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cecile s. yumul
cecile s yumul BIRD FLU, swine flu, and many more viral flus have flown freely in the air we breathe. We've survived them all, with the least casualties. Must be the tough resistance, or perhaps we've been so long exposed to the likes of similar viruses. Their kingdom come have shaken other countries, while the Philippines's blessed 1,107 islands—be it low tide or high tide—hardly stirred. No major major viral influx is tough enough here.

Except... 'Nac nang putcha ! O naman! O ba't naman! Kelan yu naman, o!

In the butchery of the trees, which started happening not only in the dead of the night but even in broad daylight, the "threat" of trees on human lives is actually declared—without batting an eyelash—as the ultimate reason for the tree massacre that is now on a rabid pace.

O ba't kaya? Atin atang papasanting resthaus quecaban macapuestu la pa! Wapin naman ne? Bala mu botcha ne? Tutal binutcher yu nala, minasaker yu nala, lubus lubusan yu na! Gamitan yu nalang pang muebles, bang eno man pin masaiang ding pun dutung, ne? Oneng mu, king katua da ren atin la espiritung manuknangan—enakayu sa mababangungut potang magkera kayu king pagkeran pepadukit yu. O kaya, itang eyu pala balu, manibat 'niang inumpisan yu lang papaten den, mangarunut na kayu naman laman lub kayagnan ning mangarunut o mangatatal la ring pun dutung, makanian mu naman mengabara nako uyat at lunto na ing mialiuang sakit laman lub! O botcha ya!

With the severe heat taking over even while February is just halfway through, MacArthur on the Sindalan stretch is now a road to inferno. The infernal effect is multiplied even by several numbers hotter, if not as intense as (in an altogether different context) the exposure of a carjacking syndicate's hideaway in a San Fernando subdivision.

E mu mapali, e mu malisangan, nune tiu la pala keti ligid-ligid at memanialikut gilid-gilid. 'Nac nang putcha, ero akakit ne? O 'nia siguru pipilitan dong gisanan ding matuang tanaman, bang mangabilis ing tagalan, bang potang atin mapatu, siguradu mu, eni ala nalang kasalba. Mate, mate kang siguradu! 'Nac nang putcha, wapen, o sagli dakal la kanyan ding manuknangan ketang bayu dang biklat sementeryu. Siguradu kang mangarunut, mangapakli butul, bungu, lasi-lasi laman lub. Mas marurunut ka pa king karning botcha!

How convenient! The road to the new cemetery awaiting Fernandinos is somewhere between the widened stretch of MacArthur Highway. The memorial park can be assured of a more regular clientele now that the road feels like an inferno, what with the heat island-effect of the concrete roads blasting inside your vehicles while traversing the length. There are multiple choices for you: die from heat stroke, die from dengue fever (the new concrete canals are perfect breeding grounds for carrier mosquitoes), or the swiftest, surest way to die from—a hit and run collision.

Map la pa naman ding carning botcha, manuk ya man o babi, aligtasan mu la at atin kang pipamilyan. O kening aldol'do impiernus a dinaun da, nuka magbili? 'Gang makananu meng lawan, eya para karing pakakalulung aldauan makipagobra. Dimut nala pin sueldu, 'tinatinang makapamalebe la dati karing lalam acacia ding lulub magobra karing pipagobran, ampo ding anac a lulub escuela, wewaian karing miaialiuang alsutan subdibisyun quen MacArthur. Eni ala na. Wapin naman, macasalabat kayu kareng saken. Dapat mung luminis la ring dalan.

Dalan a matulid. Makanian ia pala ing paintungulan ning dalan a matulid. Ing anggang masisipat, panigpasan, at pamaten dala ding tune bibie bie quecatamu ngan: Taung Malda at Tanaman.


[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: 12:30 PM 2/24/11 | More of this author on eK!
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