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jose angeles dayrit
jad dayrit Where Will the Children Play?

MABALACAT CHILDREN are playing in the streets near the front of their houses. Being mixed with street vehicles, this practice is fraught with danger. The reason behind this anomaly is that town planning (if there is any) does not put a premium on parks and playgrounds.

Most of the space is used for housing, business, enterprise, or high profile projects. What about the children—who will provide playgrounds for them? And yet one of the rights of children in their care and development is to be "given opportunity for play and leisure." This is provided for by Republic Act No. 8980 (The ECCD Act). It is, thus, incumbent upon the government (in this case the local government unit) to provide for such facilities.

For almost two years I was employed as a surveyor, construction inspector, and engineer-in-charge of "Plans and Specifications" in Honiron, Phil. at the former Clark Air Base. We were to convert into a modern subdivision (200 housing units) a parcel of hilly terrain. This was where I learned to like architecture and civil engineering, the latter of which I studied at the Holy Angel University.This housing project has been renovated into the present Fontana Leisure Estate. The two years of construction ended in a labor union and a strike, but then that is a totally different story.

Anyway, in this housing project managed by the Base Civil Engineering and ROICC of the US Navy, I learned a lot of construction techniques. I also found out that within a cluster of houses is a communal playground for the children. Why can't we do that in Mabalacat or Pampanga (for that matter)?

Calling the attention of the Mabalacat Sangguniang Bayan and Mayor Boking Morales!

I heard that Clark Development Corporation (then under President and CEO Antonio R. Ng) wanted to donate some playground equipment to Mabalacat thru Mayor Boking Morales. Since the equipment were to be given free (on the condition that there would be available space for them), the good mayor allegedly talked to the parish priest for the advantageous deal.

When the priest heard about the offer (that would benefit the children of Mabalacat), he said, "Ay, mayor e me pakialaman ing lugal a iyan. Paupa ke balang Martes ampong piyesta ing arap ning pisamban!"

Ergo, no playground for children!

Dugong Aso at mga Macabebes

SABI NG ibang tao mag-ingat daw sa mga Kapampangan dahil sa sila daw ay "dugong aso." Sa tono nila para bagang tayo ay hindi dapat pagkatiwalaan. Ang salitang ito ay Tagalog at hindi Kapampangan. Marahil sila ang tumawag sa atin ng ganito.

Halimbawa, ang mga Macabebes ba ay "traydor kay Aguinaldo o bayarang sundalo lamang?" Na sila ay "mercenary or loyalists to Spanish and American authorities" ay walang duda. Subalit papaano sila naging traydor kay Aguinaldo gayong ni minsan ay hindi sila napailalim kay Aguinaldo?

Ayon sa Kasaysayan, ang mga nuno ni Andres Bonifacio ay galling sa Masantol na noon ay barrio lamang ng bayang Macabebe. Alalaonbaga itinuro nila sa mga Amerikano ang pinagtataguan ni Aguinaldo sa Palanan, Isabela, bilang ganti sa maaga at hindi wastong pagkamatay ni Bonifacio sa Mt. Buntis, Cavite.

Kung kayo ang lumagay sa katayuan ng mga Macabebes, ano ang gagawin ninyo?

Capampañgan o Kapampangan?

METUNG KENG pisasabyan keng ortograpiya ning Amanu Sisuan ya ing sano ing mas usto: "Capampañgan o Kapampangan?" Keng alpabeto ning kekatamung amanu alang "c" o "q" o "ñ" Deti dala no ning epekto na ning Kastila o Romance keng amanu tamu. Ing gagamitan tamu ya pin ing "k." Inyapin ing sentro king HAU mibansagan yang "Center for Kapampangan Studies" bista't man deng talasulat "Kapampangan" ginamit de.

Anyang kekapampanganan neng José Cunanan Dayrit ing "Noli Me Tangere" ng José Rizal ginamit ne ing "k," bagkus mas biyasa ya king "Pampango en Romance." Sinabi ning bapa kong meangubie na ing "k" mas mayan yang basan kesa keng "c." Ing pake na ning pamaglikas yapin ing basan da ing "E Mu Ku Tagkilan."

Uli na niti, mas marapat ya ing "Kapampangan."

Wapin pala, ala mu namang "h" keng alpabeto Kapampangan. Uni niti, ere ayagkas ustung ing amanu na atin yang "h." Keng sumangid na nita, kakana ne ing "h" ustung ala ya.

Eh kasi, Kapampangan! Spell "coffee?"


[About the author. José Angeles Dayrit (a.k.a. Jad) was born on March 17, 1944 (proudly a Piscean) in San Francisco, Mabalacat, Pampanga. He was educated in mostly Mabalacat elementary and secondary schools, but in college he went to Feati University in Manila and Holy Angel University in Angeles City, where he later taught as college instructor in various engineering subjects (Physics, Mathematics, Psychology, Geology, Ecology, and Nuclear Engineering). He also had a stint as folk guitar teacher at the Holy Family Academy. While at Mabalacat Institute he taught Physics, Chemistry, and Trigonometry. He was once employed as surveyor, construction inspector, and engineer-in-charge of Plans and Specifications by Honiron Phils. at Clark Air Base. Much later, around the time he was municipal councilor in his hometown, Jad served as secretary general of the Pampanga Mayor's League (PML). He now serves as executive assistant under Mabalacat mayor Marino "Boking" P. Morales. Jad writes a regular column (Fulcrum) for Pampanga News.]

-Posted: 2:12 PM 1/12/07 | More of this author on eK!
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