What is life to you?

24 Apr

Life has several meanings to everyone.  Its meanings vary from one person to another. The lives of the newly born baby and the old-age grandmother are quite different from the lives of active and functional people.  Life is too short for persons who loved by their fellowmen. Life is too long for persons who were hated by their countrymen.  Life is beautiful for people who are experiencing prosperity, good health, massive wealth, unlimited power and influence. But to people with sickness and who are experiencing poverty, discrimination, inequality and unfair practices, life is miserable.

Life does not exist without the essentials elements that can sustain it.  The existence of life is the primary subject of human study of all time. Life creates a purpose.  This purpose serves as the framework of any living organism. Life has a beginning and an end.  The quality of life depends on its purpose.  Success in life does not rely on its length but rather on the quality of time and means on how they spend it.

Life is significantly meaningful if the person knows how to value it. People should know how to understand what life is. They should also know its origin and whom they owe it. They can reflect its possible positive or negative consequences in the near future.  Thus, whatever it is, what is really life to you?

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The Faces of Cheating

26 Mar

Cheating has many faces. It may be cheating in examination, material things, business, politics or government services, justice system, work or job, relationship and oneself. Whether you are one among the offenders or victims of these several forms of cheating, the only truth is it happens everywhere.

Cheating in Examination

Cheating in examination has two types. One who is providing the answers to his seatmate and the other who copies the answers from his seat mate.  Cheaters show several symptoms and behaviors. Habitual cheaters have several strategies and techniques on how to cheat. Observe them how they hold their examination papers. Observe them how they move their eyes and hands. Observe them how they hide their faces. They do it by all means just to cheat.

Cheating in Material Things

Cheating in material things is usually happened within the family members especially when you talk about assets such as real properties like houses and lots; personal properties like monies and pieces of jewelry. One is taking advantage over the others by having unequal sharing or unfair claims of real properties. In terms of personal properties, people who borrowed money and did not pay back or those who intentionally not paying services of others for their own benefits.

Cheating in Business

Cheating in business happens in any form and size of business. Some businessmen do not tell the exact capital of their business. They do not pay taxes or if they pay taxes, they pay less. Some people in the market do not tell the purchase price of the products that they are selling. Sometimes, they will tell you, “No more discount because I purchased it at higher price.” This is the usual statement of the sellers which you might believe in quickly. But the truth is they have more than half or triple profits already with those products they are selling.

Cheating in Politics or Government Services

Cheating in politics occurs mostly before, during and after the election especially when people vote just for money or for favor. Whoever sits in the government position, graft and corruption is a common practice through government projects, programs and services. It is a game plan between the politician or government employee and project contractor or program coordinator or service provider.

Cheating in Justice System

Cheating in justice system is usually happens between the rich people and poor people; influential people and powerless people; well-educated persons and illiterate ones. The rich, influential and education one is mostly acquitted from court case. Most of the victims of unfair court trials are the poor, powerless and illiterate ones leading them to plead guilty beyond unreasonable doubt. Remember that these people are deprived, discriminated, degraded and demoralized citizens from a dominant society.

Cheating in Work or Job

Cheating in work or job happens in private and public sectors. From the management positions to the rank and file positions, some people cheat in pertinent papers, time and work-related functions. Sometimes, they present fake documents. Some of them come late and leave early. Others perform works or jobs which do not fit on their qualifications and experiences. The wrong use of “pakikisama”, “palakasan” and “crab mentality” still prevails nowadays in any areas of work. There are also individuals who actively engaged themselves in graft and corrupt practices for their own vested interest and benefits using their own authority, power, people and influence. One has an ‘I’ disease rather than eye disease or ego-centric which is thinking about himself only. He never thinks others or sets aside the welfare, issues and concerns of others. Besides, he abuses the rights and privileges of the people; taking away the opportunities of others or just taking others for granted.

Cheating in Relationship

Cheating in relationship is mostly occurs to partners.  Some couples do not stay longer relationship because of the third party.  One of them or both of them engage in a multiple relationships which can break their promises leading to temporary or permanent separation. Other people stay together as pretenders just to avoid criticisms in the eyes of the people around them.

Cheating in Oneself

Cheating in oneself happens to anyone. It might be pro or against own personality, attitude, traits, skills, competencies, hobbies, works, interest, intentions, faith, beliefs, practices, philosophies, principles, advocacies, missions, visions, commitments, concerns, wisdom, authority, power, opportunities, greed or possessions. Such things might determine and describe if you are really a professional cheater.

The Beginning of an End

23 Mar

Graduation Day is a happy day

for students who are marching along the way.

Parents that are working in a distant away

get together with their children on this special day.

 

Witness with their friends, parents and teachers

have overcome their fears and bring their eyes in tears.

