(message board 26)
Name: Edith Egargo
Hello! Samarenos and
Gandarenos!!! and Hi! to Lt.Pico kmusta na u! hws ur life now!!!!!!
Name: Leo Baena
Address: 37673 Rushing
Wind Ct., Murrieta, CA
Kumusta sa tanan nga mga
taga Catarmananon. It's been a while since I talked to my old friends.
Tonight, I recieved a phone call from a friend that I haven't spoken for
over 19 years!! She made me realized, I have been away for a long time. I
thanked her for remmembering me. I almost forgot, I am still a waray-waray...
God bless you all!!
Name: Antonio Morales
Feb 1, 2006
I think that we should
exercise some restraint when we try to react to a reader's comments. The
reaction written by Prof. Torres was an overkill to the comment made by
Phillip of Israel. Such a lengthy discourse did not answer the comment but
tried to insult Phillip. Prof. Torres, an intellectual, must first and
foremost be careful about bragging that he was once a big-time professor at
UP. Huwag mo nang buhatin ang sarili mong bangko. We know that you "have
been" (as evident in all your articles here in samarnews.com or in gugma)
but what you are now is more important. Enough of those bragging. I am
among those people in the
who no longer believe that political scientists or politicians can lead us
somewhere. The former merely defines political problems and the latter
We need people who could
solve the problems not just keep on defining them. We have a bunch of
political science graduates in the Philippines but what happened to the
political situation in the country. Not even the UP-Polsci giants Nemenzo
and Abueva bragged about their contributions to the political development of
the Philippines because they too believed that they have not made
significant impact. Don't kill me for writing this one Sir (Academic
freedom lang to Sir! – the right of the student to disagree with the
Name: Lani Thompson
Jan 31, 2006
Maupay nga bag-o nga tuig sa
iyo nga mga igkasi ko taga
Samar. Kon maayon
dinhe mga ka boardmate ko sadto sa kan Basiloy Boarding House sa Seaside sa
UEP e-mail ak niyo. Kumusta na kam mga taga eastern, western and nothern
Name: Cesar Torres
30 January 2006
To Philip in
Israel: A Clarification
I wish you were more
specific in pointing out the article in Gugma to which you took exception. I
have scrolled for several hours on the Gugma list, up and down, down and
up. And frankly, it seems you are referring to the "article" of Mr. Armando
"Boy" Ridao which is not really an article, but a personal letter to me. If
I am wrong, please correct me. It is not nice to express your unhappiness
with what we are trying to do through innuendos, considering the many things
we are doing -- you looking over your shoulders in Israel if there is
someone who looks like a Suicide Bomber who will lift you to Paradise to
make love with 72 Virgins and I watching out for some Skinheads and White
Supremacists who will shoot me so that I can go back to Samar in a spiritual
If you are referring to Mr.
Ridao's letter to me, I am afraid that I will have to disagree with you. Boy
is more than a brother to me. And that article was not intended for public
consumption. But considering his analysis of Philipine society, I was just
so glad that he had shared with me what he has been doing in the Philippines
since we took different paths in 1985 he, being left behind, working with
the farmers, the peasants, the fishermen, the trapos, the ex-rovolutionaries,
European NGOs, etc. and I coming here to California. Please read it again
and try to separate the chaff from the grain.
I was so very happy with his
letter, at what he is doing, and his hopes for my country and the more than
87 million Filipinos -- 8 million are like us in Diaspora, something similar
to what your bosses in Israel did for centuries, and 8 million are Muslims
who have been thrust into a struggle with the Christians because of the
battle in 1492 in Granda.
I requested Ray Gaspay to
post Boy Ridao's letter to me without asking his permisson. In the first
place, he was somewhere in the mountains of Quezon, or
Mindanao, helping the Filipinos. So there was no time to edit that
letter, to change the fonts, and to change the colors, etc. I could have
done that. But I had no time to do that either.
