Katalingkasan!

An 34 na Bandera na minarepresenta kan manga barangay kan banwang Magallanes kan parada kan Hunyo 12, 2011. An litrato hale sa sakuyang Mama Badang


An bangraw kan aldaw sa guiraray
Malanit na duminupo sa sakong kublit
Mentras na tangan an hinabol na pisi
Maogma kong hinehenanyog an kurahaw
Kan kampanaryo duman sa dakula na simbahan

Haloy nang pinagmaw-ot kan kadaklan
Urog na kan sakong manga magurang an aldaw na ini
An ogma na mate kan sakuyang daghan
dae tuo masiblag sa sadiri ko man sana
Uya na an kasimbagan sa haloy ta nang pangaturogan
Kasabay kan daliwawa, iyo man an pagsirang
kan balos sa satong manga kapagalan!

“Katalingkasan, uya na!” kurahaw kan ama
Mantang minasaray kan saiyang minasbad sa madugi na sarungan.
“Katalingkasan, uya na!” olay man nin sarong ina
Mantang kugos an hawak nin namomot-ang aki
Na sa iriwal kontra-Espanyol dipisil makamate nin kapangganahan!

Duman sa halangkaw na harong, sa mahiwas na balkon
Masarig na minasabat sa duros nin amihan an makolor na bandera
Mentras na an manga bituon asin aldaw sa minatan-aw minataong ranga
Urgulyong dakula, honrang totoo ta sa dalagan nin halawig na panahon
Igua na nin kasimbagan an satong manga pamibi,
pagsacrificio, asin haloy na pagpuka.

Alagad an hamis nin katalingkasan saen na napaduman?
An promesa nin kauswagan asin pagkaburugkos
Ta daw ta ngonian masakit pa niatong mamatean?
An daga na sinaribo nin labing gan-ot asin dugo
Ta daw ta sa guiraray uya – naging dalipay nin kaoripnan
dangan kapasloan?

“Katalingkasan!” sa guiraray nadangog ko kamong minaagrangay!
Mantang tan-aw an kalderong bitay, naghahalat sa dae…
con minsan sa kadikit na ugay!
“Katalingkasan!” kurahaw pa kan kadaklan
Maw-ot an pantay na diretso kan manga menus
asin may marhay na pagbuhay!
Katalingkasan sa pang-aabuso, inhustisya
asin kahorasaan nuarin na daw makakamtan?

Siisay daw sa saindo an may kusog ki boot
Na ngonian sa atubang ko iyo an manambitan?
Katalingkasan na hagad nin lambang saro mate ta daw ngonian?
Katalingkasan na sa sato balaog, siisay an angay na mangataman?
Uya ako mahenanyog, andam an saindong kasimbagan.

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7 thoughts on “Katalingkasan!”

