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aida tanglao
aida tanglao THIS IS a bit of comparative observation on the time and involvement given by Filipinos and Americans to urgent political and social affairs. While Americans make use of their elected delegates to the US Congress in airing their wishes and thoughts, in the Philippines the voice of the people has to always (since the past two decades, at least) be done literally to get heard.

Having two or more cultures gives an exciting but overwhelming feeling to naturalized citizens. There are good things here and bad things there; what is good here is better done there. We cannot have the best of both worlds. But this may not be true anymore since everything has been globalized now. We must not think that there are no more colonized minds in the lone Superpower of the World. The United States is a matured republican democratic state, although lately its strength has been experiencing a lot of challenges. Thanks to the dedicated members of its Congress, who mostly have been proven to be truly representatives of their people.

The Constitution of the US and its people's respect and adherence to this tiny book are what led to the nation's becoming the strongest one in the world. When people hold elected officials accountable to their constituents, democracy stays alive. When elected officials are more afraid of their constituents rather than of another elected official, democracy stays alive. When judges of the court follow the rule of law rather than what telephone callers say so, democracy stays alive.

From these premises, we see what both countries need: a John Travolta. This is just a joke. Seriously, everybody has to respect the Constitution. To do so we must know it first. People who do not know their Constitution by heart must not be allowed to run for public office.

With historian-professor Ambeth Ocampo in mind, let me share you this piece of contribution to the teaching of History. Dates are vital parts of history. To stop learners from getting turned-off by the memorization of dates, however, we have to find ways for them to remember dates without pressure. Like expressing or presenting a topic in a manner similar to the "Pamigunam Kawatasan" (debut column of my humble and simple contribution to this website and to the Kapampangan Universe). Memorizing dates can be done without much pain. See the following sample.


Aldo ning Biernis ngeni, tawli nang aldo ning Pebreru, 29 ya ngening Banwang 2008. Matula la ding maki-kebaytan keng Aldo ayni. O wa neng Aldo yang Biernis at Panaun ning Kwaresma, gule mu ampong asan ing malyari rang kanan at papakan.

Nung pangadyan neman ing Santo Rosario, Misterios la king Lungkut ding tungen da. Karing lugal da ding Muslim metung yang Aldo Pangilinan ing Biernis, anti yang AldoDomingu ding Katoliku karela.

King Aldo ayni ngening Banwang 2008 ding tau Filipinas kakabug lang masikan salu, ali la mipalage panamdam. King Aldo ayni deng Kapampangan mararapat na ing ayaninagan ding pilan karela menibatan ketang pamanyambut, pangalako nang Estrada, at pangalukluk ning anak ning kabalen da.

Makayantabe kami lipat dayat karing Kaliping Filipino. King karelang sipag at masabal. King belwan da karing kapaliaryan, agyamang makapalibutad la karing dakal a salabat. Pauli na ning lugud da king karelang pangatau e re pabusten mamate ing Demokrasya king Lugal ning Aslagan. Sukat tamung gulisak ini king Yatu. Luid Kayu!

Agya pang e mitaguryan First World o Developed bangsa ing Filipinas king pikwaltan kanita, king sikanan katuliran ya ing Manimuna anga ngeni. Pagmaragul ini mabilug Yatu.

Ngening gaganakan ing Delanan nang Kristu, pangadi la di Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at Pamilya na king daya at politika, i Romulu Neri, Rodolfo Lozada, kayabe ding dakal pa milwal nala sa ketang silu ning agi ning maragul a babagwa.

Yampang ko pu rening pilan amanu ibat king Pasyun, anting pamanalala king penabilin nang Kristung pilmi tamung magbante:

"Oh Maestrong Ginung malam
nung lakwan da ka ding abe't
tikis da kang paburyan,
e ra ka pu tutung lakwan,
akung sariling dumame.

"Paniwalan mu Ginu ku,
iting kapangakwan ku,
itang mako lang abe ku,
ing sarili mu pu akung
dumame Ginu keka o.

"Nganang Jesus tinambayan,
ah Pedro pakakalale't
gingkas mu kekang isipan,
king ban e ka masudsuran,
makarap king kasalanan.

"Y San Pedro mekibat ya,
King Ginu nganing gingkas na,
Maestro maniwala ka:
ing gingkas ku gingkas ku na,
daptan kung ali sumala.

"Tinibe na na pin Jesus,
itang kang Pedrong timbulag,
(ngana) horas lang tulawuk,
king alas kwatro ding manuk'
alingad mu kung tibubus.

"Alang salang makatlu,
ing kaku pamaglingad mu,
ipilit ping pakitwa mu,
karing keka kutang kaku,
ali ke, e balu ngamu.

"Inagkat na nong sinulung
Kristo dening keyang kampun,
linakad melaus layun,
dinalakit alang tutul,
torrenting batis ning Cedron.

"Pangaras na king libis
ning Oliveti, i Jesus pinili
at mituki nya mung atlu
karing disipulus na,
i Pedro, Diego, ampo'y Juan.

"Melaus no keta ninang
linub kanita ning mulang
huertong panalanginan,
karin na pigunam-gunam,
lasa nang kerakal-dakal.

"E ata pangarayu ra,
karin kampun nang likuan da,
karing atlu minyabi ya
tristis est anima mea
usque at mortem ngana pa.

"Kaladwa tyu ya malumbe,
pauli ning kamatayan,
inya pin kanakung abe,
keti na ko malakwan,
manalangin a tiwase.

"Vigilate nganang tambing,
abe ku magpakagising,
et orate menalangin
ut non ing karugtung na pin
intritis in tentationem."

[About the author. Aida Tanglao is a U.S.-based Kapampangan Filipino American. She has lived and worked in different communities in Pampanga, Manila, and in Nigeria when the Philippines was under a regime of civil rights suppression. She studied in public and private Philippine institutions (Lourdes Elementary School, Holy Angel University, University of Sto. Tomas), went to graduate school at Angeles University Foundation, and attended local colleges in the U.S. She currently does "action research," and catches up on what she missed in the meagerly filled libraries in Pampanga, particularly at the Pampanga High School (formerly Jose Abad Santos High School) where she taught for more than a decade. At age 27, she became a single mother to five children; she is now a grandmother to eight. Her personal and educational backgrounds provide the impetus for her to reach out and help in instilling cultural, moral, and historical consciousness among her people and in advocating correct child rearing approaches. She has embraced into her motherhood and patriotic obligations working for the Filipino's aspirations to spiritual and human liberation and contentment.]

-Posted: 4:30 AM 3/5/08 | More of this author on eK!