oliver s. carlos
QUENG AUANG
Dalumdum ing aus
qng garitun a manenayang makaimpil quetang suluc dalan—
mibanding candungan, santungan
ning limang-banuang ketwan ning quealan muang

Dalumdum ing aus
qng sasapua' nang maranup a dungus,
qng miyanggiang pamandacap na qng tudtud
libutad ning lumbe, aclis, caul,
ning anging mipnung pait a lalabul

Dalumdum ing aus
qng ulasan nang lulam at tatalucbung nang dulum—
a maragli nang gigilian ning salang-aslag a manibatan
caring saquen a sasalincu careng misaga-saganang dalan.


Iniang magaral cu pa Binondo, maralas cung daralan patye mamilagwa cu qng quilub ning Manila Textile Building (gusali re ring Isic nung nukarin la mayayakit ding mangasanting a tela ampong mantil) qng panulucan ning Abad Santos Street at Claro M. Recto bayu me dasan ing Tutuban. Nung mag-shortcut cu at lungub qng building, agad queng dasnan ing Meisic St., nung nocarin ne man ing cacung pipagaralan. Neng mabebengi at mumuran, maralas keng apapansinan ing metung a limang banuang anac a macabacutut qng caritun a dapucanan lata, diyaryu, boti at nanu mang apupulut at misasali qng magbote-bakal. Agaganaca que, balamu acaquit que balang titicatic ing uran..., balang benging macabatyo cu qng awang. Ining kawatasan iampang que kaya ..., nung sisikad ya pa't kayantabe ta pa keti babo yatu ..., nung icua na pang mebie o limbat man sa'ng dit' a bie.
—Posted: 8:39 AM 6/24/10 by eK! | Post Your Comment!



About the author. Oliver Carlos was born and grew up in the town of San Luis, Pampanga. He studied AB Political Science at the University of the East in Manila, but did not manage to finish it, not because of some difficulties, but rather because of his love of his country. He was kicked out of school because he spent most of his time in the streets with other nationalist youths, fighting against the rotten political system. He chose to stay in other people's houses and studied in the hinterlands with the poor farmers. In doing so, he met his future better half and companion in life. Now, he is one of the OFWs, trying his luck in foreign places to make both ends meet and to get his family out of poverty. Amidst all this, he keeps on looking back at his beloved country, especially his province, Pampanga.
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