If that letter to me did not
meet with your standards, it was not Mr. Ridao's fault. It is mine.
Anyway, I am old enough to
realize the validity of this expression in English, I don't know if the Jews
have a similar expression: "One man's meat is another man's poison."
Also, in this world Philip,
we would be naive to expect a 100% approval of anything, much less articles
in Gugma. Even Yahweh with all His powers could not do that, even among the
Jews themselves. And yet He could command thunder and lighting with His
And you would recall the
"dialectical" process of Hegel. This would be a boring world if there is
nothing but "Hossanahs". Have you read "The Brothers Karamasov" by
Dostoeyevksy? And the idea of the Grand Inquisitor where humans have become
simple-minded, not disagreeing with anyone?
I hope you can be a little
more charitable to Boy Ridao and the others who are trying to survive with
dignity while helping our people back there. Again, try to separate the
chaff from the grain or mistaking the bukog or hingbis from the meat of the
Finally, Boy Ridao is not a
politician. He does not give a hoot about the trapos, like we have in
Samar, perhaps your perception of what politicians are. And pardon
my lifting my own chair, I am writing here as a Political Science Professor
in the University of the
Philippines in Diliman.
Sigue. I apologize for this
public disagreement with you. But this is part of life, a healthy exchange
in ideas. No malice is intended. Besides, I don't want you wasting your
time responding to me or trying to put me down. And I don't want to do that
to you either. There is so much that needs to be done in Samar. We cannot
afford to be putting each other down. Exercises like this are for the
On another topic, do you
have an organization of Filipinos in Israel? A younger brother of a former
student of mine who wanted to put up a kibbutz in Gandara used to share his
thoughts in Gugma. He had worked in Israel. We were happy because we could
learn so much from the Jews. How they were able to make the desert bloom
and their excellent intellectual, artistic, scientific achievements. But
they can be full of themselves sometimes.
Again, if my supposition is
wrong. Please tell us. We are old enough to know what we need to say.
Besides, we are not ordinary, sensitive, brainless Filipinos who will just
lash back at you because you disagree with us. I think we are better than
Finally, no "fella" was
Thank you Philip.
Name: Joni Bonifacio
Allen Ave., Abesamis Store,
Catbalogan, Samar 6700, Philippines
2ND EXTREME CAVING
FRIDAY-SUNDAYS 3 DAYS EXPLORATION / 2 NIGHTS INSIDE THE CAVE THE
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Dear fellow Cavers,
Are you type of person who
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offending your environment and natural heritage, or type of person who
simply enjoy the breath taking sceneries and take pictures with different
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momentarily get away from buzzling life in the city?
Why not join the 2ND EXTREME
CAVING sponsored by the Trexplore Adventure Club featuring the country's
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Our goal is to promote the
great potential in the ecotourism of
Samar's caves at the same time, our awareness to conserve and
protect its archaeological importance.
Maximum of 50 participants
only nationwide first come first serve bases of discipline mountaineers,
cavers and environmentalist including young professionals, nature lovers,
teachers and even government employees.
For these 3 days cave
exploration and 2 nights inside the cave, a total of P500 per person will be
collected by Secretariat upon registration to cover expenses including your
souvenir kits, transportation within Calbiga Entrance fees, Mayors permit,
lantern ,Calbiga local tour guide and trexplore explorer guide.
We would like you to
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caving equipments like caving helmets, caving suits or clothes, headlights,
flashlights, extra batteries and bulbs, camera and camping equipments like
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Please informed the
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Allen Avenue, Catbalogan, Samar. Tel no. (055)251-2301.
You can call or text
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January 28, 2006
I am looking for Jeramay.
She owns a small store, recently married a western man and has a young son
named Leone. She lives in Lapu Lapu or
Leyte. Thank you.