  1. Phil. Independence Day
    Philippine Center, 5th Avenue, New York, NY
    June 05, 2011

    Filipino Christians
    Let me begin by telling you a story from Archbishop Fulton Sheen. The father was reading newspaper one morning, but his four-year-old son keeps on pestering him.
    So he took out one page of the newspaper with a picture of the map of the world. He cut it into small pieces, and instructed the boy to put the pieces back again.
    He figured it would give him at least thirty minutes of peace. The boy immediately worked on the pieces. The father was surprised that the boy finished everything
    in less than five minutes. “How did you do that?” he asked. The boy said, “Well, at the back is a picture of a man. When the man is okay, the world comes out okay.”
    When man is okay, the world is okay. When every Filipino is okay, the Philippines is okay. Where does our country stand? Are we really okay now?
    Let the news reports give us the answer. Somebody asked, “What is an Evening News on TV?” The answer: It is the news that begins with the greeting,
    “Good evening”, and then proceeds to tell you why it is not. We have that in Pilipino: “Magandang Gabi, Bayan!” As we listen to the news reports, we begin to ask, “magandang gabi ba ‘yan?”
    In all honesty, we humbly admit that we have many problems in our country. But this celebration of the 113th Independence Day gives me two reasons to be hopeful.
    First, it is because, as always, we start with the Holy Mass. At least, for Filipinos, having the Mass during a public national celebration is not unconstitutional.
    This means a lot. Despite the acrimonious exchange of opinions and debates spawned by the highly controversial RH Bill, the Philippines is still a religious
    country. Well, at least many Filipinos think they are still good Catholics even if they openly oppose the teachings of the Pope and the Bishops on certain
    moral issues. Pope Benedict XVI said that we often see (quote) “a growing ‘phenomenon’ of people in modern society who wish to belong to the Church
    but who are strongly determined by a vision of life that is opposed to the faith.”
    But still, we would like to believe that we are a religious nation. Therefore, to the problems of our country, perhaps we can try to find some solutions from
    the Christian teachings. Let us not let this Mass be reduced to a ceremonial event just to formally open the Independence Day celebration. Rather, let the Word of
    God and the Eucharist inspire us to find and implement solutions to our problems according to Christian values and principles. We have always tried to
    solve our national problems politically, economically and even militarily – still to no avail. Perhaps, it’s time to give the Gospel a chance.
    In the Gospel this Sunday, Jesus is talking about heaven. Do we want to transform our country into heaven on earth? Jesus said, “This is eternal life, that they should
    know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.” The word “know” goes beyond intellectual knowledge. Rather, it means intimate personal
    relationship with the Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ. In short, heaven is not just a place somewhere up there. Rather, it is being with God, or more precisely,
    entering into a personal and intimate relationship with God in and through Jesus Christ. If we have a good friend, we are happy because we always enjoy each other’s
    company. And what if our friend is Jesus Christ? That is heaven! The present Pope said that: “We go to heaven to the extent that we go to Jesus Christ and enter into
    Him. Jesus Himself is what we call ‘heaven.’”
    We claim to be a Christian nation. But do we really understand the meaning of being Christian? Again, Pope Benedict has this to say: “It is important to make them
    understand that being Christian is not a type of outfit that one wears in private or on special occasions, but something living and totalizing, capable of taking all that
    is good in modernity.” In short, does our life fully conform to the teachings and example of Jesus? You see, if all Filipino Christians are obedient to God and faithfully abide
    by the teachings of Christ, life in our country will be heavenly. That is the big IF. If we are Christians, then let us solve our problems the Christian way. There is great hope
    for a much better Philippines because we still believe we are a religious country, a Christian nation. It’s all up to us Filipinos to prove it.
    The second reason for my hope is this year’s theme: “Bagong Katipunan, Bagong Diwa, Bagong Pilipino.” “New Community, New Spirit, New Filipino.” It perfectly rhymes
    with “New York”. Don’t get me wrong. This is a beautiful theme. It expresses our desire for a meaningful renewal. In fact, this is the motto of the Diocese of Novaliches
    where I belong: “Omnia Nova Facio”. It is taken from the Book of Revelation, 21:5: “The One who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’”
    But the problem with the word “new”, like the word “love”, is that it has been overused and abused. This word is very relative. It is always used in relation to the concept
    of “old”. But not everything that is old is bad, and not everything that is new is good. In fact, we have many old Filipino values that are really good, but are now
    slowly disappearing – bayanihan, pagiging masunurin sa magulang, sipag at tiyaga, pananalig sa Maykapal, disiplina, etc.
    Renewal is not just a matter of changing from old to new. Rather, true renewal is always based on God, the Absolute Truth and Absolute Good. “Behold, I make all things
    new.” It is God who renews all things. That is why, next week, on Pentecost Sunday, we pray, “Come Holy Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.” And renewal is
    essentially an inductive process – it starts from the heart of every person.
    Isang manang ng parokya ang lumapit sa mayaman: Doña, nagpapagawa po tayo ng simbahan at kailangan po ang tulong ng lahat ng parishioners. Ayon sa
    aming records, wala pa po kayong naibibigay na donasyon sa simbahan.” Tumaas ang kilay at boses ng donya: “Aba! At bakit, nasa record ba ninyo na may kapatid
    ako na nasa ospital at may kanser? Nalaman din ba ninyo na namatay ang asawa ng bunso namin at ngayon siya ay jobless? At alam ba ninyo na nasunugan ng
    bahay ang aking pamangkin?” Hindi nakaimik ang manang sa ratsada ng donya: “Sori po, Donya, ang lungkot pala ng sinapit ng inyong mga kaanak.” “Talaga! Kung
    sila nga hindi ko binigyan ng pera, kayo pa kaya?”
    The best government and the most effective laws cannot renew the country when its people are unwilling to turn away from their selfishness and greed. Hence, the
    need for an effective value formation program for the people, so that the renewal of the hearts and change of attitudes can happen. And renewal is not only inductive; it
    should also come from the top. Our leaders, both in government and in the private sector, including the Church, must show the way by example and serve as exemplary
    role models for our people.
    Yes, there is great hope for the Philippines, and it rests primarily on the Filipino people – a people imbued with a living and genuine Christian faith, and a people truly
    committed to renewal of hearts based on the values and the truth of the Gospel.
    Let me close with these words from G. K. Chesterton: “A true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”
    Let us make sure that the supreme motive in whatever we do for our country, individually and collectively, is love. For, as Jesus said, “By this shall all men know
    you as my disciples, your love for one another” (Jn 13:35).

    Fr. Mike Lagrimas
    St. Teresa Church, New York, NY

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