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cecile s. yumul
cecile s yumul DING PANE lalabas baryu at mapanyulud king masukal a gubat kareng bunduk, arang agad kareng taga siyudad. "Mabiasa kayung makilabas at mamun kareng tanaman. Ekayu kabud abud manguang bungang tanaman potang ati kayu kilub ning gubat. Mamun ka emu la basta pupupulan ding bungang tanaman nung ena pa panaun ning pamamupul."

June to September rushed like the inundation of the destructive floodwaters of Ondoy.

The issue of saving what is left of our "Old Trees" has become more critical than it was before this mighty display of Nature getting back at its abusers. After the height of Ondoy's wrath, man-made sturctures proved once again inutile in one great sweep.

Ing sanang panaun akagisingan ustung lungub ing amiam ya naman ing malapit na ing pamamupul king mialiuang punla king bungad ning pamandatang kauran. Oneng king pamamalaguang amanuan da ring mamagnegosyu panyulung king bayung panaun, imbes bining punla at bungang tanaman ing pupulan, ala nang tutung pupupulan nune paka "sachet" o makaplastic, o mekad pakadelata. Ing egana ganang kailangan ena mamanaun, idaun dane keka maski nanung oras a burian mu. Ania mu naman, pati ing lakad ning pali at kauran, ena naman mamiling panaun. Uling ding mangagaling ikua dang iyaliua ing panaun na ning natural a lekaran ning pamamunla at pamamupul.

Ua man at ikua dang pidurutdurut at a papamungan dana la ding mialiuang tanaman bang nabangnan da ring mamalagua mung mamalagua at e makapanaia, uyan,ngeni dinatang pa mu rin ing panaun ning pamamupul.

October came remembering how it used to be harvest time for a variety of fruits to signal the months of bounty. Oh yes, when the stagnant floodwaters finally receded from reluctant Pepeng which seemed hesitant to leave, the trees were overstuffed with the harvest of man's folly and irreverence for his immediate environment. From out of the mighty trees still standing, we saw garbage, a mixture too many to name but all familiar as part of daily waste thrown in haste. Me, thinking, Pepeng wanted to stay perhaps, sensing if the onslaught was enough for many to have learned lessons to make a solemn oath to change wanton ways in desecrating what is left of our natural resources.

Ngara pin ding mangatua: "Potang dasnan naka ning kadamalasan, mangatlu yan. "In the colloquial language, "Wo ooh, men, ma one tu, tri tamu, really boy, it comes in three!"

So it did. Before others could even hit the sack in their muddy houses, uyta dinatang ya ing katlu. Ngaku pin king radyo at telebisyun ketang pamanimbita ng Ms. Sonia Soto king SoTo Speak, "Me Todos Lo Santi ya ing Pinoy." It took a second or two before it sank in because we were campaigning this time on Alang Plastikan. Finally everybody laughed out loud. However, the devastation wrought by the three mighty men of mother nature are no laughing issues. Instead it should bring horrors and fears unspeakable that we take 360 degrees turn on our daily habits which have been so influenced by fast living.

Nung nanung tenam mu iang siguradu mung pupulan. Alang aliuang a parsalanan king kerasan tamu. Tutu, dakal la ring buitre at balitaktakang kelan marine karing dakal a midinan poder para magsilbi king gobiernu. Ing kaku mu, at ini, agyu kung talakaran at patutuanan king bie kung delanan. E laganap ing makasnuk a dapat nung umpisa pamu, tutulan na ning memalen at manalakaran para king kayapan da ring sabla. Ini masala kung asabi uling agaua mi gang ala keng tatalnan a posisyun king gobiernu, mengibabo ing katutuan at tutung makakayap para king balen. Edala asundung paten ding 9,000 trees wewayan ning MacArthur Road from Bulacan to San Manuel, Tarlac uling eda papaliaryan ding Kapampangan.

Ing kata katang basurang migpalbug karing dakal a lugal makapadurut Pilipinas, ena dapat at sala ning mapilan mu. Abe tangan. Ikang mas ating poder e mituturu at miyayanad karing dimut mu beluan ating tamung ngan pakibatan.

Gang mapilan la ring tatanam nanu ya man iti, nukarin la man deni, ustung dinatang ing panaun, aliua mu ding tinanam ding takman king pamamupul. Abe ta ngan, dame dame king kayapan, pikabsian, at mekad karanupan at kapatluran inaua ning bie.


[About the author. Cecile Santos Yumul is a veteran award winning Broadcast Journalist, a visionary teacher (Most Outstanding Teacher of the Philipines in 1992), a nationalist (Most Outstanding Kapampangan for Education in 1993), an environmentalist, and a dedicated daughter. She has over 35 years experience in the field of arts as an actor, director, and author. She is a published writer (Woman's Magazine) of essays, poems, short stories, and social commentaries. She currently resides in Lakandula, Mabalacat, Pampanga with her Mother, 18 dogs, doves, and bonsais.]

-Posted: 2:49 PM 11/5/09 | More of this author on eK!
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