9/7 Zirelson St., Tel-aviv,
I like it, the way Mang
Cesar Torres coin his thoughts about “the coming bloodbath of Perlas ng
Silangnan” it’s a nice and tidy promotion of an oncoming upheaval. Like the
preachers of doomsdays they are powerful spells. The same as the corrupt
politician who uses billboard to announced that the project that are going
on is by Congressman, Governor or Mayor So and So. This is just as nasty as
I Visited the Gugma Han
Samar Cyberspace Movement and its full of thoughts, feelings, judgments,
views and opinion. But like a shriek, I also found a politicians billboard
there, a kind of billboard that present who he is and what he has done,
kinda’ loud actually (while other writer did not do so). It was written in
blue fonts by a certain writer and noted by the chief editor. You can find
it after his article. See it for yourself guys…politicians can never be
humble they are as stealth as their minds that escapes, even from
themselves. They are attention grabbers. Good marketing fellas. Is this
Name: Cesar Torres
Kudos to three ladies from
Villareal, Samar who are in California and Arizona: Florentina "Tening"
Ygat-Pascual, Socorro "Coying-Suki" Ygat-Segado and Geri Hilvano-Hayes.
Tening was past leader of a
group of Samarnons based in
And Suki Segado, you are familiar with her novel way of celebrating her
birthday where the gifts to her went to the Samar Rainforest Fund, the Home
for the Aged in Catbalogan, and perhaps to the Homeless Children too.
composed of Samarnons in
and where Tening is just some kind of "primus inter pares, donated a
stretcher, 3 wheelchairs, 2 nebulizers to the
Hospital. They were bought and/or ordered already by Geri Hilvano-Hayes.
Geri was the hermana of the Sto. Nino fiesta in Guintarcan. And it seems
her husband went with her to Guintarcan also. And there was fun and dancing
of the curacha. The gala will be used for some civic projects in Guintarcan.
We are proud of these three
Villahanon girls -- Florentina Ygat-Pascual, Socorro Ygat-Segado, and
May their tribe increase for
the good of Samar and Villareal.
Jan. 26, 2006
Maupay nga adlao ha iyo
ngatanan. Taga Catbalogan ako, pinanganak ngan dumako ha Catbalogan pero
diri nahihingalimot it akon gintikangan. Ini nga mensahe ay karuyag ko la
maihayag an tunay nga paggugma hini nga persona. Just click the link and you
will be blessed.
Name: Adelbert S. Batica
207 W. 31st Street,
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408, USA
Jan. 25, 2006
This is just a follow-up to
my response to Professor Cesar's earlier posting on developments in Latin
America. It looks like that in Perú, Bolivia's next-door neighbor, another
indio (a retired Army Colonel) appears to be gaining ground and unless
things go wrong, will make a strong showing in the April, 2006 presidential
election. Given that he leads in the polls, Col. Ollanta Humala might even
clinch Perú's presidency. The colonel belongs to a rare breed of military
officers - very nationalistic, pro-poor, and pro-agrarian reform (alright -
he's left-leaning!). He and his brother (an Army Major) gained prominence in
2000 by staging a rebellion to call for Alberto Fujimori's removal from
office. Both brothers went to jail for their action, but Ollanta was
pardoned by the interim president who succeeded Fujimori. His younger
brother, though, is still in jail for leading a coup to protest the current
president's pro-globalization policies.
Military men with a social
conscience are not exactly rare in
Latin America, they come to the surface when the time is ripe, like
they did in Uruguáy in Seregni's time, or in Perú in 1968, when Gen. Juan
Velasco, another progressive general, unseated a conservative government and
launched radical reforms, including agrarian reform and national
industrialization. The Humala brothers are in the Velasco mold (Velasco,
though a descendant of Peninsuláres, was nevertheless strongly pro-indio).