When the guest speaker delivers message on their ears,

they can really hear directly every statement that cares.

 

Graduation Day is not the end of everything

but rather the beginning step towards the best thing.

Neither power, prestige nor possession of materials things

that one should be prioritized or consider with people

but rather one’s skills and competencies are things

that be proud of and one learns how to show concern to all.

 

Inaro con Kayumanggi (My Brown Love) by Teofila Mas Meron

9 Mar

Colop coy mantibok, ampangisip-isip

Lawas yan ancasalak, balo cot anolis

Cabigan a calma, main acon nakit

Labas a ayos, balo cot mangitit.

 

Wamo no labas a lalaki

Anggano marublom, anlalako co siempre

Maco aco conan inaro con kayumanggi.

 

No laluma balo, anggano bulan

Makakyas, anlulbag a lalaman

Matuynong a punta, kae angonoron a dalan.

Christmas and New Year in the Eyes of a Sick, Disabled and Elderly Person

25 Dec

A few days before Christmas, people go to the shopping malls and public markets to buy some gift items for their relatives and friends. I want to go and do the same but I can’t because I am already 95 years old who are sitting on a wheelchair and nobody can bring me there.

A few days before Christmas, people go to Christmas parties and enjoy with their friends and relatives. I want to go and do the same but I have arthritis already and I can’t dance anymore.  I have Alzheimer’s disease too and I can’t remember the lyrics of my favorite songs.

On Christmas Day, people rise up early from bed and take a shower. Then, people prepare their Christmas meals. I want to do it the same but I can’t do it anymore by myself.  I can’t rise up and there is tremendous leg and back pains every time I move my body.

On Christmas Day, people enjoy eating their meals and having happily chatting with their friends, neighbors and relatives. I want to stay longer with them and feel their presence but I can’t do it anymore. I can’t sit on my wheelchair longer because I get easily tired and there is a back pain.  I can’t easily process and feel confused with the various information that I can hear. I get easily sleep on my wheelchair if nobody is interested to talk with me.

On Christmas Day, people hear the Holy Mass and visit some tourist spots. I want to go with them but nobody invites me.  I used to stay at home sitting on my wheelchair or lying on my bed.  I have many thoughts, feel hopeless and lonely.

Before New Year’s Day, people go to the supermarkets and buy food items. I want to do the same but I can’t go there by myself and I have no enough money to buy some foods.

On New Year’s Eve, people cook several foods and prepare them on the dining table with fresh fruits and cold desserts. I want to do it the same but I can’t do it anymore.

On New Year’s Eve, people go outside their houses. They light up their pyrotechnics and firecrackers on the sky. I want to view these things even on my window but I can’t see these lights clearly anymore because I have both eyes cataract. Instead, I tend to sleep on my bed calmly.

On New Year’s Day, people hear the Holy Mass again then they go to shopping malls and have a walk on some tourist spots. I want to go with them but again nobody invites me and brings me there.

Cantan Sambali ni Nanay Openg

1 Sep

Naynay tana congco, lolo catatangis

No sicay cayna biyay a maisip-isip

Siay luwa sa mata mantulo mapilit

Bana sa labi mon bigla mon inalis

Ayte moyna kari, ayte mo inimbi

A pamilabi ta tan pamikawili

Hino ya cot orin  labas a babaye

A namiwan mon maigot nin labi

Mangibat sa wanin cakoyna mangoman

Makilabi-labi maparas manglingwan

Ta no maisip-isip tan mapapanumtuman

Siay luwa sa mata, permin  balayabay.

Mangibat sa wanin cayco na umanon

Makilabi-labin maganap a nakom

Ta no maisip-isip tan mapapanumtuman

Siay luwa sa mata, permi yan andaloy

Siay canakoman ko, alangan ya comon

Ta masubot abrian a buboy

Tagarilya dila, kulop kon man-goygoy

Sa calak-an moyo sa kongco mampangimaton

Cayco comon magwa, nacom koy masubot

Magcanta sa sayte, o campo nical ngod

Anggan cantan bungat, ambo nin maganos

Malayop a oras, caldungan kan say-ngot

Cayco comon magawa, nacom ko tan buboy

Umarap sa campo ta ambo marunong

Nakaragdag congko, nakapatpol nacom

Galang yay nanugo, wangcon balangunon.

Sin sicoy sinmiban a inalila la

Mangibat sinlumbit hilay nagpasensya

Lalo sin nilumwas lako a irap la

Lalo pamasuso tan pamiliwaliwa

Sa wanin balo ta sinmiban ako

Isugo lako wari cot kayko nin mako

Ta ibuyboy la kongco a pamasiban la

Kayco makabayar anggan sa angga

 

 

 

“Thanks God, I am still alive.”

15 Jul

Source: “Thanks God, I am still alive.”