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tony mercado peña
tony mercado peña libutad rehas kalwangnan
mikulung ka't miyatulan
king paratang kasalanan
e mu gewa kapilanman!

e mu man ikwang mitalpak
king marimlang dalan tarmak
sinadya ra kang sinalmak
ding isip marok't talamak!

piklud de man inawa mu
pete de man katawan mu
manatiling mabye pa mu
karing balen kaladwa mu!

matalik mung kapanwalan
ing rosaryu yang santungan
akbung baril ning kalaban
siklaud yapin balu tangan!

king tahimik mung karinan
milyun konfeti mumuran
pasalamat sasaluran
ing kekang bye pupugayan!

dapot e ya pa mikutkut
bangke na ning mandurukut
malulupus madadamput
king sarili nang bangungut!

lulupa yapin ing bye mu
king Ginu tang Jesu Kristu
dinaun me bugtung bye mu
mikabus la sa ring tau!


[About the author. Tony Mercado Peña is a bilingual writer, in English and in Kapampangan. He hails from Sasmuan, Pampanga. He has been accorded various literary awards such as First Place in the Tagisan King Poesia hosted by Gawad Komisyon 2007, Republika Ng Pilipinas at the Bayview Park Hotel, Roxas Boulevard, Manila, where he introduced a couple of poetic genres, tanka and haiku, in the vernacular literature. He was also bestowed the Most Outstanding Kapampangan Award 2007 (MOKA) in Culture at the Arts at City of San Fernando, Pampanga. He charges his pen with the redeeming literary significance to resuscitate his dying language back to life. His "K" poetry is a galvanizing medium, a mighty weapon battling the lingual windmills that overwhelm the Kapampangan nation.]

-Posted: 8:28 AM 8/19/09 | More of this author on eK!
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