I look at Perú with great
interest because I consider it my adopted country, having lived there for a
year in 1979 as the country as transitioning to civilian rule. To this day,
I haven't let go of fond memories of living in that poor country, especially
working in the rural areas. My hope is that, should Col. Ollanta and his
Partido Nacionalista Peruano win the elections, that they have enough
courage to make good on their promises to uplift Perú's poorer sectors. If,
indeed, they are followers of the late General Velasco, Perú's poor might
yet see better and brighter days.
By the way, those of
you who enjoy reading Da Professor's postings should check out the Gugma Han
Samar webpage, all you have to do is click on the blue globe on the front
page of Samarnews. Salamat nga damo ngay-an it nabasa hit kan Profesór mga
sinurat. Ngay-an...36th Anniversary na yana han "First Quarterstorm"
(January 26, 1970). I was in Manila at the time, in fact, close to where
the action was. My warm greetings to all those who were there, and who were
participants in this monumental point in Philippine history. Bisan la kita
natika-lagas na, banat la gihapon. At the same time, let us also remember
those who offered their lives for the cause of human rights, democracy, and
a better Philippines.
Name: Cesar Torres
REGARDING OUR OWN WEBSITE:
Thank you Mr. Dreamer. Are
you in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and
I was afraid you were going to say you are having nightmares at some of my
postings here because they are not the ordinary pangumusta.
We have our own website.
Click on GUGMA (in the homepage of this website), that is our own website.
The website of the Gugma Han Samar Cyberspace Movement. It is like a more
specialized website of SamarNews.com. It is also maintained by Ray Gaspay.
There is no need to create
another website. We are very proud of what Ray has been doing for our
Samar and for us Samarnons all over the world. There are postings
which even the national media and other more popular websites do not have.
We are reminded of Jose
Rizal, his idea of the "Social Cancer" more than a century ago.
And I thought this was
original with me, the idea also of the "Filipino Metastasizing Syndrome".
But it is not because I recalled our national hero and what he said and why
he offered his life to us. Imagine that! Not crying out. Not flinching when
all those bullets were ripping into his breast, stilling his beating heart.
And for what? So that the kawatans, the nincompoops, the trapos, will have
a field day in Perlas ng Silangan. Of course, they are swaggering in Samar,
In our interactions with
each other, even here in
if we do not get our way, if we are not elected President, Chairman, Leader,
etc., we leave the group. We form our own group. This is not only true in
the barangay level. This is what happens among our trapos and their
trapostic ward leaders. This is even true among the revolutionary
movements, among the "Progressives". You ask around what I mean.
So in the process of
"metastasizing", the host dies. I hope that in our "national
metastasizing", that Philipine society will not go the way of Rwanda,
Somalia, and Cambodia. I don't know if the trapos understand this. And if
their supporters are aware of this. I think not.
When we put up the Gugma Han
Samar Cyberspace Movement, a cousin based in Norway wanted to create another
website. Jobal, our IT genius in BBCS, also volunteered to create another
website. But I insisted that there is not need to do that. Let us stick to
SamarNews.com. But for the more specialized and highbrow topics that we
will discuss, i.e., the columns that are published in the "Filipino
Insider", a monthly supplement of the "San Francisco Chronicle", like
revolutionary movements, and the Frente Amplio, we request Ray to post them
in our Gugma website.
The idea is for all visitors
to Gugma, and other websites that are linked to SamarNews.com, to take a
look at what is happening in
Samar, in the
Eastern Visayas Region, and other parts of the Philippines.
Mr. Dreamer, join us in two
Yahoo Groups that Mr. Adelbert Batica, the expert on "Frente Amplio", has
created -- "GugmaHanSamar@yahoogroups.com".
Another one which I consider to be the elite among all Filipino egroups is
In this egroup, we are not the ordinary yak-yak egroup. We do that in our
individual emails. We are so pressed for time Mr. Dreamer. So we say: "Ten
thousand years is too long. Seize the day. Seize the hour."
And "Kon diri kita? Hin-o
man? Kon diri yana? San-o pa?"
Thank you Mr. Dreamer.
