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cecile s yumul JAN, JAN, JARAN.

Hearing the sound and the melody, it brings a common memory: of anticipated weddings or a girl dreaming to be a June bride. How dreamy and romantic!

Jan, jan, jan, jan.

To the untutored ear it is nothing more than four repeated syllables. To the classical music oriented or Ludwig van Beethoven's followers, seeing this is hearing inside their heads a magnificent part of a symphony. How tasteful and elegant!

Jan-Jan (Suan).

The repeated syllable has taken a name and a face. That of a six year-old boy in tears, gyrating to the music played up for macho dancing. With the fast hands of uploaders, many versions wormed their way to the YouTube soon enough. How tragic and deplorable!

Investigate, call a committee hearing, press release, pa sorry kayo jan! Ano, hanggang jan na lang ba iyan?

Mipakananu ne y Jan-Jan?

We've been allowed to see, like peeping toms, the moral decadence many unprepared parents have sunk into for want of instant cash. Anything will do. Just about anything our children will be taught to do in exchange for money.

Oyta, kaibat ning eganaganang kangie. Ngara: Jan-Jan, tabi-tabi ka muna jan, ha? Jan ka lang. Stay ka lang jan. Marami pang media ops jan. Flare up the issue. Tutal anjan na iyan. Dalhin ninyo yung bata, wag kalimutan si Jan. Baka di ako makodak kung wala siya jan!

Alang katapusang janjanan yan!

Potang kayi, meluat bagia. Ngara kanita: Wala na, di na pansin ang issue ke Jan-Jan. O pano, jan na kayo. Bahala na kayo jan ke Jan-Jan.

Mitda!? Bala rata apatda dana ing misalbag ng (kelan) kamarinayan.

Wrong! The damage grows like an incurable tumor up to stage four.

It's not merely about Jan-Jan. It's about all of us. A reflection not all of us are willing to see in the mirror.


[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: 9:13 AM 4/7/11 | More of this author on eK!
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