buri da susyal ke pa pibatan! Samantalang king Red Horse mu, singka-wise kepa keng pamamayad.

Anyway, would it really matter where we came from or even why we came about?

Ing tutu, eku na pakaisipan ita. Just like I said, if I were born somewhere else, to someone else, I would not be me now. Same with all of us.

I guess that is the beauty of just being born, being here, being alive, and not ABORTED.


[About the author. Marcial Tayag Caniones, a Political Science graduate is assistant manager at the Community Extension Services Office of Clark Development Corporation. He was born on the 10th of July in 1965, became vegetarian when he was 24 years old, started serious reading when he was 32, and began writing at 39. He admits to being ugly but claims to ooze with sex appeal.]

-Posted: 9:28 AM 4/9/10 | More of this author on eK!
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