Incidentally what is your
dream for Samar for Pilipinas in some specified time period?
Or instead of dreams, you
have recurring nightmares? Because in my case, unless we insist and our
powerful people do not pause and reflect on the lessons of history, there
could be a bloodbath in Perlas ng Silangan. I suggest you start collecting
hospital and medical supplies in the United Kingdom that we will send to
Samar and Bangsa Malaya to help the wounded, the disabled, and the victims
of the forthcoming bloodbath in our country.
Name: Aida Uy Luma-Ad
Address: Cany- Barville Str. 70,
Woerth Am Rhein, Rheinland -
Pfalz 76744, Germany
January 25, 2006
Kumusta mga taga Calbiga
labi na it taga 3. Agi balitaw hano it nga nahitabo dida ha blvrd...anyway
kunta mahuman na ngan peace ha kita ngatanan, to Moi-Moi & Lec-Lec I miss
you so much di bali harani na hi Mama Umuli.
Taga 3 mahidlaw na ha iyo
salamat hit updated permi nga chika... To my Family God Bless always see you
9/7 Zirelson St., Tel-aviv,
WHY DON'T HAVE YOUR OWN WEBSITE?
To Mang Cesar Torres,
Good day sir. I salute you
sir for your crisp write up of political issues and on other social issues.
May I suggest that its time for you to create your own website if you dont
have or if you have one please publish your links, we will be happy to visit
you there. Thanks.
Name: Adelbert S. Batica
207 W. 31st Street,
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408, USA
Agidaw, ano - nga perestihon!
Di gud la haromamay it kan Profesór Torres hiton Frente Amplio. Maupay,
Profesór, nga hi ikaw na yana it numero uno nga promoter hini nga bag-o nga
kagi-usan, nga sering pa nimo - baga-baga na hin tsunami ha Latin America.
Ay la kahulop, kay ha Perú, pinili-ay nira dida hit abril, ngan it mag-uruna,
it "llamado" nga candidato, hi ex-Army Major Ollanta Humala, nga sugad
kan Evo Morales -
usa gihapon nga lumad o
indio. Ini hi Ollanta, ngan upod na an iya bugto nga military gihapon,
na-preso kay mga lider-lider in hira han mga landless peasants, kundi an
higayon nga nakapa-preso ha ira - an ira anti-corruption campaign. Both the
Humala brothers are very progressive ex-military men, very nationalistic,
and very, very pro-agrarian reform. I think this is the new emerging
leadership in Latin America these days.
In the past, we have to
admit that an armed struggle was necessary to topple the Batista
dictatorship in Cuba. Kay waray gud iba liwat nga paagi hadto. Even Castro
himself gave parliamentary struggle a chance, but Batista decided to cancel
the 1952 presidential and congressional elections and declared martial law.
We can't blame Castro for what he did. But these days, the thing that
worries most US
policymakers is the fact that the Left can really win state power - at the
polls. And one by one, reactionary governments in Latin America are being
replaced by progressive ones, like the recent phenomena in Bolivia and
Chile, where the first woman president in all of Latin America (and a
Socialist and single mother at that!) got elected.
We don't know how the
progressive forces will at the polls in the Philippines, but let's remember
that the victories of the left in
Latin America did not happen overnight. Frente Amplio was founded
in 1971 by Gen. Líber Seregni, and in January '73 - the Uruguayan military
staged a coup and sentenced Seregni and other progressive military officers
to long prison terms. The Tupamaros (who are still known by that name to
this day) joined Frente Amplio in 1985, after the release of their founder
(and now Senate President) José Mujica. The left's victory in
Uruguay was never easy, it
took a lot of organizing, dialogue, give and take, a few failed tries -
before victory was won.
The way I look at things in
the Philippines these days, we really cannot afford any more bloodletting.
To tell you frankly, the country has already been bled dry. Change is
possible, but it requires a lot of patience and hard work.